Training Courses



Introduction To Positive Behavior Supports & Applied Positive Behavior Supports

Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

This one-day training will introduce the fundamental principles of positive behavior support to help care providers gain an understanding of the origins of problem behavior. It will include an overview of essential elements of behavior support, the influence of mental health on behavior, development of practical support strategies, and a brief overview of functional assessment. After completing this training, the participant will understand the traditional perspectives that make up Positive Behavior Supports, where problem behavior comes from, how to develop and implement effective expectations for positive behaviors, and how prevention plays a key role in providing support to individuals that display persistent problem behaviors.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
To meet the training needs of the entire state, there is a limit of participants per agency for this course.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to:Positive Behavior Support FAQ
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
 
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Closed January 4, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Closed February 1, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Open February 13, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Open March 22, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Open March 27, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Applied Positive Behavior Supports: Functional Behavior Assessment and Development of Behavior Support Plans

This course builds on Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports.  In many cases, people who engage in persistent patterns of problem behaviors demonstrate complex behaviors that can be difficult to understand.  After completing this 2-day training, the participant will have a basic understanding of how to conduct a multi-component Functional Behavior Assessment to systematically assess these behaviors and identify the underlying function or motivation; and how to use this information to develop effective behavior support and intervention plans.  
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
 
Prerequisite:  Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 21 & 23, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Understanding and Addressing the Needs of People with Dual Diagnosis

This one-day workshop will review the relationship between mental health and/or mental illness, and problem behavior.  We will look at ways that mental illness may contribute to problem behavior, strategies to support individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, and coordinating behavior intervention with therapeutic supports.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports is strongly recommended
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 12, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Open March 8, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Behavior & Mental Health Supplemental

Applied Behavior Analysis and Intellectual/Developmental Disability: Special Considerations

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is frequently included in the services provided to individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD), who engage in challenging or dangerous behavior. The goal of this approach is to apply behavioral learning theory to teach individuals to use more adaptive behaviors. Given this, considering ways a disability may impact learning is important to the development of effective behavior support plans.
 
This training will begin by providing an overview of the learning factors that are impacted by various types of intellectual disability. Relationships between behavioral learning theory and Applied Behavior Analysis will be explored in order to highlight the ways that ABA can be adapted to best meet the needs of those with IDD. Components of the Positive Behavior Support model related to environmental accommodations to better meet the needs of individuals with IDD also will be discussed.  
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
  
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
 
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 8, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Establishing Environments to Support Positive Behavior

Many times, when those supporting individuals with IDD need to address aggressive or other dangerous behaviors, they inadvertently reinforce the problem behavior because of the attention the individual receives.  This may lead to an environment that may instead support the problem behavior they are trying to eliminate.  After reviewing these challenges, the session will discuss modifications to crisis intervention strategies and application of Positive Behavior Support principles to establish environments that more effectively support positive behavior.  Examples of using these strategies in a variety of residential settings, from family homes through community based residential and supported living arrangements will be shared.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 7, 2023  10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Facilitating Effective Transitions from Inpatient and Residential Placement to Home and Community Settings

When individuals are placed outside their home or community residence to receive additional treatment, it is important that strategies and supports be put in place to support effective transitions back home.  This webinar will begin by reviewing challenges that are important to address.  We will then discuss the benefits of early planning for transition to a less restrictive setting.  Strategies to identify and teach skills necessary to effectively adapt to the community setting will be reviewed, along with efforts to generalize improved behavior to a less structured environment.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 17, 2023  10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Positive Psychology and Mental Wellness for Individuals with IDD: Have We Been Missing Something?

The importance of understanding Dual Diagnosis (co-occurring developmental disability and mental illness) to better support the needs of individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who engage in challenging behavior has received more attention in recent years. This important advancement has facilitated the discussion about new strategies and perspectives on treatment and support strategies. Promising practices in this area must be implemented in order for individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Use of a Positive Psychology approach to providing support can help this to be realized.
 
