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 

Frontline Supervisor Training 

Tuesday & Wednesday // March 5 & 6
9:00 - 12:00 pm EST // 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.

This training is designed for current and future frontline supervisors. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today! 

 

The Graduation to Direct Support Professional Employment Program

Monday // March 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST // Virtual

The Graduation to Direct Support Professional (G2DSP) employment program provides high school and college students with an immersive career exploration experience in our field, a field that offers viable career opportunities. The G2DSP task force supports G2DSP employment pilot programs across the commonwealth to find sustainable ways to increase the number of high school graduates and college students being hired as DSPs and to increase the awareness of ID/A among students, including students who potentially will go into professions intersecting the lives of individuals with ID/A. Please join us for an overview and discussion of the first 2 years of the G2DSP programs, what we have learned and how we hope to continue to develop opportunities that will help to address the DSP crisis.

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today! 

 

Effective Communication for DSPs 

Tuesday // March 26
9:00 - 11:00 am EST // Virtual
Speaker Bio

The Developmental Disability field presents significant communication challenges for DSPs on a daily basis. Unhappy individuals served, parents/guardians and co-workers call for positive, constructive approaches which are not always a part of these staff’s skill set. This training focuses on teaching various verbal, nonverbal and social media skills to successfully deal with the various communications scenarios encountered. The training also highlights and emphasizes staff’s role as an effective communicator. 

In this training, participants will learn: 

  1. Appropriate verbal, non-verbal and social media communication skills. 
  2. How to defuse a “Crisis” situation. 
  3. The concept of “SHOWTIME!” in creating a positive communication culture. 
  4. How to construct an “OREO” communication message to ensure that positive messages are used when individuals served are the focus.

This training is designed for DSPs, Frontline Supervisors, DSP Trainers, and others in the ID/A field. 

This training will be recorded and shared with all registrants. The recording will be valid for 30 days!

Register today!

 

Stoic Philosophy Essentials for Leaders 

Tuesday // April 2
9:00 - 11:00 am EST // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was one of the most successful leaders of antiquity. He faced every kind of adversity and trial using the philosophy of Stoicism. By exercising temperance, wisdom, justice and courage you will  effectively lead your organization through any challenge and overcome any adversity! Participant will learn:

  1. The Basics of Stoicism 
  2. How to apply the principals of stoicism to effectively:
    1. Begin each day with power and purpose
    2. Control your emotions
    3. Rewire negative thinking
    4. Stop wanting: Start accepting  
    5. Create the Agency culture you wish to have
    6. Four of the nine tenants of Stoicism related to leadership

This training is designed for all leaders in the ID/A field. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

This training will be recorded and shared with all registrants. The recording will be valid for 30 days!

Register today!

 

Freeing Individuals to Live Their Most Independent Lives

Wednesday // May 1
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Do you feel like, sometimes, your staff create more dependence than independence?

We all know that the goal for the individuals we serve is to increase independence through skill acquisition, but in those day to day moments when decisions are made and supports provided, the needle sometimes doesn’t move any closer to independence, if it moves at all.

In this workshop agency leaders will learn how to teach staff to support individuals in ways that:

  • Expand Individuals’ independence
  • Empower individuals to develop decision making skills
  • End unnecessary dependence on staff
  • Make it clear when success is achieved (both for the individual and the staff)
  • Support staff to create a full company culture of empowering individuals

This training is designed for trainers, frontline supervisors, managers, directors and executives. 

Register today! 
  

Effective Communication Between Staff and Supervisors 

Tuesday // May 14
9:00 - 11:00 am EST // 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 and school image and reputation will directly reflect how well your supervisory staff are trained in handling interpersonal interactions. 

In this training, participants will learn: 

  1. How to identify key communication issues using focus groups! 
  2. The four (4) steps in fairly and empathetically interacting with stressed/angry staff. 
  3. The four (4) steps in objectively and fairly managing and directing staff. 
  4. At least one (1) strategy to use in building a positive workplace culture.

This training is designed for ID/A Supervisors, Managers, Directors, and other leaders in the field. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

This training will be recorded and shared with all registrants. The recording will be valid for 30 days!

 Register today!

 

Developing a Positive Culture for Staff and Individuals 

Thursday // June 13
9:00 - 11:00 am EST // 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”!

This training is designed for all leaders in the ID/A field. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

This training will be recorded and shared with all registrants. The recording will be valid for 30 days!

 Register today!

 

Frontline Supervisor Training 

Monday & Tuesday // June 17 & June 18
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // 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.

This training is designed for current and future frontline supervisors. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today!

 

Healthy Meal Planning 

Thursday // July 11
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // 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 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...

This training is designed for trainers, frontline supervisors, managers and other stakeholders. 

Register today!

 

Creating an Internal Compliance System 

Thursday & Friday // August 22 & 23
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // 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.

This training is designed for frontline supervisors, managers, directors, compliance officers and executives. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today!

 

Frontline Supervisor Training

Wednesday & Thursday // September 11 & 12
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // 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.

This training is designed for current and future frontline supervisors. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today!

 

How to Create a Years Worth of Meaningful Activities on Just a Few Interests 

Wednesday // October 9
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // 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 supervisors and managers 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. 

This training is designed for trainers, frontline supervisors, managers, directors, executives and other stakeholders. 

Register today!

 

On-Going Training Techniques

Wednesday // November 6
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // Virtual
Speaker Bio

One of the biggest challenges providers face as they work to maintain regulatory compliance is to ensure staff receive continual and ongoing training. The challenge is further compounded because employees are spread across service settings, counties, have differing schedules, and often work alone. Lack of ongoing training can be key reason for citations and regulatory non-compliance. Creativity and innovation are required in order keep staff on their toes and stay in compliance with requirements. In this online interactive session with Sara Sherman, supervisors and leaders in your organization will learn:

  • The tools and techniques to implement ongoing staff training, even across multiple and diverse service locations.
  • The biological barriers that make learning new information a challenge, and how to surpass those challenges.
  • How to create a work culture that expects and strives for compliance.
  • Methods to measure and track progress and identify shortcomings for quick remediation.

This training is designed for trainers, frontline supervisors, managers, directors, executives and other stakeholders. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

Register today!

 

Frontline Supervisor Training

Tuesday & Wednesday // December 3 & 4
9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST // 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.

This training is designed for current and future frontline supervisors. 

HRCI and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training. 

Register today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARedu Trainings are an initiative of Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability, a 501(c)3 organization.