2023 InterHab Training & Professional Development Package

On Demand State-Mandated Courses – E-Learning

Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation: https://ispri.ng/Mmn60

Exposure Control: https://ispri.ng/23GyL

HIPAA: https://ispri.ng/KvzRN

Individual Rights: https://ispri.ng/ZJK28


Supported Decision Making: Freeing Individuals to Live Their Most Productive Lives
Sara Sherman, Sara Sherman International
Tuesday, January 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/P0CnW0QodzW09Gm6yFwWTfNQCgdV8JS6itzL61ZMZqvY-DTE7Sy_nxdlBJxQUAtB.j4qcRPRALOHQw-oJ
Passcode: 1kc&2iEc

About the Session: Do you feel like, sometimes, your staff create more dependence than independence?

Do you wish your DSPs were better at supporting individuals to make decisions in their lives?

Would you like to see better results around individual outcomes?

We all know that the goal for the individuals we serve is to increase independence through skill acquisition, but in those day to day moments when decisions are made and supports are provided, the needle sometimes doesn’t move any closer to independence, if it moves at all.

In this workshop agency leaders will learn how to teach DSPs to support individuals in ways that:

  • Expand an individual’s level of independence
  • Empower individuals to develop decision making skills
  • End unnecessary dependence on staff
  • Get excited about helping individuals to develop, grow, learn, and reach their outcomes…and make it happen
  • Recognize and celebrate wins
  • And help the individuals you serve to gain self-confidence and feel better about who they are…’cause they are fantastic!

Health Risk-Informed Telemedicine: A Model for Improving Health Equity for People with I/DD
Maulik M. Trivedi, StationMD
Wednesday, January 25, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Passcode: f@8xq6n9

About the Session: Equitable access to telemedicine and other health care services is a challenge for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) because most clinicians are not aware of the unique health risks that exist for this population. As a result, the health conditions most likely to result in morbidity and mortality are overlooked or misdiagnosed.

This presentation highlights an innovative model and public/private partnership between IntellectAbility, StationMD, and the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities comprised of three key elements: online clinician education in I/DD healthcare, the use of web-based health risk-informed data, and I/DD competent telemedicine supports. Strategies for preventing unnecessary emergency department visits, promoting identification and diagnosis of often-missed health conditions, and addressing health disparities for people with I/DD will be explored.


Generationally-Inclusive Organizations: Strategies for Breaking Through Stereotypes & Building Real Connections
Angie Pastorek, Organizational Development Practitioner
Thursday, February 16, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xfuCNMpMaBQYv6wPQf2tOlo6cfFdv-VdxrEHtd0DrTD7aQYSuGlGCtq_QcBwKise.z85ocmSceGG_Zy-r
Passcode: D?BUh6z7

About the Session: If you’re ready for a fresh take on the challenges and opportunities of nurturing a generationally-diverse workplace, this session is for you!

We’ll focus on exploring the interaction between age-based generations (Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers) and *organization-specific generations, including workplace tenure cohort and personal life-stage (i.e, new college grads/early career, mid-career, early 40’s employees).

We’ll also highlight the professional pitfalls of self-stereotyping (i.e., “I’m having a senior moment” or, “I know that’s another one of my crazy Millennial ideas!”), as well as how to be an ally for building age-diverse teams and career development practices.

And finally, we’ll highlight why it’s important for all of us to think beyond age-based workplace stereotypes and instead create workplace structures that help us fully realize the untapped benefits — for us as individuals and the long-term success of our organizations and those we serve — of a fully engaged and generationally-curious workforce.

As a result of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify four-different categories of generations in any workplace (age/birth year cohort is only one form of generational difference)
  • Recognize the way generational differences are “baked in” to workplace policies and power dynamics, contributing to workplace tensions in often-unrecognized ways
  • Explain why thinking about the role of organization-specific “generations” like tenure difference can help generate understanding and avoid conflict
  • Discuss mini-case studies related to common workplace generation factors
  • Discuss what you and your organization can do to more effectively tap into the potential of cross-generational collaboration (and the personal benefits of cross-generational workplace friendships)

Advance Care Planning
Christina N. Marsack-Topolewski, Ph.D., LMSW, Eastern Michigan University
Wednesday, February 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Passcode: FusM5=16

About the Session: The number of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continues to increase. Many individuals with IDD are now living longer and outliving their parental caregivers. As individuals with IDD age, it is important to consider their wishes, preferences, and needs across the lifespan. This webinar will discuss the following: (1) aspects of advance care planning, (2) challenges to advance care planning, (3) the benefits of advance care planning, and (4) how to support individuals with IDD, families, and caregivers with planning.

