2024 InterHab Training & Professional Development Package
Putting the P in DSP
Sara Sherman, Sara Sherman International
Wednesday, January 10, 2 – 3 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83575447988?pwd=c1NEb1lzVkNuUHU1eHF4bml4OFFYQT09
About the Session: The title “Direct Support Professional” was created to appropriately elevate the direct care support role and to acknowledge the importance of the hard-working specialists who provide this support. All good things!
But…nothing else about the role changed.
Consequently, we have a group of confused workers who would love advancement opportunities, more and better training, and the ability to make the difference they were promised when they accepted their position; and we have frustrated management teams who aren’t seeing the desired results from people who are “supposed to be professionals,” and “have been trained”.
When we empower DSPs to step fully into their roles as knowledgeable capable professional team members, they feel appreciated, proud, accomplished, morale increases, teams get stronger, and individuals receive excellent services from happy and capable staff.
In this 40-minute session you will learn:
- Why the I/DD system struggles to empower DSPs to fully embrace their professional role
- How your training methods may actually be blocking DSPs from their best work…and setting supervisors up to answer an endless array of questions
- The “success mindset” that agency leaders must maintain in order to unleash full DSP potential
- 3 step simple steps that produce fully independent DSPs…who are ready to make the difference they were promised
- Where your training program is missing the mark…and what to do instead
- The secret ingredient that supervisors need in order to support DSPs to achieve maximum success
- Revolutionize the way you prepare and empower DSPs to achieve their full professional status and watch service quality go through the roof, individuals achieve outcomes, documentation shine, and compliance skyrocket.
About the Speaker: As a sought-after problem solver in the IDD community, Sara Sherman helps providers, governments, and organizations solve their most challenging problems once and for all. With decades of experience in all aspects of the developmental disabilities system, Sara teaches practical, implementable, and repeatable steps that produce measurable and sustainable results to ensure problems stay gone for good.
Sara peppers her presentations with humor and real-life stories from her 30 plus years on the frontlines, making the lessons easy to understand and completely relatable. Her in-the-moment ability to respond to the specific needs of each audience means everyone gets what they came for and no question goes unanswered.
When not presenting and teaching, Sara can be found working on her next bestseller, hanging out with her grandson, or running her non-profit foundation.
The Importance of Including People Served in the DEI Conversation
Leanne M. Mull, Blue Tower Solutions, Inc. & Chuy Campuzano, Self-Advocate
Monday, January 22, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88591307898?pwd=Qkh3dExlRG5uZXl0QUhJQlZLUjRNQT09
About the Session: As agencies start to look at ways to better support a diverse workforce it is important that we include the people receiving services in those conversations. In the past it was commonplace for the response to someone being called a name was to tell staff not to take it personally. As we all know, that is not an acceptable response. It Starts by Saying Hi! is an interactive class created to introduce people receiving services to the importance of accepting differences and the power of words and kindness. The class was created input from people receiving services, self advocates, DSP’s and QIDP’s and is based on their experiences working with people who have had little experience or exposure to people who are different from them. The class addresses the importance of understanding people of different races, cultures, religions, sexuality, size, age and ability and gives direct care staff tools to use when an incident occurs. You will get to experience the class as well as understanding the importance of the including people receiving services in this important conversation.
About the Speakers: Leanne Mull, a recent TEDx, Editor’s Pick, has been supporting people with IDD to achieve their dreams since 1999. In her previous career as a corporate trainer and business manager Leanne hired someone who used a job coach and that experience completely changed the course of her life. She spent the next 15 years at a traditional agency in a variety of roles including job coach, QIDP, and program manager. Leanne believes that the key to meaningful lives for people who receive services is to encourage, empower and enlighten the staff who work for them. As co-director of Blue Tower Solutions, Inc. Leanne fulfills that dream as an international speaker, writer and consultant improving organizations and systems supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most recently Leanne and a self advocate with disabilities created the diversity training “It Starts by Saying Hi!” for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tavarus Wesley is a consultant with Blue Tower Solutions and the advocacy coordinator for the Illinois Self Advocacy Alliance. He also serves on the board for The Arc of Illinois. Tavarus is a graduate of the Alliance Ambassador self advocacy training program and a Partners in Policymaking-IL graduate. Tavarus is an accomplished presenter regularly speaking at the Illinois Speak Up and Speak Out Summit, and has presented at the National Self Advocates Becoming Empowered Conference and at the Tennessee Mega Conference. In addition to his advocacy work Tavarus is a long time staff member on the maintenance team at Sertoma Star Services.
