Center for Training & Professional Development

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"Excentia Human Services is a nice place to work because you feel appreciated as a staff member and as a person.
And you go home knowing that you've changed an individual's life."

Welcome to Excentia Human Service’s Center for Training and Professional Development (CTAPD). We offer continuing education opportunities for our employees, led by experienced and credentialed professionals. 

In July 2022, we partnered with Millersville University to create two specialized programs for our center. More details on these programs can be found below. 

If interested in applying for a program, please click “General Application” and complete the corresponding form.

Deadline Information:

Direct Support Professional (DSP) Enrichment Program (Application Deadline: August 17, 2024)

Excellence in Human Services Leadership Program (Application Deadline: TBD)

PLEASE NOTE: These programs are only for Excentia Human Services employees.

Benefits of Program

Both programs are FREE!

Travel expenses are covered.

We pay our employees to attend classes. 

Easy Application Process

 Complete the General Application.

 1) Fill out the General Application above.

 2) Submit the application online in about 15-20 minutes.


Direct Support Professional (DSP) Enrichment Program

Led by Millersville University faculty and graduate students, in this program participants will be given professional growth opportunities, and will attain their DSP 1 certification. Participants in this course will also receive a $1,000 stipend.*

Length of Course: 6 months / Time: Each session is from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Course Schedule

(Sessions occur on the 3rd Wednesday of the month).

September 18, 2024 (Opening Session)


Speakers: Dr. Victor DeSantis, Hope Schmids, and Renee Rohrer

Location: Millersville University

October 16, 2024

Promoting Independence and Change with Individuals

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Weiss-Ford

Location: Excentia Human Services

November 20, 2024

Promoting Professionalism and Handling Conflicts

Speaker: Deb Jones, MSW, LCSW

Location: Excentia Human Services

December 18, 2024

Crisis Prevention and Incident Management

Speaker: Dr. Curtis Proctor

Location: Excentia Human Services

*Date may change due to holiday.

January 15, 2025

Boundaries and Dual Relationships

Speaker: Dr. Marc Felizzi

Location: Excentia Human Services

February 19, 2025

Graduation on Millersville University Campus

Speakers: Dr. Victor DeSantis & Hope Schmids


Excellence in Human Services Leadership Certificate Program

In this program, participants will be encouraged to work with real issues and challenges specific to Excentia Human Service’s culture, specifically within the role as a Supervisory member. Upon completion, participants can apply for supervisory positions within our organization.

Length of Course: 9 months / Time: Each session is from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Course Schedule

(Sessions occur the 4th Tuesday of the month).

May 28, 2024 (Opening Session) 

Leading with a Vision

June 25, 2024

Everything DiSC Management

July 23, 2024

Emotional Intelligence

August 27, 2024

Communication Skills for Supervisory Members

September 24, 2024

Managing Time, Meetings, and Technology Effectively

October 22, 2024

Decision-Making and Problem-Solving

November 26, 2024

Coaching and Feedback Skills

December 10, 2024

Team Dynamics: Creating “Win-Wins”

January 28, 2025

Embracing and Managing Change

February 25, 2025

Graduation on MU Campus

Attendance Policy

Excentia Human Service’s requires attendance at every session and completion of all assignments. Each participant will have ONE excused absence from the program and must give written notice to the Training Lead if he/she/they will not be in attendance. If a student misses more than ONE session, the participant’s continuation in the program will be reviewed by Human Resources.