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Office of Developmental Programs January and February External Trainings

*** Trainings are hosted by The Office of Developmental Programs. Please refer to them for any technical support: support@myodpp.org; 844-332-2121***

You may register for any session by clicking on the blue hyperlink in the column labeled, “Course Title and Registration Link.”

1/10/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Updates Virtual Office Hours (VOH)
  • The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the Adult Autism Waiver, answer questions, and provide technical assistance and support. These meetings are held for all ODP providers and SCs providing AAW services. The Virtual Office Hours (VOH) starts with an overview of any new ODP Announcements and also includes a) highlights of new practices, b) a review of topics and questions sent in advance, and c) a discussion of any concerns that have come up in the past few weeks. Providers will be able to ask questions directly of AAW Regional Office (RO) Representatives.
  • All ODP Providers and SCS providing AAW services.

1/12/2022

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Human Rights Webinars: Making A Determination
  • Human Rights and Restrictive Procedures – Making a DeterminationODP is offering members of Human Rights Teams (HRT) and Human Rights Committees (HRC) webinar training to delve into the process of “MAKING A DETERMINATION.”Each session will explore a unique practice scenario and discuss the use of restrictive procedures and whether the proposed intervention is restrictive. Included in the session will be opportunities for in-depth discussion about the process and offer guidance to teams as they evaluate individuals’ behavior support plans. We will review the relevant factors to be considered when evaluating potential interventions and determining whether they may be restrictive. The factors to be considered will include:The definition of “restrictive” as limiting rights;The consideration of a restrictive procedure as necessary due to “imminent risk”The importance of using “least restrictive” interventionsThe concept of “dignity of risk”
  • Members of Human Rights Teams (HRTs) and Human Rights Committees (HRC)

1/12/2022

  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Provider Qualification (PQ) Training for Adult Autism Waiver Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs)
  • This session is targeted to Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers (or SCOS for the SCO session) whose MPI number ends in 3-4-5 or enrolled in AAW in the preceding Fiscal Year. The training will review the Provider/SCO Requalification process which begins in February 2022 for these specific providers/SCOs. The session will focus on the steps and requirements of the requalification process which all AAW providers and SCOs have to participate in at least once every three years.
  • Adult Autism Waiver SCOs whose Master Provider Index (MPI) number ends in 3-4-5 or enrolled in AAW in the preceding Fiscal Year.

1/13/2022

  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Provider Qualification (PQ) Training for Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Providers
  • This session is targeted to Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers whose MPI number ends in 3-4-5 or enrolled in AAW in the preceding Fiscal Year. The training will review the Provider/SCO Requalification process which begins in February 2022 for these specific providers/SCOs. The session will focus on the steps and requirements of the requalification process which all AAW providers and SCOs have to participate in at least once every three years.
  • Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers whose MPI number ends in 3-4-5 or enrolled in AAW in the preceding Fiscal Year.

1/18/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Use of Technology and Remote Supports in Residential Settings
  • The use of assistive technology and remote supports in residential settings can be beneficial in helping individuals achieve their goals and outcomes. This webinar addresses requirements and best practices when using assistive technology and remote supports in residential settings. There will be time during the session for presenters to answer questions submitted by participants during the webinar.
  • Individuals Receiving Residential Services and their Families, Friends, and other Natural Supports, Licensees subject to 55 Pa.Code Chapter 6400 (relating to Community Homes for an Intellectual Disability or Autism) or 55 Pa.Code Chapter 6500 (relating to Life Sharing Homes), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)-enrolled Providers of unlicensed Residential Habilitation, Life Sharing or Supported Living services reimbursed through the Consolidated Waiver.

1/19/2022

  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Application of Data: Exploring the Depth of Possibilities
  • Do you understand the importance of data? Can you create data sheets and collect data with integrity? Do you develop graphs to analyze the information? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you have a strong foundation. But, then what? What do you do with the data to make instructional decisions? How do you apply what you’ve learned through the rich collection and analysis processes in a way that is meaningful to the person you support as well as their team and/or family? Join us for a training as we explore all the possibilities of applying data in a way that matters.
  • Any professional in the field

1/21/2022

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Orientation for Administritive Entities (AEs) – Part 1
  • Education Series for Administritive Entities. This session will cover basic organizational structure, DHS cornerstone initiatives, and how DHS weaves together a cross-system support network that achieves these goals.
  • Administrative Entitites (Aes)

1/21/2022

1/28/2022

  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
  • Creative Direct Supports Using Technology Series: Employment Supports (Session 1 of 3)
    The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us to provide remote services to some people we support. The good news is that we have learned creative ways to use technology while maintaining quality. This virtual targeted training (VTT) series will share strategies to provide these remote support, when needed. This first session will review strategies, tips, and tools when providing Job Coaching support.
  • Any professional in the field

2/7/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Using Data to Support People with Dual Diagnoses
  • Supporting people with Dual Diagnoses (DD) can be challenging, especially when mental health symptoms are setting events for interfering behaviors. This training will discuss considering mental health as a setting event for challenging behaviors through the use of individualized data collection tools such as Likert scales, self-monitoring forms, medication logs, etc. We will take it a step further by discussing the use of these data collection tools to design strategies to incorporate in the behavior support plan.
  • Behavioral Specialists

