Minnesota Rehabilitation Association

Promoting Ethical and State of The Art Practice in Rehabilitation

 MRA Fall Conference 2019

 “INSPIRE” Sparked by History – Building, Inspiring, Together for now and Beyond

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE!

 Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 12:15 PM – Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 2PM CDT

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 Mankato Civic Center

1 Civic Center Plaza

Mankato, MN 56001


Description

Minnesota Rehabilitation Association 2019 Inspire Conference and Training — Celebrating the kick off to the 100th year of Vocational Rehabilitation and providing professional support opportunities to vocational successes.

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Program

MRA Conference program details are now released! See all the training opportunities that you can take advantage of and plan your day accordingly.

Click here to download a copy of Wednesday's MRA 2019 Pre-ETs Conference program's schedule.

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You may also see the schedule below on this web page! (program last updated 9/13/2019).


 

Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 Pre-ETs Training.

 

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 Registration

 

12:00 – 12:15 President Kennedy’s welcome/opening

 

Time: 12:15 – 

 

Name: Cori DiBiase

Room: Banquet Hall East

Title of Presentation: “Making My Way: Self-Determination in Pre-ETS Planning and Services”

Length of training: 1.0 hour

Biography:

Cori DiBiase joined the Manhattan Strategy Group as the Director of the National Veteran’s Technical Assistance Center in July of 2018. Mr. DiBiase has supported the education and workforce systems to adapt to WIOA, and to effectively employ the tools and resources provided by Pre-ETS. Mr. DiBiase has worked with Disability Employment Initiatives, Customized Employment Projects, and American Job-Center based Ticket to Work Projects, and directed a CRP providing employment and entrepreneurial assistance to people with disabilities.

Abstract of Training:

Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy are essential to the design and implementation of any school-to-work transition and Pre-Employment Training Service (Pre-ETS) program. While every other aspect is important, the capacity to make informed choices, and ensure that those choices are at the center of the overall plan for their future, is what will fuel the long-term success of a student with a disability in transition. The extent to which the process is ‘owned’ by the youth will closely correlate to their engagement in it, and their ability to persist in ongoing career development, even after formal services have ceased. Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy are necessary to every other aspect of Pre-ETS and transition.

This session will explore

1)      The way that transition specialists can facilitate Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy through the Individual Education Planning (IEP) process.

2)      We’ll discuss strategies to ensure that the IEP process is principally guided by the youth in question, even as the rest of the team makes meaningful contributions to the decision making process.

 

Time: 1:25 – 2:25

 

Name: Jake Schuller

Room: Banquet Hall East

Title of Presentation:  “Expectations at Employment and Self-Advocacy at Centers for Independent Living”

Length of training: 1.0 hour

Biography:

Jacob Schuller is the Executive Director of Southeastern MN Center for Independent Living, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in the disability field.  Centers for Independent Living, are unique in the field in that over 50% of the employees and the Board of Directors identify as having a disability.  Centers for Independent Living provide a wide array of services including Independent Living Skills and Advocacy at the individual and systems level.

Abstract of Training:

  • Understanding/defining “people with disabilities” & stereotypes
  • Understand/defining the ADA so they know their rights while in school, at work and in the community
  • Understand/defining terms such as: “independent living”, “personal choice”, “active participation”, “equal opportunities”, “informed choice”, “human rights”, and “respect”
  • Understanding the definition and differences between an accommodation and modification as it relates to school and work.
  • Understanding and being an active member in their IEP”s
  • Understanding strengths, barriers, and skills related to Smart Goals.
  • Identifying their values, priorities and learning style.
  • Understanding choices and consequences
  • Understanding “my” disability and how it affects me in all areas of my life
  • Teaching students about their resources and how to advocate for their wants and needs

 

Time: 2:35 – 4:45 w/ break (5 min) 2.0 hours

 

Name: Ellen Sokolowski

Room: Banquet Hall East

Title of Presentation: “Pre-ETS:  Developing a Tool-Kit of Resources for the Classroom”

Length of training: 2.0 hours

Biography:

Ellen Sokolowski, MS, CRC:

Ellen has been in the field of rehabilitation for 25+ years. She is presently employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Iowa and provides services to both adults and students with disabilities. She has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit areas of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Abstract of Training:

This interactive presentation will look at:

1)      Resources that are available to the rehabilitation professionals to use in the classroom settings

a) Resources that will be discussed will include websites, handouts, games, digital resources, etc.