This presentation will focus on insights gained from the field of Positive Psychology – a discipline of study that emerged in the early 2000s. The training will focus on strategies to support health and wellbeing in order to maximize each person’s opportunities to reach their full potential. Discussion will include shifting toward a genuine mental health perspective with a focus on wellness and how we can support this in meaningful ways.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 16, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Promoting Relaxation for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

This presentation will introduce why people with I/DD are at greater risk for experiencing stress and anxiety and teach attendees about the need for promoting relaxation across settings. We will review how to set up positive environments that promote relaxation for all, as well as specific strategies to prepare individuals to cope effectively with anxiety inducing situations when there’s a known risk or diagnosis.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 25, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Open March 14, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Repetitive Behavior in Autism and OCD: Differential Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis, and Behavior/Treatment Interventions

Repetitive behavior is a prominent symptom for both Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Often people supporting individuals who have ASD refer to repetitive behavior as OCD. This is a concern because the description of repetitive behaviors is different for each of these diagnoses. Rationales for why repetitive behaviors occur within these disorders are different, which leads to significant differences in the recommended treatment and behavior support approaches. It is important for those working with the person to be aware of these differences so they can work in ways that the meet the needs of person based on his/her diagnosis.
 
This session will provide an overview of repetitive behavior; discuss the differences between normal and pathological repetitive behavior; and describe distinctions between the type of repetitive behaviors characteristic of ASD and the pattern of repetitive behavior seen in OCD. Explanations for why these behaviors occur and recommended treatment and behavioral support strategies will be shared.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 10, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Strategies to Avoid Responses that Reinforce Dangerous Behavior

When challenging behavior escalates to dangerous levels of aggression or self-injury, it often becomes necessary for supporters to engage in intensive interaction with the individual.  In extreme cases, this may result in the use of “hands-on” or personal control techniques to preserve health and safety.  This webinar will address strategies to avoid escalation, in order to reduce the need to use these extreme interventions.  In addition to this, techniques will presented for managing interactions with the individual during and following a crisis intervention that are designed to reduce the likelihood that the individual will learn these problem behaviors are a good way to get a reaction from those that support them.   
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 24, 2023  10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in Trauma Recovery

Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are likely to experience some form of trauma in the course of the lifespan. This makes it important for support providers to be aware of past traumatic experiences, recognize how this may contribute to challenging behavior, and know what they can do to promote recovery. This training will explore what are considered traumatic experiences and why individuals with I/DD are more at risk.  Additionally, the connection between trauma and its impact on an individual’s biology and behavior will be discussed.  Participants will learn the necessary ingredients to support adaptive coping and recovery from trauma.  In order to provide trauma sensitive supports effectively, support providers need to be aware of their own internal states and remain calm.  The training will also introduce methods that support providers can use to enhance their own self-awareness and self-regulation skills.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 9, 2023  9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Behavior Support Planning: Preparation And Practice

Behavior Basics: Assessment and Observation

Understanding behavior is an important part of the assessment process. Identifying and evaluating factors that may contribute to behavior can be challenging but are essential to success. This webinar will focus on strategies to differentiate between these causes, with an emphasis on indicators of a possible mental health condition.  
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 9, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Behavior Basics: Understanding and Interpreting Data

Data provides key information essential to support planning. This session will review how to include aspects of mental health diagnoses into a Functional Behavior Assessment and highlight the role of accurate documentation in recognizing underlying causes of behavior.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
  
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 30, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Behavior Basics: Developing Meaningful Interventions

By using data to measure changes and identify mental health symptoms, we can prevent and address repeated behavioral challenges. This webinar will highlight practical approaches for developing effective, person-centered strategies and supports for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 27, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Behavior Basics: Evaluating Your Plan’s Effectiveness

An important step in behavior support planning is ongoing monitoring to ensure continued success. By evaluating progress, teams can adjust interventions to address unmet needs and provide more appropriate supports. This session will review methods to revisit and modify behavior support plans.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
  
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 20, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Case Illustration: Understanding and Applying FBA Findings

This webinar will illustrate the benefits of conducting a comprehensive Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) by following the case history of a person with long-term behavior problems. This case illustration will walk participants through a situation in which on-going behavior problems had not been resolved by existing behavior support plans, resulting in the need for further assessment and analysis.  The implications of mental illness on behavior will be discussed as a critical point of consideration.  An overview of the FBA process emphasizing the role of setting events will be provided, and the case history will show how this supports more effective intervention planning and implementation, leading to better outcomes and quality of life for people with IDD.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 31, 2023  10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Case Illustration: Developing a Person-Centered Behavior Support Plan

