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Wisconsin FACETS Telephone and Webinar Trainings
All webinars 12:00—1:00 PM
1/18 WSEMS: Mediation
Create a better understanding of the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS) and how to access the system’s
Presenters: Nissan Bar-Lev, CESA 7 and Courtney Salzer, Executive Director, WI FACETS
1-/27 Temper Tantrums Presenter:
Heather Rotolo, Penfield Children's Center
2/2 Fit Families Program: Physical Activity Program for Children with Autism and Their Families 12:00-1:00pm
Discuss the general characteristics of the physical education programs, rights of children and parents, individualized education plan, and more.
Presenter: Luis Columna, Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
2/7 WSEMS: FACILITATED IEPs | 12:00-1:00pm
Learn about how to request a neutral, trained professional (a facilitator) to help the IEP team with the IEP process.
Presenter: Nissan Bar-Lev, CESA 7 and Courtney Salzer, WI FACETS
2/9 Helping Families Create Child Centered Goals| 12:00-1:00pm
This workshop will share a resource for parents in WI to create goals for their children.
Presenter: Becky Burns, CYSHCN Statewide Coordinator and advocate for over 20 years for children with disabilities
2/14 Up to Me Series - Defining Stigma 12:00-12:30pm
Part 1 of the Up to Me: Starting the Conversation Series on supporting families facing mental health challenges. Stigma informs the way our society sees mental health challenges and those who seek treatment.
Presenters: Emily Jonesburg, the Training Lead with Rogers InHealth and Sharon Dossett, Senior Training Specialist with Rogers InHealth
2/16 Why Adapted Physical Education is Important for Children with Disabilities 12:00-1:00pm
This session will focus on Adapted Physical Education for students with disabilities and why services should be made available to all students with an IEP.
Presenters: Brock McMullen, Assistant Professor of Adapted Physical Education Teacher Preparation at the UW-La Crosse, Tim Swenson-UW LaCrosse and Garth Tymeson-UW LaCrosse
2/23 Introduction to Disability Rights Wisconsin's Victim Advocacy Program (VAP) 12:00-1:00pm
Learn how to access program supports and provide examples of the type of services the VAP provides and how these services intersect with multiple systems.
Presenters: Jill Gonzalez, Advocacy Specialist, Disability Right Wisconsin and Natalia Hildner, Advocacy Specialist, Disability Right Wisconsin
Be sure to check out WI FACETS archived webinars! Archived Workshops | WI FACETS
The Arc has 2 new learning opportunities: Go to The Arc Wisconsin Academy - Wisconsin
* Check with Long Term Funding avenues to help with cost!
If you want to be a lifelong learner, improve your leadership skills, make new friends, and become a proud advocate for
yourself and others—this training is for you.
October: Self-Advocacy Leadership in Action
This series will help you learn how to make good choices, stand up for yourself, and be more independent.
- Lesson 1: Understanding Disability History and Learning Self-Advocacy Skills
- Lesson 2: Knowing What You Want For Your Future
- Lesson 3: Learning to Take Safe Risks
- Lesson 4: Accepting Help From Other People
- Lesson 5: Speaking Up For Yourself
- Lesson 6: Being Proud of Who You Are and Teaching Others
- Lesson 7: Knowing Your Policymakers
Adults with disabilities are three times more likely than people without disabilities to experience heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. HealthMatters™ is an evidence-based class for people with disabilities that will help you increase get control over your health and learn to make healthier choices.
- Lesson 1: What Does It Mean to Be Healthy?
- Lesson 2: Step Into Exercise
- Lesson 3: The Fab Five
- Lesson 4: How Much Food Is Too Much?
- Lesson 5: Benefits Healthy Eating Has on Our Bodies
- Lesson 6: Healthy Lifestyle Review
Family Voices of Wisconsin, Training sessions are FREE via internet
Trainings are for family members, self-advocates, educators and professionals.
For registration information go to familyvoiceswi.org/learn.
What's After High School? This training is an overview of the transition to adult life for young adults with disabilities and/or special health care needs. It’s perfect for families with children ages 14-21 and the providers and school staff who work with them. Of course, youth are welcome! We’ll cover: Planning for the future; Your school’s role; Long-term supports; Vocational resources; Moving to adult health care; Supported decision making and guardianship; and, Self-Determination basics.
