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Dave Hingsburger photo

 

David Hingsburger webinar cancellations

We are heartbroken to inform you that David Hingsburger passed away on July 18, 2021.  He was monumental in progressing our system forward and advocating for people with disabilities.  His life and his work mattered.  Our thoughts are with his husband of 52 years, Joe Jobes, and all of the lives he touched.

The upcoming webinars are cancelled.

Behaviour:  Ten Commandments of Reinforcement

July 22, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

 

Behaviour the Hypotheses

September 29, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

 

Sexuality and Disability:  Myths and Miconceptions

November 3, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

 

  

Andre Koen photo4 Pillars of Ally-Ship:  Earned and Unearned Privilege (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Andre Koen

Program Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic

August 3, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

This is the third topic in a series of four addressing race and racism.  We all have earned and unearned privilege.  Privilege must be acknowledged and understood to curb power imbalance.  Unexamined privilege may turn into entitlement and cynicism.

Andre Koen is the Program Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Mayo Clinic.  Mr. Koen promotes the concept that "the way you think impacts the way you live" with the belief that one has the power to improve one's situation.  He educates and supports individuals and organizations to improve their situations.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Angela Grassi photoRecognition and Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Angela Grassi, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder, The PCOS Nutrition Center

August 4, 2021

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

PCOS is one of the most under-recognized and under treated medical conditions with numerous long-term health implications.  This presentation will review the signs and symptoms of PCOS and diagnostic criteria with appropriate lab tests.  Treatment options, including the importance of sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes, will be discussed.

Angela Grassi is the founder of The PCOS Nutrition Center where she provides evidence-based nutrition information and coaching to women with PCOS.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Katie Miller photoThe Trust Program:  How to Give Independence to Someone Learning How to Use It (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Katie Miller, DSW, B.A. (Hons)

Behaviour Therapist, Vita Community Living Services

August 10, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

We teach people with disabilities skills that enable them to engage in pro-social behaviour, to use self-restraint when it comes to temper or acting out.  But how do we know when someone is ready?  The Trust Program was developed to give staff a data based approach to allowing people to first venture into independence.  It reduces risks and ensures the job of teaching has been done.

Katie Miller, DSW, B.A. (Hons) is a Behaviour Therapist at Vita Community Living Services.  Katie works primarily within homes for men with intellectual and/or dual diagnosis who offend sexually, but also supports a spectrum of individuals in service.  She has worked in the field of Intellectual Disability for 20 years.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Bob Krome photoEvan Walters photoIntroduction to Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD); Including Autism (ASD) (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Evan Walters, BS

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

August 17, 2021

                            Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Participants will gain an understanding of the historical factors involved with the treatment of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Through empathy and understanding, participants will then review crucial elements of IDD:  statistics, diagnostic criteria, positive approaches, needs, etc.  Participants will gain knowledge on the basic elements, but will also understand that individuals even if "labeled" with similar diagnoses, are not defined by their diagnosis.  Getting to know who a person is, is the best way to know how to work with a person.

Bob Krome has worked in the field of therapy/behavior supports for the last 14 years with people with Intellectual Disabilities.  He is a current member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MARATSA).  Bob is also a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP).

Evan Walters has 15 years of direct care and leadership experience within the Lehigh Valley supporting individuals with IDD and building strong, creative, and effective systems and teams.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

SSuperhero Academy photouperhero Academy (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  TeamBuilding

teambuilding.com

September 8, 2021

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bang!  Pow!  Crash!  You will come to the virtual Superhero Academy with one mission in mind:  save the world and defeat the supervillains standing in your way.  TeamBuilding's expert Super-visor will guide participants through a series of puzzles and challenges which will test their strengths and wits as they try to uncover the supervillains hidden in their midst.  **This class is limited to 30 participants.**

TeamBuilding is an online platform for team building.  They lead virtual team building activities through the use of games and activities.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Wess Bush photoRecognizing the Disorder Next Door:  Mental Health Identification and Vance Farrell photoAwareness (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Wess Bush, M.S.

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC.

Presenter:  Vance Farrell, M.S.

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC.

September 14, 2021

                           3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Participants will define mental health issues and mental illness and gain understanding around the stigmas and stereotypes associated.  This webinar also reviews statistical truths and helps participants understand mental health issues are far more common than society portrays.  The webinar will also help participants understand ways to build sensitivity surrounding mental illness.  Lastly, it will briefly touch on the topic of dual diagnosis.

Wess Bush is a trainer for New Leaf Supports.  He has a Master's degree in Psychology and has worked for more than 15 years in the mental health field.

