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Wess Bush photoUnderstanding Mental Health (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Wess Bush

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Vance Farrell

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

March 10, 2021Vance Farrell photo

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 over 15 years in the mental health field.

Vance Farrell is a trainer with New Leaf Supports and has a Bachelor's degree 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.

 

 

Heather Hermans photoNot Playing Family Feud:  Working with Families (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Heather Hermans

Behaviour Therapist, Vita Community Living ServicesLinda Borsato photo

Presenter:  Linda Borsato

Residential Manager, Vita Community Living Services

March 11, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

Families are an important part of the lives of people with disabilities and their involvement with and cooperation with staff can be vital in providing excellent services.  Participants will learn strategies for how to support families and the people they serve alike.  Working through conflict and conflicting viewpoints will be emphasized in this session.

Heather Hermans has an Honors BA in Disability Studies.  She is a Behaviour Therapist in the clinical department at Vita Community Living Services.

Linda Borsato is a Social Service Worker graduate.  She is the Operational Residential Manager at Vita Community Living Services.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

David Hingsburger photoDisability Informed Service (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  David Hingsburger

Consultant, Vita Community Living Services

March 24, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

This presentation will look at the role disability plays in the lives of the people we serve.  Given what we know about how intellectual disability works, it is understandable why so many approaches simply fail.  The goal of this presentation is for DSPs to respect someone's disability and see how to adapt their work to accommodate someone's learning needs.  Practical examples will be given.

Dave Hingsburger has worked for over 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.

 

 

4 Andre Koen photoPillars of Ally-Ship:  Breaking Bias (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Andre Koen

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

April 13, 2021

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

This is the first topic in a series of four addressing race and racism.  Breaking Bias requires active individual and communal effort.  Cognition and humility are required to examine our paradigms to assure that our intentions, behaviors, and values are aligned with our goals.

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.

  


Miranda Khemchand photoRamping Language:  The Importance of Being Understood (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Miranda Khemchand

Behaviour Therapist, Vita Community Living Services

April 14, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

This session will look at a variety of ways to communicate with individuals with intellectual disabilities who have difficulty taking in information.  We ramp curbs, but sometimes we need to ramp language as well.  Respecting someone's mode of communication means developing and adapting how we want to get our point across.

Miranda Khemchand, BA, (MPsy Candidate) has been supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders for more than 16 years and has experience working with a wide range of populations.  Miranda is part of the Clinical Department at Vita Community Living Services where she holds the role of Behaviour Therapist.

To enroll, click here.

  


Chris & Nik Nikic photo1% Better:  A Talk with Chris & Nik (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Chris Nikic

Self-Advocate, Ironman

Presenter:  Nik Nikic

Father; LLC, CEO, Sales Optimizer

April 16, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

In this webinar, Chris Nikic will provide an overview of his story and journey to achieving the seemingly impossible, Ironman Triathlon.  It's a compelling story about overcoming obstacles in the midst of a pandemic.  A story that outlines how utilizing a 1% Better principle, led to becoming the first person in the world with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman and set a new world record.  Following Chris' story will be a question and answer session with Chris and his dad, Nik, that offers a father and son perspective.

Chris Nikic set a new world record by being the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a 140.6 mile Ironman.  His mission is to inspire others like him to pursue their dreams and goals.

Nik Nikic brings more than 20 years of experience in helping clients maximize top line revenue by enabling "Digital Sales Transformations" through a turnkey solution that includes end-to-end sales process design, CRM tools, and adoption training programs.  Nik is the father of Chris and has helped him acheive the impossible.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Bob Krome photoBoundaries and Ethical Considerations (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTPVance Farrell photo

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LCC

Presenter:  Vance Farrell

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

April 22, 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 overwhelming 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 Bachelor's degree 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.

 

 

Dave Hingsburger photoThe Ring of Safety (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  David Hingsburger

Consultant, Vita Community Living Services

May 13, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

People with disabilities deserve to be able to be their own first line of defense against abuse and exploitation.  This session will look at the various skills someone with a disability needs to learn in order to be safer.  DSPs will learn how everyday interactions can turn in to extraordinary skills in the people they serve.

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.

