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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
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.

Enhancing Outcomes for Adults with ASD **NEW**

Presented by: Megan Farley, PhD, Waisman Center
Date and Time: Friday, March 4, 2016: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: $15 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$30 any other

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Learning Objectives

  • Current understanding of autism as a spectrum of disorders
  • Life course of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) into adulthood
  • Common challenges for adults with ASD
  • Strategies to support adults with ASD to achieve optimal outcomes

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: TBA
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

Epilepsy and Daily Living

Presenter: Art Taggart, Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: $12 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$24 any other

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Everything you want to know (and more!) about recurring seizures, seizure recognition, and first aid for seizures. An overview of the international classification system for seizures will make you a better observer and recorder of seizure activity. Differential diagnoses, behavioral events, and medication issues will be covered in addition to common psychosocial issues affecting people with epilepsy and you will view video footage of all the major seizure types. Get answers to all your questions during the interactive Q & A.

Art Taggart has been the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin since 1991. The Epilepsy Foundation named him Executive of the Year at their national conference in October 2003. Mr. Taggart is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in English and Philosophy. In addition to nonprofit management, he has a background in sales, marketing, and has been a management consultant to the hospitality industry. Mr. Taggart has been elected by his peers to the Management Operations Team of the Epilepsy Foundation National Office. He has served on the National Fund Raising Task Force and has chaired its subcommittee on technology and fund development. As Executive Director at the Epilepsy Foundation, Mr. Taggart speaks regularly on epilepsy, seizure first aid, and on psychosocial issues affecting people with chronic health conditions. Mr. Taggart is past chairperson of the Coalition for Wisconsin Health, an 80-member organization dedicated to universal, portable, and affordable health insurance for all Wisconsin residents.

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

Presenter: Denis Collins, Ph.D.
Date and Time: TBD
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, October 27, 2015: 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.

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.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Presenter: Dr. Donald Mickey
Date and Time: Friday, September 25, 2015: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Madison Area Brain Injury Coalition (MABIC) has organized this course to promote an understanding of the often unique challenges involved in supporting the families and survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The session will examine probable causes of injury to the brain and methods of support for individuals interacting with the survivor. A variety of problems often experienced by individuals living with brain injury will also be reviewed. Methods useful in developing a therapeutic environment will be shared.

This session will also include information on how a TBI differs from other developmental disabilities and will include information on how to transition people with a brain injury back to work settings.

About the presenter:
Dr. Donald L. Mickey operates a private practice in Madison, WI which specializes in adults and children with traumatic brain injury. He is also the Consulting Neuropsychologist at Clearview Brain Injury Center in Juneau, WI. Dr. Mickey has presented nationally and internationally on the impact of brain injury, including the impact on family systems, neuropsychological issues, behavioral programming, vocational application of neuropsychological information, and personal adjustment issues. He has consulted with various state and federal agencies and has been employed by nationally affiliated brain injury programs and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

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.