Vance Farrell is a trainer with New Leaf Supports and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in Forensic Psychology.  He has worked in the mental health field for 9 years and is a Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Amanda Gee photoWhJessica Capra photoen Trauma Needs To Be Resolved:  Giving People the Opportunity to Heal (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Amanda Gee

Multi Modal Supportive Therapist, Vita Community Living Services

Presenter:  Jessica Capra

Behaviour Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist, Vita Community Living Services

September 15, 2021

   11 a.m. - Noon

People with disabilities experience all sorts of different kinds of trauma throughout their lifetimes and sometimes it needs to be worked through before people can begin to experience joy and trust again.  This session will look at alternate ways to help people deal with different types of trauma.

Amanda Gee has worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities for the past 20 years.  Amanda is currently the Multi Modal Supportive Therapist at Vita Community Living Services and is part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team.

Jessica Capra is a behaviour therapist and registered psychotherapist at Vita Community Living Services.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Laura Yautz photoHealthy Cooking Class (for Self-Advocates & Staff) (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Laura Yautz, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC

Registered Dietcian and Owner, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Being Nutritious

September 21, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

In this hands-on, virtual cooking class, participants will cook an entrée and a side dish from start to finish.  Follow along as Registered Dietician, Laura Yatuz, demonstrates each recipe.  Laura will also share nutrition facts and trivia, how to read nutrition labels, and explanations of cooking terminology.  Gather your housemates, staff, and co-workers to cook a meal and then sit down and enjoy eating it together.  The ingredient list and equipment list will be emailed a week prior to the class so you can be ready to cook.  On the menu for September:  sheet pan chicken fajitas and roasted corn and poblano pepper salad.  **This class is limited to 4 groups.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.**

Laura Yautz is a Registered Dietician and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach with over 15 years in the field.  She is the owner of Being Nutritious (beingnutritious.com), a website featuring easy recipes and tips to help make cooking for a healthy heart easy and delicious for everyone.

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

  

 

Andre Koen photo4 Pillars of Ally-Ship:  Wielding Power (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Andre Koen

Program Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic

October 5, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

This is the fourth topic in a series of four addressing race and racism.  Wielding your own power is required for change to occur.  This session will focus on the practical and pragmatic ways we can address our own bias that limits our ability to be effective.

Andre Koen is the Program Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Mayo Clinic.  Mr. Koen promotes the concept that "the way you think impacts the way you live" with the belief that one has the power to improve one's situation.  He educates and supports individuals and organizations to improve their situations.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Social Engineering photoSocial Engineering:  Hacking Human Psychology (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Leslie Dollman

MIS Administrator, Milestone HCQU West

October 6, 2021

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW that 95% of successful cyberattacks are caused by human error?  It's TRUE!  Using social engineering, cybercriminals are easily able to convince people to divulge confidential information, send money, or download a file that installs malware on their organization's network.  What is social engineering exactly, and how does it affect you?  Join us for an informative and eye-opening webinar to learn about this threat to cybersecurity, what you need to know, and tips for protecting yourself, your organization, and your family.  Don't become one of the 95%!

Leslie Dollman is the MIS Administrator at Milestone HCQU West.  Leslie loves helping people overcome their fear of technology, and empowering them to use it safely, respectfully, and responsibly.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Laura Yautz photoHealthy Cooking Class (FOR SELF-ADVOCATES & STAFF) (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Laura Yautz, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC

Registered Dietician and Owner, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Being Nutritious

October 11, 2021

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

In this hands-on, virtual cooking class, participants will cook an entrée and side dishes from start to finish.  Follow along as Registered Dietician, Laura Yautz, demonstrates each recipe.  Laura will also share nutrition facts and trivia, how to read nutrition labels, and explanations of cooking terminology.  Gather your housemates, staff, and co-workers to cook a meal and then sit down and enjoy eating it together.  The ingredient and equipment list will be emailed a week prior to the class so you can be ready to cook.  On the menu for October:  apple cider chicken skillet, a cauliflower and white bean soup, and simple green salad with homemade dressing.  **This class is limited to 4 groups.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussions by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.**

Laura Yautz is a Registered Dietician and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach with over 15 years in the field.  She is the owner of Being Nutritious (beingnutritious.com), a website featuring easy recipes and tips to help make cooking for a healthy heart easy and delicious for everyone.

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

 

 

Bob Krome photoVance Farrell photoProfessional Boundaries:  Protecting Yourself and Others (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Vance Farrell, M.S.

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

October 13, 2021

      3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This training will focus on the importance of boundaries and ethics.  When people care for others, it is difficult to remain professional, as oversharing or over-caring can become a challenge.  This training will help folks understand the Zone of Helpfulness, boundaried approaches, ethical standards, etc., so that attendees may feel comfortable and confident with their style of compassion and care.

