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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS  

Effective Communication Between Staff and Supervisors

Wednesday // May 18
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

The key to present and future agency success will be how well communications are performed between supervisors, managers and staff. Let’s remember that staff are a key to positive PR with individuals, stakeholders and the community. What they say reflects on YOUR agency’s image and reputation and will directly reflect on how well your supervisory staff are trained in handling interpersonal interactions. In this training, participants will learn:
  • How to identify key communication issues using focus groups
  • The four steps in fairly and empathetically interacting with stressed/angry staff
  • The four steps in objectively and fairly managing and directing staff
  • And at least one strategy to use in building a positive workplace culture. 
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HIPAA Basics: Social Media Use, Marketing, & HIPAA

Thursday // May 19
1:00 - 2:00 pm // Virtual
 

Social media is a challenge for organizations that must protect the privacy of individuals. Some aspects of social media relate to marketing ‐ and this session will cover best practices for marketing purposes. Other aspects of social media relate to the potential of staff members to share information via posts in ways that could breach privacy. This session will cover guidelines recommended by the National Council of Boards of Nursing. The guidelines apply well to all staff in any organization. Click for more information!

When you click the link you will be prompted to create an account with OPRA. Be sure to indicate you are a PAR member in the registration to get the preferred pricing.

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How to Create a Year's Worth of Meaningful Activities Based on Just a Few Interests

Thursday // May 26
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Is everybody a little bored? Does it seem like the individuals you serve end up doing the same activities week in and week out? Is it a struggle to come up with new ideas to keep life fresh and interesting for the individuals you serve and keep your DSPs busy and creative? It’s not easy to come up with new ideas day in and day out, but with a little know-how it is possible to leverage an individual’s likes and hobbies to create a robust list of things to do. In this hands-on session by Sara Sherman, supervisors, managers, and others in the field will learn how to:

  • Turn just a few interests of the individuals you support into a full calendar year of meaningful activities.
  • Use an individual’s interests to naturally connect to the community.
  • Empower DSPs to take the reigns in planning, organizing, and implementing these activities.
  • End “same old, same old” forever.
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HIPAA Basics: Privacy and Security Breaches in the Residential Sector

Thursday // May 26
1:00 - 2:00 pm // Virtual
 

Learn the most common causes of HIPAA breaches, and how to reduce high risks to the best of your ability. This course will focus on actual breaches in the I/DD sector, why they happened, and how they might have been prevented. Some breaches will occur despite the best of security efforts. However, carelessness and neglect remain top causes of cases reported to the federal government. Click for more information!

When you click the link you will be prompted to create an account with OPRA. Be sure to indicate you are a PAR member in the registration to get the preferred pricing.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Reframe Your Thinking - Assessing DEI in Your Organization 

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

Before engaging in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work, it is crucial to assess your organization’s current policies, practices, and culture. Assessing can help your organization build a foundation to engage in DEI work, identify themes across your agency, and determine your strengths. In this workshop, attendees will:

  • Learn about building a foundation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Assess your organization with a DEI lens
  • Determine your organizational strengths

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

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Supporting Positive Relationships Between Staff and Parents

Thursday // June 16
9:00 -11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

An important key to programmatic success is in part due to the positive relationship established between staff and the parent/guardian. This relationship not only impacts treatment outcomes but also the image and reputation of staff and the Agency supplying the service. It is not unusual for this relationship to be negatively impacted by frustrated parents/guardians who may approach staff in residential and other program environments in a confrontative manner.  How to handle these interactions in a manner that builds positive relationships?  Participants in this training will:

  1. Identify four (4) possible reasons for parent behaviors.
  2. Learn three (3) approaches for dealing with difficult behaviors.
  3. Learn how to use HEAT in confrontative situations.
  4. Identify five (5) “elements of trust” to improve relations.
  5. Identify two (2) “helpful hints” to use.

LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

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Managing Conflict: A Process of Resolution and Modeling for Leaders

Thursday // June 23
10:00 - 11:30 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

The ability of managers and supervisors to be effective at their jobs is critical during the current workforce shortage. The focus of this training is on understanding sources and types of conflict and exploring resolution skills that managers can use with staff to both address conflict and model skills staff can use with organizational teams, ISP teams, and individuals served.

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

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Management Skills Basics - Supervisor Bootcamp

Thursday // July 21
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Agencies serving individuals with ID/A remain faced with significant challenges in recruiting and retaining a new generation of staff. National turnover rates range from 40% to 70%, making service continuity and quality difficult at best. Add the ongoing pandemic and we face a crisis of service. A major variable in staff retention is the quality of your frontline supervisors. Do they have the basic skills to help minimize turnover or have they been “thrown” into their positions with little training? In this dynamic and humorous training, staff will learn the basics of supervision, characteristics of positive supervision, how to handle conflicts and behavioral correction, and more. 

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

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Evaluating Privilege and Bias 

Thursday // July 28
9:00 am -12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Everyone has their own unique identities and privilege, and it is important to recognize them and how they affect how each individual’s perspective and the organization’s work. In this workshop, each attendee will:

  • Discuss their identities and evaluate areas of privilege
  • Review the concepts of implicit bias and how it affects policies and culture
  • Learn about the importance of crucial conversations and how to engage in them

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

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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...
     

Developing a Positive Culture for Staff and Individuals

Thursday // September 15
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
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The Fine Art of Mentoring - The Buddy System!

Thursday // October 6
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
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Frontline Supervisor Training

Wednesday & Thursday // October 12 & 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
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HELP - My Staff is Driving me up the Wall - Behavioral Style Assessment

Thursday // November 3
9:00 am // Virtual
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Create an Internal Compliance System

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

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