Forward Annual Conference

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2021 Annual Conference - July 14, 2021

Morning | 7:00 - 11:00 am

7:00 AM

7:30am - 9:00am: Hot Breakfast/ Morning Mingle and Reg Open

7:30am - 8:45am: Headshot Booth OPEN

8:00 AM

8:00am - 8:45am: Early Bird Session

9:00 AM

9:00am - 10:15am: Keynote: Leading Through Uncertainty: Using authentic leadership to navigate ambiguity
Speaker: James Robilotta

10:00 AM

10:30am - 12:00pm: The NADSP Code of Ethics Encounter
Speaker: Joe Macbeth, NADSP

10:30am - 11:30am: Leadership Exhibit

10:30am - 11:30am: Increase DSP Job Applications 
Speaker: Craig de Fasselle

10:30am - 11:30am: Resilience Building for Caregiving Professionals
Speaker: Mount Olivet Rolling Acres/Metro Crisis Coordination Program

10:30am - 1:00pm: Headshot Booth

2021 Annual Conference - July 14, 2021

NOON | 11:00 AM - 2:00 Pm

11:00 AM

10:30am - 1:00pm: Headshot Booth - continued

11:00am - 12:00pm: Becoming a Person of Influence
Speaker: Jason Hunt

11:00am - 12:00pm: IMPROV your Feedback and Communication
Speaker: James Robilotta

11:30am - 1:00pm: Boxed Lunch 

12:00 PM

12:30pm - 12:45pm: HR/Recruiting and Retention Exhibit

12:45 pm - 2:15pm:Re-Building a Direct Support Workforce in a Post-Pandemic Environment
Speaker: Joe Macbeth, NADSP

12:45pm - 1:45pm: Employee-Centered Cultures Attract and Retain Staff
Speaker: Craig de Fasselle

12:45pm - 1:45pm: Engaging in a Divided Public
Speaker: Chris Duffy

1:00 PM

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lead from Where You Stand: How to succeed as a middle level manager
Speaker: Jason Hunt

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Practical Tools to Build Resilience and Courage in 2021
Speaker: Cindra Kamphoff

1:30pm - 3:45pm: Unconference Topics or Other Activity 

2021 Annual Conference - July 14, 2021

Afternoon | 2:00 - 5:00 Pm

2:00 PM

1:30pm - 3:45pm: Unconference Topics or Other Activity - continued

2:00pm - 2:30pm: HR/Recruiting and Retention Exhibit

2:15pm - 3:15pm: Break the DSP Turnover Cycle
Speaker: Craig de Fasselle

2:15pm - 3:15pm: Creating High-Functioning Teams
Speaker: Lisa Negstad

2:15pm - 3:15pm: Leading vs. Managing: When to do what and why
Speaker: Jason Hunt

2:15pm - 3:15pm: Reaching our Potential in 2021
Speaker: Cindra Kamphoff

2:30pm - 3:30pm: Recreation Made Easy 
Speaker: Emily Orr

3:00 PM

3:15pm - 3:45pm: Heavy Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm: Beyond Grit: Embracing Passion and Perseverance for the Future
Speaker: Cindra Kamphoff

ARRM Forward Annual Conference and Expo, July 13 to 14, 2021 at Mystic Lake Center

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The NADSP Code of Ethics Encounter

When: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Speaker: Joe Macbeth, NADSP

Description: Joe Macbeth will share real examples culled from decades of practicing in the field of intellectual disabilities in a highly interactive role play, unlike any other. In learning about ethical responsibilities, they will act out some real dilemmas and ethical decisions that confront direct support professionals on the job every day. Using the NADSP's Code of Ethics, participants will consider ways that ethical practices can be incorporated into daily practice. The beliefs and attitudes that are associated with being an effective human service professional are critical to understanding this code - it is not the handbook of the profession, but rather a roadmap to assist us in staying the course of securing freedom, justice, and equality for all.

Increase DSP Job Applications

When: 10:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: Craig de Fasselle

Description: Providers have a massive challenge creating a culture across multiple locations/shifts, adjusting to changing regulations, dealing with the workforce crisis, and never enough hours in the day.

Here’s the good news: you don’t need more time or money. By extending your person-centered philosophy to staff, you can create a culture that attracts and keeps people.

After the session, you'll understand:

  • Why you should stop asking, “How are you?”
  • How rewriting your core values can empower staff to make the right decision without you
  • What Direct Support Professional really want (it is NOT more money).

Resilience Building for Caregiving Professionals

When: 10:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: Mount Olivet Rolling Acres/Metro Crisis Coordination Program

Description: Resilience is the powerful ability to both weather though and recover from stress, illness, depression, and adversity – something we all became closely familiar with throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will introduce heartening ideas and refreshing exercises to build and grow your resiliency. Beyond a presentation, come to experience creating new resiliency -- within yourself, with family and co-workers, and with the people we serve in disability and mental health services.

