Foundations of Trauma
Jun
29
10:00am10:00am

Foundations of Trauma

Allison M. Hrovat, PhD.     Professor at Holyoke Community College

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk of abuse and neglect than is the general population. This should be an alarm call alerting all committed disability advocates to learn about and take steps to make the DD services field more trauma-informed.

Trauma-specific interventions are designed to address the consequences of trauma in the individual and to facilitate healing. Treatment programs generally recognize the following: the survivor's need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery; the interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma (e.g., substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety); the need to work in a collaborative way with survivors, family and friends of the survivor, and other human services agencies in a manner that will empower survivors and consumers.

Allison brings with her extensive experience working in a variety of community settings, including work in domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, and community mental health agencies.  Allison's clinical work has primarily focused on the treatment of trauma, chronic mental illness, addictions, grief, and interpersonal conflict and violence. Her clinical work is rooted in a humanistic orientation, while also influenced by an integrated feminist perspective. Additionally, Allison believes in the value of creativity to self-expression and personal wellness, and has committed to exploring multiple methods of communication with clients through art and other modalities. 

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Sunny-side Up: Positive supports for persons with IDD who present challenging behavior
Jun
27
10:00am10:00am

Sunny-side Up: Positive supports for persons with IDD who present challenging behavior

Dan Baker, Ph.D., NADD-CC

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Challenging behavior is common among people with IDD, and care providers often struggle to understand the nature of the challenging behavior and then find effective interventions. This interactive, one-day session will introduce the fundamental principles of positive behavior support, beginning with an examination of the reasons why challenging behavior may occur. Specific strategies to include a mental illness in a functional behavior assessment will be shared, which then will guide the creation of positive supports. Extra attention will be paid to mental wellness, including applied Positive Psychology interventions and instruction in stress management.  The day will conclude with presentation of a “Positive Supports Bag of Tricks.”

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DDS DMH Grand Rounds with Dr Deb Levy
Jun
23
10:00am10:00am

DDS DMH Grand Rounds with Dr Deb Levy

DDS and DMH are pleased to offer a Grand Rounds Presentation featuring Dr. Deb Levy, Director, Psychology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital on June 23rd 10:00 -1:00 p.m. Deborah Levy, PhD, has a national and international reputation in the area of psychotic disorders, especially schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The primary focus of her research is identifying risk genes and understanding their biological actions.Breakthrough research into the genetic causes of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism is yielding invaluable clues about the biological mechanisms underlying these illnesses. The same mutations seem to be involved in all of these disorders and appear to be risk factors.  We will be offering refreshments including lunch.  The Grand Rounds will take place at the Worcester Recovery Center.   We will need to register participants in order for them to secure access at Worcester Site. 

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Intro to Sexuality
Jun
21
10:00am10:00am

Intro to Sexuality

Course Outline:

Introduction to Sexuality, Intimacy and Inter-Relationships:

As a person, parent, or caregiver, the subject of sexuality can be daunting. Add to the mix a physical or cognitive disability and you may find yourself feeling totally unprepared to deal with the subject matter. So, how do we support people with intellectual or developmental disabilities if we are unprepared to think about this ourselves? Mary Ellen Goodwin will help to begin this discussion.

We are all sexual beings from the day we are born. Sexuality is the exploration of ourselves - our physical bodies, our emotions, self-worth and image, and our interrelations with others. It is one of the most basic human instincts, and no matter what level our learning abilities, it is a natural part of being human to have the desire to discover what our bodies are all about. It is the ability to learn the responsibilities and consequences of the various aspects of sexuality that will define for each of us to what degree of involvement and discovery we will explore. 

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Dr George Sugai - PBS Multi-tiered Systems of Support
May
23
10:00am10:00am

Dr George Sugai - PBS Multi-tiered Systems of Support

Professor George Sugai received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. His primary areas of interests are positive behavior support (PBS), systems change, personnel preparation, behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is Carole J. Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure. He has taught graduate level special education courses in applied behavior analysis, emotional or behavioral disorders, behavioral consultation, social skills instruction, and classroom/behavior management.

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Conflict Resolution Through Effective Communication
May
22
10:00am10:00am

Conflict Resolution Through Effective Communication

Presented by Gerri King, PhD.

Conflict is not inherently negative and is rarely about the issue.  Rather, it's about how it's handled.  Though unsettling, when responded to constructively and respectfully, conflicts encourage creative communication, lead to unity, increase productivity, and facilitate positive change.

This session looks at the dynamics of miscommunication and conflict and suggests a creative resolution process that acknowledges emotional and power issues, encourages the sharing of individual points of view, and works cooperatively toward developing and implementing solutions.

Registration is limited.  Please let us know if you cannot make it.  We will create a waiting list for the people if you don't get in.  We will confirm with everyone a week before the event and then back fill .  We will be taking attendance

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Safety, Hope, and Healing
Feb
16
10:00am10:00am

Safety, Hope, and Healing

Presenter:  Charity Bell - DMH NE Trainer
Time:  10-1

"Every single time we interact with another person, we are also interacting with their experiences and emotions.  This training provides valuable insight into the whys and hows of communicating with anyone, be they DDS families and individuals, colleagues or loved ones.  We will discuss the role of Rational Detachment in protecting our own emotions and the importance of self-care and perspective in the life of anyone who regularly communicates with other human beings!"

I recently attended this training it was, "Informative, interesting, thought provoking...everyone needs to take this training!  Helpful in all areas of personal and professional life using universal Positive Behavior Supports...well worth your time in attendance!"

Reasons for this training:  Safety for all is a DDS priority guided by the following:  Promotion of employee safety (101 CMR 19.00 and OSHA standards)

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