Chuy is an experienced self advocate leader from Chicago and a consultant for Blue Tower Solutions. Currently Chuy works regularly for the WISE project in Washington State. Additionally, Chuy is part of the Illinois Epilepsy Supports and Resources training team. sof the Illinoi He is active with Access Living in Chicago advocating for choice in housing and more funding for disability services among other things. As a disability activist Chuy is the former co-coordinator for Chicago Adapt and the past secretary for The Illinois Statewide Center for Independent Living Council. Chuy is co-creator of the “It Starts by Saying Hi! Diversity curriculum. Chuy is a regular presenter at the Speak Up Speak Out Summit, The Illinois Epilepsy Resources and Supports project and runs a weekly Disability Check-In Zoom meeting.
Fall Prevention Strategies – A Team Effort
Brenda Rice, IMA
Thursday, February 1, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88190155161?pwd=Sk9JbHJGR2Y1Z1hjcERKcHpsUEhVZz09
About the Session: Fall prevention is a Team Effort! Understanding why falls or other adverse events occurs is key to minimizing risk to staff and Person Served. The presentation will focus on four primary fall prevention risk factors and how to manage them – Physical Mobility – Medication Management – Home Safety – Safety in the Community. The training will cover safe assistive methods and devices to help with walking, transferring, and assisting from fall to the floor. Along with implementation of a Fall Prevention Task Force with goals to enhance incident investigation and continued education factors for everyone.
About the Speaker: Brenda joined the IMA Team in 2011 and has over 18 years’ experience specializing in workers compensation, workplace safety/OSHA, ergonomics, healthcare, social services, education-university/K-12, manufacturing, municipalities, transportation, healthcare, and social service agencies. Prior to working for IMA Brenda spent time working on the insurance carrier side and as a safety consultant in private industry.
Brenda’s experience is specializing in Client Specific focus to assess and identify areas of opportunity to enhance the safety, work comp, auto, liability, and property exposures. Creating Best Practices designed specific to leading loss areas for all lines of insurance – safe patient handling, behavioral management programs, work comp, emergency management, fleet, and property preventative maintenance. Client specific training created for all levels – management down to front line employees. Focusing on development of a true safety culture by incorporating education, coaching, and accountability in a practical day-to-day function.
Brenda has accomplished specific state loss control certifications for the States of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, and currently working on Pennsylvania. Brenda is a graduate of Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in business.
In 2016 Brenda took on the role of Active Shooter Preparedness Instructor for the IMA offices along with IMA Clients. Brenda is ALICE Certified and continues working to provide organizations with training, written program guidance, safety/security assessments and methods to be prepared in an active shooter setting or workplace violence situation.
Emergency Preparedness and Response for IDD Organizations: What to Know and How to Move Forward
Christina N. Marsack-Topolewski, Ph.D., LMSW, Eastern Michigam University
Thursday, February 8, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82613315443?pwd=UDR2azBpeE9KRlVyMUdQT3NOaFdXQT09
About the Session: Preparing for and responding for emergency situations is challenging for anyone, especially for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) Due the unique needs of individuals with IDD, there are different emergency preparedness needs and strategies that must be considered. This webinar will provide a framework and guide to understand emergency preparedness and strategies as you plan for preparing in the event of an emergency.
About the Speaker: Dr. Christina Marsack-Topolewski is an associate professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her master’s and PhD in Social Work with an emphasis in aging and gerontology. Her research focuses on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, aging, caregivers, service navigation, and advance care planning.
The DNA of Dynamic Nonprofit Boards
Dan Prater, FORVIS
Monday, February 26, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89167278801?pwd=MlR2YUtDWFdReEVtbnNMeXE2S0FMUT09
About the Session: The growth and effectiveness of a nonprofit often hinges on a strong board that understands and operates within clearly defined roles. Every organization needs members who are actively engaging their passion, connections, and expertise toward helping the organization reach its fullest potential. This session will examine the legal and core responsibilities of effective boards and how they use their time and talent to help organizations accomplish their mission.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify the legal and core responsibilities of board service.
- Differentiate between governance and management.
- Demonstrate strong risk management through policies and procedures.
- Increase cause awareness through personal and professional connections.
- Implement effective donor solicitation and development.