 

 

Bob Krome photoUnderstanding Megan's Law:  Freedom, Felony, or Folly? (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

May 18, 2021

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

This course is designed to help caretakers, service providers, administrators, amongst others, begin to understand the sex offender registration requirements in Pennsylvania.  Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have been impacted by this system since its inception.  People supporting these individuals are often left perplexed about the procedure.  This training will provide participants with a basic understanding of the current Megan's Law system.  Current court proceedings, motions, and advocacies will also be discussed.  This course will examine the history of sex offender registration in the United States and will examine the evolution of registration and notification to date.  Attendees will be able to identify the original purpose, the problems, and the benefits of such a public system.  The impact of the notification system on the community, risk levels of the individuals, quality of life of the individuals, and the family of the individuals will also be explored.  The issues surrounding interstate travel may also be investigated.  Through the use of quality illustration, multi-media methods, and years of experience within the field, the presentation will deliver a greater understanding.  Persons working with individuals convicted of a sexual offense may gain knowledge to guide the individual in taking the appropriate measures and remaining cognizant of the consequences involved.

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).

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Wess Bush photoCrisis De-escalation:  Keep Calm and Carry On (WEBINAR)Vance Farrell photo

Presenter:  Wess Bush

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Vance Farrell

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

May 19, 2021

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

This training focuses on many factors related to providing assistance and utilizing essential skills in helping individuals de-escalate from a crisis situation.  All human beings have at one time or another made a choice while thinking with their emotions.  When these emotions are negative emotions, this may often lead to a crisis situation.  Defining a crisis situation and being able to recognize a crisis before, during, and after will be an imperative skill for persons working in the human services field.  The facilitator will utilize a perspective closely related to behavioral supports within the field of working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, as well as mental health issues (dual diagnosis).  The training will hone in on antecedent, behavioral, and consequence strategies, on potential causes of crises, and much more.

Wess Bush is a trainer with 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 Bachelor's degree 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.

 

 

R. Roger Ramsukh photoBehaviour Speaks:  Understanding the Messages of Problem Behaviour (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  R. Roger Ramsukh

International Speaker, Author, Behavioural Therapist, Vita Community Living Services

June 4, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

"We always say that 'behaviour communicates' but that also means 'would someone please listen?'  This session will look at ways to interpret and understand the language of behaviour and how staff can use the concept of 'communication deficit' to decrease maladaptive behaviours and empower staff to think in alternative ways."

R. Roger Ramsukh (Hon B. Sc. B.S.T.) is a Behavioural Therapist at Vita Community Living Services.  He has been supporting people with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than 20 years.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Bob Krome photoPositive Approaches:  Approaching Positively (WEBINAR)Vance Farrell photo

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Vance Farrell

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

June 15, 2021

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

This training will focus on the key elements of Positive Approaches.  Participants will understand the many ways that words and actions may or may not influence behavior; it is often more than just semantics.  Positive Approaches promotes behavioral change through mutual responsiveness and especially personal growth.  The compassionate, genuine, and rapport building techniques set the tone of a relationship, aiding in behavioral change naturally, as it cannot be imported mechanically.

Bob Krome has worked in the field of therapy/behavioral 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 Bachelor's degree 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. Joyce Black photoStaging Pressure Injury in Darkly Pigmented Skin (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Joyce Black, PHD, RN, FAAN

Florence Niedfelt Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center

June 22, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

Darkly pigmented skin prevents the examiner from visually seeing stage 1 and deep tissue pressure injury.  This webinar will address the assessment aids that can be used to improve the assessment of darkly pigmented skin with emphasis on pressure injuries.

Joyce M. Black, PhD, RN is the Florence Niedfelt Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  She is the current Vice-President of the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Andre Koen photo4 Pillars of Ally-Ship:  Systemic Oppression (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Andre Koen

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

June 24, 2021

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

This is the second topic in a series of four addressing race and racism.  Systemic Racism is an embedded practice within our society and organizations.  This session will focus on the historical perspective of race, define and examine systemic racism, oppression, and why belonging is so important.

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.

 

 

R. Roger Ramsukh photoWho Me?  Learning to Manage Our Own Triggers at Work (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  R. Roger Ramsukh

International Speaker, Author, Behavioural Therapist, Vita Community Living Services

July 8, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

We are always part of the paradigm when problem behaviour occurs...who we are and how we react can make a huge difference in our rapport with someone, in developing a sense of reliability with someone in distress and allow us to become a healing agent - but all that hinges on us managing our own triggers when at work.

R. Roger Ramsukh (Hon B. Sc. B. S. T.) is a Behavioural Therapist at Vita Community Living Services.  He has been supporting people with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than 20 years.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Bob Krome photoTrauma Informed Care (TIC) (WEBINAR)Jessica DeFranco photo

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Jessica DeFranco

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

July 14, 2021

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Participants will gain an understanding of the basic principles of Trauma and the ways in which it affects a person throughout the lifespan, especially when trauma originates in childhood.  A specific look at the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study will help participants understand the importance of screening and intervention.  Trauma affects individuals in both psychological and physiological ways, thus, this training will aid participants in understanding ways in which an organization or agency can move toward becoming a trauma-informed group.

