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Behavioral Support

Managing Threatening Confrontations

Choose either a full day or half day session. Full day sessions include role play, group work, and physical practice on self protection, as well as video scenarios. Half day sessions are concentrated mainly on lecture, do not include video scenarios, and will include a short amount of time spent on physical practice.

Full day sessions:

Instructor: Josh Lapin
Date and Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, registration begins at 8:45 am. Time includes a one hour lunch break, on your own.

Registration Fee: $30 for Dane County DD providers and family members/$75 all others

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Managing Threatening Confrontations is designed to assist you in learning how to effectively support clients and others who could experience the full range of behavioral escalation. These moments often appear chaotic-when to talk, when to step back, who to call for back up, and "when to duck." This seminar is designed to put order to the chaos. Stages of escalation are described and each stage is paired with a positive action plan for caregivers as well as teams. The content places strong emphasis on proactive supports. The principles are taught in a straightforward manner so as to provide a framework for conceptualizing behavior escalation that can readily translate into positive plans of action. The learning is brought to life using a video of a dramatic, real life enactment of threatening confrontations by professional actors.

Learning Methods:
The learning style includes small group work, video, and physical practice, so wear comfortable clothing. You will receive extensive conference manuals (you will have to take very few notes) to take back to work for reference and to share with colleagues.

Some of what you will learn:

  • A framework for understanding and recognizing stages of behavior escalation
  • How to avoid "power struggles" that can result in behavioral escalation
  • Skills in connecting with people early on, in order to sustain emotional control
  • An array of creative communication strategies during periods of tension
  • What the police know about presenting a "neutral presence" during stages of distress
  • How caregivers can support both clients and themselves during the Recovery Stage

Half day sessions:

Instructor: Shawn Bass
Date and Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration Fee: $20 for Dane County DD providers and family members/$50 all others

Friday, June 9, 2017
August 11, 2017
October 13, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017

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This seminar is similar to the full day in that it is designed to assist you in learning how to effectively support clients and others who could experience the full range of behavioral escalation. These moments often appear chaotic-when to talk, when to step back, who to call for back up, and "when to duck." This seminar is designed to put order to the chaos. Stages of escalation are described and each stage is paired with a positive action plan for caregivers as well as teams. The content places strong emphasis on proactive supports. The principles are taught in a straightforward manner so as to provide a framework for conceptualizing behavior escalation that can readily translate into positive plans of action. 

Learning Methods:

The learning style includes power point, verbal presentation, and some physical practice, so wear comfortable clothing. You will receive extensive conference manuals (you will have to take very few notes) to take back to work for reference and to share with colleagues.

Some of what you will learn:

  • A framework for understanding and recognizing stages of behavior escalation
  • How to avoid "power struggles" that can result in behavioral escalation
  • Skills in connecting with people early on, in order to sustain emotional control
  • An array of creative communication strategies during periods of tension
  • What the police know about presenting a "neutral presence" during stages of distress
  • How caregivers can support both clients and themselves during the Recovery Stage

Managing Threatening Confrontations, Level 2

Date and Time: TBA
Instructor: Josh Lapin
Date and Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, registration begins at 8:45 am. Time includes a one hour lunch break, on your own.

Registration Fee: $30 for Dane County DD providers and family members/$75 all others

Registration check-in begins at 8:45 am. Space is limited.

This full day is for individuals who have completed the introductory seminar on Managing Threatening Confrontations level one (MTC-1).  Participants will gain a more in-depth understanding in effectively dealing with threatening confrontations.  They will engage in role plays, offered tips on how to teach the basic principles of MTC-1 to others in their own agency and given the opportunity to purchase the official DVD/booklet training materials.

Participants will learn:

  1. How to facilitate teams in developing a Behavior Support Plan (BSP).  The BSP format is included and follows the principals taught in MTC-1.  This BSP format is used by agencies across Wisconsin as well as other states.
  2. A lecture and group activity on how to effectively teach and strengthen adaptive alternatives to threatening confrontations. Included are   
    1. How to build positive rapport
    2. Strategies for providing effective praise
  3. More in-depth materials and discussion on effectively dealing with stress related to supporting people with challenging behaviors. 
  4. Advanced practice in passive self-protection.
  5. A simulated set of live role plays where participants learn and practice how to support a person who in emotional and physical distress.