About the Speaker: Dan is a member of the FORVIS National Nonprofit Group. He uses his background in the nonprofit and higher education industries to help organizations be more effective in accomplishing their missions. His leadership in local, regional and national organizations makes him well suited to guide clients in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, public relations and outcome assessment. He has more than 20 years of experience in organizational leadership and management. Prior to joining FORVIS, Dan worked and consulted with various organizations and service groups, including domestic violence and child abuse centers, international relief agencies and outreaches as well as private and public universities. Dan’s area of expertise is nonprofit board governance and practice. He has led several large research projects and has been published numerous times on a variety of industry-specific topics such as volunteerism, civic engagement and economic impact. He is the past board chair of Nonprofit Missouri, the state’s association for the not-for-profit industry. He is the founding director of Drury University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and is the co-creator of the university’s popular master of nonprofit and civic leadership program, for which he continues to serve as lead instructor. Dan serves on the board of several Springfield area organizations, including Harmony House, the Ozarks Regional YMCA, and Elevate Lives. He was selected as one of the Springfield Business Journal’s 2013 Men of the Year. He is a graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri, with a B.A. degree in communication, and a graduate of Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, with an M.A. degree in communication. He also completed Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive program.
Future and Financial Planning for Parents and Guardians of Children with Special Needs
Sean DiGiovanni, Northwestern Mutual
Thursday, March 7, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83804048980?pwd=VWkvdFRBOWUzNjNmZ0puMittSk9tUT09
About the Session: Join Sean to learn more about financial planning for persons with disabilities. Sean will talk about Case Management, Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, 529A/Able Accounts, and how to fund a trust. Please invite any friends, family, parents, guardians, or others from your organization who might benefit from this training topic.
About the Speaker: Sean DiGiovanni, originally from Kansas City, Missouri moved to Wichita, Kansas in 2003 with his wife Gretchen and their then 2-year-old triplet boys; Jack, Paul and Sam. Sean spent 20 years in the Restaurant Industry with multiple concepts and then joined Northwestern Mutual in 2012.
He is passionate about planning for his clients and takes great pride in his relationships with his clients. He believes in giving back to his community and is very involved in several charitable organizations.
Sean’s son Sam was diagnosed with Autism in 2003, and he has since focused part of his practice working with families with special needs children and the financial challenges that come with the diagnosis. Sean also enjoys working with clients in agriculture, as well as medical professionals and young families.
Sean’s motto is “It takes what it takes” and is his driving force.
Tinder, Grindr, and More: Supporting People with I/DD who use Dating Apps
Kate Napolitano, Wildwood Programs
Gwen Squire, People, Inc.
Wednesday, March 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83275714019?pwd=MUhub2dPNGxPZ3dFUG1tMmlaWXhvZz09
About the Session: People with I/DD want to be in relationships, but often struggle with just how to meet people. One of the ways they can meet people is through dating apps, but how do we successfully support someone when using dating apps? This can be challenging for anyone, whether you’re a person with I/DD or someone who supports them. For example, as a support person, youmight be asking yourself: How can I help someone when I don’t know anything about these apps? What do I need to understand in order to be supportive in a positive way versus a fear based way? What knowledge and skills are needed in order for people with I/DD to navigate these apps safely? Join us for this online workshop and leave feeling more confident that youcan handle this topic.
About the Speakers: Kate Napolitano, MA, LCSW is currently the Social Relationships and Sexuality Educator for an agency that serves individuals with I/DD, called Wildwood Programs, of Albany, NY. She also runs a small private psychotherapy practice in NY’s Hudson Valley, specializing in matters concerning Sexuality, Relationships and Sexual Identities. Kate entered the clinical social work field in 2012, and has been studying the intersections of disability for the duration of that time. She holds a masters in Human Sexuality from NYU, and a masters in Social Work from Fordham University. Most recently, she is a founding member of new professional alliance SEDD: Sexuality Educators supporting people with Developmental Disabilities in NY. For more information about this new alliance, Kate can be reached at knapolitano@wildwoodprograms.
Gwen is an Advocacy Support Professional at People, Inc., advising agency-affiliated advocacy groups and serving on multiple boards, including DDAWNY, Center For Self Advocacy CSA, and the Sanys Self Advocacy Regional Conference Planning Committee. She co-founded Outside The Box Associates with Mike Rogers and Alex Jusko, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering individuals with and without disabilities to achieve their dreams while offering disability awareness presentations and workshops. With 27 years of experience in the rehabilitation field and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Buffalo, Gwen passionately advocates for disability rights and inclusion, inspiring others to recognize the abilities and aspirations of people with disabilities.
