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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Practical Strategies for the Non-Therapist

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy used by clinicians to treat mental illness. Research supports the use of this model for treating those dually diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness. In this session, we will review the core tenants of ACT. We will explore the ways ACT can help us better understand how maladaptive thoughts and behaviors develop in both the people we support and ourselves as well as practical strategies for change. You do not have to be a therapist to benefit from an understanding of the principles of ACT. The goal of this presentation is to provide concrete ideas of how all disciplines can implement ACT interventions for better, more therapeutic relationships and more positive interactions, no matter what role you play.

No Regrets, Just Lessons Learned: A Decade of SST Services and What We Learned Along the Way

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Amie Burke, BCBA, and Anna Vvanti, LSW, have over 20 years of combined experience being a part of the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network-Support Services Team. During this time, they have learned to grow and adapt to not only the changing needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with complex needs, but also gained knowledge in how to support staff, agencies, and families throughout the state of Illinois.  Amie and Anna always provide a mixture of experience, practicality, clinical knowledge, and humor when providing trainings.  During this session, they hope to share some of their experiences in how they failed, succeeded, grew, and adapted during challenging times.

America Runs on Behavior… and Values, Choices, Empathy, and Skill Development: Using Person Centered Thinking to Develop Behavior Plans

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Personal Centered Thinking is at the very center of what we do. Why do we still have plans that do not include values, choices, teaching skills that are important to the person supported? During this session, we will challenge you to think about person centered thinking during the assessment, implementation, and follow up phases of the development of a behavior support plan.

America Runs on Behavior… and Values, Choices, Empathy, and Skill Development: Using Person Centered Thinking to Develop Behavior Plans

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Personal Centered Thinking is at the very center of what we do. Why do we still have plans that do not include values, choices, teaching skills that are important to the person supported? During this session, we will challenge you to think about person centered thinking during the assessment, implementation, and follow up phases of the development of a behavior support plan.

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.

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.