This webinar will use a case study to illustrate the need to address a variety of factors, in addition to the primary function of the behavior, to achieve a significant reduction in the frequency of problem behavior.  Strategies to develop and implement a behavior plan based on the functional hypothesis, components of the individual assessment, and incorporation of additional support needs will be reviewed.  The outcomes for this case illustration will show how including supports related to personal well-being and addressing mental-health needs can improve quality of life and reduce the frequency of problem behaviors.
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 21, 2023  10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Case Illustration: Evaluating and Adapting the Behavior Support Plan

Everyone who writes or implements behavior plans on a regular basis, sometimes works on a plan that isn’t achieving the desired results.  This webinar will present a case illustration of such a plan.  The session will address a variety of strategies used to test hypotheses, modify data collection, and apply the insights gained from these evaluations.  The impact of making these changes will show how team efforts to evaluate the behavior support plan, adapt the hypothesis, and apply new interventions to better meet the needs of this individual.  
 
Should you have any additional questions related to this training, please refer to: Positive Behavior Support FAQ
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DCF, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DCF Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 23, 2023  10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Community Supports And Quality

Developing & Implementing Outcome-Based Support Strategies

Service providers are charged with developing and implementing support strategies that help those they serve to achieve the outcomes they want in life. This training offers providers an overview of important changes in the service delivery system and guidance in using person-centered practices to identify effective support strategies. Participants will learn how to use information from people using supports, their families, and others who know them best, along with planning documents, to create, evaluate, and refine strategies that match what people want, need, and hope to accomplish.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 8, 2023  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Personal Outcome Measures®: An Introduction

Human service organizations are charged with developing and implementing supports that help people with disabilities achieve the lives they want as fully included members of their communities. The Council on Quality and Leadership’s (CQL) Personal Outcome Measures® are a powerful tool to ensure these supports and services are truly person-centered. They are used to understand the presence, importance and achievement of outcomes, involving choice, health, safety, social capital, relationships, rights, goals, dreams, employment and more. This workshop provides an opportunity for people receiving supports, family members, and professionals to build an understanding of Personal Outcome Measures® and their use in planning for and facilitating quality supports that lead to valued lives in the community.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.  
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 19,2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Open February 9, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Open March 29, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge And Skills

Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills is the recently redesigned certification series for New Jersey employment specialists/job coaches. It is a regularly updated four-day series of interactive, competency-based workshops designed for beginning Employment Specialists working for a DVRS Supported Employment Vendor and/or DDD Community Service Provider offering Supported Employment Services. The content would also be beneficial to school job coaches and transition coordinators. Participants will learn best-practice, evidence-based approaches to all phases of supported employment services (assessment and discovery, job development, job coaching, and follow along for job retention). The course is designed to prepare otherwise qualified staff for The Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam by providing an overview of the five core areas identified as crucial for ability to work as a supported employment specialist.
 
While staff will benefit most by participating in the four training days sequentially, the series is designed so that each day’s content exists as a distinct, stand-alone learning experience. For each day, participants will receive a certificate of completion. An individual will not be considered to have met the DDD/DVRS vendor requirements for competency in supported employment services until after the successful completion of all four days. It will be the responsibility of the agency to ensure staff meets the four-day participation requirements.

Employment Specialist Foundations Day 1: Assessment/Discovery Phase

An overview and history of community-based employment and how-to strategies for effective job seeker assessment/discovery phase to maximize future job matching.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 10, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open February 2, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open March 3, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Employment Specialist Foundations Day 2: Job Development Phase

An introduction to job development including marketing strategies, negotiating with employers, analyzing worksites and customizing employment to facilitate good job matching.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 17, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open February 9, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open March 10, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Employment Specialist Foundations Day 3: Job Coaching Phase

An examination of learning styles, direct and systematic instruction on the job site (task analysis, hierarchy of prompts, teaching to natural and artificial cues, error correction, etc.) and data collection.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 24, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open February 16, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open March 17, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Employment Specialist Foundations Day 4: Long Term Follow Along Phase

A familiarization with the purposes, strategies and documentation of long term follow along supports to boost retention as well as an introduction to employment and the ADA, benefits and employment, and “typicalness” research and employment.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work, CRCC, NJDOE
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 31, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open February 23, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Open March 24, 2023  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Meaningful Days Leading To Fulfilling Lives

For some time now expectations for service delivery have been changing within our state to continue to mirror national trends and consumer preferences. Through this training professionals working in day services will develop a better understanding of what is driving the change in service expectations, such as the HCBS Settings Rule, and the role of the direct support professional in implementing these changes. Trainees will explore how the services they provide should be defined by the provision of quality experiences that lead to more fulfilling lives for those receiving services and prioritizes inclusion in community life. The training is designed to encourage day staff to think creatively about services, support strategies, advocacy and the development of community capacity.
 