2)      Attendees will be able to identify, evaluate and use various resources for Pre-ETs presentations/activities.

 

Time: 2:35 – 4:45 w/ break (5 min) 2.0 hours

Name: Jan Lowe & Kathryn Johnson

Room: Banquet Hall West

Title of Presentation: “CAREERCODE Interest Assessment and Associated Strategies for Counselors.”

Length of training: 2.0 hours

Biography:

Jan Lowe, AIE, The Persuasive Idealist   Raised in a small Nebraska community, Jan began using her interests by playing the piano for the high school choir. After obtaining a degree in Music Education, she realized in her first year of teaching that it wasn’t right for her. Fortunately, after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, she found an alternative career that was more fulfilling where she was able to work with individual clients. Building on this education and experience, she became specialized in vocational assessment and courtroom testimony as a vocational expert. Jan has owned a private practice Rehabilitation Counselors since 1978, which is a good match for her full CAREERCODE – AIECSR.

Kathryn Johnson, ESA, The Creative Ambassador   Selling greeting cards (The Cheerful Card Company) door to door in her tiny South Dakota town, Kathryn realized the value of being persuasive and ambitious. Like a true visionary, she was already thinking outside the box of the pre-determined women’s careers of her day. That start-up venture led her to a career path which included experience as: makeup artist, retail gift buyer, executive recruiter for National/International companies, nonprofit employment program development and community consultant on intergenerational workplace issues, work readiness career planning and coaching. These varied experiences are a good match for her full CAREERCODE.—ESACRI.

Abstract of Training:

Finding a career that’s right for you is not only inspiring, it’s empowering. The first step is knowing who you are in terms of your interests and values. This will help in navigating the world of work so you can find job satisfaction and a more meaningful life. The CAREERCODE interest assessment and workbook will be used to launch a discussion about strategies to use when counseling clients regarding their interests while doing vocational exploration and transition planning for students, job changers, and seniors

 

5:15 – 6:15 MRA BOARD MEET (ROOM 279 B)

 

6:30 – 8: 30 PRESIDENT’S DINNER TICKETED EVENT (Room Reception Hall)

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THURSDAY October 3, 2019

 

Registration: ALL DAY

 

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast Banquet Hall

 

8:00 – 8:15 President Kennedy’s welcome/opening

 

Time: 8:15 – 9:45 Keynote

Name: Michelle Newman

Room: Banquet Hall East

Title of Presentation: “FINDING YOUR Z: An A-Z Roadmap for Realizing Your Ideal Life”

Length of training: 1.5 Hours

Biography:

Michelle Newman is the Co-Founder and Co-Author of Finding Your Z, is an Executive Coach with The People Side and is an HR Director at Post Consumer Brands in Lakeville, MN. Throughout her 20+ year career in Human Resources, Michelle has been coaching leaders at all levels of the organization, up to and including C-Suite executives. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and completed coaching training in 2007 at the esteemed Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She received her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching at the University of St. Thomas in 2018.

Michelle specializes in coaching female business leaders to achieve the roles and life they desire. She is honored to be a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Abstract of Training:

Abstract/Summary of Presentation (can be attached):  Attached is Keynote description; Break-out would be a deeper dive on Life Purpose or “Why”, along with an exercise on identifying the Inner Critic or “Back Seat Driver.” In this highly interactive session, we will help your group align their personal goals with their professional goals so they can navigate their career with confidence.

1) What is Your Z?

2) Understanding What, Why, Who & Where is your ideal life

a) In this conversation, we will go beyond traditional career development to help people realize the LIFE they want, not just their dream job.

 

Time: 9:55 – 11:10

 1.      Name: Breanne Hilvala & August Hilvala

Room: 241

Title of Presentation: “Exploring the World Within: The Ethics of Self Awareness in Developing Cultural Competency”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Breanne served as an Assistant Director of Career Development at Oregon State University, and is currently a core faculty member for the Counseling Specialties program at Adler Graduate School.  She uses an ecological and contemplative approach in counseling.

August is studying mental health counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He serves as a career advisor at MNSU’s Career Development Center and will begin his internship at a local mental health center in summer 2019.

