206746 Doctoral studies in developmental disability: Competency model development

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Ivelisse M. García-Meléndez , Graduate School of Public Health-MSC-University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, PR
Annie Alonso, PsyD , Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Puerto Rico, School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Aida L. Garcia-Carrasquillo , Carlos Albizu University-Puerto Rico Campus, Carolina, PR
Víctor López-Tosado , Faculty of Education-RPC-University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, PR
Mario Rodriguez-Sánchez, PhD , Department of Health Services Administration, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
Ada Verdejo-Carrión , Faculty of Education- RPC-University of Puerto Rico, Carolina, PR
Purpose: The need for innovative alternatives that can improve the quality of life of the population with developmental disabilities and other handicaps (DD-OH) provides fertile grounds for the establishment of higher education programs geared toward the formation of professionals with interdisciplinary skills through the use of the ecological model.

Methods: A mixed methodology (content analysis of a secondary database and the Delphi technique with experts in the field) was used to identify the competencies that serve as the starting point to design a graduate curriculum in the DD-OH.

Results: Ten domains were identified (interdisciplinary, communication, leadership, bioethics, cultural sensitivity, foundations of DD, family, integrated services, public policies, research). Forty-one competencies were developed. Two educational tracks: research-oriented and service-oriented. A competency model was designed for each track based upon the areas mentioned by experts and the legal framework (PL 106-402)that defines the needs of this particular population (development of expertise, advocacy, empowerment and system change).

Conclusion: Correspondence between their identified needs and their domains were analyzed, in order to insure curricular alignment. The theoretical curricular model describes an educational offering from which two professional profiles emerge; each one with a clear understanding that their separate expertise is equally important and is enriched by the ecological model.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the issues related to the design of a competency model at graduate level related to developmental disability. Describe the principal components related to competency model at graduate level related to developmental disability.

Keywords: Disability Studies, Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a EdD with specialty in Curriculum & Instruction and experience in curricular and program evaluation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.