This is a training series and taking both Day 1 and Day 2 will be the mandatory pre-requisite to taking any further trainings under the Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives category offered subsequently.

Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives: Day 1 Context and Theory

Participants will revisit state-wide goals and federal mandates for the provision of community-based services as well as the service providers’ role within the disability civil rights movement and inclusion. Participants will also discuss and understand basic concepts that should be driving service delivery such as Meaningful, Community, Valued Role, Choice, etc.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 15, 2023  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Meaningful Days Leading to Fulfilling Lives: Day 2 Day Services Tools

Participants will discuss tools necessary for meaningful supports and services for individuals with disabilities. Person-centered planning and Charting the Life tools to enhance the discovery process, community mapping as a tool to get to know local community resources, the use of technology to enhance community-based supports and ways to provide structure to programming and activities.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of CBVI, DDD, and DVRS, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, DVRS approved vendors, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Prerequisite: Completion of Day 1: Context and Theory
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 21, 2023  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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People With DD And Families

Working in Partnership with Support Coordinators

People with developmental disabilities receiving services through DDD can choose their Support Coordination Agency, and will work with Support Coordinators to plan for and find services and supports. This training will provide people with disabilities and family members with the information about Support Coordination. Participants will learn about selecting a Support Coordination Agency that will best meet their needs, how to work in partnership with the Support Coordinator throughout the person-centered planning process, and identify services, supports, and providers that will help to achieve the lives they want.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to individuals with disabilities and family members, developmental disability professionals, and employees of DDD.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 6, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Support Coordination Orientation

Support Coordination Orientation: Person-Centered Planning & Connection to Community Supports

Support Coordinators play an important role in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. They are professionals that help to identify the supports the person needs, plan for the life the person wants, and connect the person to services that will help him/her achieve a quality life in the community. In order to do this support coordinators need to have a working knowledge of the disability system and current models of support, be skilled in person-centered planning, be able to identify a wide array of available community services options, and effectively monitor the quality and effectiveness of supports on an ongoing basis.
 
As a part of the required support coordination orientation, this two-day training will introduce participants to current disability philosophy, best practices, and the roles of a support coordinator. Through a series of engaging activities participants will learn how to develop the person centered planning tool and NJ Individual Service Plan. Strategies to develop personally defined outcomes and goals will be practiced, and concepts related to connecting the person to community-based supports and services will be presented.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Support Coordinators and Support Coordinator Supervisors.
 
Prerequisite: All participants MUST complete all 5 Lessons found in Support Coordination Orientation (DDD 1.2015) on the College of Direct Support a week prior to training date.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
 
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 11 & 12, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Open February 22 & 23, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Open March 15 & 16, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Support Coordination Workshops

Strategies to Implement Charting the LifeCourse Concepts: A Workshop for Support Coordinators

The role support coordinators play in facilitating conversations with people with disabilities and their families is crucial to helping people describe their vision for life, define outcomes, and select the services and supports that will help them to achieve this.  The Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, developed by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Institute for Human Development, was created to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Through engaging, hands-on activities, this technical assistance workshop will describe how this model is being implemented in New Jersey and help Support Coordinators improve their communication and information gathering skills, in order to identify and match community-based activities with the interests of the people they support.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Support Coordinators and Support Coordinator Supervisors.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 28, 2023  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.

Trauma Risk and Recovery: A Workshop for Support Coordinators

Individuals with Development/Intellectual Disabilities are likely to experience trauma during their lifetime. There is often a failure to recognize the impact of trauma on people with IDD and the signs of past experiences may be overlooked or untreated. This session will explore the types of traumatic events that are common and why people with disabilities are more at risk. Participants will be provided with an overview of trauma informed approaches to promote healing and recovery including therapeutic interventions, coping strategies, and positive identity development.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 31, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
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Upholding the HCBS Settings Final Rule for Support Coordinators

Support Coordinators have an integral role in upholding the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule through planning, connecting, and monitoring. This training provides information about the HCBS Settings Final Rule and its impact for people with I/DD and the services they receive. Support Coordinators will learn to incorporate elements of the Rule into the person-centered planning process, utilize tools to help people build relationships and community connections, and conduct authentic monitoring to assess compliance.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of DDD, Support Coordinators, and Support Coordinator Supervisors.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 20, 2023  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed
Full February 3, 2023  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.
Full March 14, 2023  10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.

