Conference Tracks & Session Topics:
All of our workshops are designed to offer Direct Support Professionals and Front Line Supervisors skills and knowledge to move to the next level of awesome! Our presenters and facilitators are excited about sharing best practices with attendees
. Many of these workshops will be offered twice to give participants the greatest opportunity to see the session they are interested in.
My Role as a DSP in Successful Employment
DSPs have an integral role in successful employment. DSPs are so close to the person receiving supports that they often know some important facts that can be used to land that perfect job. Participants attending this session will learn ways to positively affect the employment search for the people they support.
Using Technology to Find Employment for the Person I Support
Are you using the latest technology to assist you in the job search for the person you support? There are so many opportunities available to us today to help someone land that perfect job.
Yes - there's an app for that!
Community Inclusion and Empowerment Track
No One Left Behind
Many times people who are given the opportunity to participate in events and activities are those who speak and share their thoughts about their wants/desires. But what about those who don't use words to communicate? No one should be left behind. Everyone communicates. Learn techniques to find out what people really want to be doing.
Community Involvement - Person Centered
In light of the community rule, we see a lot of people going "out" but it's more than a day at the mall. Find out from these DSPs how they've used a person centered approach to make the day meaningful and to realize true person centeredness!
What does "safe" really mean?
DSPs are responsible for supporting individuals in having a full life,
but how can we facilitate this in a meaningful and effective manner.
Assistive Technology and the Community
We have only begun to scratch the surface to look at what's available in technology that can support a person with disabilities. This session will provide different assistive technology that is available and being used successfully.
Personal Development Track
Stretching Your Salary
This session will present simple tips & strategies to help attendees do more with the money they have.
Back by popular demand! We know life as a DSP can be very stressful. Explore and identify your current stressors and where you are wasting time. Practical solutions and techniques will be shared and popular apps to manage stress, anxiety, sleep, happiness and mood will be discussed.
Coping with Grief
We are always looking for ways to cope with losing someone important to us whether it is a family member, a friend, co-worker or someone we support. This session will discuss ways to cope during this difficult time and to help those you support with coping with their feelings of loss and grief as well.
Professional Development Track
Strategies for Working with Difficult People
This workshop is designed to give you the tools, strategies and skills to work with difficult people. We will examine conversations and situations that have proved to be difficult in the past and strategies for you to be successful when the situation presents itself in the future.
DSPs Navigating Change
Did you realize you are an agent of change? There are so many things that you can do to empower the people you support. This is the time to find ways to go to the next level.
Being a DSP or Frontline Supervisor requires constant multi-tasking. The appointments, the community activities, the support, the paperwork, the activities of daily living, and the emergencies all must be juggled. Help!