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   

So You Want to be a Leader?

Wednesday // August 11
9:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

So, you’ve learned First Aid, CPR and all types of rules and regulations along with at least 2000 policies and procedures. Oh, and you now know what an IFSP, IEP, ISP and all sorts of other initials refer to. But if you wanted to move into a leadership position, you probably have no clue what skills are needed. This training focuses on those skills that will assist you now and in the future for developing teams and becoming a LEADER! LET’S START TODAY!!!

Register today!

 

Healthy Meal Planning for DSPs and the Individuals They Support

Wednesday // August 26
9:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

We recognize nutrition as the foundation of good health and as the source of sufficient energy to power through our days. However, 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 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 often can only implement their own personal meal practices, and if those practices are not in line with federal healthy eating standards, individuals may not have access to the benefits of a healthy diet. Individuals may often be eating the same things repeatedly, meals may not be balanced, individuals may not have access to the best possible health, and they might not experience the full enjoyment and benefit of healthy foods. In this hands-on 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 budget
  • How to give the individuals they 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 their agency's internal QA process
  • And more!

This training is appropriate for DSPs, Managers, Supervisors, and Trainers. All DSPs will be able to sign up for this training at a reduced rate!

Register today!

 

Quality Customer Experience

Wednesday // September 8
9:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

A quality customer/stakeholder experience is critical for your agency’s success – how’s yours? Do your staff have the skills to provide that experience? Will families and guardians choose you, and once they do, will they stay? 25% percent of customers do NOT return to do business due to a poor customer experience. Also, there is a direct relationship between an excellent customer experience environment and employee morale, satisfaction and retention. In this training, participants will learn:

  • The five reasons a quality customer experience is important

  • The four critical characteristics of a quality customer experience

  • How to increase self-awareness

  • What to DO and NOT TO DO when using electronic communications, and more!

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Supervisor Bootcamp: Management Skills Basics

Wednesday // October 6
9:00 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.

Register today!

 

November - TBD 

 

Appreciology

Wednesday // December 8
9:00 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!