Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Fall 2023 Webinars 
Registration is now open for the Fall 2023 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series. All sessions will be held online using the Zoom Webinar platform.
The webinars are free of charge. Space is limited for each of the sessions.  Open to people who live or work in New Jersey.
To access the webinars, you must register in advance. Review the session details and click the REGISTER button.
You will need to log in or create an account in order to complete your registration request.
For additional information about DDLS Webinars, please view DDLS Webinar Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please contact Debbie Mahovetz at or 732-235-9543.
As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, The Boggs Center offers this program for general social work continuing education credit per NJAC 13:44G6.4.c(5). The Boggs Center is a registered NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider. The Fall 2023 sessions have been submitted to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for continuing education program approval.
Each session is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education recognition. To demonstrate completion and receive a certificate, you must be logged into the webinar from start to finish and complete a survey at the end of the webinar. Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to all participants who meet these eligibility requirements the week following the event.

Psychiatric Assessment And Treatment In Individuals With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

This presentation will cover the most common psychiatric diagnoses and treatments in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The biopsychosocial model, trauma-related disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic and mood disorders, and personality disorders will be discussed, along with case examples and tools for effective and compassionate treatment.
Allison Cowan
Allison Cowan, MD, DFAPA
Associate Professor, Deputy Training Director
Department of Psychiatry, Boonshoft School of Medicine
Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed September 22, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom Webinar

Registration is closed

Toward An Authentically Person-Centered System

In this session, the central values, approaches, and practices essential for an authentically person-centered system will be presented.  Participants will learn about the Core Competencies for Person-Centered Planning and the Person-Centered Practices Self-Assessment developed by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) with support from the federal Administration for Community Living and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Alixe Bonardi
Alixe Bonardi, OTR, MHA, FAAIDD
Vice President – IDD
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Kate Brady
Kate Brady, PhD, ABD
Project Manager, NCAPPS & HCBS Settings Rule Engagement
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed September 29, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom Webinar

Registration is closed

Person-Centered Supervision

Being a supervisor is a privilege and its hard work! Sometimes the people management challenges are magnified when supervising a team in the human service industry and the field of IDD. This session will focus on a Person-Centered Supervision Model which, at its core, has the values of empathy, positive regard, and appreciation. When we supervise using this model, we build strong relationship with our team members, maximize their professional development, and build loyalty and trust. Attendees will gain an understanding of Person-Centered Supervision and why it is important to the team member, the organization, and the people supported.
Gina Brelesky
Gina Brelesky, MPA
Founder and Lead Coach
Experience Human
Fallston, MD

Status Date Time Location Registration
Open October 6, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom Webinar

National Core Indicators-Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities (NCI-IDD): Using Data For Quality Improvement And System Change

National Core Indicators-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NCI-IDD) is a rich source of data for New Jersey and other participating states. NCI-IDD surveys collect data directly from people receiving services, their families, and provider agencies in the state on critical life outcomes such as satisfaction, choice and decision-making, safety, person-centered service experiences, employment, access, and more. In addition, the NCI-IDD State of the Workforce Survey reports data on the direct support professional (DSP) workforce supporting adults in the DD system. This presentation will explain NCI-IDD, how the data are collected and disseminated, and how state policy-makers, provider agencies, advocates, and other interested groups can use the data to affect change.
Dorothy Hiersteiner
Dorothy Hiersteiner, MPP
Co-Director of National Core Indicators
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Stephanie Giordano
Stephanie Giordano, PhD, MA
Co-Director of National Core Indicators
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Laura Vegas
Laura Vegas, MPS
Director of Quality Initiatives and Supporting Families
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
Alexandria, VA

Status Date Time Location Registration
Open October 27, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom Webinar