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.
You Catch More Flies with: Honey than with Vinegar: The Quest to Make Every Interaction Count

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

This workshop session will explore the significance of our verbal and non-verbal interactions and how we choose to interact with people can influence the outcomes of our interactions. Simple yet powerful interaction techniques will be discussed, as well as highlighting the benefits of utilizing these techniques such as rapport building, the ability to deescalate situations, enhancing dignity, and creating a validating environment for those we serve. Challenge yourself to make the most of your words and make every interaction count.

Successful Aging: 10 Tips for Meaningful Engagement When Working with a Person with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Did you know a key to successful aging includes meaningful engagement? An active lifestyle with your community, your inner social circle, and your feelings are the secrets to a high quality of life. In this session, we review service and environmental changes you can incorporate to facilitate meaningful engagement as an individual ages with an intellectual and developmental disability. We will join a host of issues in this session – from revising goals and definitions to identifying preferences and environmental improvements. We will recognize strategies to cultivate independence and identify reinforcement-based procedures to maintain skills. Engagement is usually a fun behavior to plan, but one that is challenging to produce. By taking time to enjoy the process, we show ourselves, our co-workers or supervisees, and the individuals we serve that meaningful engagement comes from our activities with life and connections with each other.

Overview and Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

While working in the field of behavior analysis, it is best practice to not only work on reducing challenging behaviors but to teach new skills which benefit the lives of our clients. In order to accomplish this, it is important to understand basic concepts and principles, as well as various evidence-based practices within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In this session, we will discuss and provide strategies such as motivating operations, differential reinforcement, contingency contracting, and procedures to promote the maintenance of new skills. While these topics are not a “One Size Fits All” application, they can be individualized to meet the needs of varying situations. As the ICPN – Rockford Behavioral Team, we want to share our passion and love for ABA with you all.

Overview and Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

While working in the field of behavior analysis, it is best practice to not only work on reducing challenging behaviors but to teach new skills which benefit the lives of our clients. In order to accomplish this, it is important to understand basic concepts and principles, as well as various evidence-based practices within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In this session, we will discuss and provide strategies such as motivating operations, differential reinforcement, contingency contracting, and procedures to promote the maintenance of new skills. While these topics are not a “One Size Fits All” application, they can be individualized to meet the needs of varying situations. As the ICPN – Rockford Behavioral Team, we want to share our passion and love for ABA with you all.

Successful Aging: 10 Tips for Meaningful Engagement When Working with a Person with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Did you know a key to successful aging includes meaningful engagement? An active lifestyle with your community, your inner social circle, and your feelings are the secrets to a high quality of life. In this session, we review service and environmental changes you can incorporate to facilitate meaningful engagement as an individual ages with an intellectual and developmental disability. We will join a host of issues in this session – from revising goals and definitions to identifying preferences and environmental improvements. We will recognize strategies to cultivate independence and identify reinforcement-based procedures to maintain skills. Engagement is usually a fun behavior to plan, but one that is challenging to produce. By taking time to enjoy the process, we show ourselves, our co-workers or supervisees, and the individuals we serve that meaningful engagement comes from our activities with life and connections with each other.