Navigating Food Selectivity and Textures for Individuals with Disabilities
Chelsea Reinberg, MPH, RDN, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension
Wednesday, April 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83723006659?pwd=akVzemJRQk8vNTJRUnNlOS9NNDFuQT09
About the Session: Food texture sensitivities, food aversions, eating behaviors, and reduced capacity to chew, swallow, and use utensils may make eating more difficult for individuals with disabilities. Addressing these challenges require special considerations. Food modifications and mealtime assistance need to be properly implemented by care givers to ensure that individuals consume an adequate diet. In this one-hour webinar, learn more about various forms of food selectivity and how to create an environment that supports positive food behaviors and prevents nutrition deficiencies and poor health.
About the Speaker: Chelsea Reinberg is a Registered Dietitian and works for K-State Research and Extension serving Johnson County, Kansas. In her role as Nutrition, Food Safety and Health Agent, Chelsea provides education and outreach to the community working with the diverse audiences and groups that reside in Johnson County, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chelsea has a passion for ensuring that all people live healthy lives and believes that food is a powerful tool to help achieve that goal.
Sherry Biddle, Sunflower Health Plan; Aaron Norris, KDADS; Connie Keeling, GoodLife Innovations
Wednesday, April 24, 2 – 3 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84075209073?pwd=WFV2S3M4L01LeVdtbUhCRWNNTFdOZz09
About the Session: We will be providing an overview of the shared living program. We will be discussing the process for choosing shared living, the roles of the shared living providers, shared living contractors and Individuals.
About the Speakers: Sherry is the Community Living Facilitator for Sunflower Health Plan. Sherry has over 30 years of experience working with members with Intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sherry has lots of experience with Shared living. She graduated from Friends University with a major in Human Resource Management. She is certified in KIPBS and completed training through NADD. She is also a certified Person-Centered Thinking Trainer.
Connie expertly brings together individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and caring, professional families who are excited to share their life experiences with others. Connie has more than 30 years of extensive experience advocating for and supporting families across Kansas as an in-home family therapist, Executive Director of the Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, Kansas CASA Association past President and current board member, and Program Manager for KVC Behavioral Healthcare. She holds a Ph.D in Developmental and Child Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of Kansas.
Developing Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Training
Liz Holle, Big Lakes Developmental Center
Thursday, May 2, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86583336081?pwd=Vko5MWNYTDUwdjFoanZIMitlQmJGZz09
About the Session: A fundamental responsibility as a service provider to individuals with IDD is to use all available community resources to support the agency’s mission. Unfortunately, this occasionally includes law enforcement services. Emily Loudermilk and I developed a two hour training for law enforcement officers from Manhattan and the surrounding area to educate them on identifying and better understanding individuals with I/DD, available supports, communication tips, what to expect and best practices when encountering situations involving the I/DD population. Our training was well received and we have been asked to conduct the same training yearly as a part of their annual CIT program. Learn about the process we developed for building this comprehensive and interactive training and how to set training goals for police officers in your area.
About the Speaker: I started working as a Para educator 20 years ago and started as a Direct Support Professional in a group home for men with complex behavioral support needs at Big Lakes Developmental Center 16 years ago while I was working on my degree at KSU. After several positions and a few promotions I am currently the Deputy Operations Officer. I am a mother of four who is currently in graduate school for my master’s degree in nonprofit administration. At Big Lakes I am responsible for providing leadership and oversight for community integration, support services, safety and transportation, farm services, community employment, contract oversight and procurement for work contracts. Additionally, I oversee three group homes and some supported living services in the Manhattan and Clay Center area. I was a graduate of the first Ancor Leadership Academy class, I am a member of the Hype Connect Committee, Rotary, and Junior League.
Fragile X Training
Matt Mosconi, Director, Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, University of Kansas
Ann Genovese, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center
Wednesday, May 8, 2 – 3 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88249848147?pwd=Y2w2VThVbllMZzdJWGQ1SDAybWlDQT09
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Common Behavioral Presentations of Underlying Medical Conditions in People with IDD
Craig Escude, IntellectAbility
Thursday, May 16, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86119076795?pwd=dFIxWm0wOVlKTTArM09wMUVFeEF4UT09
About the Session: Behavior is a form of communication. Adverse behaviors in people with IDD are often a way of communicating underlying pain or emotional discomfort and require a thorough evaluation for treatable underlying causes before starting a person on medication or behavior support plans to reduce the actions. This presentation will use real-life case studies to illustrate 10 different groups of behaviors that can point to specific underlying treatable medical causes that can improve the health, wellness, and quality of life in people you support.
