Professional Development

Work With Me Here! Professional Development Seminar

Thursday, August 15, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Washington

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Work With Me Here! Professional Development Seminar

Work With Me Here!

Professional Development Seminar

Calling all Disability Advocacy and

Human Service Professionals!

The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project team is hosting a FREE 

half-day seminar in Warren County on August 15, 2019.

The event is free of charge and open to any Direct Support Professional, support coordinator, job coach, program administrator, or staff member supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Registration is required.

Date: Thursday, August 15th

Location: Warren County Community College, 475 NJ-57, Washington, NJ 07882

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 AM:

Registration

9:00 - 9:15 AM:

Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 AM:

Workshop Session #1

10:45 - 11:45 AM:

Workshop Session #2

12:00 - 12:30 PM:

Wrap Up & Distribute

Certificates of Attendance

Workshops

Workshop A: 

"Hello, I'm Here."

Presenters:

Jessica Lax, Self-Advocate, MSW, LSW 

Crystal Rogers, Parent Advocate and Political & Community Organizer with NY State Nurses Association

Description:

How we treat one another matters. The treatment of people with disabilities is a subject that is often overlooked. This presentation discusses how effectively interacting with people with disabilities leads to inclusion and acceptance.

Workshop B:

"Decisions, Decisions!”

Presenter:

Carinne Buzzuto, Training Coordinator & Self-Advocacy Advisor at The Arc of Warren

Description:

DSPs will learn how to effectively help Individuals with DD/ID make choices in their lives. What we eat, what we wear, what we learn, and what we do for fun or relaxation, are all examples of decisions important to us, and our quality of life. People who have a disability should have the opportunity to choose for themselves what they want in life. This workshop will focus on knowing the people you support well, so that suggestions and what is offered is catered to what the individual likes. How to know what a person wants, without needing them to tell us with words/ sentences, will also be discussed. 

Note: Group activity: Roleplaying scenarios that involve staff with various consumers of different abilities. The staff will execute what was learned in the presentation in real life situations. Visual cues, using physical cues, and reading body language and facial expressions will be demonstrated.

Workshop C:

Best Practice or Best Friend?

The Value of Professional Boundaries

Presenter:

Wesley Anderson, Director of Training and Consultation Services at The Arc of New Jersey

Description:

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a challenge in any field. It is even more difficult when the job attracts compassionate individuals who want to help others. However, the line between what is helpful for the individuals we serve in the short-term and empowering for them in the long-term are not always one and the same. In this session, we will discuss the difference between the two and explore strategies for navigating the gray area. 

Registration

The event is free of charge and open to any

Direct Support Professional, support coordinator, job coach, program administrator, or staff member supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Click here to download the registration form.

Please e-mail your completed registration form to [email protected].

Questions?

Please contact Erin Smithers with the NJ Self-Advocacy Project at [email protected] or call 732-246-2525 ext. 26.

Community Services
Education
Health Services
Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 08/09/19