What is PAR edu?

No, we did not become a university overnight. However, we are here to educate! PAR.edu will offer a combination of educational trainings, development programs and informative webinars, organized by PAR, that are available to PAR members and non-members. We believe that training and development for our industry presents prime learning opportunities to expand one's knowledge base in various subjects which in turn strengthens the capacity of your team.


How to Create A Year's Worth of Meaningful Activities Based on Just a Few Interests

August 20, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Is everybody a little bored? Does it seem like the individuals you serve end up doing the same activities week in and week out? Is it a struggle to come up with new ideas to keep life fresh and interesting for the individuals you serve and keep your DSPs busy and creative? It’s not easy to come up with new ideas day in and day out, but with a little know-how it is possible to leverage an individual’s likes and hobbies to create a robust list of things to do. In this hands-on session by Sara Sherman, supervisors, managers, and others in the field will learn how to:

  • Turn just a few interests of the individuals you support into a full calendar year of meaningful activities. Use an individual’s interests to naturally connect to the community.
  • Empower DSPs to take the reigns in planning, organizing, and implementing these activities.
  • End “same old, same old” forever.
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Create an Internal Compliance System 

September 2, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

You know the rules, and your team is trained on the expectations; but your organization still struggles with compliance. There are too many panic moments, too much chaos, and internal and external audits reveal errors. How can this be? The problem is that you don’t have an effective internal quality assurance (QA) system. With an effective internal QA system, CEOs, COOs, program directors, and others in the field will:
  • Catch errors quickly...before they become big problems.
  • Quickly return to your QA system after an emergency or crisis (Never get permanently derailed again).
  • Use a straightforward system of checks and balances to maintain compliance and catch errors, instead of just relying on 1 or 2 key personnel.
  • Practically eliminate the new staff learning curve that inherently creates risk for your agency.
  • Meet the compliance requirement of having an internal compliance system.

In this training participants will map out a high-level compliance blueprint that can easily be adapted for each agency’s unique needs.

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Supervisor Bootcamp: Management Skills Basics

September 18, 2020
10:00 am - 12:15 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Agencies serving individuals with ID/A remain faced with significant challenges in recruiting and retaining a new generation of Staff. National turnover rates range from 40% to 70% making service continuity and quality difficult at best. Add the ongoing pandemic and we face a crisis of service. A major variable in staff retention is the quality of your frontline supervisors. Do they have the basic skills to help minimize turnover or have they been “thrown” into their positions with little training?

In this dynamic and humorous training from The Impact Group, staff will learn:

  • Blocking and tackling – the BASICS of supervision.
  • Characteristics of positive supervision.
  • How to use the MAGIC WORD! No, it is not “please.”
  • How to handle conflicts and behavioral correction.
  • 30 supervision “No, no’s!
  • How to be “SIC” but not “ILL”.
  • How to communicate and create a positive work environment.

Thank you to Lakeshore Community Services for sponsoring this training oopportunity! Since 1986, Lakeshore Community Services has been providing exceptional care and supportive services for individuals living with intellectual disabilities and those struggling with persistent mental illness. Lakeshore is committed to excellence through dedicated staff, fiscal responsibility and compassion-oriented services. For more information, please visit Lakeshorecs.org.

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Creating a Values-Based Culture

TBA // Date Pending due to the Pandemic
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // PAR Office - Lemoyne, PA
Speaker Bio

Your agency culture says more about who you are than anything else. It attracts the kind of employees you will have and the kind of outcomes you will provide for the individuals in your care.

Peter Drucker said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast."
Joe Landis added, “and everything else.”

The seminar, “Creating a Values-Based Culture,” uses the [email protected] framework to address the values your agency reflects. The goal is to put all the hearts to work in your agency, starting with your board, CEO, leadership staff, direct care staff, the individuals served and stakeholders. When all these hearts are working, your culture inspires all your people to do their best, or as Lance Secretan says, "Great leaders inspire…an approach that emanates from a loving serving heart.”

The seminar will focus on 5 values which have emerged as central to Joe over the last 40 years. Joe will use them as a template to assist you in identifying, choosing, and defining key values for your agency; Companionship, Holistic Care, Enthusiasm Appreciated, Partnership, and Membership.