What is PARedu?

No, we did not become a university overnight. However, we are here to educate! PARedu will offer a combination of educational trainings, development programs and informative webinars, organized by PAR, that are available to PAR members and non-members. We believe that training and development for our industry presents prime learning opportunities to expand one's knowledge base in various subjects which in turn strengthens the capacity of your team.

Click here for a list of past trainings.

Interested in becoming a part of the PARedu lineup? Fill out the below PARedu Proposal Form.

PARedu Proposal Form

UPCOMING EVENTS   

HIPAA On-Demand Training

On-Demand // Virtual

Training is a critical defense against intrusions that breach privacy and IT systems. Why? Because training provides awareness and vigilance. All it takes is one click on a malicious email or link to open a backdoor into even the most secure databases. This ID/A specific, on-demand course for staff will fulfill privacy and cybersecurity training requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Most importantly, this training will instruct staff on how to recognize suspicious activity and how to respond promptly and effectively.

This 40-minute virtual course includes four modules. Participants may only advance through each section after successfully answering quiz questions.

Competency-building focuses on:

  • Understanding what private information is, and rules for access and release
  • Restrictions on social media uses
  • The duty to report potential breaches of private information
  • How to identify potentially malicious email and other potential cyber threats
  • Safe practices for handling paper documents containing private information

Agencies making bulk purchases will also receive a package of MyHIPAA Guide training materials and essential policy templates, including:

  • 49-Page MyHIPAA Guide Compliance Manual (with a 5-page Primer on Staff Training in the Appendix, and a Social Media Cheat Sheet)
  • HIPAA Cheat Sheet
  • Social Media Guidelines
  • Social Media Use Policy Template
  • Sanctions Policy & Disciplinary Actions Policy Template
  • Training & Awareness Policy Template
  • Telecommuting Policy Template
  • Anonymous Breach Report Template
  • Confidentiality Pledge for Residential
  • Training Instruction Sheet
Register today! 

 

Appreciology

Thursday // August 11
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Nearly 40% of staff report leaving their jobs because of feeling “underappreciated!” The old styles of Leadership are no longer effective given a new staff generation, new technologies and new issues never before encountered. Through a seriously humorous presentation Mr. Speaks and Dr. Greg will discuss the art and science of appreciation which will assist in expanding your LEADERSHIP TOOL KIT!
In this training, participants will learn:

  1. The six (6) principles of appreciation.
  2. Four (4) practical ways to demonstrate appreciation.
  3. How to hold staff accountable while using appreciative techniques.
  4. How appreciation and assist with recruitment, retention and agency reputation.

This training will be provided by Tom Speaks and Greg LaForme of The Impact Group.

Who should attend this training: This training is ID/A specific. If you work for an ID/A provider, this training is for you!

LSW, HRCI, and SHRM CEUs are available for this training. 

Register today! 

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Implementing Recruitment Strategies to Engage Diverse Audiences

Thursday // August 18
9:00 am -12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Recruiting should be a comprehensive strategy that includes human resources, marketing, and leadership. In order to truly attract talent from a diverse talent pool, especially at the leadership level, a comprehensive recruiting strategy should be developed. In this workshop, attendees will:

  • Learn how to track and prioritize demographics
  • Develop creative strategies to conduct outreach and recruitment
  • Explore community partnerships to support your recruiting and other organizational goals

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today! 

 

Healthy Meal Planning for DSPs and the Individuals They Support

Thursday // August 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

We recognize nutrition as the foundation of good health and as the source of sufficient energy to power through our days, yet we often don't give sufficient time or attention to planning and preparing healthy meals. The typical American diet is recognized as too high in sugar, sodium, and carbs, and too lacking in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. 

We ask our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to assist individuals to prepare healthy meals, but we don't often give DSPs the instructions they need in order to accomplish that task. The result is that DSPs can only implement their own personal meal practices, and if those practices are not in line with federal healthy eating standards, individuals do not have access to the benefits of a healthy diet.

The result is that individuals are often eating the same things repeatedly, meals are not balanced, individuals do not have access to the best possible health, and they don't experience the full enjoyment and benefit of healthy foods.

In this hands-on, train-the-trainer style workshop participants will learn:

  • The basics of healthy meal planning - how to create a diverse menu, shop, and prepare meals based on an individual's preferences and a budget
  • How to give the individuals you serve the maximum level of ownership possible over their own meal planning and preparation, and subsequently their health
  • How to accommodate busy schedules into the meal planning process
  • How to develop expectations for staff around meal planning and incorporate those expectations into your agency's internal QA process
  • And more...
Register today!

 

Developing a Positive Culture for Staff and Individuals

Thursday // September 15
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

A high quality, positive culture is critical for your Agency’s success.  Now more than ever with the seemingly never ending pandemic, staff recruitment and retention issues and general societal negativity it becomes imperative to have a culture which is positive, supportive and responsive.  A culture YOU and your Staff brag about to family, friends, stakeholders and others!

In this training, participants will learn how to:

  1. Teach staff the “true value” of their efforts.
  2. Design positive messaging to Staff.
  3. Create a daily positive interaction diet.
  4. Construct an “OREO” communication message to ensure positive messaging is used when Individuals are the focus.
  5. Take care of self during the “stressful” times.
  6. Use the three secrets of positive engagement with Individuals and other stakeholders.
  7. Avoid the five “no-no’s”!

 LSW CEUs will be offered for this training. 

Register today!

