2019 Full Lives Conference

18th Annual Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals & Care Coordinators  

Supporting the Future of our Workforce

April 10 – April 12, 2019
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska


About the Conference

The conference is continuing its collaboration between the State of Alaska Senior & Disability Services and the Alaska Training Cooperative.  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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 

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

The Full Lives Conference encourages interaction, problem solving, and sharing among all participants. This atmosphere contributes to a dynamic conference that encourages ongoing networking and collaboration.

Proposals Now Being Accepted: Interested in presenting at the 2019 Full Lives Conference? Click here for information on submitting a session proposal. Proposals must be submitted by February 12, 2019. More information shown below.

DSP Award Nominations Now Open: Do you know an outstanding service professional to nominate for the DSP of the Year Award? Click here for more information. Nominations must be submitted by February 12, 2019. More information shown below.


Registration – Accommodations – Parking

Registration. Participant registration will open mid-January

 Registration Rates:

  • Two-day registration = $205
  • Three-day registration = $250

Hotel registration information coming soon.

Parking. Parking IS NOT included in the registration fee. You will be responsible for any parking expense.


Call for Proposals

Submission deadline is February 12, 2019. Selection will be completed by February 25.

If you are interested in presenting a session at this year’s conference, please review and submit the Proposal form. This year’s theme, Supporting the Future of our Workforce, is showcased in our keynote presentations that are focusing on the efforts and trends within the industry to strengthen and enhance the careers of our support professionals. Session ideas should reflect this underlying theme and should empower professionals working in the filed engaged with Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority beneficiaries. (Beneficiary groups include: mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer’s and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.)

2019 Full Lives Conference Call for Proposals.  Submission instructions are included on the proposal form.


Training Access Funds

Submission deadline is March 5, 2019 

Requirements:

  1. Must be a direct service professional or care coordinator working with Alaska Mental Health Trust beneficiaries (beneficiary groups include: mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer’s and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries).
  2. Will be attending the 2019 Full Lives Conference registering for two days or three days.
  3. Live in a rural community, off-road from Anchorage or live more than 80 miles from Anchorage.
  4. Will be staying at the Hotel Captain Cook.

Training Access Funds (TAF) may be awarded to cover the cost of air travel or gasoline if driving and hotel expenses at the Hotel Captain Cook.

Awards are not transferable and are mailed after the conference to whomever paid your expenses.

2019 Full Lives Conference TAF Application. Submission instructions are included on the application.


Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year Awards – Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers

Time to submit your nomination for an outstanding direct service professional who works to support people in one of these areas: traumatic brain injuries, several mental illness, Alzheimer’s Disease and age-related dementia/elder care, chronic alcoholism/substance abuse, and developmental liabilities. There will be five winners – one from each service area.

Submission deadline is February 12, 2019. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Thursday, April 11.

Winners will receive $1,000 and a paid trip (where applicable) to the 2019 Full Lives Conference to accept this honor. In addition, they will receive free registration to the next Full Lives Conference in 2010.

To be a direct service professional, a person must work at least 75% of their time in direct care activities. Direct Service Professionals provide support in a variety of settings including the individual’s home, workplace, residential center, day center, and community. Positions include, but are not limited to: PCAs, CNAs, home care providers, care coordinators, clinicians, counselors, job coaches, and early intervention associates.

Click here to view award recipients from the previous five years.

2019 DSP Nomination Form Submission instructions are included on the nomination form.


Exhibitors – Sponsorship – Advertising

Registration. Exhibitor registration will open mid-January.

Exhibitor registration includes two (2) conference badges to staff the table, one 6ft skirted table and two chairs. Exhibitors are welcome to include materials for the participant bags – those materials are due to the Alaska Training Cooperative office by April 3.

Exhibitor Fees. For Profit = $320, Non-Profit = $270, Beneficiary or Full Lives committee member organization = $100

There is an additional $7.00 fee to have electricity at the table.

Any questions about exhibiting at the conference, please contact Megan Moody, conference coordinator, meganmoodyak@gmail.com.

Sponsorship & Advertising. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Full Lives Conference or in advertising in the conference program, please contact Marilyn Weaver, mkweaver@alaska.edu.


Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for the conference or have any questions about the conference, please contact Megan Moody, meganmoodyak@gmail.com.


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.