Abstract of Training:

The CRC Code of Ethics section D holds specific guidelines for Rehabilitation counselors to develop and maintain knowledge and personal awareness for culturally competent counseling with diverse populations.  This presentation provides an opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors to engage in dialogue with one another in regards to exploring self cultural identity. The ADDRESSING Model (Hayes, 2008) and Re-conceptualized Model of Multiple Dimensions of Identity (RMMDI) (Abes, Jones, & McEwen, 2013) will be used as the core theoretical frameworks informing this presentation and in order to help rehabilitation Counselors at this presentation continue to develop a self-understanding of personal cultural identity  (CRCC:  D2 a,b, c and H5f CDMS: RPC 1.08, 1.13 a b)

 

 2.      Name: Cindy Held Tarshish

Room: Reception Hall

Title of Presentation: ADA Title I - employment.

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Cindy Held Tarshish has held the position of ADA Minnesota Program Manager since 2002.  In this capacity she provides technical assistance, educational presentations and trainings, and plans community wide events for people with disabilities, businesses, organizations, and educational settings.  Ms. Tarshish has provided services in the disability community for over 30 years.  Past employers include; the Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis Society, Opportunity Partners, Minnesota AIDS Project and the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living.  Ms. Tarshish also has expertise in marketing for the non-profit organization, foundation grant writing, and freelance writing and editing.  Ms. Tarshish is a certified ADA Coordinator.

Abstract of Training:

This presentation will provide a comprehensive working knowledge of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Topics addressed include; ADA overview, disability definition, apparent and non-apparent disabilities, essential functions & job applications, interview process, direct threat and undue hardship, disclosure, reasonable accommodations, confidentiality, and local and national resources. In addition to these topics, the presenter also includes several real life examples she has encountered while working with people with disabilities and employers in Minnesota.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions during and following the training.

 

 3.      Name: Dave Kempston

Room: 243

Title of Presentation: “Customer Service Tips from a Plaintiff Lawyer”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Mr. Kempston has been practicing law since 1992. He worked as an insurance defense attorney for four years before coming to work with Mr. Mottaz. This background provides him with a unique perspective when pursuing the rights of injured workers. Described by his peers as “aggressive yet reasonable,” Mr. Kempston is a strong advocate for the injured worker.  He co-authored a chapter on medical benefits in the Minnesota Workers Compensation Deskbook.  He has been designated a “Super Lawyer” since 2000, by Thompson Reuters.  He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America as seen in Minnesota Monthly.  Mr. Kempston possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He has written a book on the practice of law, entitled That’s Why They Call it Practicing Law (2017)

Abstract of Training:

Mr. Kempston believes that a client centered focus Will lead to better customer service. He will share his vision of how to do the ordinary tasks better than everybody else. With humor and wisdom, he’ll outline 22 pointers for improving your customer skills. QRC’s and rehab providers will benefit from this thoughtful approach.

 

11:10 – 12:30 LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

 

Time: 12:30 – 1:45

 1.      Name: Austin Beatty & Cristy Thomas

Room: 241

Title of Presentation: “Placement 101 Talk Back/Applied Learning”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Austin Beatty has been providing Placement services and Employment supports to the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities in Minnesota for more than 9 years. He is currently the Program Supervisor for the Minnesota Employment Center, and serves as Secretary on the MRA JPD division. He has trained on Placement 101 for the last year. Austin also works as a Sign Language interpreter with a focus on video relay and DeafBlind interpreting, and has a passion for creating theater access for the D/DB/HOH communities. 

Cristy Thomas has been working with individuals with disabilities and partnering with businesses for over 15 years.  She is currently employed with Productive Alternatives as a Placement Specialist and also the North District Representative on the MRA Job Placement and Development (JPD) Division.  Cristy is a Placement 101 Presenter providing this training across the state of Minnesota.  She is also a long time committed volunteer in many roles and programs within her communities, always looking for ways to help people meet the needs in their lives and succeed. 

Abstract of Training:

Have you recently gone through Placement 101 training? 

Join fellow participants and Placement 101 Presenters to discuss what tools you’ve incorporated into your work, exchange ideas on how you’ve applied this and learn from others about what they’re doing.

  • What concepts have you tried?
  • What has been successful or not successful?
  • What changes have you noticed about how you approach your work?
  • What concepts are you still struggling with?

Here’s an opportunity to share and get feedback from other Placement Professionals who are also putting these tools to use.

 

 2.      Name: Dr. Matthew Monsein MD

Room: 243

Title of Presentation: “Pain and Opioid”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Dr. Matthew Monesein, MD is a physician specializing in chronic pain management. Dr. Monsein’s interests are in inpatient pain treatment, pain rehabilitation and helping patients decrease or eliminate opioid medications

Abstract of Training:

Dr. Monsein will discuss how to work with clients who have chronic pain, opioid use and the application within the MN worker’s compensation system.  An overview of the Allina Courage Kenny Pain Management Center and how injured worker’s can benefit from services within this program.

