CSNI (Community Support Network Inc) - Click here to access pre-recorded webinars on a variety of topics. (Special Ed Rights, Dual Diagnosis, Voting Rights, Special Needs Trusts, ABLE Accounts, Brain Injury, Transition)

Our Training Philosophy
MDS encourages growth and professional development among all employees, providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to better support people with disabilities and their families. We believe that learning occurs through a process of action, reflection, and experimentation. For that reason, all workshops and training events are designed to offer a variety of ways to learn. We combine lectures, reading materials, discussions, role-playing, and simulation to create an inviting and stimulating learning environment. We sometimes offer training for families and individuals.

Check the MDS Training Calendar for scheduled upcoming workshops and training.

Staff Orientation
Staff Orientation at MDS is intended to ensure employees have the foundational tools and information they need to accomplish their work effectively. Employees may have specific departmental orientation as well. As part of State of NH requirements, all Direct Support Professionals and PDMS support staff must complete an online Relias Essential Learning course. Please contact the MDS HR department for information. In addition, staff are required to attend in-person Orientation sessions, which are held almost every month at MDS. The two in-person orientation sessions include, Introduction to Gentle Teaching and Rights, HCBS & Reporting. Check the MDS Training Calendar for specific days and dates.

Gentle Teaching
From time to time MDS provides workshops and special trainings to learn about ways to support people with disabilities that focus on creating an environment of trust, safety, and mutual respect. Find out more about Gentle Teaching. Check the MDS Training Calendar for upcoming workshops.

Medication Training
The Nursing staff at MDS provides monthly training for DSP staff to administer medications safely and in compliance with state regulations, including First-Time Medication Training (four sessions) and Recertification Medication Training. Several Nurse Training modules are available as pdfs from the Employees section. Certified First Aid Training is also available from time to time.

Other Professional Development Workshops
From time to time MDS offers special workshops and training seminars on particular topics for staff, families and community. Current offerings are listed on the MDS Training Calendar. Check back frequently for updates.

The NH Bureau of Developmental Services (BDS) and the UNH Institute on Disability offer many valuable workshops. Check their online calendars for statewide training opportunities.

Early Supports and Services Special Topics
Specialized workshops, focusing on children from birth to age three, are occasionally offered to parents, caregivers, professionals and interested community members. Workshops are generally geared toward the understanding and day-to-day application (at home, school and in the community) of the featured topic. Check the MDS Training Calendar for updates.

Registering for MDS Workshops:

  • If you are interested in attending any of the workshops, please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 603-352-1304. Please register at least one week in advance to ensure that the workshop will be held. Space at some of the events will be limited, so first come, first served.

  • Check the MDS Training Calendar for most updated workshop schedules.