2/9/2022

  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Preparing for Life Circumstances
  • Are you and your teams having conversations about unique life circumstances that can happen, including but not limited to retirement, aging parents, becoming parents themselves, etc.? This traning will discuss strategies on how to plan for and support people through these situations.
  • All Providers

2/10/2022

  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Dual Diagnosis Professional Conference Series Topic: Expressive Therapies – Music and Art
  • Part 1: Enhancing Engagement through Music Therapy. Under current health and safety restrictions, music therapists provide meaningful engagement and interaction despite the challenges of physical distancing for individuals supported in person as well as virtually. The presenters will use musical/song creation, a rhythm and movement activity, a relaxation experience, and lecture to define music therapy and provide interactive opportunities that reflect a music therapy session. Participants will also learn how to obtain services as well as find funding options. Part 2: Art for All: Integrating Art Therapy and Arts-Based Approaches to Support Individuals with Dual Diagnosis. A basic introduction to Art Therapy and how it can support individualized, strengths-based care for individuals with dual diagnosis. It will outline ethical ways for non-art therapists to bring therapeutic art making into day-to-day life activities for individuals we support. Participants will understand how to set up a safe, success-oriented art making experience and will participate in experiential learning to practice activities aimed at facilitating self-regulation and autonomy.
  • All professional stakeholders, including direct and clinical supporters for individuals with ID/A are encouraged to attend.

2/11/2022

2/11/2022

  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Human Rights Webinars: Making A Determination
  • ODP is offering members of Human Rights Teams (HRT) and Human Rights Committees (HRC) webinar training to delve into the process of “MAKING A DETERMINATION.” Each session will explore a unique practice scenario and discuss the use of restrictive procedures and whether the proposed intervention is restrictive. Included in the session will be opportunities for in-depth discussion about the process and offer guidance to teams as they evaluate individuals’ behavior support plans. We will review the relevant factors to be considered when evaluating potential interventions and determining whether they may be restrictive. The factors to be considered will include: The definition of “restrictive” as limiting rights; The consideration of a restrictive procedure as necessary due to “imminent risk”; The importance of using “least restrictive” interventions; The concept of “dignity of risk”; The need to ensure individual choice vs. health and safety.

2/14/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Updates
  • The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the Adult Autism Waiver, answer questions, and provide technical assistance and support. These meetings are held for all Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) providers and SCs providing AAW services. The Virtual Office Hours (VOH) starts with an overview of any new ODP Announcements and also includes a) highlights of new practices, b) a review of topics and questions sent in advance, and c) a discussion of any concerns that have come up in the past few weeks. Providers and SCs will be able to ask questions directly of AAW Regional Office (RO) Representatives.
  • All Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) AAW Providers and Support Coordinators (SCs).

2/15/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) for PA Supports Coordinators (SCs)
  • This webinar is designed to introduce Supports Coordinators to the Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST). This webinar is a great way to get more familiar with the HRST so that you can start using the information in the HRST today! We’ll cover the following topics: 1. What is the HRST? 2. What does the HRST have to do with me as a Supports Coordinator? 3. How can I use the HRST in my day-to-day work as a Supports Coordinator? 4. How do I use the HRST web-based application? 5. What if I need help using the HRST?
  • Pennsylvania Supports Coordinators

2/16/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Remote Supports in Non-Residential Settings
  • ODP supports the exploration and use of the Remote Supports component of the Assistive Technology service to help individuals achieve their goals and outcomes in non-residential settings.  This webinar addresses requirements and best practices for the use of Remote Supports in private homes and other community settings.  There will be time during the session for presenters to answer questions submitted by participants during the webinar.
  • Any interested party

2/22/2022

  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Establishing Professional Boundaries
  • Have you ever found yourself toeing the line between your professional role and friendship when supporting someone? This can be a tough situation for anyone involved. This webinar will explore boundaries within the work environment and identify ways to establish professional boundaries with the person you support.
  • All Providers

2/25/2022

  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
  • Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations (BSASP) Providers: Putting Resources Into Practice:  Incident Management Resource Guide
  • This training is specific to BSASP providers. Incident management is a critical process for assuring the health and safety of the people you support. In the past year, we have been inundated with incident management communications, trainings, and changes to the Enterprise Incident Management (EIM) system. Are you concerned that you may have missed important information or would benefit from having the information you need related to incident management at your fingertips? If so, the newly developed one-page BSASP Incident Management Resource Guide will be shared. We will provide an opportunity for questions and answers (Q&A) to discuss this resource.
  • BSASP Only Providers

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, January 28, 2022, 1:00 - 1:45 pm
  • Monday, February 7, 2022, 10:00 - 11:15 am
  • Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Friday, February 11, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Monday, February 14, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Friday, February 25, 2022, 10:00 - 10:45 am

Past Dates

  • Monday, January 10, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Friday, January 21, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday, January 21, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location

Online

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