Bob Krome has worked in the field of therapy/behavior supports for the last 14 years with people with Intellectual Disabilities.  He is a current member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MARATSA).  Bob is also a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP).

Vance Farrell is a trainer with New Leaf Supports and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in Forensic Psychology.  He has worked in the mental health field for 9 years and is a Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Dr. Ann Parker photoPost-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19:  The Johns Hopkins Post-Acute COVID-19 Team Experience (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Ann M. Parker, MD, PhD

Intensivist, Assistant Professor, Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Post-Acute COVID-19 Team (JH PACT); Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Johns Hopkins University

October 29, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 or Long COVID is an emerging public health crisis.  Growing literature demonstrates that patients with COVID-19 are at risk of experiencing impairments in physical, cognitive, and mental health that persist for weeks to months after acute illness.  Research is rapidly evolving to understand epidemiology, mechanisms, and therapeutic interventions.  This lecture will explore what we know about Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 and describe a multidisciplinary approach, based on knowledge of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, to provide support for patients with symptoms beyond acute COVID-19.

Ann M. Parker, MD, PhD is an Intesivist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Parker has applied her expertise in evaluating outcomes for survivors of critical illness to address the needs of COVID-19 survivors as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Post-Acute COVID-19 Team (PACT) Program.

To enroll, click here.

 

  

Laura Yautz photoHealthy Cooking Class (FOR SELF-ADVOCATES & STAFF) (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Laura Yautz, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC

Registered Dietician and Owner, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Being Nutritious

November 12, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

In this hands-on, virtual cooking class, participants will cook an entrée and side dishes from start to finish.  Follow along as Registered Dietician, Laura Yautz, demonstrates each recipe.  Laura will also share nutrition facts and trivia, how to read nutrition labels, and explanations of cooking terminology.  Gather your housemates, staff, and co-workers to cook a meal and then sit down and enjoy eating it together.  The ingredient list and equipment list will be emailed a week prior to the class to you can be ready to cook.  On the menu for November:  turkey meatballs with cranberry bruschetta, broccoli almondine, and brown rice stuffing pilaf.  **This class is limited to 4 groups.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.**

Laura Yautz is a Registered Dietician and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach with over 15 years in the field.  She is the owner of Being Nutritious (beingnutritious.com), a website featuring easy recipes and tips to help make cooking for a healthy heart easy and delicious for everyone.

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

 

 

Bob and Ashley Krome photoDysphagia and Aspiration (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Ashley Krome

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

November 17, 2021

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

This webinar will inform and prepare participants within the topic area of dysphagia and aspiration.  In recent years, service providers and governing agencies alike have recognized a need for greater education surrounding this issue.  The potential consequences of not knowing risks can be life-altering and unfortunately life-ending.  Topic areas include general anatomy and positioning, the importance of using positive approaches, supervision factors, diet protocols, dining environments, among others.

Bob Krome has worked in the field of therapy/behavior supports for the last 14 years with people with Intellectual Disabilities.  He is a current member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MARATSA).  Bob is also a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP).

Ashley Krome graduated from Lehigh Carbon Community College with an Associate's degree in Occupational Therapy.  She has been working as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with focus mainly in the geriatric population.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Vita photoPotluck (WEBINAR)Dave Hingsburger photo

Presenter:  Vita Instructors

Vita Community Living Services

Presenter:  David Hingsburger

Consultant, Vita Community Living Services

                         November 18, 2021

                        11 a.m. - Noon

All the Vita instructors of the sessions this year, along with Dave Hingsburger, will come together for a potluck of ideas.  They will each answer from both a personal and professional perspective the question:  What is the most important thing that people need to remember in providing service to people with disabilities?

The Vita instructors comprise a team of clinical and educational services, behaviour therapists, an operational residential manager, and a multi modal supportive therapist.  Each team member has years of experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as mental health.