 

 3.      Name: Sara Sundeen, MS, CRC & Ann Macheledt, MS, CRC

Room: Reception Hall

Title of Presentation: Person-Centered Practices: Changing the Employment Landscape

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Sara Sundeen has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation for more than 20 years. She has worked in non-profit and for profit rehabilitation. She is currently a Program Specialist with VRS focusing on Person-Centered Practices. Sara has managed vocational programs, provided job placement services, career consultation.  Sara has also been involved with the National Rehabilitation Association and Minnesota chapter serving as president of both. She is deeply committed to her family, friends and community.

Ann Macheledt has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation for more than 25 years. She has held a number of management/leadership positions in both non-profit and for profit businesses. Ann has extensive skills and expertise in the areas of ADA consulting, disability case management, ergonomic and job site assessments, vocational counseling, diversity recruitment, leave management and training and development.  Ann has been with VRS for over 2 years. 

Abstract of Training:

Person-Centered Practices is a way of being and a conscious choice. Vocational Rehabilitation Services has been on a journey to infuse person-centered practices into all the work we do. We believe the implementation of person-centered practices has improved relationships, communication and outcomes. We will share an overview of the core principles of person-centered practices as well as the work we have done to create a community of practice and ongoing resources and trainings. We will allow ample time for a facilitated dialog around best practices and how we can collaborate to continue to build a stronger person-centered community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the core principles of person-centered practices
  2. Share ideas for building a community of practice to infuse person-centered practices throughout an organization
  3. Tips to avoid being the “flavor of the month”; keeping person-centered skills and tools in front of staff 
  4. Sharing of best practices; an open dialog about person-centered practices and celebrating diversity (102/125)

 

Time: 1:55 – 4 :35 (2 hour congruent w/ 5 minute break)

 1.      Name: Eric Riggenberg B.S., MA

Room: Reception Hall

Title of Presentation: “Independence and Self-determination: a Developmental Perspective”

Length of training: 2.0 hours back-to-back congruent sessions

Biography:

Eric Ringgenberg is the Education Program Manager for the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). He has a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and is currently finishing a Master of Arts in Special Education- Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of St. Thomas. Additionally, Eric has more than 10 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum in multiple settings and capacities, as well as coordinating implementation of evidence-based practices. 

Abstract of Training:

Achieving independence and self-determination is a multi-faceted, lifelong journey. For many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), intrinsic and extrinsic factors impede achieving these desired outcomes, impacting their autonomy, quality of life, and self-sufficiency. While research has clearly identified these challenges, the solutions are less clear. Adopting a developmental perspective highlights the interplay between development and disability, the impact of executive functioning and adaptive behavior on adult outcomes, and the need for coordinated supports across systems and stages of life.

Objectives:

-Review developmental differences associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

-Examine research related to executive functioning, adaptive behavior, and adult outcomes

-Discuss supports and strategies that can be used across the lifespan to promote independence and self-determination

 

Time: 1:55 – 3:10

2.      Name: Ellen Sokolowski

Room: 241

Title of Presentation: “Reverse Job Fairs: Flipping the Script of Job Fairs”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Ellen Sokolowski, MS, CRC:

Ellen has been in the field of rehabilitation for 25+ years. She is presently employed as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Iowa and provides services to both adults and students with disabilities. She has worked in both the non-profit and for-profit areas of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Abstract of Training:

This interactive presentation will look at:

1)      What are they, how to develop them

2)      The need for collaboration with various community partners

3)      Implementation of a “boot camp” and development of displays for the reverse job fair

 

 3.      Name: Larry TeBrake

Room: 243

Title of Presentation: “Person Centered Thinking in Vocational Rehabilitation”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Larry TeBrake is a Person Centered Thinking Trainer at Learning Community for Person Centered Practices

Abstract of Training: MASPPR Sponsored

This session will include an overview of person-centered concepts and tools, which can be used to enhance all aspects of vocational rehabilitation work.   How to enhance our services to the populations we work with and to ‘get the most out of the client.’ 

 

Time: 3:20 – 4:35

1.      Name: Brent Larson & Tim Morgan

Room: 243

Title of Presentation: Job Placement Panel

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Both Brent and Tim our placement specialist.

