What is PARedu?

No, we did not become a university overnight. However, we are here to educate! PARedu 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.

Click here for a list of past trainings.

Interested in becoming a part of the PARedu lineup? Fill out the below PARedu Proposal Form.

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UPCOMING EVENTS   

Management Skills Basics - Supervisor Bootcamp

Thursday // July 21
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

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, staff will learn the basics of supervision, characteristics of positive supervision, how to handle conflicts and behavioral correction, and more. 

LSW, HRCI, and SHRM CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Evaluating Privilege and Bias 

Thursday // July 28
9:00 am -12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Everyone has their own unique identities and privilege, and it is important to recognize them and how they affect how each individual’s perspective and the organization’s work. In this workshop, each attendee will:

  • Discuss their identities and evaluate areas of privilege
  • Review the concepts of implicit bias and how it affects policies and culture
  • Learn about the importance of crucial conversations and how to engage in them

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Appreciology

Thursday // August 11
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Nearly 40% of staff report leaving their jobs because of feeling “underappreciated!” The old styles of Leadership are no longer effective given a new staff generation, new technologies and new issues never before encountered. Through a seriously humorous presentation Mr. Speaks and Dr. Greg will discuss the art and science of appreciation which will assist in expanding your LEADERSHIP TOOL KIT!
In this training, participants will learn:

  1. The six (6) principles of appreciation.
  2. Four (4) practical ways to demonstrate appreciation.
  3. How to hold staff accountable while using appreciative techniques.
  4. How appreciation and assist with recruitment, retention and agency reputation.

This training will be provided by Tom Speaks and Greg LaForme of The Impact Group.

Who should attend this training: This training is ID/A specific. If you work for an ID/A provider, this training is for you!

LSW, HRCI, and SHRM CEUs are available for this training. 

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Implementing Recruitment Strategies to Engage Diverse Audiences

Thursday // August 18
9:00 am -12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Recruiting should be a comprehensive strategy that includes human resources, marketing, and leadership. In order to truly attract talent from a diverse talent pool, especially at the leadership level, a comprehensive recruiting strategy should be developed. In this workshop, attendees will:

  • Learn how to track and prioritize demographics
  • Develop creative strategies to conduct outreach and recruitment
  • Explore community partnerships to support your recruiting and other organizational goals

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Healthy Meal Planning for DSPs and the Individuals They Support

Thursday // August 25
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

We recognize nutrition as the foundation of good health and as the source of sufficient energy to power through our days, yet we often don't give sufficient time or attention to planning and preparing healthy meals. The typical American diet is recognized as too high in sugar, sodium, and carbs, and too lacking in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. 

We ask our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to assist individuals to prepare healthy meals, but we don't often give DSPs the instructions they need in order to accomplish that task. The result is that DSPs can only implement their own personal meal practices, and if those practices are not in line with federal healthy eating standards, individuals do not have access to the benefits of a healthy diet.

The result is that individuals are often eating the same things repeatedly, meals are not balanced, individuals do not have access to the best possible health, and they don't experience the full enjoyment and benefit of healthy foods.

In this hands-on, train-the-trainer style workshop participants will learn:

  • The basics of healthy meal planning - how to create a diverse menu, shop, and prepare meals based on an individual's preferences and a budget
  • How to give the individuals you serve the maximum level of ownership possible over their own meal planning and preparation, and subsequently their health
  • How to accommodate busy schedules into the meal planning process
  • How to develop expectations for staff around meal planning and incorporate those expectations into your agency's internal QA process
  • And more...
     

Developing a Positive Culture for Staff and Individuals

Thursday // September 15
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

A high quality, positive culture is critical for your Agency’s success.  Now more than ever with the seemingly never ending pandemic, staff recruitment and retention issues and general societal negativity it becomes imperative to have a culture which is positive, supportive and responsive.  A culture YOU and your Staff brag about to family, friends, stakeholders and others!

