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V.A.L.U.E.S. Trainings

Client Rights/Restrictive Measures Seminar

Presenters: Monica Bear, Gerard Gierl, Axel Junker, Julie Shew, and Paul White
Date and Time
: Friday, November 21, 2014: 8:30 AM Registration, 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM training (with one hour for lunch, on your own)
Registration Fee: $25 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$50 any other

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This seminar is designed to train designated professionals from agencies how to assure the appropriate use of supports that may be considered Restrictive Measures. Included is an overview of HFS 94 rights applicable for all individuals receiving services in Wisconsin. Further, we will discuss and clarify individual rights for clients under guardianship.

  • Learn strategies in facilitating the team process related to use of restrictive measures when they are being considered
  • Learn a straightforward format for writing proactive behavior support plans when restrictive measures are involved
  • Familiarize self with client right violations and the state definition of restrictive measures
  • Familiarize self with strategies as well as team responsibilities for minimizing and eliminating restrictive measures
  • Familiarize self with the review and oversight process for behavior plans involving restrictive measures

About the presenters:

Monica Bear is the Developmental Disabilities Program Manager for Dane County Adult Services.

Gerard Gierl is an Attorney and Social Worker by background. For 28 years he worked in the Client Rights Office at the State Department of Health Services. In that capacity he provided training and consultation on rights of people with disabilities, and investigated grievances. He also participated on Ethics Committees and Research Committees. He is now a client rights consultant.

Axel Junker is a program consultant for the UW Waisman Center's Community TIES program. TIES (Training, Intervention, and Evaluation Services) provides a variety of positive behavioral supports for individuals with developmental disabilities who have challenging behaviors. Axel’s main responsibility within TIES is to coordinate Dane County's Crisis Response program for adults with developmental disabilities, which often requires cooperation with mental health service providers or criminal justice practitioners. Prior to joining TIES, Axel has worked for numerous years as a supported employment professional.

Julie Shew is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Julie has worked for the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Family Services for the past 19 years. She is presently employed as an Area Quality Specialist with the Bureau of Long Term Supports and serves as the State lead on issues regarding the use of restrictive measures in community settings.

Paul White has extensive experience in supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and has been on staff at the UW Waisman Center since 1986.  Paul is the director of the program Community TIES. TIES provides positive supports to persons with developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral challenges. Paul has developed a series of seminars on subjects related to positive behavioral supports. He has provided these seminars to thousands of providers across Wisconsin; these seminars are regularly included in the curriculum offered through the UW- Extension.

Guardianship and Protective Services for Adults

Presented by:  Amy Scarr, MSSW and Rachel Friedman, Dane County Department of Human Services - Adult Protective Services – Adult Guardianship Program

Date and Time: October 28, 2014: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: $12 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$24 any other

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This training will cover guardianship of the person and estate for adults in Dane County.  We will discuss alternatives to guardianship, when guardianship is necessary and resources for this process.  We will review what protective services/placement means and when it is necessary by law or for other reasons. 

A basic outline of this training includes:

  • Overview of Guardianship – roles, responsibilities and limits
  • Alternatives to Guardianship – Planning ahead for competent adults
  • Protective Services/Placement – what this means and when it is appropriate
  • WATTS Review Process Overview

"Ethics and Boundaries for Social Workers" by Professor Denis Collins, Edgewood College

Presenter: Denis Collins, Ph.D.
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 8, 2014: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Registration Fee: $35 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$50 any other

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Caregivers and social workers experience ethical dilemmas on a daily basis. In this workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of boundary issues and discuss value conflicts that have arisen when interacting with clients. Participants will learn how to apply an ethical decision-making framework to boundary issues, review the Professional Code of Ethics, and explore how to maintain a balanced life and experience meaningful work. This workshop fulfills Social Work continuing education license requirements.

Denis Collins is Professor of Business at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, where he teaches classes in management and business ethics. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Denis has published six books and numerous articles. His latest books – Business Ethics: How to Design and Manage Ethical Organizations (2012: John Wiley & Sons), and Essentials in Business Ethics: Creating an Organization of High Integrity and Superior Performance (2009: John Wiley & Sons) – provide practical “how-to” examples and best practices for improving an organization’s ethical performance. He has conducted hundreds of business ethics workshops, talks, and consulting projects.

