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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. Check frequently for updates!

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.

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.

Medication Training

The Nursing staff at MDS provide He-M 1201 medication administration training to staff and providers to administer medications safely and in compliance with state regulations, including First-Time Medication Training (four sessions) and Recertification Medication Training. Please contact the nursing office at 352-1304 x 273 to inquire.

Other Professional Development Workshops

From time to time MDS offers special workshops and training seminars on particular topics for staff, families and community. 

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.

Registering for MDS Workshops:

  • Pre-Registration is required as sessions may be limited to a maximum or minimum number of participants. 
  • Please register at least four days in advance.
  • Register by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 603-352-1304 ext 212 and provide the following information for each person you are registering:
    • Title of class or presentation
    • Date/time of class session
    • Employee Name (Full Legal)
    • Employer/Agency
    • Position/Title
    • Email (required for login information and to share training links)
    • Phone Contact