Abstract of Training: Sponsored by MASPPR

Brent and Tim will lead a panel discussion regarding job search activities in the Minnesota workers compensation system. How to ensure QRC’s complete the Rehab Plan sufficiently to include for placement costs.  How to address restrictions and how this affects job search for the injured worker.   

 2.      Name: Amanda Jensen-Stahl & Beth Grube

Room: Reception Hall

Title of Presentation: DEED-VRS/SSB and DHS: Working together to support competitive, integrated employment

Length of training:1.25 hours

Biography:

Amanda Jensen-Stahl:

Amanda currently works for the State of Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) as a Rehabilitation Program Specialist. Her role is to provide policy analysis, program and policy development, and professional management and leadership to support various programs. Previously, Amanda worked for Goodwill-Easter Seals, MN where she was a leader in workforce development issues and fortunate to work with a wide variety of programs serving youth-at-risk, refugees/new Americans, ex-offenders, and individuals with disabilities. She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a BA in English from Hamline University.

Beth Grube

Beth Grube is the Benefits Planning Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). She started her career in the field of disability, employment, and public benefits over 25 years ago. In 2000, Beth was hired to work as the policy lead for Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) program. In this role she also helped develop and implement Minnesota's Disability Benefits 101 (www.mn.db101.org) web site. Later, she served as the policy lead for the state's General Assistance and MN Supplemental Aid (SSI supplement) programs, and as the Department's liaison to the Social Security Administration. She has been a Community Partner Work Incentive Coordinator through Virginia Commonwealth University since 2009, and currently (in partnership with the Disability Hub MN) leads efforts to expand capacity for benefits planning across Minnesota.

Abstract of Training:

This session provides an overview of the work the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) – Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and State Services for the Blind (SSB) and Human Services (DHS) – Disability Services Division (DSD) are doing to support competitive, integrated employment for Minnesotans with disabilities.  This session will broadly cover current state level collaboration and coordination on employment efforts and highlight the future direction in our work together.   (CRCC A5G CDMS RPS 1.13 a b, 1.03 a1.,2)

 

Division Meetings: 4:45-5:45

JPD- Job Placement and Development (Room 279 B)

TSD- Transition Specialties Division (Room Reception Hall)

MRCEA- Minnesota Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators (Room 241)

ARTS – MN Association of Rehabilitation Support Staff (TBD)

VEWAA- Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (TBD)

MASPPR – Minnesota Association of Services Providers in Private Rehabilitation- Mr. TeBrake will lead an interactive ethical discussion regarding the following question: Helping our clients outside of the worker’s compensation system: what types of services and guidance are acceptable?  (Room 243)

  

Thursday, October 3rd, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Banquet, Awards and Networking - Eat, drink and be merry! Come celebrate with us at the banquet and awards ceremony! Afterwards, there will DJ spinning all the best hits. 


 

FRIDAY October 4, 2019

 

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast Banquet Hall

 

8:00 – 8:15 President Kennedy’s welcome/opening

 

Time 8:15 – 9:45

 

Keynote

Name: Becca Dahlberg

Room: Banquet Hall East

Title of Presentation: “Embrace and Thrive”

Length of Training 1.5

Biography:

LIFELONG TEACHER, PASSIONATE ENTREPRENEUR

Becca is a Lifelong Teacher, Passionate Entrepreneur, and Self Starter since 2004. Becca is the ultimate big picture thinker and helps people work through change and build their resilience with a proven easy to follow strategy.  She lives from a visionary perspective and has aligned her life’s services with this dynamic energy.

Abstract:

This keynote will take the audience through a 3 stage process to understand and thrive in the face of change. The audience will be transported through personal stories, informative dialog and learn actionable steps that can be implemented immediately. 

Audience Outcomes: 

1. Understand your emotions around change and how to work with them

2. Learn how to work through fear and come out inspired

3. Work through the 3 easy steps outlined to Thrive in change, at work or at home

4. Become more efficient as negative emotions are overcome

 

Time: 9:55 – 11:10

 1.      Name: Baird Johnson

Room: 241

Title of Presentation: “Rebuilding Cognitive Ability after a Brain Injury”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Baird Johnson is Executive Director of the LearningRx brain training centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Shoreview, Minnesota. He has worked with thousands of people of all ages to improve their lives and abilities through better cognitive skills.  Baird is a frequent presenter on the topic of cognitive training, including co-presenting twice previously at the MRA Annual Conference.

Abstract of Training:

Come learn about the benefits of cognitive training to help those impacted by brain injury. We’ll demonstrate how one-on-one brain training exercises can rebuild memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing and more after brain injury. We’ll share current research and real world results and discuss who and how brain training can help.