In this training, participants will learn how to:

  1. Teach staff the “true value” of their efforts.
  2. Design positive messaging to Staff.
  3. Create a daily positive interaction diet.
  4. Construct an “OREO” communication message to ensure positive messaging is used when Individuals are the focus.
  5. Take care of self during the “stressful” times.
  6. Use the three secrets of positive engagement with Individuals and other stakeholders.
  7. Avoid the five “no-no’s”!

 LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Recruitment and Retention Training Series: Creating Retention Strategies to Keep Staff and Build Inclusion

Thursday // September 29
9:00 am -12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bios

Retention is one of the most important aspects of talent management and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Organizations can recruit all the staff they can; however, if they are not able to retain their staff, they will continue a cycle of survival, increased avoidable costs, and struggle to advance their DEI journey. This workshop will teach attendees how to:

  • Discover retention strategies that any organization could implement
  • Learn how to prioritize inclusion in every area of the organization
  • Implement strategies to integrate DEI into organizational culture

SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Frontline Supervisor Training

Wednesday & Thursday // October 12 & 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm // Virtual
Speaker Bio

You’ve just received a big promotion, a new set of keys, access to approve timesheets, and an eager team to supervise, educate, support, and lead. Problem is, nobody’s shown you how. As a frontline supervisor you are a pivotal link in the service delivery chain and the key to your organization’s effectiveness. (No pressure.) You are now completely responsible for the performance of your team, regulatory compliance, translating instructions from upper management, and staff development, all while performing a multitude of administrative tasks and helping to ensure the health and welfare of those we serve. Chances are, you could use a few new tools in your management toolbox. In these two half-days of hands-on training with Sara Sherman, supervisors will:

  • Learn the 10 Fundamentals of Supervision
  • Discover the secret to finding and addressing the root cause of performance issues
  • Identify their own supervisory strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Understand two of the most challenging employee personality types, and learn how to stop them in their tracks
  • Leave with a written Supervisory Success Outline

This training is a 6 hour training split over two days. Attendees should plan on attending both days of this two-day, two-part training.

 SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

The Fine Art of Mentoring - The Buddy System!

Thursday // October 20
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Time is perhaps the most valuable commodity in the I/DA system today. Keeping up with rules, regulations, and ISP compliance as well as staff scheduling is a significant stressor. Figuring out how to free up time to train new hires or staff who are in need of “positional refreshing” can be almost impossible. BUT, you have a resource that can help alleviate this stress and help improve the skills of new hires. MENTORING by using more senior staff to train and support less senior staff. 

In this training, participants will learn:

  1. The four (4) positive reasons to become a mentor. 
  2. The four (4) wrong reasons to become a mentor. 
  3. What a mentor is and what mentoring involves. 
  4. The CRITICAL statement that mentors must use constantly!
  5. The do’s and don’ts of mentoring.
  6. The basic steps of teaching a task!
  7. How to teach a skill and demonstrate to participants.

 SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

HELP - My Staff is Driving me up the Wall - Behavioral Style Assessment

Thursday // November 3
9:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

 

Create an Internal Compliance System

Thursday // November 10
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 system.

With an effective internal QA system, you 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.

 SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.

 

Appreciology

Thursday // December 15
9:00 - 11:00 am // Virtual
Speaker Bio

Nearly 40% of staff report leaving their jobs because of feeling “underappreciated!” The old styles of Leadership are no longer effective given a new staff generation, new technologies and new issues never before encountered. Through a seriously humorous presentation Mr. Speaks and Dr. Greg will discuss the art and science of appreciation which will assist in expanding your LEADERSHIP TOOL KIT!

In this training, participants will learn:

  1. The six (6) principles of appreciation.
  2. Four (4) practical ways to demonstrate appreciation.
  3. How to hold staff accountable while using appreciative techniques.
  4. How appreciation and assist with recruitment, retention and agency reputation.

This training will be provided by Tom Speaks and Greg LaForme of The Impact Group.

Who should attend this training: This training is ID/A specific. If you work for an ID/A provider, this training is for you!

 SHRM, HRCI, and LSW CEUs will be offered for this training.