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 memeber 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).

Jessica DeFranco has been working in the field of Social Work since 2013.  Her background is in healthcare working with the geriatric population, although she has experience working with self-advocates through hospice, domestic violence and sexual assault, life transition, various mental health diagnoses, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and dementia.

To enroll, click here.

 

 

Dave Hingsburger photoBehaviour:  Ten Commandments of Reinforcement (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  David Hingsburger

Consultant, Vita Community Living Services

July 22, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

This session will acknowledge that reinforcement is a skill, and not one which comes naturally.  The ten commandments are practical tips and guidelines to enable DSPs to use reinforcement in ways that work.

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.

 

     

WEBINARS

 

    

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 thesigns 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.**

March 18 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to enroll.

Click here to choose a date and time. 

April 1 10 a.m. - Noon     April 15 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
May 6 10 a.m. - Noon   May 20 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
      June 17 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
July 1 10 a.m. - Noon   July 15 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

 

  

Power of Laughter photoThe Power of Laughter

They say laughter is the best medicine.  Are you laughing enough to see benefits to your overall well-being?  Laughter has the power to extend better mental health, as well as be an indicator of better physical health.  Join this webinar to learn the difference between laughter and humor as you engage in laughter exercises and experience the benefits.

Click here to choose a date and time.

April 27 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

 

Dignity of Risk photoDignity of Risk

In this webinar, participants will gain knowledge on the term "dignity of risk" and balancing dignity of risk with duty of care.

Click here to choose a date and time.

March 17 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

 

Destined to have type 2 diabetes photoDestined to Have Type 2 Diabetes:  Let's Talk Prevention/Delay

This training has several goals.  Participants will gain an understanding of what prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus are.  We will also discuss signs and symptoms, risk factors, and complications that are possible with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.  In addition, we go into detail on lifestyle changes that may help in the delay/prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Click here to choose a date and time.

March 9 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
March 23 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Loving the skin you're in photoLoving the Skin You're In:  The First Line of Defense (for Self-Advocates)

This webinar will discuss the many functions of skin, the importance of maintaining healthy skin, and how to protect the skin you're in by monitoring and preventing problems.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.  **This webinar is limited to 10 participants.**

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

April 6 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     April 19 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Autism and Anxiety photoAutism and Anxiety:  Helping to Calm A Unique World

Through this presentation, we will discuss the basics of Autism.  We will explore what causes anxiety as well as look at what anxiety may look like in someone on the Autism Spectrum.  Participants will also discover ways to support someone with these diagnoses.

Click here to choose a date and time.

April 8 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.     April 28 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

 

 

Let's laugh photoLet's Laugh (for Self-Advocates)

This webinar is designed to teach participants pleasant mind-body physical activities for connecting to their own inner laughter.  The laughter benefits of improved health and increased happiness will be discussed to empower each individual to understand the importance of their laughter.  Six daily practices to prevent hardening of the attitudes will be explored.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.  This webinar is taught by a Certified Laughter Leader/Certified Joyologist through the World Laughter Tour.  **This webinar is limited to 10 participants.**

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

May 5 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.     May 25 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

 

Understanding parkinson's disease photoUnderstanding Parkinson's Disease

This presentation will enable participants to gain a greater understanding of Parkinson's Disease.  We will explore the signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and support of Parkinson's Disease.

Click here to choose a date and time.

May 12 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     May 27 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

 

A virtual walk in my shoes photoA Virtual Walk in My Shoes

Participants will virtually experience what it may be like to have an Intellectual/Developmental Disability.  Participants will increase their ability to adapt, interact, and understand people in different situations and environments.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform, and also have a good old-fashioned pen/pencil and paper ready.  **This webinar is limited to 6 people.**

Click here to choose a date and time.

June 8 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.     June 23 Noon - 1 p.m.

 

 

Food for thought photoFood for Thought:  Fuel for Life (for Self-Advocates)

In this webinar, we will be sharing information about the importance of eating a variety of foods from each food group, the value of fresh foods, and tips on how to balance and create meals that will best fuel your body and feed your brain.  Participants should be prepared to actively engage in activities and discussion by utilizing the webcam and audio features of the Zoom platform.  They are also encouraged to submit a favorite "fuel your body right" recipe prior to the training that can be shared with the other participants.  To submit a recipe, please email "Ask the HCQU".  **This webinar is limited to 10 participants.**

To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.

June 16 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     June 29 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

 


 

 

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