Catalog of Trainings

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Connecting with Neighbors with Disabilities

Course Length

This material can be presented in abbreviated from in 1.25 hours. With full discussion and interactive elements, the training is 2 hours. 

Training Description

This training offers an introduction to skills and knowledge that help you connect with, support, and recognize the contributions of people with developmental disabilities in our community. We will discuss how to identify various disabilities, how to use disability etiquette to build relationship, and learn skills from a conversational toolbox that aim to help you better communicate with and understand our neighbors with developmental disabilities.

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The Lifecycle of Professional Relationships

Course Length

This is designed to be a full day workshop with practical application and practice threaded throughout. The presentation can be shortened by breaking the material into one of the three phases, or abbreviated as a Lifecycle 101 version without the application. The shortest this presentation can be is 2 hours.

Training Description

Learn emotional intelligence (EQ) skills that will build your competence in working with people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The material is broken into three phases of professional relationships: 1) The Introduction, 2) The Partnership, and 3) The Goodbye. Each phase focuses on different EQ skills such as maintaining healthy boundaries, building rapport, balancing power dynamics, active listening, and tracking affect and nonverbal behavior.

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Our Words, Our Attitudes

Course Length

Material presentation is 45 minutes. Can be expanded with interactive, practical application elements to 1.5 hours.

Training Description

Investigate the critiques and endorsements of language models including Person First Language, Identity First Language, jargon, and euphemisms. Material based upon experimental research, in-depth interviews, and focus groups with people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Learn about the rights movements promoting change and how these language models are perceived and affect the lives of people with IDD.

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Sex, Sexuality, & Relationship: Talking About Sex and Safety with People with IDD

Course Length

This presentation must include interactive elements and discussion in order to promote emotional safety and self-care. The presentation is 2.25 hours in length.

Training Description

Take an unfiltered look at our culture’s relationship to sexuality and learn how this affects people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) through its contribution to the ableism bias. Further your understanding of your own biases cultivated in childhood. Learn to implement a model that supports healthy relationships and sexuality for people with IDD.

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Trauma-Informed Supports: Prosocial Strategies for Success

Course Length

This presentation incorporates small group case studies and is most effective with a minimum time of 2 hours and a maximum of 3 hours.

Training Description

Examine the effects of trauma and how some behavioral interventions are not a productive approach for people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Then explore the alternative of trauma-informed strategies that promote safety, security, and well-being. Participants will work with case studies to practice and implement a toolbox of strategies they can take back to their agencies to begin the shift from simple compliance to well-being and happiness.

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You & Stress

Course Length

1.5 hour to 2 hour duration based upon level of experiential and interactive material.

Training Description

Learn how stress may affect you, your work, and your well-being. We will discuss the science and neurobiology of stress, learn how stress can influence your health, examine the stages of “burnout”, and practice strategies that can help increase your overall well-being. The presentation will incorporate activities for self-exploration designed to help you learn about your personality and your personal response to stress.

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Here on Purpose: Exploring the Maze of Organizational Culture & Systems Change

Course Length

Presentation is 1.5 hours and highly interactive.

Training Description

Organizational culture is a group of employees’ way of daily operation. It is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which influence how you dress, act, and perform your job. When this culture tacitly exists, it can become un-tethered and begin to drive the organization – for better or for worse. It can affect policies, marketing, and even the nature of the business. Join the discussion to identify and explore the culture of your own organization and explore the ways it affects you and your work.

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83%: The Intersection of Disability and Sexual Violence

Course Length

2 hour to 3 hour duration based upon level of experiential and interactive material.

Training Description

Those at the ‘Intersection’ are three times more likely to experience sexual violence in their lives. However, the overwhelming majority of services for survivors of sexual assault do not have the supports in place to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This training will stimulate thought about the social constructs and social barriers surrounding developmental disabilities, and will explore how those constructs contribute to the lack of reporting and the targeting and abuse of people with disabilities. Participants will 1) learn how to identify various disabilities, 2) how to use disability etiquette to build relationship, 3) discuss new concepts that inform their work, 4) learn how to assess the disability-awareness of their own organization, and 5) gain access to skills from a conversational toolbox that aim to help better communicate with our neighbors with developmental disabilities.