Denis currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Academic Ethics, and has served on the board of directors for several professional organizations and nonprofits, including SOAR Case Management. He is the recipient of the 2014 Sister Stevie Award for embodying Edgewood College’s mission and spirit, 2011 Samuel Mazzuchelli Medallion for empowering others, 2010 MBA Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2009 Estervig-Beaubien Outstanding Professor Award, School of Business, Edgewood College, for excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. Three times he was voted the outstanding MBA faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Business Week’s survey of alumni. Professor Collins was a finalist for the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Educator Award.

Power & Control: Learning How to Use It Respectfully

Presenter: Christine White
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 26, 2014: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: $12 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$24 any other

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As caregivers, we are often in positions of control over those we support. Due to this power imbalance, we may at times be disrespectful toward those we support. This session will help you learn to recognize when this is happening, understand how to safeguard against it, and practice ways to be respectful, effective caregivers. You will also learn to recognize signs of sexual and other forms of serious abuse, and understand how people may communicate this abuse to us. We will discuss how, when and to whom abuse needs to be reported.

Christine White is the Legal Advocate for People with Developmental Disabilities who are victims of crime in Dane County, Wisconsin. She assists victims in going through the criminal justice system and provides follow-up support and safety planning. She has been a social worker for adults and children with developmental disabilities for over 20 years. She teaches sexuality education and protective behaviors to children and adults with developmental disabilities, and co-leads a support group for women with disabilities who are sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.

Relationship Based Ethics & Boundaries

Presenters: Mark Sweet and Peter Leidy
Date and Time: Friday, September 26, 2014: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Registration Fee: $35 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$50 any other

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Ethical issues, dilemmas and decisions have personal and interactive components to them. We are affected and influenced by other people and situations. Sometimes, we make decisions on matters that have a direct impact on the lives of people with disabilities who receive support without thinking or even being aware of those effects and influences. During this session we want to focus on some of the personal factors that might distract us from doing what is right for the person who receives support. We would like to concentrate on how mindfulness can help us to meet our ethical responsibilities. This workshop fulfills Social Work continuing education license requirements.

Mark Sweet, Ph.D. is Trainer & Consultant with Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), a federally funded nonprofit designated to protect and advocate the rights of children and adults with disabilities. In this role, Mark works with preschool and school programs, supported work and supported living organizations, consumer and parent groups, long term care programs and others. He also works on a federally funded anti-violence grant related to individuals with disabilities. The emphasis of his work is to better understand the point of view of those who receive support.

Peter Leidy has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. For 20 years he worked for Options in Community Living, a supported living agency in Madison, Wisconsin. His roles included direct support, support coordination, staff recruitment, supporting direct service staff, community building and administrative responsibilities. Peter develops training materials and conducts trainings on a wide variety of topics. He also consults with individuals, families, organizations, counties, and states in areas such as supported living, self - determination, organizational development, building community relationships, and supporting and valuing staff.

Rights Limitations and Restrictions

Presenter: Gerard Gierl, Eric Linn-Miller, and Axel Junker
Date and Time: Thursday, October 16, 2014: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: $12 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$24 any other

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This is a new, half day training presented by Gerard Gierl, Eric Linn-Miller, and Axel Junker.  The training will be geared to home managers, supervisors, and support brokers and is intended to provide overview, parameters, and identification of what is considered to be a Rights Restriction or Limitation in a consumer or client’s support plan.  We will be addressing documentation requirements for any of the various rights limitations that may be part of a client/consumer’s day-to-day residential and/or vocational setting and not just Client Rights Limitation Denial (CLRD) as defined by the Client Right’s Office within WI DHS.  The presentation will draw on real life, current examples of Rights Restrictions or Limitations and will also include small group discussion.  Finally, the training will cover the County process for making an application for a Rights Restriction or Limitation.

VALUES (Vision, Attitudes, & Learning Underlying Essential Supports) trainings are geared towards professionals who want to learn how to better support the people they work with in the field of developmental disabilities. Most trainings are also open to family members.