Dating is hard, but it can be easier when we have
the education and resources we need to navigate these sometimes tricky relationships. In this training, caregivers will learn about the importance of providing opportunities to learn about and experience dating relationships; move away from a protective model and toward an empowered model of support; how to help someone identify their relationships goals, boundaries, and what they are looking for; and learn how to support someone in finding safe ways to meet potential friends or partners.
Register Here $30
Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to the start of the training will be charged the full registration fee.
About the Presenter:
Ellen Merker, M.S. LPC, founding director of Heart Consulting LLC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma therapy for kids, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities. She received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison, and has been working with neurodivergent kids, teens, and adults in various roles for 15 years. Ellen uses neurodivergent affirmative, sex-positive, and trauma-informed approaches in all work. In addition to trauma therapy, Heart Consulting also works to reduce gendered violence against people with developmental disabilities through education and training. Ellen also has extensive speaking experience, and has presented at conferences including Wisconsin Human Trafficking Conference, WI Planned Parenthood, National Project Search Conference, Wisconsin Reproductive Health
Conference, and the Circles
of Life Conference.