Transportation 101 with OCCK
Trell Grinter, Director of Transportation
Tuesday, February 28, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Passcode: y%p?0$S^

About the Session: Check out public transportation! Across the world public transportation is opening opportunities for people to access their favorite places, careers, medical appointments, nutrition needs and more! Cruise through how you can set up transportation in your agency, funding availability/sustainability and navigate balancing passenger and driver expectations.


Developing Person-Centered Home and Community Based Outcome Measures
Renata Ticha, University of Minnesota
Brian Abery, University of Minnesota
Matt Roberts, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3BRNOEe_J4HBEkpFFQbrTNaSvInHJrvWNRWAiMR-UjTV6iz_v95vmCJLLDPi6a6v.rL5QrYSktMTkXxfS
Passcode: Rhv9tV8&
Click here to learn more. 
See additional details here: https://publications.ici.umn.edu/rtcom/briefs/brief-three-development-of-hcbs-outcome-measures
Kansas Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaafqX8v-Pk&list=PLbrrhT8nj86zQlakWvD0o6IlnMk1pSQTP&index=9

Special Aging and Support Services: A Practical Model to Support Health Aging in Place
Sara Owen, Lakemary & Anna Van Petten, Lakemary
Thursday, March 9, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/RkjUi_gI5Bw75Hj4ArKzSxuH25uYnSgtGz_olz85dS3MNYBzar5qtEflRiFaJIok.692mVCcpfNVQQ7xZ
Passcode: 5?i$?avL

About the Session: This session will provide an overview of what the SASS program is achieving through enhanced training, outreach and collaboration with a goal of aging in place while maintaining a high standard of care.

The Fatal Five Plus!
Dr. Craig Escudé, IntellectAbility
Thursday, March 16, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/iYzsOw76wbYxW-oQ1s109HIAgrfHOZEIcxp8fjL_pkeji_FqL4pJ_7ghfNmkZSrx.7ACi0RMqoa1KQIoq
Passcode: @7.24Kej

About the Session: Learn how to reduce risk of illness and death in people with disabilities.  Join Dr. Craig Escudé, family physician and President of IntellectAbility, for a discussion about the top medical conditions known to be preventable causes of illness and death in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Topics include how to identify and prevent Bowel Obstruction, Aspiration, Dehydration, Seizures and Sepsis plus Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

This webinar is perfect for nurses, direct support professionals, case managers, support coordinators, agency leadership, and anyone who touches the lives of people with IDD.

Intro to IDD & Disability Types
Ken Olson, The Seneca Institute
Wednesday, March 29, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Recording: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/8L2iTRkx1SmiFNXpw9qXgU0uK3oF7OCR4YzR-Bzi1jl9E9LyZaRqiGiyD84mU1Nq.tcH4Vb5ILzQ1kKNZ
Passcode: Nw#7kVQ!

Unforgotten – Twenty Five Years After Willowbrook (A Must Watch)

News Story from WABC New York that includes the 1972 Willowbrook Broadcast, plus a new interview

Christmas in Purgatory Book

About the Session:
1. Welcome & Introduction
2. History of IDD Services in Kansas & US
3. Defining IDD
4. Causes of IDD
5. Common Types of IDD
• Intellectual Disability
 Mild
 Moderate
 Severe
 Profound
• Cerebral Palsy
• Autism
• Fragile X Syndrome
• Prader-Willi
• Down Syndrome
• Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
• Learning Disorders
• Tourette Syndrome
• Williams Syndrome
• Others
6. Questions & Answers


Self Advocacy: Self Direction & Engagement
Bill Perez, GT Independence + Panel TBA
Wednesday, April 5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81933984204?pwd=NHdvL1dKWEtJYXJXOFVPZFp0YmoyUT09

A Beginner’s Guide to Remote Supports: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
Michael Doucette, Night Owl Support Systems
Tuesday, April 11, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82906277599?pwd=YkVaQitCN3ZpRVpaSzRjeXU0ZVpqQT09 

About the Session: Curious about Remote Supports? Have questions about how it works or how it can be used? On the fence about whether it’s an appropriate service to use for the people you care for? Join us for this webinar as we review what Remote Supports is and discuss the many ways this service can help individuals gain more independence and help providers care for their individuals in the face of a worsening workforce shortage crisis. By the end of this session, you will have learned tips on using Remote Supports for the first time, ideas on how to grow your use over time, and insights on gaining buy-in from your staff and teams.

Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse
Sarah Feldhausen & Shanti Ramcharan, Aetna
Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In-Person! Please RSVP to Meghan as we are limited to 50 attendees!
Jayhawk Tower
700 SW Jackson St. Ste 1100
Topeka, KS 66603

About the Session: An Overview of the Charting the LifeCourse. Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) provides a framework and tools for individuals with disabilities and their families at any age or stage of life to develop a vision for a good life by thinking about what they need to know and do, identifying how to find and develop support, and discovering what is needed to live their lives as they envision. Understand how it can support individuals planning for a good life. You will learn about tools for every life stage to improve a person-centered approach to planning.

Moving from Friend to Sweetheart in the Age of Technology
Katherine McLaughlin, Elevatus
Wednesday, April 26, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85866988724?pwd=MEwvRGowM0NBbXZMSnBBL1hxbnVTQT09

About the Session: People with developmental disabilities want to form positive, healthy relationships, but may not know how to meet others and develop these relationships.When we add the latest technology and social media, we may feel nervous or unsure about how to stay safe ourselves and how to support people with disabilities. This workshop will explore how to navigate the internet and social media in a helpful, safe, and positive way.

Effective Business Communication
Laura Barrett, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Wednesday, April 26, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81148145614?pwd=c2NVWjl3RzBueEhYMlhmTEZWeDNTdz09

About the Session: Effective business communication skills increase efficiency in the workplace and help employees successfully complete tasks. This workshop will cover strategies to create professional, clear, and concise messages to help you communicate with clients, co-workers, and supervisors. By learning the 3 goals of each business message, you can expertly adapt your message to the situation and audience. 

Jean Krahn, Kansas Guardianship Program
Date to be determined in mid-January
Zoom: Coming soon!


Assistance Dogs: Are you Confused?
Sarah Holbert, CARES, Inc.
Wednesday. May 3, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88514912230?pwd=N1BXUU0xeHB0aGJnVWhMYU9uNjZYQT09 

Positive Behavior Supports
Jill Haack, JCDS
Wednesday, May 10, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82967625318?pwd=L3hDYlEveWtoVzI5TWU1WitvRG5XQT09

About the Session: Positive Behavior Supports training will overview the purpose of PBS, identify research-based strategies to effectively increase the quality of life of the individual served while decreasing problematic behaviors by utilizing strengths-based interventions.

Payroll Law
Boyd Byers, Foulston & Teresa Shulda, Foulston
Thursday, May 11, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84644972304?pwd=ZUdvaHMxRlBaWlRjdkx4ZVRJU0Q1dz09

About the Session: Join Foulston to learn more about payroll law and have your questions answered!

Person Centered Planning
Bob Sattler, Support Develpoment Associates
Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81895983423?pwd=WGlkK1BBQjhXZ1lHYUNzL1Q4N0RIQT09

About the Session: This will be an interactive session to provide a practical understanding of how to gather information that can support a person in having a plan that is designed to help the person achieve meaningful outcomes in his/her/their life. To accomplish this, the training will address the following topics:

• A brief history of the PCP movement
• Regulatory requirements related to PCP
• How to approach information gathering that keeps the person at the center of the planning process
• Creating meaningful outcomes for a person

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Crystal Fong, McCann Worldgroup

About the Session: This session explores diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), how our bias can impact behaviors, decision-making and, ultimately, the workplace, and how we can act in allyship with marginalized individuals and communities.

