2019 Full Lives Conference for Direct Support Professionals

April 10, 11, & 12, 2019

Our theme for this year, Supporting the Future of our Workforce, is showcased in our keynote presentations and breakout sessions that are focusing on the efforts and trends within the industry to strengthen and enhance the careers of our support professionals.

The 18th annual Full Lives Conference will feature national and Alaskan experts on key issues that affect Care Coordinators, Direct Service Professionals and the people they support. Presentations will be provided on a wide range of topics allowing attendees to choose sessions based on their personal and professional interests such as; diversity and cultural awareness, person-centered best practices, stress management, writing person-centered plans of care, climbing the career ladder, employment and so much more.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Full Lives draws a wide range of attendees that provide services in developmental disabilities, behavioral health, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse/prevention, and senior services. Attendees include case managers, personal care assistance, care coordinators, community advocates, supervisors, administrators, self-advocates, caregivers, and families receiving services.

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The Full Lives Conference receives funding and support from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, UAA Center for Human Development, The Alaska Training Cooperative, and the State of Alaska Senior and Disabilities Services.

Substance Use Disorders: Prevention, Promising Practices, and Ethical Considerations

Day 2:Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:00 until noon
Engaging in Ethics: Principled Addiction with Kimberly Walitzer at Oak Orchard Health

Day 3:Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:00 until noon
Opioid Primary Care Toolkit with Matthew Perez, MD, Family Physician at Neighborcare Health

Day 4:Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 11:00 until noon
Harm Reduction with Susan Collins at University of Washington

Day 5:Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 11:00 until noon
Chronic Pain Management with Marian Wilson at Washington State University

Day 6:Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00 until noon
Team-Based SUD Treatment with Charles Watras at Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Anne Shields with UW AIMS Center

Additional information, including registration options, are located on the Substance Use Disorder Webinar page.

Parent Conference 2019 – Transforming Challenging Behavior into Meaningful Communication

Workshops to help Alaskan Families, Providers. and Teachers learn: Skill and strategies to address challenging behavior. Bring your team of family support to learn together! A training designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, healthcare providers, and advocates. This year Stone Soup Group will explore challenging behavior, and ways to transform it into meaningful relationships.

March 22-23, 2019
Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 4:30pm

For more information about this conference, map, agenda, presentation materials, speaker bios, lodging, visit us at www.stonesoupgroup.org or our Facebook page.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

This training is free and includes C.E. Credit for Nursing – American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): 8.00.

More information is available on the registration pages by selecting a date below:

Monday, April 1, 2019 (Valdez, AK)
Friday, April 12, 2019 ( Anchorage. AK )
Friday, August 30, 2019 (Anchorage, AK)

Dementia Care Essentials

The purpose of Dementia Care Essentials is to enable the learners to identify strategies that can be implemented into their practice that will increase a sense of safety, security, comfort and quality of life for the person living with dementia. Participants will learn a variety of components of dementia care including communication and how to address behavioral challenges.

This training meets for 5 Fridays from 3/29/19 – 4/26/19, 2:00pm to 4:00pm     ( Anchorage, AK )

Positive Approach to Care Workshop: Part 1 Normal vs Not Normal Aging & Part 2 GEMS: Using Skills That Make a Difference

Part 1 – Normal vs. Not Normal Aging: Have you ever seen someone you know but can’t remember their name, or walk into a room and forgotten why: we encounter many changes as we grow older — including changes with our memory. In this informative and interactive workshop we will compare and contrast “normal” aging vs “not normal” aging, and learn about the changes that happen as dementia progresses.

Part 2 – GEMS: Using Skills That Make a Difference: “People, like gemstones, are precious and unique, with the right care and settings, they can shine!” Learn a new way to identify what someone experiencing dementia is capable of doing. This workshop will help you learn the GEMS and discover how to use this knowledge to improve everyday living, care tasks, and communication.

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Anchorage, AK)