Medicaid Made Easy will give you a solid understanding of Medicaid programs for children and how they’re funded. Most importantly, it’s focused on how these programs work for Wisconsin families. We’ll cover: Doorways to Medicaid; Medicaid funded programs; Uses for the ForwardHealth card; and, Next steps with resources.
Did You Know? Now You Know! Learn about all the resources and services for children with disabilities and special health care needs from birth through young adulthood. Topics include private health insurance, Medicaid, long-term supports, how to coordinate services and so much more.
Survivors of Suicide Support Group will begin meeting again in person on Mondays
Ascension Behavioral Health, 209 Prentice Street North in Stevens Point.
Contact Michelle Nelson at Michelle.Nelson@ascension.org to confirm
Living Well Wednesdays, EVERY Wednesday at 11am on Zoom and Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinBPDD/
Check out Self-Determination YouTube channel for more Living Well Wednesdays topics
Or register to join our Zoom Living Well Wednesdays here:
Contact Sally Flaschberger firstname.lastname@example.org
To View remaining 2020 Living Well Wednesdays here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqde6hqTgpH9DzJDJD30itgZv3weWt0Fwk
Wisconsin Epilepsy’s Virtual Meet Up “VMU” at 7:00 pm.
email@example.com / www.epilepsywisconsin.org
Sign language class! Tuesdays!
Tuesdays – March - to May 2022!
This opportunity is for: Families, Professionals and "Community!"
Class is structured so the new members are always welcome!
5:30 to 6 eat/ intro/ share
6:00 to 7:00 Functional and Conversational signs you can use!
Faith Lutheran Church. (confirming this )
207 South Cherry Ave. (Marshfield)
*Per Faith Lutheran we will need to wear masks at this time.
What do YOU and your FAMILY need to meet your needs and the needs within our community and schools to better support our children, individuals and families?
Questions? Pam 715-423-7182
How do we create an awareness and a supportive community?
Do we need a teen / young adult group? What would that look like?
Thank you, Faith Lutheran Church for letting us use your facilities!
Thank you to St. John The Baptist Catholic Church providing the funding for our Sign Language classes!
Fourth Monday Mental Wellness Speakers The fourth Monday Mental Wellness Speakers are back for 2021.
No meeting in December
January - Wade Rasmussen, LPC, MA, a counselor with Ascension Behavior Health in Stevens Point.
How to improve your self-care skill
free to the public.
Oak Room, 2501 Main Street, Stevens Point
Kathy at 715-254-5452
Linda at 715- 572-7135.
Live Webinars for adoptive families:
click on titles for mor info
1/12 Adoption Tax Tips 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
1/16 Meltdown Management with Parent Coach Dana from Lives Touched 8:00–9:00 pm
2/8 Parenting Children with Trauma: How Couples Can Thrive 6:30–7:30 pm
2/15 Sensory Issues and Trauma 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Previously recorded webinars can be found here: https://wisapsp.org/videos/
2/17 Did you know? Now you know! with CYSHCN 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Children and Youth with Special Needs - Parent Network opportunity!
Parents/caregivers we invite you to connect with each other as well as to provide feedback to the Regional Center.
In January we are focusing on the Caregiver Crisis and Respite options and how parents have creatively addressed this.
Three different times/dates are available over Zoom:
- Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 6 PM
- Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 12 Noon
- Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 8:30 AM
Contact: Allison, Michelle, or Hope
Northern Regional Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
Office: 715-261-1906 or Toll Free- 866-640-4106
Please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us to stay up to date!
Effective Communication with Plain Language Training
Education Event (thedatabank.com)
Learn how to use plain language to save time, money, work, and frustration…and get better results! Plain Language skills can help you get your written or spoken message across quickly and clearly. These skills are useful to people in every field, including the disability field. Plain language is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.
2-part Zoom Training
Wednesday, January 12 from 10 am to 11:30 am
This training is free, but you must register and attend both sessions.
*You’ll also get a short homework assignment to practice between Sessions 1 and 2.
Registration deadline: December 8th
We encourage team members to attend together!