Behavior Support Overview for the Support Coordinator

One of the roles of Support Coordinators is to identify when supports to address challenging behaviors are needed, and to partner with the person, family, and all those providing support to ensure behavioral needs are met. This training will provide an overview of challenging behavior and related supports, with an emphasis on the Support Coordinator’s role in identifying needs and monitoring for quality and effectiveness of supports. Participants will learn to identify when mental health and behavior supports are needed, educate people with disabilities and their families on what to expect from providers, and monitor the effectiveness of behavior support services.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Coordination agencies, and Support Coordination agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 5, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
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Developing Person-Centered Outcomes: Technical Assistance Workshop for Support Coordinators

The development of personally-defined outcomes is the cornerstone of a quality individual service plan (ISP). Information support coordinators gather throughout the planning process helps to describe what the person would like to achieve and the supports and services needed to make this a reality. The role support coordinators play in facilitating conversations with people with disabilities and their families is crucial to helping people describe their vision for life, define outcomes, and select the services and supports that will help them to achieve this. Through the use of a presentation and guided practice, this workshop will teach participants techniques useful in the identification of person-centered outcomes.
 
In order to participate, Support Coordinators need to bring a print out of a completed PCPT and NJISP of a person she/he is currently working with (names and identifiers blacked out). These documents will be used throughout the workshops.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Support Coordinators and Support Coordinator Supervisors.   
 
Prerequisite:  Completion of SC Orientation and actively working with a caseload for at least 30 days. Support Coordinators that have taken the SC Orientation fewer than 30 days prior will not be registered and should attend a workshop at a later date.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work  
 
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 21, 2023  10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.

Supported Employment Overview for the Support Coordinator

Employment is an important aspect of being a valued, contributing member of our community.  Support Coordinators play a crucial role in helping people with disabilities and their families explore possibilities and connect the person to the supports and services necessary to attain employment.  This course will describe the role the support coordinator plays in helping people with disabilities identify and realize personally relevant employment goals. Topics to be discussed include the impact Employment First has on the services they provide and concrete methods Support Coordinators can use to bridge the hopes, dreams, preferences, and personal attributes captured in the Person Centered Planning Tool and the desired employment future the person wants to achieve.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Coordination agencies, and Support Coordination agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications.
  
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 4, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
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Supports Brokerage

Orientation to Supports Brokerage

Supports brokers are the linchpin of the self-directed service model, fostering independence, social engagement, and choice. This orientation provides an overview of self-determination, self-direction, and the basic principles of person-centered thinking and planning. Participants will learn how Supports Brokers collaborate with the person receiving supports, Support Coordinators, the Fiscal Intermediary, and Self-Directed Employees to bring the service plan to life. As part of this two-day training, future Supports Brokers will build skills in the areas of recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising Self-Directed Employees in partnership with those receiving supports. Building community connections and identifying supports outside of the formal service system will also be discussed.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to Employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Support Brokerage agencies and those interested in pursuing approval, NJ support coordination agencies, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 10 & 11, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed
Open March 21 & 22, 2023  10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Zoom

Webinar Series For Educators And Transition Specialists

The Boggs Center is excited to announce a Webinar Series for Educators, Transition Specialists, Transition Coordinators, and other school-based professionals on Transition to Adulthood. Throughout this series, we will de-mystify the process and break down some of the more common challenges experienced by the school team. Participants will learn specific, concrete tools to empower families and students to graduate into full, rich lives in community. Remember, it’s not just a cliff. It’s also a view of the horizon.
 
Please see below for detailed information on each of the topics. Please join us for one or all of this series!