A professionally made DVD and booklet of MTC-1 is available for purchase.  The seminar participants will be instructed in how to use the DVD to train others in their own agency – Training the Trainer. The DVD is also a good refresher for those who have participated in MTC-1. 

Rhythms Program

These workshops are open to all individuals involved in any level or aspect of support in our system, including consumers. It is suggested that participants sign up for both workshops, taking Part 1 first.  If this is not possible for you, please feel free to contact Nan Negri and discuss your situation.

Understanding Sensory and Movement Differences
(Part 1)

Instructor: Nanette Negri, Ph. D
Date and Time: Monday, June 19, 2017: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Registration Fee: $30 for Dane County DD providers and family members/$75 all others

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Home is not where you live, but where they understand you (Morgenstern, 1991).  This workshop is the first of 2 that are designed to bring a greater understanding of what it might be like to experience various kinds of sensory and movement differences (including, but not limited to autism).  You will see what can be celebrated about these differences, and how the struggles that sometimes come with them can be accommodated and supported.

Nanette Negri will lead participants through simulation activities of what it might be like to live with autism or other sensory and movement differences.  Through these experiences participants will learn ways to personalized build bridges that will allow meaningful participation and support of individuals who live with sometimes complex challenges of neurology. 

The workshop will address issues of how to help people help each other respectfully, problems of power in relationship, developing compassion for one another, and celebrating differences of all kinds.  Participants will have an opportunity to see how a deeper understanding of the experiences of one another (especially those with complex sensory and movement differences), can help in developing positive ways of being with one another with supports that work for us all.  Participants will have time to share problems/concerns they face and begin to create meaningful strategies to take back and try.  Bring an open and curious mind, wear comfortable clothes, and be prepared to play while you learn!

Practices to Support Regulation and Relationships
(Part 2)

Instructor: Nanette Negri, Ph. D
Date and Time: Thursday, July 20, 2017: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Registration Fee: $30 for Dane County DD providers and family members/$75 all others

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We all experience stress.  Whether you are an individual requiring significant support from others (due to sensory/ movement/ neurophysiological differences), or an individual providing support to another, the practices shared in this workshop can make your experience in that support relationship and your life in general; more positive, more meaningful, more satisfying, and less stressful.  Sensory and movement regulation are directly tied to emotional regulation…being able to feel safe and good about ourselves, and to be “in control.”  Science is now showing us that certain practices can not only help us manage our bodies, but can actually create changes in our brains; having a powerful positive effect on our overall health, well-being, and happiness.

This session will give you an opportunity to begin or extend your knowledge about relationships, regulation, and relaxation.  It will offer information on direct application for you and the people you support/interact with in your jobs. You will see and experience how these practices can help with finding focus and maintaining calm states as well as how to use them to help manage upsets and dysregulations.  Wear comfortable clothes, bring an open and curious mind, and be prepared to experience and enjoy!

These workshops are open to all individuals involved in any level or aspect of support in our system, including consumers.  It is suggested that participants sign up for both workshops, taking Part 1 first.  If this is not possible for you, please feel free to contact Nanette Negri and discuss your situation.

About the instructors:

Nan Negri operates the Rhythms Program at Community Outreach Wisconsin, a cooperative effort between the Waisman Center and Dane County Human Services to further enhance the lives of individuals who experience complex sensory and movement differences and those who support them. 

Mary Ursem has worked in fields supporting individuals for 20 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders, Masters in Special Education, and an Autism Specialist certification. Mary has been a direct care supporter in recreational, educational, residential, and vocational training programs and currently works as a behavior consultant for University of Wisconsin Waisman Center, Community TIES program. Throughout her career Mary has continuously been involved in providing high quality, meaningful opportunities of equal access for individuals of all ages.

Trainings on behavioral support are designed to assist professionals in learning how to effectively support persons with developmental disabilities and others who could experience the full range of behavioral escalation.