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LIVE Diabetic/Insulin Class — 2 hours
During this in-person, hands-on training, participants will gain knowledge of the diabetes disease process, complications that occur, and the American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE7tm) management. In addition, this training will have hands-on instruction from a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) on insulin injections. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and tools to assist someone with diabetes including: the importance of preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), skin and foot care, lifestyle changes, and potential complications of poorly managed diabetes. This training discusses medication, lifestyle approaches that assist in attempting to prevent hyperglycemia, and the importance of following physician orders/ recommendations. This training covers the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar and treatment options, including preferred treatments from the American Diabetic Association. This training will take place at Milestone HCQU West (MHW)—1777 North Main Street Ext., Butler, PA. **This training is limited to 4 participants. All attendees must wear a mask and follow MHW COVID-19 guidelines.*
VIRTUAL Diabetic/Insulin Recertification Class — 2 hours
Has your Diabetic/Insulin certification expired or nearing expiration? If so, then you will want to take this interactive, recertification webinar. During this webinar participants will gain knowledge of the diabetes disease process, complications that occur, and the American Association of Diabetic Educators (AADE7tm) management. In addition, this webinar will have instruction from a Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE) on insulin injections. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and tools to assist someone with diabetes including: the importance of preventing hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), skin and foot care, lifestyle changes, and potential complications of poorly managed diabetes. This webinar discusses medication, lifestyle approaches that assist in attempting to prevent hyperglycemia, and the importance of following physician orders/ recommendations. This training covers the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar and treatment options, including preferred treatments from the American Diabetic Association. **There are prerequisites for this class that must be completed prior to taking the webinar. This webinar is scheduled for 2 hours; however, it may take less time depending on the interaction between instructor and attendees. This class is limited to 4 participants.**
JEOPARDY! The Fatal Five Edition — 1 hour
Think you know the Fatal Five? Join other players and test your knowledge on the five top health concerns that are the leading causes of often PREVENTABLE death in people with intellectual disabilities. This interactive training game follows the classic rules and all the fun of America’s favorite quiz show with rounds for JEOPARDY!, Double JEOPARDY!, and Final JEOPARDY! Plus “Daily Doubles”. JEOPARDY! The Fatal Five Edition will be given once a month. Grab an early lunch and join in on the fun, all while you are still learning! **Active participation is required. Individual players only. No groups, please.**
Adaptive Fitness (w/ Maria Rabaino) (for Self-Advocates) — 1 hour
A challenging adaptive fitness class that works for all abilities. This class will vary from strength training to cardio to mobility work. Any external cues or advice on the form is a goal for everyone to work towards, not a strict rule. The presenter, Maria Rabaino, says, “In my classes, something is better than nothing. I just want everyone to move their bodies as best as they can.” Maria Rabaino has an L1 Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury due to an alcohol related car crash. Five months later, when given the opportunity to dance with other women with similar experiences, she had no hesitation to join the Rollettes and became one of the original members. Maria found her passion of adaptive fitness and became a certified personal trainer specializing in Corrective Exercise and Exercise Therapy. To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.
Abuse Prevention & Safety: How Helpers and Staff Can Provide Education and Support (w/ Shawn McGill, MSW, LSW) — 1 hour
Understand why it’s important to discriminate between feelings or situations that are negative as opposed to “good touch vs. bad touch”. Know why it’s important to give a person a voice and allow them the opportunity to say “no” and even protest. Explore tools that may help a person to better learn about their own feelings, potentially dangerous or abusive situations, as well as degrees of relationships and corresponding forms of touch and conversation. Learn the critical three steps in supporting a person in knowing what to do should they find themselves in an abusive or potentially harmful situation. Shawn McGill holds a certification in Quality Management, Counseling, Gerontology, and is a Certified Investigator under the Office of Developmental Programs. He received a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Carlow University and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.
Human Trafficking: An Overview (w/ Karen Kutzner) — 1.5 hours
According to the Oxford Dictionary human trafficking is the “unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labor or sexual exploitation.” People with disabilities are at a higher risk for human trafficking. This webinar will create awareness of the issue of human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking, and the impact it has on individuals with disabilities. The information presented will be about traffickers, buyers, and victims. Vulnerabilities related to trauma and adverse experiences will also be considered, as well as resources. Karen Kutzner has been a member of BCAT (Bucks Coalition Against Trafficking) since 2014 and serves as Co-Chair on the Victim Focus Subcommittee. Karen worked as an adjunct faculty member of The Samaritan Women Institute for Shelter Care, which is designed to help establish new shelter programs for victims of sexual exploitation and equip them for stability and effectiveness.