 

Consent and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday // September 20
10:00 - 11:30 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

The rate of sexual abuse among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are staggering. This population is 7 times more likely to be abused than the general population and women with I/DD are 12 times more likely to be abused. Many of these individuals don’t receive sexuality education that is cognitively accessible to them and for many other reasons this puts them at risk. In order to change these statistics, there are many areas where professionals can make a difference including learning effective ways to teach consent education to people with I/DD. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Examine why people with I/DD are at risk of sexual violence
  • Review tips for working with people with I/DD 
  • Explore strategies for teaching consent to this population

 LSW CEUs will be offered for this training. 

Register today! 

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Creating Retention Strategies to Keep Staff and Build Inclusion

Thursday // September 29
9:00 am -12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Retention is one of the most important aspects of talent management and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Organizations can recruit all the staff they can; however, if they are not able to retain their staff, they will continue a cycle of survival, increased avoidable costs, and struggle to advance their DEI journey. This workshop will teach attendees how to:

  • Discover retention strategies that any organization could implement
  • Learn how to prioritize inclusion in every area of the organization
  • Implement strategies to integrate DEI into organizational culture

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today!

 

Frontline Supervisor Training

Wednesday & Thursday // October 12 & 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

You’ve just received a big promotion, a new set of keys, access to approve timesheets, and an eager team to supervise, educate, support, and lead. Problem is, nobody’s shown you how. As a frontline supervisor you are a pivotal link in the service delivery chain and the key to your organization’s effectiveness. (No pressure.) You are now completely responsible for the performance of your team, regulatory compliance, translating instructions from upper management, and staff development, all while performing a multitude of administrative tasks and helping to ensure the health and welfare of those we serve. Chances are, you could use a few new tools in your management toolbox. In these two half-days of hands-on training with Sara Sherman, supervisors will:

  • Learn the 10 Fundamentals of Supervision
  • Discover the secret to finding and addressing the root cause of performance issues
  • Identify their own supervisory strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Understand two of the most challenging employee personality types, and learn how to stop them in their tracks
  • Leave with a written Supervisory Success Outline

This training is a 6 hour training split over two days. Attendees should plan on attending both days of this two-day, two-part training.

 SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 Register today!

 

The Fine Art of Mentoring - The Buddy System!

Thursday // October 20
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Time is perhaps the most valuable commodity in the I/DA system today. Keeping up with rules, regulations, and ISP compliance as well as staff scheduling is a significant stressor. Figuring out how to free up time to train new hires or staff who are in need of “positional refreshing” can be almost impossible. BUT, you have a resource that can help alleviate this stress and help improve the skills of new hires. MENTORING by using more senior staff to train and support less senior staff. 

In this training, participants will learn:

  1. The four (4) positive reasons to become a mentor. 
  2. The four (4) wrong reasons to become a mentor. 
  3. What a mentor is and what mentoring involves. 
  4. The CRITICAL statement that mentors must use constantly!
  5. The do’s and don’ts of mentoring.
  6. The basic steps of teaching a task!
  7. How to teach a skill and demonstrate to participants.

 SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 Register today!

 

What's Your Future and Who Will Lead You There?

Thursday // November 3
9:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Many Staff who leave an Agency tell us they have no idea where the Agency is headed or who will be leading them!  A concrete, succinct Vision is critical for an Agency’s success and knowing who the leaders will be provides confidence in the Agency’s future!  Strategic and Succession planning need not be complex or overly time consuming! Succinct plans with specific behavioral objectives can facilitate staff morale, reduce turnover and lead to program success.

In this presentation participants will learn:

  1. The 14 Planning Goals common across DD Agencies.
  2. How to identify 3 – 5 for your Agency.
  3. The incredible “statement of flexibility”!
  4. How to identify positions critical to your Agency’s functioning.
  5. How to identify key Communication styles for identified positions.
  6. How to identify present staff for these positions.

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Create an Internal Compliance System

Thursday // November 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

You know the rules, and your team is trained on the expectations; but your organization still struggles with compliance. There are too many panic moments, too much chaos, and internal and external audits reveal errors. How can this be?

The problem is that you don’t have an effective internal quality assurance system.

With an effective internal QA system, you will:

  • Catch errors quickly…before they become big problems.
  • Quickly return to your QA system after an emergency or crisis. (Never get permanently derailed again.)
  • Use a straightforward system of checks and balances to maintain compliance and catch errors, instead of just relying on 1 or 2 key personnel.
  • Practically eliminate the new staff learning curve that inherently creates risk for your agency.
  • Meet the compliance requirement of having an internal compliance system.

In this training participants will map out a high-level compliance blueprint that can easily be adapted for each agency’s unique needs.

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 Register today!

 

Appreciology

Thursday // December 15
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Nearly 40% of staff report leaving their jobs because of feeling “underappreciated!” The old styles of Leadership are no longer effective given a new staff generation, new technologies and new issues never before encountered. Through a seriously humorous presentation Mr. Speaks and Dr. Greg will discuss the art and science of appreciation which will assist in expanding your LEADERSHIP TOOL KIT!

In this training, participants will learn:

  1. The six (6) principles of appreciation.
  2. Four (4) practical ways to demonstrate appreciation.
  3. How to hold staff accountable while using appreciative techniques.
  4. How appreciation and assist with recruitment, retention and agency reputation.

This training will be provided by Tom Speaks and Greg LaForme of The Impact Group.

Who should attend this training: This training is ID/A specific. If you work for an ID/A provider, this training is for you!

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today!