Presented by: Cultural Linguistic Services, Office of Human Resources, UW-Madison
Presenter: Jennifer Sell, English Language Instructor and Trainer
Education Event (thedatabank.com)
1/22 United Hmong with Disabilities 2022 Virtual Conference:
Registration is currently free and more information. https://www.unitedhmongwithdisabilities.org/
2/17 Wisconsin’s Supported Decision-Making
Supported Decision-Making is one alternative to guardianship that allows people with disabilities and older adults to retain their legal rights.
Supported Decision-Making Training (thedatabank.com)
This statewide training will cover:
- What Supported Decision-Making is
- What alternatives to guardianship are available in Wisconsin
- How to use Supported Decision-Making strategies, both as an alternative to guardianship and within existing guardianships
- Legal responsibilities of Supported Decision-Making
- Stories of how Wisconsin residents have used Supported Decision-Making
Who should take this training?
- Person with a disability/older adult
- Family member and/or guardian of a person with a disability or older adult
- Aging and Disability Resource Center Staff
- Managed Care and IRIS staff
- Children’s Long-Term Care Staff
- Health Care Provider
- Service Provider
- Other Professional (please describe)
- Professional guardian
When: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 1 PM - 4 PM
4/29 &30 Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin’s Annual Conference
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, WI Dells
Annual Conference - Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin (autismgreaterwi.org)
Early Bird discounts available until January 7, 2022.
Sessions that have relevant information for attendees at all levels, including those who are new to autism and those who have years of experience. 'Come learn about practical strategies and evidence based research addressing a range of issues facing autistic individuals and those that support them. Areas of interest include:
- Sensory Supports
- Advocacy & Allyship
- Community Engagement
- Inclusive Academic Supports
- Social Connection & Inclusion
- Emotional Regulation
- Autistic Culture and Perspectives
- Transition to Adulthood
- Adolescence & Puberty
- Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Burnout, etc.)
- Intersectionality & diversity (Race, Gender Identity, Ethnicity, etc.)
- Sessions with advanced Level Content
4/29/30 NAMI Wisconsin 2022 Annual Conference
The NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference is a two-day event for everyone interested in mental health. The event hosts approximately 300 attendees including peers, family members, mental health providers, advocates, social workers, clinicians, government officials, and criminal justice partners.
The conference includes keynote speakers and a variety of workshops designed to give attendees as much information and resources as possible. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information. We look forward to seeing you in the Wisconsin Dells!
Register for Conference
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
To make a hotel reservation in the NAMI Wisconsin block please click here. Hotel reservations must be made by Tuesday, March 29th, 2022. Limited availability. 1305 Kalahari Dr, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Call for Workshop Proposals!
We are currently looking for presenters for our 2022 Annual Conference. We are looking for breakout sessions regarding youth, diversity, education, advocacy, support, crisis intervention, and more. Presenters are welcome to attend all conference activities on the day of their presentation.
Apply to Present
Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 14th, 2022
Topics we are looking for include but are not limited to:
- Stigma & Mental Health in Diverse/BIPOC Communities
- Virtual Therapy/Telehealth
- Mental Health in Schools
- Stigma and Suicide with Men
- Setting Boundaries
- DBT Techniques & Mindfulness
- Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals
- Trauma-Informed Care & ACES
- Workplace Wellness
- Law Enforcement & Youth interactions
- Guardianship & Chapter 55/Chapter 52
- Mental Illness & Homelessness
The NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference is a great place to spread the word about your organization and network with new people. Click here for more information on Exhibiting, Advertising, & Conference Partnership Opportunities at the NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference.
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5/ 12 &13~ FAMILIES LIVING, LOVING AND LEARNING TOGETHER
Holiday Inn, Stevens Point
Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for families who have children with disabilities and the providers and other professionals who support them.
Talk to your Human Services Support people now to register and help cover expenses to attend this conference that is inclusive of ALL our families!
For those who do not have funding ~ Scholarships (circlesoflifeconference.com)
Registration will be open around February 15, 2022.
Circles of Life Conference – Circles of Life is Wisconsin’s annual conference for parents and family members who have children with disabilities and professionals who support them.
It will also be livestreamed and recorded for those who prefer to participate virtually.
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