Upcoming Workshops

ICPN team members have been providing onsite-learning opportunities since the inception of the program. In 2015, ICPN launched the Professional Development Initiate 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.

Self-Care: But Who Cares for the Caregivers?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Focusing on preventative measures can help us lead a happier, healthier life. During this workshop, a review of self-care studies and ideas. We will focus on identifying self-care methods unique to each individual person and how to best enact these methods of care to improve one’s life. We will review the balance between work, personal, and family stresses and develop practical plans. The plans will focus on recognizing the deficits in each area and how to build them back up. This workshop will help those actively engaged in the helping profession recognize the need for self-care, including the types of self-care, as well as how we can develop a self-care plan.
Clinical Considerations for Working with Transgender People within the IDD Population

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A unique aspect of the human experience is the variability of identities between each individual person and how these differences form diverse communities. Within the field of human services, it is vital to take into account the different characteristics and identifying factors that each person associates their true self with. While recognizing the differences that make a person who they are, it is important to acknowledge that those characteristics can increase challenges that they face in daily life with the potential to create barriers for receiving adequate support. In this training, we will explore how sex, gender, and transgender identify affects people diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD). With a focus on the intersectionality of the transgender and IDD identity we will discuss how, as clinicians, we can provide maximum support while being mindful of each person’s individual experiences.
Clinical Considerations for Working with Transgender People within the IDD Population

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A unique aspect of the human experience is the variability of identities between each individual person and how these differences form diverse communities. Within the field of human services, it is vital to take into account the different characteristics and identifying factors that each person associates their true self with. While recognizing the differences that make a person who they are, it is important to acknowledge that those characteristics can increase challenges that they face in daily life with the potential to create barriers for receiving adequate support. In this training, we will explore how sex, gender, and transgender identify affects people diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD). With a focus on the intersectionality of the transgender and IDD identity we will discuss how, as clinicians, we can provide maximum support while being mindful of each person’s individual experiences.