We will explore DE&I for a few important reasons:

  • Expand the scope of DE&I to encompass and empower all walks of life
  • Help identify personal areas for improvement re: unconscious bias
  • Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace
  • Develop our intercultural competence

At the end of this session, we will be able to:

  • Define diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Identify and describe unconscious bias and its impact on the workplace environment
  • Recognize the specific manifestation of unconscious bias known as microaggression
  • Begin acting in allyship with marginalized individuals and communities


Centering the Humans in Human Services (Part 1)
Syard Evans, Arkansas Support Network
Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89564697066?pwd=TDExV1hzWTdFMmJ2NGM5aWw3TXI1QT09

About the Session: Many human service professionals enter into the field with high hopes of making a positive difference in the world. However, if professionals are not careful, it’s easy to find themselves burned out and resentful of the people they are paid to support. A better understanding of systems of oppression, genuine human value, and self-awareness are essential to combat the challenges of this work. This session explores lessons learned over two decades of human service and social justice work. Participants will learn strategies to be productive advocates for individuals supported and better allies for all marginalized people.

Creating Human-Centered Culture (Part 2)
Syard Evans, Arkansas Support Network
Tuesday, June 20, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88604866852?pwd=RUFvRzVuYllxL0tyQmw0eG42MTZoUT09

About the Session: Human-centered organizations must be able to understand and impact the systems of oppression and marginalization that influence the lives of the people they support and the people they employ and leverage power to empower those individuals meaningfully and effectively. The work of becoming a human-centered organization starts with intentionally influencing the culture of the organization in strategic ways. This session explores strategies to actively influence the culture of your organization in these ways.


Building Relationships with Employers and Structuring Onsite Supports – Part 1
Rick McAllister, Consultant
Tuesday, July 11, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83200040655?pwd=NzZYUXJXbS9xM1dXNmVna2FiZFJSdz09

About the Session: This presentation focuses on an approach to employment development that places emphasis on relationship building and customized employment supports. The customer’s needs (the job seeker and the employer) are the focus of this approach. The presentation will demonstrate tactics and approaches for employment staff to effectively facilitate the employment development flow. Communication, partnerships and managing information will be highlighted throughout this program.

Building Relationships with Employers and Structuring Onsite Supports – Part 2
Rick McAllister, Consultant
Tuesday, July 18, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88018701359?pwd=THZRZldkUFFwd1NBeFlWSEFpbElsZz09

About the Session: This presentation focuses on an approach to employment development that places emphasis on relationship building and customized employment supports. The customer’s needs (the job seeker and the employer) are the focus of this approach. The presentation will demonstrate tactics and approaches for employment staff to effectively facilitate the employment development flow. Communication, partnerships and managing information will be highlighted throughout this program.



Join us for a 4-week Technology Series!
Gretchen R. Ward, MS, OTR/L, Founder and Occupational Therapy Consultant
Wednesdays in August

Week 1- Technology Accessibility
Wednesday, August 2, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84859161747?pwd=MXpYb2tZYmpZZ1QvMFhWWVhmRjA0QT09
Digital, physical, cognitive access issues & how to address them according to 508 compliance, WCAG and international standards.

Week 2- Assistive Technology to Support Independence
Wednesday, August 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81984089279?pwd=Y2lRMDltNzgxQUE2TlFRbFAzSDI2dz09
The use of standard and smart home technology as access and support. 

Week 3- Technology Coaching
Wednesday, August 23, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86086335251?pwd=aEVjOEV6Z1ZuWERLeDkvUWJDMTF6QT09
How to support technology use for people with disabilities.

Week 4- Remote Supports
Wednesday, August 30, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87433639413?pwd=ZWlQS0ZPZi82TEFiUkg1SkphNndSZz09
How all the pieces work together for interdependence. 



Managing Stages of Dementia
Heather Brown, JCDS
Thursday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89163307308?pwd=b3hEQkFncUoydGdaUXYrUHRNOW9WUT09

About the Session: Each stage of Alzheimer’s / Dementia comes with its own set of challenges. This session will explore the 3 stages: Beginning, Middle, and Late Stage, and provide information on physical and cognitive changes as well as best practices in support for each stage.

Conflict Resolution
Heather Brown, JCDS
Monday, September 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81982814431?pwd=eHpPREVHOWN4cmM4NmduNmh4QjBydz09


Dabria VanGieson, LCMFT, RPT, empac
Wednesday, November 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84740130270?pwd=STVjWXlwekdYQVhLREs5ZFBtZTNSZz09

About the Session: This presentation will cover the causes of burnout, signs and symptoms as well as how to recover from and ultimately prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. We will also discuss boundaries and stress management as they relate to the holiday time as a prevention strategy for burnout. This presentation will be interactive with discussion highly encouraged.

Share This