Upcoming Workshops

ICPN team members have been providing onsite-learning opportunities since the inception of the program. In 2015, ICPN launched the Professional Development Initiative to benefit members of the community and provider agencies. Since this time, both members of ICPN and outside speakers have offered Professional Development Workshops and Learning Experiences throughout the state of Illinois. All topics are based on observed trends in the field in an effort to provide support to staff and community members working with adults and children with challenging behaviors and/or medical difficulties. Goals of this initiative include increasing the education to those who take care of and provide services, providing relevant tools, and attempting to shift the focus of treatment away from crisis, and work towards prevention.

When Is It Dementia? Determining Normal Aging vs. Disease in Seniors With ID/DD

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

By 2030 more than 1.4 million people with a developmental disability will be over the age of 65. Many will have age-related challenges like forgetfulness, slower processing, and difficulty with movement. How can clinicians and professionals determine if these issues are related to dementia or normal aging? Take part in this webinar to identify the signs and symptoms of dementia in persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We review how normal aging looks different than aging with dementia in a neuro-divergent population. Attendees will hear about risk factors for dementia. Instructors will also review the common screening tools available to identify dementia in individuals with ID/DD.

Mindfulness for Caregivers

Wednesday, Janaury 18, 2023 

Wondering what all of the hubbub about mindfulness is within human services lately and whether you should incorporate mindfulness into your service delivery?  Within this training, learners participate by actively engaging in mindfulness practice, led by the trainer.  Practitioners will learn to utilize mindfulness practice in their own lives and during delivery of therapy services for persons with developmental disabilities.  Practitioners will learn to create conditions of generalization for mindfulness practice for themselves and their clients, making the skills more likely to be used outside of the therapy setting in everyday life.     

When Is It Dementia? Determining Normal Aging vs. Disease in Seniors With ID/DD

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

By 2030 more than 1.4 million people with a developmental disability will be over the age of 65. Many will have age-related challenges like forgetfulness, slower processing, and difficulty with movement. How can clinicians and professionals determine if these issues are related to dementia or normal aging? Take part in this webinar to identify the signs and symptoms of dementia in persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We review how normal aging looks different than aging with dementia in a neuro-divergent population. Attendees will hear about risk factors for dementia. Instructors will also review the common screening tools available to identify dementia in individuals with ID/DD.

Mindfulness for Caregivers

Thursday, December 15, 2022 

Wondering what all of the hubbub about mindfulness is within human services lately and whether you should incorporate mindfulness into your service delivery?  Within this training, learners participate by actively engaging in mindfulness practice, led by the trainer.  Practitioners will learn to utilize mindfulness practice in their own lives and during delivery of therapy services for persons with developmental disabilities.  Practitioners will learn to create conditions of generalization for mindfulness practice for themselves and their clients, making the skills more likely to be used outside of the therapy setting in everyday life.     

Fragile X Syndrome

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

This presentation will provide a broad overview and general information about FXS, to include causation, symptoms, physical characteristics, diagnosis, comorbid medical conditions and issues, along with behavioral representations. Case studies will be offered to highlight different presentations of the genetic disorder. Current treatment recommendations and research on promising treatments will be provided. Participants will receive a tool to aid in the unique characteristics of FXS along with links to resources for support.