Webinar Four: Roadblocks in Family Partnerships: Repairing Communication in Challenging Situations

Working with families is a critical part of transition planning, but there are always some families with whom building rapport and forging collaborative relationships is simply not easy. This webinar will discuss what the transition process is often like from the parent perspective, and why they may be resistant to support, feedback, and help from the school team. We will explore how it is often the parents who are most challenging to engage that need our support the most. Participants will learn specific tools and approaches that will help repair troubled relationships and build stronger partnerships with families during this critical time of transition.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 9, 2023  3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom
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Webinar Five:Understanding Social Security Benefits: Setting Your Graduates Up for Employment Success

Informed family, financial, and estate planning is critical for families of individuals with disabilities. Often times, families look to the school team for guidance on these issues, and it is critical that schools can respond with informed answers. In this webinar, we will provide a road map for these critical decisions, clarify some of the common misconceptions around how disability benefits limit employment options, as well as explore the concepts of guardianship and supported decision making.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open February 8, 2023  3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom

Webinar Six: Long-Term Planning

Informed long-term family, financial, and estate planning is critical for individuals with disabilities and their families. In this webinar, participants will be given a road map to help guide families through these critical decisions. Additionally, participants will explore Guardianship and Supported Decision Making, as well understanding the role of a health care proxy and/or a power of attorney in supporting individuals with disabilities to make decisions in their lives as adults.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 7, 2023  3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom

Workforce Development

College of Direct Support Administrator Training

These trainings are designed for staff provider agencies designate as their College of Direct Support Administrators. Participants may include: administrative assistants, human resources staff, and agency trainers. Participation in these trainings will help agencies meet the minimum requirement of tracking Pre-Service training and use the optional state of the art continuing education opportunities available through the College of Direct Support. In these trainings, administrators will learn how to enroll new staff into the CDS system using the DDD required fields, release CDS course/lessons to staff, track Pre-Service and other agency training, and generate reports on an individual and agency basis.     
 
Given the hands-on instruction provided in this training, all participants must use a laptop or desktop computer in order to toggle between the Zoom and a web browser. Alternate devices such smart phones, Tablets, iPads and Kindle Fire are NOT acceptable.   
 
In advance of the training, participants must download the CDS Adminstrator Manual and print or have available on an alternate screen (e.g. second screen, phone, tablet) to refer to as needed throughout the training and use after successful completion.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD and DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers.  
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 12, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed
Closed January 17, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed
Closed January 26, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed
Full February 9, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.
Full February 14, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.
Full February 23, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.
Full March 9, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.
Open March 14, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
Open March 23, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom

Frontline Supervisors

Frontline Supervision Series: Building Competent Behavior Support Teams

Frontline Supervisors play an important role in collaborating with Direct Support Professionals to effectively address the behavior and mental health needs of those they support. This course will focus on recognizing the role of the DSP as a valuable member of an individual’s support team. Participants will learn effective strategies for: identifying training and mentoring needs, collecting feedback from staff, building competent teams, and establishing an environment to prevent challenging behavior and support mental health.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Full February 15, 2023  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom
This session is full. You will be placed on a waiting list and notified if space becomes available.

Frontline Supervision Series: Hiring and Onboarding

Frontline Supervisors play an integral role in promoting successful practices for hiring and retaining quality Direct Support Professionals. This course focuses on building skills to improve organizational personnel practices, including staff recruitment, selection, hiring, and onboarding. Participants will learn effective strategies for: recruiting and interviewing DSPs, implementing hiring practices that involve the individual who will be receiving supports, and enhancing retention through orientation and onboarding.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed January 10, 2023  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed

Frontline Supervision Series: Supervision, Leadership, and Promoting Professionalism

Frontline Supervisors are leaders and supporters, enhancing the capacity of their team to work together toward common goals. This course focuses on building skills to ensure competence, accountable performance, continuing professional development, and support for those supervised. Participants will learn strategies for: promoting professional relations and teamwork, building effective teams, facilitating collaborative problem-solving, managing conflict, and reviewing performance.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open March 22, 2023  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Zoom

Frontline Supervision Series: Training, Mentoring, and Creating Career Pathways

Frontline Supervisors are charged with promoting professional development through training, mentoring, and creation of career pathways for Direct Support Professionals. This course focuses on building skills to improve organizational training practices and establish a culture of learning. Participants will learn effective strategies for: identifying training needs, connecting staff with the right learning opportunities, supporting competency development, creating a professional development plan, and offering opportunities for advancement.
 
Note: This training currently is ONLY open to employees of DDD, DDD/Medicaid Approved Providers, and individuals with disabilities and family members.
 
Certificates: Certificates of Attendance with training title and duration will be provided.
 
Continuing Education Credit: NJ Social Work
Status Date Time Location Registration
Closed February 1, 2023  10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Zoom
Registration is closed