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Managing Threatening Confrontations/Sensory Regulation and Self-Care

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Part 1: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Managing Threatening Confrontations
Presented by Josh Lapin

Managing Threatening Confrontations instructs participants in how to effectively support individuals 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. We describe stages of escalation 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 to provide a framework for conceptualizing behavior escalation that can readily translate into positive plans of action.


The learning style includes small group work, video, and physical practice, so wear comfortable clothing. You will receive extensive conference manuals to take back to work for reference and to share with colleagues.


  • 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

Part 2: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Sensory Regulation/Self Care
Presented by Mary Ursem

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!

Josh Lapin, MSSW, has over 20 years of experience in supporting people with developmental disabilities. He is the director of the Community TIES Program, which is part of the University of Wisconsin’s Waisman Center. The mission of the TIES Program is to address the behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that assure continued participation in supported community life. He has extensive experience as a consultant and advocate for persons with developmental disabilities. He strongly believes that a positive relationship is vital is promoting proactive behavioral support. Mr. Lapin also teaches a field seminar at the School of Social Work for undergraduate and graduate students interested in disability.

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.

This training is provided free of charge through the State of WI Crisis Stabilization Innovation Incentive Awards: February 2020 through December 2020.

Presented by the Dane County Collaborative Stabilization Coalition

Mission: Collaborative coalition of Dane County leaders working to stabilize, educate and support adults living with dementia or other cognitive impairments in an effort to reduce their risk of crisis.


The Village on Park St
2300 S Park S
Madison, WI 53713 United States
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