HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events

 

GUEST SPEAKERS 

 

 

Mikayla Holmgren photoDreaming Big Without Limits (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Mikayla Holmgren

Self-Advocacy Speaker

December 8, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Born with Down Syndrome, recent college graduate Mikayla Holmgren, has defied odds by appearing on some of the biggest stages as an avid dancer, pageant competitor, and public speaker.  It's her "can do" attitude that has led her to dream big without limits.

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Bob Krome photoPositive Approaches (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavioral Speicalist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

Presenter:  Vance Farrell

Trainer, New Leaf Supports, LLC

December 10, 2020

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

TVance Farrell photohis 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/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 Bachelors degree in Forensic Psychology.  He has worked in the mental health field for 9 years and is a Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor.

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Bob Krome photoTrauma Informed Care (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavior Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

January 15, 2021

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

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Zack Gottsagen photoA Chat with Zack (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Zack Gottsagen

Actor/Dancer/Speaker

January 19, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us as we talk with Zack Gottsagen about overcoming adversity and disability awareness.  Zack will answer your questions at the conclusion of his presentation.  Please submit your questions to "Ask the HCQU" by January 5, 2021

Mr. Gottsagen is an actor.  He was one of the leads in the movie The Peanut Butter Falcon and most recently was in The Best Summer Ever which was released this year.

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David Hingsburger photoThat Damned Boat (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  David Hingsburger

Consultant, Vita Community Living Services

January 28, 2021

11 a.m. - Noon

This presentation will look at where we are right now in the history of service provision.  During the pandemic, issues of real concern have risen from how disability is discussed and valued that will be compared and contrasted with the job of the DSP.  The goal is that DSPs understand why rising to excellent service right now is imperative in the fight for civil liberties for the people they serve.

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.

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Andre Koen photoCreating A Respectful Environment (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Andre Koen

Program Director, Mayo Clinic

February 1, 2021

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

All human behavior is goal directed.  Respectful environments, much like relationships, must be maintained, monitored, and cared for.  We have to be purposeful and mindful of the environments that we create.  Are they conducive to the values we aspose?  When we are not in relationship we are judged by the impact of our actions.  When we are in relationship with others, we are often measured by our intentions.  In this session, we will explore how to assure that your intentions are aligned with your behaviors, recognize the power and importance of acting on your values, and how effective is it to be color blind, tolerant, and ignore differences.  How do I illuminate my bias, prejudice, and blind spots?  How do I know what is respectful to others?  What steps can I take to assure that I'm acting in a purposeful manner?

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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.

 

 

Bob Krome photoIntroduction to IDD and a Brief Discussion of ASD (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Bob Krome, MEd, CSOTP

Trainer/Behavioral Specialist, New Leaf Supports, LLC

February 10, 2021

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.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 "labelled" with similar diagnoses, are not defined by their diagnosis.  Getting to know who a person is, is the very best way to know how to work with a person.

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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).

 

 

Chanelle Salonia photoBehaviour Therapy As A Healing Art (WEBINAR)

Presenter:  Chanelle Salonia, M.A., BCBA

Director of Clinical and Educational Services, Vita Community Living Services

Presenter:  David Hingsburger

Consultant, Vita Community Living Services

February 17, 2021

11 a.m. - NoonDavid Hingsburger photo

Behaviour therapy is a tool that can be used and abused.  In this session Chanelle and Dave will discuss how our approach to working with people with disabilities that is empowering not disempowering, that ensures their voice is heard over all others, that involves them in choosing the path of their own treatment.  Participants will be able to see how we do our business is just as important as what we do.

Chanelle Salonia is the Associate Director of Clinical Services at Vita Community Living in Toronto, Ontario Canada.  Ms. Salonia is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with research interests in critical disability studies, inclusion, communication and learning with intellectually disabled individuals, as well as treatment and assessment related to intellectually disabled individuals in the criminal justice system.

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 Toronoto, and his M.Ed. from the University of Toronto.  Mr. Hingsburger was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2009.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 AADE7tm (American Association of Diabetic Educators) 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.**

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December 3, 2020 10 a.m. - Noon Click here to enroll.

 

January 7 10 a.m. - Noon        January 21 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
February 4 10 a.m. - Noon   February 18 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
March 4 10 a.m. - Noon   March 18 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

   

 

grief photowhen It Just Hurts:  Supporting A Person Who has an intellectual disability through grief

Grief is powerful.  Grief is experienced in many ways.  No one experiences grief exactly like the person next to them even if the cause of grief is the same.  It is important that we acknowledge that the people who choose our services do experience grief even if they are expressing it a little differently than what we might expect.  Supporters will learn that it is our job not to avoid grief, but to help the person work through their grief in practical and positive ways.

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January 5 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.        January 20 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

 

 

Geriatric Syndromes photoGeriatric Syndromes

This webinar presents the different types of geriatric syndromes that affect older adults.  It also reviews how to prevent and treat these syndromes.

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January 13 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
January 26 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Flu vs COVID

Influenza (Flu) vs. Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Through this webinar, participants will gain knowledge on the similarities and differences between the influenza (flu) and coronavirus (COVID-19).  The importance of prevention and how to treat both viruses will also be discussed.

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February 3 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
February 16 1 p.m. - 1:30 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.

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February 11 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
February 23 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.

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

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

 

 


 

 

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