Dave Hingsburger has worked for more than 40 years with people with intellectual disabilities.  He is an international speaker and has published multiple books on various topics, including safety, trauma, and sexuality.  Mr. Hingsburger earned his B.A. in psychology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, a certificate in Human Relations from Ryerson in Toronto, and his M.Ed. from the University of Toronto.  Mr. Hingsburger was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2009.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

International Monster Hunter photoInternational Monster Hunter (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  TeamBuilding

teambuilding.com

December 7, 2021

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Our team of Cryptozoological Researchers have uncovered the most unusual creatures from regions all over the world.  From the Loch Ness Monster to Bunyip, Chupacabra, and Ebu Gogo, you and your team will track infamous cryptids and work together to discover a new strange, mysterious creature.  **This class is limited to 30 participants.**

TeamBuilding is an online platform for team building.  They lead virtual team building activities through the use of games and activities.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Laura Yautz photoHealthy Cooking Class (FOR SELF-ADVOCATES & STAFF) (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Laura Yautz, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC

Registered Dietician and Owner, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Being Nutritious

December 14, 2021

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

In this hands-on, virtual cooking class, participants will cook an entrée and side dishes from start to finish.  Follow along as Registered Dietician, Laura Yautz, demonstrates each recipe.  Laura will also share nutrition facts and trivia, how to read nutrition labels, and explanations of cooking terminology.  Gather your housemates, staff, and co-workers to cook a meal and then sit down and enjoy eating it together.  The ingredient list and equipment list will be emailed a week prior to the class so you can be ready to cook.  On the menu for December:  blackened salmon, pineapple avocado salad, and cilantro lime quinoa.  **This class is limited to 4 groups.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.**

Laura Yautz is a Registered Dietician and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach with over 15 years in the field.  She is the owner of Being Nutritious (beingnutritious.com), a website featuring easy recipes and tips to help make cooking for a healthy heart easy and delicious for everyone.

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

  

     

HCQU Staff presented WEBINARS/TRAININGS

 

    

DiaDiabetic/Insulin Recertification photobetic/Insulin Recertification Class

Has your Diabetic/Insulin certification expired or nearing expiration?  If so, then you will want to take this interactive, recertification webinar.  During this webinar participants will gain knowledge of the diabetes disease process, complications that occur with diabetes, and the American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE7tm) management.  In addition, this webinar will have instruction from a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) on insulin injections.  Participants will gain valuable knowledge and tools to assist someone with diabetes including:  importance of preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), skin and foot care, lifestyle changes, and potential complications of poorly managed diabetes.  This webinar discusses medication, lifestyle approaches that assist in attempting to prevent hyperglycemia, and the importance for following physician orders/recommendations.  This training covers the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar and treatment options, including preferred treatments from the American Diabetic Association.  **In order to take this webinar you will need a computer, webcam, and speakers, as well as complete the prerequisites.  This webinar is scheduled for 2 hours; however, it may take less time depending on the the interaction between instructor and attendees.  Each class is limited to 4 participants.**

Click here to choose a date and time.

August 19 10 a.m. - Noon      September 16 10 a.m. - Noon
October 21 10 a.m. - Noon   November 18 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
December 16 10 a.m. - Noon      

    

 

Diabetic/Insulin photoDiabetic/Insulin Class (IN-PERSON)

During this in-person, hands-on training, participants will gain knowledge of the diabetes disease process, complications that occur, and the American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE7tm) management.  In addition, this training will have hands-on instruction from a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) on insulin injections.  Participants will gain valuable knowledge and tools to assist someone with diabetes including:  the importance of preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), skin and foot care, lifestyle changes, and potential complications of poorly managed diabetes.  This training discusses medication, lifestyle approaches that assist in attempting to prevent hyperglycemia, and the importance for following physician orders/recommendations.  This training covers the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar and treatment options, including preferred treatments from the American Diabetic Association.  This training will take place at Milestone HCQU West (MHW) - 1777 North Main Street Ext., Butler, PA.  **This training is limited to 4 participants.  All attendees must wear a mask and follow MHW COVID-19 guidelines.**

Click here to choose a date and time.

August 5  10 a.m. - Noon     September 2 10 a.m. - Noon
October 7 10 a.m. - Noon   November 4 10 a.m. - Noon
December 2 10 a.m. - Noon      

  

 

The Fatal Five photoThe Fatal Five

There are five top health concerns that are the leading causes of often PREVENTABLE death in people with intellectual disabilties.  This webinar will look at these five conditions and what we, as supporters, can do to reduce risk and possibly save lives.

Click here to choose a date and time.

September 9 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.     September 28 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

 

Behavioral Expression of the Fatal 5 photoBehavioral Expression of the Fatal 5

This training is designed to review the Fatal 5, provide knowledge of the medical symptoms seen, and describe how those medical symptoms can behaviorally express themselves.

Click here to choose a date and time.

October 20 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.     October 26 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

 

Diabetes and AmputationDiabetes and Amputation:  A Matter of Life and Limb

This webinar will help participants understand the diabetes disease process.  Participants will gain an understanding of common foot and skin conditions in people with diabetes, discuss tools to help assist someone with diabetes, and gain empathy for supporting a person with diabetes.

Click here to choose a date and time.

November 9 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.     November 30 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

  


 

 

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