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Upcoming Training: 
 

Monday, Aug. 26 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Topeka, KS OR via Webinar!
Register here: Maltreatment exposure: What to look for and how to respond

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Childhood maltreatment is a growing public health concern with over 600,000 victims of abuse in 2017, and many of these youth will continue to face adversity throughout adulthood. This presentation aims to provide a general overview of maltreatment and review recent rates of exposure for vulnerable populations. We will discuss the impact of trauma across the lifespan, including a review of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on future victimization, perpetration, and lifelong health concerns. We will spend time discussing common types of victimizations for adults and how to identify abuse exposure. We plan to review evidence-based interventions, particularly those for individuals with developmental disabilities, and identify community resources. Finally, we will discuss secondary trauma and how staff can utilize self-care strategies to stay well. This talk will include didactic and interactive features to convey key concepts related to the impact of maltreatment exposure.

Stephanie Gusler is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas. Her primary research focus is on mechanisms, such as appraisals of adversity and emotion regulation, that may help explain the intergenerational continuity of adversity from parent to child. Ms. Gusler hopes to implement research that can be used to inform interventions for parents who experienced childhood maltreatment, to help prevent the continuation of adversity for their children. Ms. Gusler completed her BS in Psychology at Radford University, where she conducted independent research on college female’s experience of childhood poly-victimization. After completing her undergraduate degree, she completed her MA in Psychology at Wake Forest University, where she interned with a child abuse prevention agency. She currently works as the programming director for her advisor’s federally-funded longitudinal research innovative examining preschoolers’ adjustment and intergenerational risk of trauma exposure.

Austen McGuire is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. Broadly speaking, he is interested in understanding the effects of trauma or adversity exposure in children and adolescents. Within this area, he is interested in how trauma exposure is measured, how trauma exposure influences cognitive and academic development, as well as identifying what factors (biological, social, and psychological) contribute to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mr. McGuire earned his BA and MA from the University of Kansas. He currently works as the data collection director for his advisor’s federally-funded longitudinal research innovative examining preschoolers’ adjustment and intergenerational risk of trauma exposure.

Katie Stone is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas. Broadly, her research interests include individual and environmental factors that influence adaptive and maladaptive outcomes for youth exposed to maltreatment, such as emotion regulation, family environment, and perceptions of belonging. Ms. Stone earned her BA in Psychology and Legal Studies at Hamline University. She earned her MA from the University of Kansas, where she examined the influence of family environment in various foster care placements. Currently, Ms. Stone is the Principle Investigator of a study examining the influence of sibling relationships on emotion regulation of preschool-aged children from impoverished communities.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Monday, Aug. 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.


Thursdays in Sept. 5, 12, 19, and 26 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Virtual
*Participants MUST attend all four sessions, please register by Aug. 1 to ensure your booklet is mailed prior to the start date
Register here: Mental Health Approaches to I/DD

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This training will cover the first four modules, and a booklet will be provided to you prior to the training start date. Training taught by Dee Nighswonger, LMSW, LCAC, Director, Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization, Shannon Bynorth, Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization, and Kat Sweeney, Sunflower. 

What is Dual Diagnosis? This module will provide clear definition within I/DD, MI, and Dual Diagnoses. The course will articulate prevalence rates, common syndromes, describe what is meant by “behavioral phenotype” along with identifying and describing DSM usage, the articulation of prevalence rates, vulnerability risk factors and characteristics of persons with IDD/MI.

Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness – This module includes information regarding signs and symptoms of Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders and psychosis.  The module highlights the importance of observation and behavioral equivalence.  Participants will be able to list three signs commonly present in people who have IDD. 

Support Strategies - In this module advanced support strategies will be discussed.  Participants will summarize 3 crisis management strategies, describe the main characteristics and components of Positive Behavior Supports, understand the importance of communication and setting tone when supporting a person with IDD and list verbal and non-verbal de-escalation support strategies.

Inter-Systems Collaboration - Effective services do not occur in a vacuum but rather as a result of deliberate planning by a variety of stakeholders.  In this module participants will learn how limited collaboration can result in barriers to services delivery and explore ideas for implementing planning strategies to improve outcomes for people with co-occurring conditions. 

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Thursday, Aug, 1 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, Sept. 6 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Wichita, KS
Register here: Cerebral Palsy: What to Consider

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This presentation will describe the condition of Cerebral Palsy and its effects on children and adults.  Common types of CP will be discussed as well as other conditions that are common for those who have CP.  This presentation will be light and interactive in nature.  An adult with CP will attend to give a unique perspective on the condition and what it has been like to deal with it.

David W. Kemp, OTR/L, ATP is the Vice President of Technical Services at the Daniel M. Carney Rehab Engineering Center / CPRF Wichita.  Mr. Kemp has been an OT for over 30 years and specifically a wheelchair and seating specialist for the last 20 years at CPRF.  He is certified in NDT with the CP child and has worked with many children and adults with CP.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, Aug, 30 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.


 

Monday, Sept. 16 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Oskaloosa, KS
Register here: Emergency Preparedness & Active Shooter

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National Preparedness Month, held annually in September, is a good reminder that natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time. It's important to have a planned response when you're at work, on vacation or on the road. Join us for to learn about emergency preparedness and active shooter training. 

Taught by Keith Jeffers, Emergency Manager, Jefferson County, Kansas. 

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Monday, Sept. 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.


 Thursday, Sept. 19 - Wichita, KS
Hosted by ResCare, Flyer linked below with details! 
Exploring Compassion Fatigue: A Reality for Caregivers & Enhancing Direct Practice Communication Skills, Using People First Language & Disability Etiquette