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.
Normalizing Mental Health by Lifting the Stigma of Mental Illness

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Recent statistics suggest that 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States are currently experiencing a mental illness. Despite improvements within the medical field, increased availability to therapy services via telehealth options, and increased mental health awareness due to a global pandemic and social media; most individuals with a mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities still experience significant barriers due to the stigmas associated with mental illness and disabilities. This session will provide a general overview of the most recent prevalence rates of mental illness, investigate the stigmas associated with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, and describe similarities and differences in the ways that physical illness and mental illness are treated. In addition, this session will also explore future considerations for assessing, measuring, and communicating information related to mental health issues to medical professionals and the general public. The aim of this session is to provide a discussion about the current state of mental health services in the United States; as well as to encourage a movement towards a normalized societal view of mental health and disabilities, through a more focused clinical approach to the treatment of mental illness.

This workshop will provide 1.5 hours of Continuing Education for: Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP), Registered Nurse (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided to all registered attendees.

Addressing Sexual Behavior: Exploring the complexities of sexual behavior norms in individuals with ID/D and considerations for treatment

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 1 PM to 2:15 PM

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities oftentimes have not received the same sexuality education as their typically developing peers. This presentation will discuss some of the “why’s” behind dangerous or inappropriate behavior that are sexual in nature. It will also cover ethical considerations and treatment planning for: consent/assent, non-consensual touching, pedophilic behaviors or age confusion, and public masturbation.

This workshop will provide 1.25 hours of Continuing Education for: Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP), Registered Nurse (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided to all registered attendees.

An ACT-Informed Approach to Crisis Prevention Services

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 1 PM to 2:45 PM

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been developed as a behavioral intervention to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The work involved in providing Crisis Prevention services can produce stress, burnout, and can be inherently challenging. This session will provide a brief overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), the six core processes, and how they can be used both clinically and professionally. This session will also introduce the Hexaflex and Triflex models, and how these concepts can be applied to everyday Crisis Prevention Services.

The aim of this session is to provide a model for enhancing Crisis Prevention services, utilizing the six core processes of ACT, and how to incorporate a new approach across personal, professional, and clinical situations.

This workshop will provide 1.75 hours of Continuing Education for: Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP), Registered Nurse (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Additionally, 2 hrs of CEs for BCBA and BCaBA will be provided.

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided to all registered attendees.

Addressing Sexual Behavior: Exploring the complexities of sexual behavior norms in individuals with ID/D and considerations for treatment

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 | 1 PM to 2:15 PM

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities oftentimes have not received the same sexuality education as their typically developing peers. This presentation will discuss some of the “why’s” behind dangerous or inappropriate behavior that are sexual in nature. It will also cover ethical considerations and treatment planning for: consent/assent, non-consensual touching, pedophilic behaviors or age confusion, and public masturbation.

This workshop will provide 1.25 hours of Continuing Education for: Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP), Registered Nurse (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided to all registered attendees.

Normalizing Mental Health by Lifting the Stigma of Mental Illness

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Recent statistics suggest that 1 out of every 5 adults in the United States are currently experiencing a mental illness. Despite improvements within the medical field, increased availability to therapy services via telehealth options, and increased mental health awareness due to a global pandemic and social media; most individuals with a mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities still experience significant barriers due to the stigmas associated with mental illness and disabilities. This session will provide a general overview of the most recent prevalence rates of mental illness, investigate the stigmas associated with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, and describe similarities and differences in the ways that physical illness and mental illness are treated. In addition, this session will also explore future considerations for assessing, measuring, and communicating information related to mental health issues to medical professionals and the general public. The aim of this session is to provide a discussion about the current state of mental health services in the United States; as well as to encourage a movement towards a normalized societal view of mental health and disabilities, through a more focused clinical approach to the treatment of mental illness.

This workshop will provide 1.5 hours of Continuing Education for: Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP), Registered Nurse (RN) & Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided to all registered attendees.