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Upcoming Training: 
 
Wednesday, Jan. 29 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Lawrence, KS
Register here: Brand Yourself. Build Yourself. Helping Women in Leadership Stand Out and Move Forward. 

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Join us and learn to: Define your personal brand through the creation of your vision statement and elevator speech, leverage your personal brand across social media, platforms, and formulate your strategic plan and honor the priorities that serve you.

 

Taught by: Crystal Hong (she / her / hers) is a diverse leader, versatile communicator, and clutch player in the communications, marketing, and human resources industries. Her career, coupled with her education and activism, equips her with honed communication skills, proficient industry practice, and an executive presence needed to influence in today’s workplace. While she flexes between communications / marketing and human resources depending on the organization’s needs, she is currently designing and facilitating training programs as a Talent Development Program Designer. She holds a Master of Science in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, as well as DDI Facilitator and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certifications. Crystal is passionate about minority-employee career advancement, representation, and success, as well as laughter and self-awareness.  

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Wednesday, Jan. 22 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Wednesday, Feb. 5 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Webinar
No Registration Required! 

Leadership Strategies for DSP Retention from Day 1

Imagine you’re trying to fill a cup with water, but the cup has no bottom. Obviously, it won’t work.

However, many providers are using this approach to employee turnover. Are you trying fix turnover by recruiting more people?

After the session, you'll understand:

  • How to get buy-in from your team to make changes.
  • Ways to start using existing staff and resources to improve retention of new DSPs today.
  • What you can learn from LEGO to retain new employees. 

Taught By: Scott has helped providers increase their online applications for DSP jobs by over 300%. Recently, they helped a provider avoid wasting over $100,000 on a retention effort that would not fix the root issue.

He’s hosted a webinar for and been published multiple times by ANCOR.

Additionally, he’s also presented at conferences and webinars for provider associations in twelve states.

Scott is on a mission to transform 1,000 developmental disabilities providers by December 31, 2021, by teaching them how to attract and motivate people whose passion is helping others.

Join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/996592925

If your computer doesn't have a microphone, just call:
646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 996 592 925

If you've never used Zoom video conferencing:

It's easy to set-up. Watch the simple 1-minute video on how to get started.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhAEoCF7jg



***DATE CHANGE DUE TO SNOW***
Friday, Feb, 21 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Wathena, KS

Register here: Deep Dive: Autism

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This training will provide an overview of the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  We will discover the best practices used to help many individuals with ASD and explore varied interventions that have proven to be successful throughout a range of settings.

Taught by:
Jill Haack who started in the field in about 1996 or so in Missouri as a DSP working for Nova Center. She was later hired by Johnson County Developmental Supports and has been working for Johnson County for more than 20 years.  Many of those years were providing Direct Support.  Jill became a Mandt trainer around 11 years ago and spent two years as a Mental Health Case Manager in the Children and Family Division of Johnson County Mental Health.  Three years ago she accepted a position as a Behavioral Health Specialist on our Community Behavioral Health Team working with individuals with I/DD as well as a Mental Health Diagnosis. Jill does training and liaison work in her current position for JCDS, JCMH, affiliate providers, and client families. 

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Monday, Dec. 9 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Overland Park, KS

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Join us to follow up from last year's course in Best Practices: Medication Administration. You can attend Part Two even if you did not attend Part One. 

Taught by:
Teresa Galutia, MS 
and Sara Owen, APRN
Lakemary Center

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Wednesday, Feb. 19 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Tuesday, Mar. 3 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Overland Park, KS
Register here: Compassion without Fatigue

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Mindfulness, Boundaries, and the Practice of Empathy
Participants will gain a conceptual framework for:

  • the differences between secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout
  • ways we develop secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout—and how to recover
  • the relationship between mindfulness, boundaries, empathy, and resilience
  • Participants will walk away with protective strategies
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Tools to reinforce intra-personal boundaries
  • Rapid Resets to use when triggered in the moment
  • Practicing empathy as a skill (vs. feeling) to protect your emotional reserves
  • Rituals of Release for personal vitality

Taught by: Ricki Moran is the Assistant Director of Field Education and an Assistant Professor in the Masters of Social Work program at Park University.  Ricki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Play Therapist, and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Ricki got her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Park University and Masters in Social Work from UMKC.  She is currently working on her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas. 

Her specialty areas are promoting self-care practices, working with kids who have experienced trauma, and Child-Centered Play Therapy.  Ricki has trained and presented on topics of self-care, emotional and physical safety, suicide prevention, and compassion without fatigue.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Tuesday, Feb. 25 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Friday, Mar. 27 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Overland Park, KS
Register here: Deep Dive: Fragile X and Prader Willi

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This workshop will help you better understand and identify the basic principles of genetics and medical genetics, genetic testing available in diagnosing and treating human diseases and causation of genetic disorders including autism, birth defects and intellectual disability with fragile X and Prader-Willi syndromes, as examples.

Taught by:
Merlin G. Butler, MD, PhD, FFACMG
Director, Division of Research and Genetics
Director, KUMC Genetics Clinic
Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics
ABMG Certified Clinical Geneticist and Clinical Cytogeneticist  

Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics
Kansas University Medical Center

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, March 20 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


Friday, Apr. 3 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Topeka, KS
Register here: Stage-Based Strategies for Dementia Care

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Do you or your DSPs struggle with providing appropriate and adequate care to individuals with Dementia? Does this seem dependent on the stage of Dementia the person is experiencing? Just as the symptoms of Dementia can quickly change, the support needs for the person can also quickly change. Recognition of the Dementia stages is critical to providing high-quality services that continue to honor the person and enhance their quality of life. 

This session will address Early, Middle, and Late-Stage/End of life issues with Dementia Care. Each stage will be addressed specifically, with a focus on stage-based features and presentations, caregiving support needs, and intervention strategies.

Taught by:
Heather Brown, JCDS

Heather Brown has a Masters in Gerontology, and has been working in the I/DD field for over 13 years. Her experience includes 8+ years as a direct support professional, 4 years as a residential supervisor, and is now the Training and Development Specials for Johnson County Developmental Supports. She is a certified dementia trainer through the National Task Group, and has participated in several projects designing residential homes specifically for individuals with dementia.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, March 27 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.