About the Speaker: Dr. Craig Escudé is a board-certified Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and President of IntellectAbility. He has over 20 years of clinical experience providing medical care for people with IDD and complex medical and mental health conditions. He is the author of “Clinical Pearls in IDD Healthcare” and developer of the “Curriculum in IDD Healthcare,” an eLearning course used to train clinicians on the fundamentals of healthcare for people with IDD, and the host of the IDD Health Matters Podcast.
Lea Aunins, empac
Tuesday, June 4, 10 – 11 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88911473320?pwd=OW5IaWtJQ0NCQ3A5QytCc29sTDVZUT09
About the Session: Let’s face it, change is inevitable, but not always easy. This training will help participants develop an understanding of why it is important to manage change well and some tools they can use to make the transition feel less chaotic.
About the Speaker:Lea Aunins has a background in social work and spent more than 25 years of her career assisting the elderly, children, and families in crisis, with respect for trauma informed care. During that time, she facilitated both individual and group trainings for families to become licensed foster parents. It was through this opportunity she realized her passion for training and education that she gets to fulfill in her current position with EMPAC. She believes helping others to live happy, healthy, and balanced lives has been some of her most rewarding work experience.
Employment First Training
Colorado Office of Employment First
Thursday, June 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88977489808?pwd=SXhScnZXMEdsT3FvUkJybEtadnE3Zz09
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Grief & Loss for Social Workers
Heather Brown, JCDS
Wednesday, July 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84127289232?pwd=UXpHenlTMEJGZ2pwY1JWaGJ5dngzdz09
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Michelle Niedens, KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Friday, July 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83252089254?pwd=TzREQlp5UmdwVlJaK1grSFFsWnRSUT09
About the Session: An empowered approach to detecting and managing dementia in individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
About the Speaker: Michelle Niedens, LSCSW, is Director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Cognitive Care Network, a community-based program focused on early detection, provider partnerships, support services and education. Ms. Niedens received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She completed clinical mentorship and holds clinical social work licenses in Kansas and Missouri. Ms. Niedens career has been dedicated to working with elders and those with Alzheimer’s disease, including tenure in geriatric psychiatric inpatient settings, serving as Director of Education, Programs, and Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter and teaching social work practice at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Ms. Niedens special interests include assessment and intervention for associated neuropsychiatric challenges and advancing programs and services for individuals living with early-stage dementia. She has participated in regional and state-wide efforts in both areas of interest.
Wound Care for Caregivers
Martha Kelso, Wound Care Plus
Wednesday, August 14, 2 – 4 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89667187183?pwd=ZVRLRXNMNUtaUzQzNmZwdE5xQzNiUT09
About the Session: As our name implies, we are more than an advanced wound care specialty group. ThePLUSmeans our skilled and caring advanced wound specialists can treat anyone with a wound or skin disorder at almost any location including hospitals, outpatient wound centers, long term care, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential care communities and group homes. We bring advanced wound care,PLUSclinical excellence and education for clients, families, caregivers, medical staff, and managers alike.
About the Speaker: Martha Kelso is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wound Care Plus, LLC (WCP). As a visionary and entrepreneur in the field of mobile medicine, she has operated mobile wound care practices nationwide for many years. She enjoys educating on the art and science of wound healing and how practical solutions apply to healthcare professionals today.
Kelso’s desire to make health care a better place for consumers motivated her desire to form and found WCP. In her early career, she was a wound nurse in long term care and this past experience has committed Kelso to educate other fellow wound nurses on regulations and national standards of wound healing thereby empowering the bedside nurse with tools and knowledge. Kelso has educated over a thousand nurses since her education efforts began giving nurses a solid base and foundation to excel with their wound care practical application skills.
Greg Baker, empac
Wednesday, August 28, 2 – 3 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85893547320?pwd=ZW1vaTkzYVNVYUVtNjZPbSsrNXJiQT09
About the Session:This training will help participants learn the importance of respectful communication in the workplace. They will explore the various ways this is demonstrated and receive tips on how to improvement their skills.
About the Speaker: Greg Baker is a lifetime resident of Wichita and has an extensive background in HR that includes providing guidance and support across the United States and in Canada in a variety of roles, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, compliance management, employee development, coaching, mentoring, and training. He is a student of human nature and passionate about helping organizations create more respectful, inclusive, and productive work environments. Greg collaborated with Empac for more than 25 years before joining the staff, and as a member of the Empac team, now enjoys the opportunity to acquaint others with the successes he has seen organizations and individuals experience through utilization of Empac’s services.