 

 2.      Name: Justin King

Room: 243

Title of Presentation: “testing and assessment instruments and methodologies for vocational evaluations”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Justin King is a rehabilitation psychologist; with Metropolitan Rehabilitation Services PSYD, LP, CRC, PVE, F/ABVE

Abstract of Training: MASPPR Sponsored

The presentation will focus on the methodology, selection, interpretation and implementation of vocational testing and assessments in the evaluation process the goal of the presentation is to provide practical information related to test selection, interpretation, cost and resources

 

 3.      Name: Judith A Richardson-Mahre

Room: Reception Hall

Title of Presentation: “ADHD: The latest science and tools and techniques“

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Judy is a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (LAMFT), Certified ADHD Professional and Coach.  Judy has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families affected by ADHD. Judy is passionate about working with individuals with ADHD and helping them see the gifts and strengths amidst their struggles.  Judy brings her excellent problem solving skills, her compassion, understanding and deep knowledge to offer tools and techniques to improve every situation.

Abstract of Training:

ADHD impacts up to 10% of the population and is a contributing factor for many individuals struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety.  Come and learn the latest science around what ADHD is, how it impacts the brain wiring and behavior of those who have it.  Learn what executive functions are and how they impact individual performance.  With a good understanding of the brain impact of ADHD, learn several tools and techniques to deal with clients and individuals who are impacted by ADHD.  We will explore lifestyle changes, to psychological interventions and interventions to improve daily life and independence.  We will also explore why Cognitive Behavior Interventions are not the best option for these clients and what are the best approaches to preserve self esteem and mental health as well as improve success, independence and a sense of accomplishment. 

 

Time: 12:30 – 1:45

1.      Name: Andre Koen

Room: Reception Hall

Title of Presentation: “Cultural Competence Out of Context”

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography:

Abstract of Training:

Often folks talk about how to create cultural competence but miss the relationship it has to the context. We need to reboot how we think about culture and the goals people from other cultures have. Why did those people move here? Why have they chosen my neighborhood and community? How do we serve them best? I field these inquiries with a very simple response. They are looking for safety, significance and belonging, just as your ancestors did prior to your arrival.

In this session we will discuss the similarities between cultures perceived differences, communication styles to create better methods for cultural awareness and allophilia.

Objectives

Understand differing communication styles

Examine cultural impact on worldviews

Analysis of personal bias on behavior

Create action plans to become more effective with cross cultural communication

 

 2.      Name: Mankato Attorneys

Room: 243

Title of Presentation: Round Table discussion with Plaintiff Attorneys within the MN Work Comp System

Length of training: 1.25 hours

Biography: Chris Rosengren, Chris Sandquistand Chris Carpenter

Abstract of Training:

Panel discussion regarding work comp stipulated settlements, trends in the work comp legal system and where rehabilitation fits in these discussions.  Panel will be open for questions from rehab providers. 

 

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Hotel Information: 

Hilton Garden Inn

20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001 

507-344-1111

Rooms are blocked for the MRA Conference and are $109.00 per night.

** Special accommodations must be noted on ticket purchase and be requested by SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 by 12:00 pm CST. MRA can not guarantee accommodations after the cutoff date.

** Dietary needs: are available, it is the purchaser's responsibility to mark this on your ticket. Although the caterer does everything they can to make sure foods are Allergy Free (AF) and Gluten Free (GF) MRA (board and members) and caterer (all employees) are not held responsible for any cross contamination.

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Interested in being a vendor at the conference? 

MRA invites you to be a vendor at the conference. There will be limited vendor tables available. If interested, please review the Vendor Information Packetand send it to Kelly Kennedy - kkennedy@mncareersolutions.com.

 


Interested in Speaking at MRA Conference?

The MRA Conference 2019 Program is now finalized. If you are interested in speaking for MRA at the 2020 Fall Conference, please check back next summer for the Call for Presenters Proposal Form and send to MRAConferences@gmail.com to be considered.

Speaking at MRA conference is fun and rewarding. To present, please download and complete the Call for Presenters Proposal Form. Completed forms may be sent to MRAConferences@gmail.com

MRA is open to many topics, but example topics include but are not limted to assistive technology, mental health, counseling, worker’s compensation, labor market information, employer needs, today's best practices, RSA legislation, and transition planning for high school and college students. 

We hope to see your requests! 


Questions?

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