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

Epilepsy and Daily Living

Presenter: Art Taggart, Epilepsy Foundation Heart of Wisconsin
Date and Time: TBD
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: Wednesday, August 24, 2016: 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 review the Professional Code of Ethics and learn how to apply an ethical decision-making framework to boundary issues. Participants will also explore experiencing meaning and happiness. This workshop fulfills Social Work continuing education license requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a deeper understanding of boundary issues and discuss value conflicts that have arisen when interacting with clients.
  • Participants will review the Professional Code of Ethics and an ethical decision-making framework to boundary issues.
  • Participants will explore experiencing meaning and happiness at work

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: Thursday, September 29, 2016: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: $15 for Dane Co. DD Service Providers/$30 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: TBD

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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.