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Upcoming Training: 

Friday, April 26 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Wichita, KS 

This workshop will focus on gaining a greater understanding of the various symptoms associated with autism along with strategies for intervening more successfully. We will focus on learning how to identify the purpose of a given behavior and determining whether it is problematic or not. Participants will learn how to reinforce appropriate behaviors as the first line in reducing challenging behaviors. We will discuss how to more effectively redirect certain behaviors and how to use “planned ignoring” as a strategy. Participants will also learn how to facilitate social skills training to address certain communication deficits for individuals with autism. We will discuss how to adapt these concepts to individuals based on their individual abilities.

Jody Patterson has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist. She has over 21 years working in the mental health field. Jody was previously the Director of Children’s Services at Pawnee Mental Health Services and the Director of Rehabilitative Services at COMCARE. She is presently in private practice at The Therapy Center in Wichita, KS where she conducts psychological evaluations and provides psychotherapy.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, April 19 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 


 

Wednesday, May 1 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Overland Park, KS
Register here: Managing Compassion Fatigue: Self Care for the Caregiver

Please  park in the lot off of 127th Street. There is a bronzed Jayhawk who sits at the main entrance of Regnier Hall.

This session will focus on the effects of compassion fatigue on worker performance and the types of interventions which are most effective in supporting healthy adaption versus worker burn out. In addition to discussing the cognitive, emotional and behavioral symptoms that may arise as a result of prolonged professional helping, several possible strategies will be offered with regards to supporting self-care, supporting worker safety and healthy trauma recovery, developing supervisory management styles that support resiliency versus stagnation and preventing impaired service delivery. Ethical issues regarding clinical judgment and effective decision making will also be addressed.

 

By the end of this session, participants should:

1) Have a better understanding of the symptoms of compassion fatigue and the etiology of burn out in the professional setting.

2) Have a deeper understanding of the importance of self-care in the professional arena and the need for behavioral changes (both regards to workers and their environments) in order to prevent worker burnout.

3) Have a better grasp on the types of interventions that promote self-care and help manage compassion fatigue effectively.

4) Be able to develop a personal self-care plan and monitor progress towards more effective functioning as a professional.

Michael Boniello is a licensed clinical social worker in both Kansas and Missouri. He has been in private practice for the past 30 years in Prairie Village, KS where he has specialized in trauma recovery, addictions recovery (including sexual compulsivity) and the treatment of sex offenders. Prior to establishing his own practice, he served as program manager of adolescent sex offenders at the Wyandot Center and as a staff clinician on the adult sex offender unit. In addition to his clinical practice, he has consulted with a number of agencies including the Division of Family Services (DFS), the Division of Children and Families (DCF) and Lansing Correctional Facility. He has also presented at numerous conferences on the state, national and international levels on topics as varied as Assessing Sexually Addictive Behavior, The Treatment of the Sexually Abused Child, Managing Compassion Fatigue and the Treatment of Clergy Who Offend. Lastly, he was a faculty member at the University of Kansas from 1995--2016 where he taught Clinical Social Work Practice, Mental Health and Psychopathology, Clinical Social Work Supervision, Solution Focused Therapy and Social Work with Traumatized Populations.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Wednesday, April 24 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 


 

Friday, May 3 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Wichita, KS
Register here: Effective Succession Planning

  • Explore the need for organizations to have both emergency and long term succession plans and how the emergency plans can be foundation for long term planning
  • Explore and understand the Plan, Pivot, and Thrive principles and practices in relation to emergency and long term succession plans
  • Understand how to implement or carry forward an emergency and a long term succession plan in their organizations
  • Apply tools that prime members to take next steps in their emergency and long term succession planning

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, April 26 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

 


 

Thursday, May 16 - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (repeat session) - McPherson, KS
Register here: 
Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation and Rights & Responsibilities

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Thursday, May 9 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 


 

Friday, June 14 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Lawrence, KS
Register here: Deep Dive: Down Syndrome

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  • Identify the physical signs and the chromosomal presentation of Down syndrome
  • Describe the specific health care needs and screening needed in adults with Down syndrome
  • Explain various approaches to the care of an adult with Down syndrome in the home setting

Moya Peterson is an associate clinical professor at the KU School of Nursing and teaches in the family nurse practitioner program. She also is a family nurse practitioner at the KU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine.  She is a graduate of the Olivet Nazarene University, the University of Iowa and the University of Kansas.

Peterson has worked as a staff nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her research and clinical interests are in primary care across the lifespan, the primary care of handicapped (physically and mentally) children and adults and especially the primary care of adults with Down syndrome.  She has established a clinic for adults with Down syndrome and currently has seen about 400 patients in that specialty clinic.  It is the only one of its kind in the country staffed by a nurse practitioner and the next closest clinics for that population is St Louis, Chicago and Denver.

Peterson has had publications printed in national and state journals, and has presented at continuing education meetings on a variety of topics relevant to advanced practice nurses in the state of Kansas.  She also has spoken about and developed a DVD about the nurses of the 77th Evacuation Hospital (the WW2 hospital that KUMC sponsored that saw action in Africa and Europe) that fulfilled another of her research interests.  She is also on a national group selected to develop guidelines for the healthcare for adults with Down syndrome.  She is the only nurse or nurse practitioner in that select group of providers.

Dr. Peterson won the KU Chancellors award for Excellence in teaching in 2014, Modern Healthcare's Lillian Carter's Exemplary Acts of Nursing award in 2018, Ingram's Heroes in Healthcare award in 2018 and the University of Kansas Medical Center's Distinguished Nursing Alumni award in 2018.

Cancellations and Substitutions: 
If you register and do not cancel by Friday, June 7 and/or fail to attend you will be charged in full. 
Cancellations prior to the deadline above will be a charged a $25 service fee. Substitutions may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.