• Virtual Zoom Meeting
  • Start Date: Jul 12, 2021 9:30am
  • End Date: Nov 08, 2021 10:30am

New in 2021 is an educational opportunity developed by the IACP Education and Training Committee. The Direct Support Professional Series offers high quality, accessible and relevant training specifically tailored to Direct Support Professionals.

Dates & Times:

Monday, July 12, 2021, at 9:30 - 10:30 am

How to Support People to Live the Lives They Want: A Brief Introduction to Person-Centered Practices for DSPs
Please join Claire Benway from the University of Minnesota as she shares with you an introduction to Person-Centered Practices. In this session, you will understand the importance of supporting people in a person-centered way rather than a systems-centered approach. This will include exposure to universal person-centered strategies, methods to encourage self-expression, tools to increase self-determination, and decision making helping to enhance meaningful participation in the community.

Presenter: Claire Benway provides technical assistance, training, and development support within the direct support profession. She works on state and federal projects focusing on improving community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her current projects involve training, technical assistance, and state policy development in person-centered thinking/planning, direct support workforce development, and community living. She authors content and providers quality assurance for on-line curricula in DirectCourse. Claire is a certified Person-Centered Thinking 2 Day Mentor Trainer and holds a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.


Monday, September 13, 2021, at 9:30 - 10:30 am

Thriving in Today's Organization: Improving Coping Skills
Workload isn't decreasing, stressors are increasing and our need to thrive even in uncertain times is critical. With an energetic, interactive approach, this session will review recent findings from the research and apply key actions that help us all succeed as helping professionals. Participants will go through a range of exercises to build skills and strengthen resiliency to bounce back under the pressures and weight of our responsibilities. Come renew your energy and passion for your work in an uplifting session to go back out and keep doing the great work you strive to do.

Presenter: Dr. Celina Peerman currently serves as an organizational psychologist with over 27 years of experience from the front line to senior-level positions, in a wide range of industries and organizations. She is passionate about engaging our human resources in new ways to achieve even better organizational results. Celina is a strategist with a sense of humor and a love for building capacity in organizations. she has presented at numerous conferences for local, state, and national audiences. Her work in Southeast Asia, Canada, and Central America gives additional operations experience, further developing her strong international interests with the ability to walk into every type of company daily to learn firsthand the challenges and opportunities to build better performance. Celina holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, a master's degree in business, with undergraduate degrees in psychology and international studies. She sees over 250 groups a year: including over 6000 people in 2019, large groups, small groups, and even one-on-one learning about the opportunities and challenges we face every day with leadership, strategy, and workplace behavior. She starter her career... as a DSP.


Monday, November 8, 2021, at 9:30 - 10:30 am

Motivational Interview for Direct Support Professionals
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a powerful evidence-based method for engaging and motivating the person served. MI is proven to be a method that helps people resolve ambivalence toward change through the discovery of intrapersonal motivation by placing complete responsibility for the change on the individual. Motivational Interviewing has applications in various settings giving staff skills to help their persons served to succeed through appropriate evidence-based practices. This presentation will offer participants tools and skills that can be used in their everyday interactions.

Presenter: Tony Raymer is a LISW and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor who has worked in the field of mental health and disability supports in Polk County since 2007. A graduate of Wartburg College and the University of Iowa with his Master's in Social Work, Tony has supported children and families, as well as adults with liabilities in not only the therapy office individually, but in the community and through group therapy with the goal of maximum independence in mind. He currently is the Director of Clinical and Community Services at Candeo, a not-for-profit in Johnston, providing mental health and disability services as well as outpatient mental health services to the wider community. He also teaches as n Adjuncts instructor at DMACC in the Human Services Department and serves as the Chair of the Iowa Board of Social Work and the President-Elect of NASW-Iowa.

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