Beginner-Level Dance Class (w/ Conner Lundius) (for Self-Advocates) — 1 hour
A seated dance class for all abilities! This dance class is at a beginner level and is adapted in multiple different ways depending on the participants’ injury/diagnosis. Dancing is fun, and that is the primary focus of the class, but dance also helps with range of motion, building core strength, coordination, and memory. Conner Lundius has been a dancer since the age of 5 and danced her way through both high school and college. In 2015, two weeks after graduating college, she was involved in a car accident, leaving her with life-threatening internal injuries and multiple spinal fractures. Discovering the Rollettes after her injury was a defining moment, and cultivated a feeling in her that she could once again dance her way through life. To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.
A Guide to Effective Pain Management: Regaining Independence (w/ “Andi” Chapman, RN, CDP, CADDCT, EPECT, CMDCP, CDSGF) — 1.5 hours
Pain affects us not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually and it decreases our quality of life overall. The advances in medical science have led us to marvelous options for treatment, but some of these are very much linked to ethical standards. Our goals should be the less is more approach and introduce our clients to adjunctive therapies along with medication management. While pain is a subjective experience, we must not allow our bias to alter our compassion and exemplary care. In addition, we must educate our clients to their own role of self-care to deal with their pain experience. Managing pain may not always be easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort to promote a happier existence! “Andi” has an extensive background in hospice care, and works with Wayne Sate University as a writer and presenter. She is a consultant and presenter, as well as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She serves on several councils and boards. She provides in-services and CEU programs on a variety of topics to long term and assisted living facilities for residents, families, direct care workers, and healthcare staff.
Falls & Brain Injury in Older Adults (w/ MJ Schmidt, MA, CBIST) — 1.5 hours
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) was awarded a traumatic brain injury (TBI) grant from the Administration on Community Living (ACL), the purpose of which is to provide brain injury training and education to agencies serving older adults in Pennsylvania. The DOH has partnered with the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) to offer these trainings. Join us for this webinar providing an overview of brain injury in older adults. Common effects of brain injury, minimizing risk in older adults, especially from falls, and implications for practice and resources will be discussed. MJ Schmidt has been working in brain injury rehabilitation for more than 30 years. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and works in training, research, and recruitment.
High-Energy Fun Dance Class (w/ Chelsie Hill) (for Self-Advocates) — 1 hour
In a high-energy fun dance class environment, participants will learn an upbeat dance combination and practice the routine while strengthening and improving muscle memory and cardiovascular, all while creating a positive energy experience! Chelsie Hill is a professional dancer, community leader, content creator, and Founder/CEO of the Rollettes, a Los Angeles based wheelchair dance team that’s committed to education, disability representation, and female empowerment. To enroll, please call 724-283-0990.
The Impact of Trauma (w/ Shawn McGill, MSW, LSW) — 1 hour
Research and studies indicate abuse among people with disabilities is far more prevalent than amongst the general population. Some studies conclude that at least 85% of people with disabilities are subjected to some form of trauma or abuse in their lifetime. However, resources and treatment to support a person to navigate their thoughts and feelings can prove limited. Nevertheless, we are forced to look at ways to understand a person’s experience and to help them feel safe and secure, so their thoughts and feelings are not manifested through challenging behaviors. This training will help caregivers and professionals to understand what trauma is, how it manifests for a person with disabilities, and how we can better support a person to feel safe and secure in order to manage symptoms associated with trauma-based responses. Shawn McGill holds a certification in Quality Management, Counseling, Gerontology, and is a Certified Investigator under the Office of Developmental Programs. He received a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Carlow University and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Serving Leader Online Cohort (w/ Nelson Okanya & Jon Byler) — 8 months
Discover Center for Serving Leadership’s robust online course that will introduce you to The Five Actions of Serving Leadership™ created by Dr. John Stahl-Wert, an author, internationally known speaker, and leadership
development expert. Through innovative training, collaborative workshops, keynote presentations, and best selling books, John has impacted leaders and organizations around the world. John serves as Founder of Center for Serving Leadership, which provides leadership solutions based on the concepts presented in John’s book, The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community.
In this course you will discover a Proven and Practical Model to Help Your Team, Organization, and Community
Flourish. Complete the online portions on your own time via desktop or mobile, then join a Zoom call with a cohort of coworkers to continue your learning experience with staff from the Center for Serving Leadership. What you’ll learn:
To complete the course, you will be required to attend these eight sessions from 10 a.m.—1 p.m.:
The first training will be a Foundations Workshop. The next six months will be cohort sessions, and the last month will be the Embedding Workshop. Nelson Okanya is a trained Executive and Leadership Coach. He serves as the Global Missions President of the Center for Serving Leadership. Jon Byler is an author and teacher with a passion to see leaders grow and develop. He serves as the COO at Center for Serving Leadership. By registering, you are committing to attend all eight sessions.