Becoming a Person of Influence

When: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Speaker: Jason Hunt

Description: We all want to live lives that matter, but just how do we make a positive difference? Some believe that you must have an impressive title to do so, but that is a mistake. The best leaders recognize that no matter where you are in the organization, you have influence - and intentionally using that influence to make a positive difference makes you a leader. This is a highly engaging and powerful session on leadership, breaking this complicated subject down into four simple components: A heart that cares, a head that connects, hands that collaborate, and feet that show courage. Whatever your vocation or aspiration, master these four and watch your influence lead to a greater positive impact in the lives of others - at home, at work, and in every other area of life.

IMPROV your Feedback and Communication

When: 11:00am - 12:00pm 

Speaker: James Robilotta

Description: Let’s talk about feedback. Specifically, constructive feedback. Growth conversations can be stressful on both sides of the table, but they don’t have to be. In this session we’ll dive into my feedback spectrum and a favorite rule of improv comedy, to give you the tools and confidence to have productive difficult conversations that will take your teams to the next level.

Re-Building a Direct Support Workforce in a Post-Pandemic Environment

When: 12:45 pm - 2:15pm

Speaker: Joe Macbeth, NADSP

Description: For more than four decades, direct support professionals have been supporting people with disabilities across every community in the country; helping people build and maintain relationships, supporting employment opportunities, supporting skills to live independently, supporting the unique and dignified contributions that build inclusive communities and promoting self-directed lives. Then, almost suddenly in early 2020, everything changed and community (where the work is done) was, for the most part closed. Over the course of the past year (or more), direct support professionals re-defined their jobs without a road map, supporting social distancing, educating about the needs of personal protective equipment, dealing with issues pertaining to daily schedule changes, using new technology to build relationships, and of course, keeping people who are three times more likely to die from the COVID-19 virus, healthy and safe. As with all crises, they rose to the occasion and exceeded expectations. As we emerge from these dark days, how will the I/DD system, funders and policy makers recognize these “heroes”? What opportunities are there to finally address this decades-long workforce “crisis”? This session will provide reflection from the pandemic and solution-driven ideas to finally create the hallmarks of a meaningful career for our workforce.

Employee-Centered Cultures Attract and Retain Staff

When: 12:45pm - 1:45pm 

Speaker: Craig de Fasselle

Description: Providers have a massive challenge creating a culture across multiple locations/shifts, adjusting to changing regulations, dealing with the workforce crisis, and never enough hours in the day.

Here’s the good news: you don’t need more time or money. By extending your person-centered philosophy to staff, you can create a culture that attracts and keeps people.

After the session, you'll understand:

  • Why you should stop asking, “How are you?”
  • How rewriting your core values can empower staff to make the right decision without you
  • What Direct Support Professional really want (it is NOT more money).

Engaging in a Divided Public

When: 12:45pm - 1:45pm

Speaker: Chris Duffy

Description: Heightened tensions. Growing mistrust. Cancel culture. Communications have fundamentally changed over the past year, but the seeds were planted long before 2020. People today are isolated – which can cause social discomfort and division. But we’re also more engaged than ever with decision-makers and have 24/7 access to platforms where our voices can be heard. With so much noise, how can we rise above the fray to effectively advocate for our interests? Goff Public’s Chris Duffy will share how individuals and organizations can have a meaningful dialogue in these divided times and avoid the pitfalls of this fast-paced communications world.

Lead from Where You Stand: How to succeed as a middle level manager

When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Speaker: Jason Hunt

Description: Being a leader in the middle is one of the most difficult things. You often find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place. Yet, with some intentional efforts and the right tools, you can learn how to influence down to those you serve and influence up to those that serve you. Join us for this session and you’ll not only learn how to survive while caught in the middle but how you can make a positive impact in all directions of your leadership.

Break the DSP Turnover Cycle

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Craig de Fasselle

Description: Imagine you’re trying to fill a cup with water, but the cup has no bottom. Obviously, it won’t work.

However, many providers are using this approach to employee turnover. Are you trying fix turnover by recruiting more people?

After the session, you'll understand:

  • How to get buy-in from your team to make changes.
  • Ways to start using existing staff and resources to improve retention of new DSPs today.
  • What you can learn from LEGO to retain new employees.

Creating High-Functioning Teams

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Lisa Negstad

Description: Our work environments are increasingly complex and uncertain, requiring high functioning teams. Effective teamwork and collaboration doesn’t just happen, it needs focused attention. This interactive workshop will provide participants with strategies for increasing shared leadership and collaboration of team members.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the key ingredients (based on research) of what creates an engaged team
  • Learn practical tools for building shared ownership of team results and team behavior
  • Explore the facilitator role and its connection to fostering team effectiveness

Leading vs. Managing: When to do what and why

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Jason Hunt

Description: Leaders often find emails, spreadsheets, projects, tasks, proposals and a myriad of minor tasks relatively easy, especially when compared to working with people. Why is that? It’s simple – task such as these don’t have emotions, moods, and differing personalities. They respond the same way every time. However, humans...well, they don’t. As one of nature’s most complicated mammals, us humans all react differently, have different interests, and are motivated by different things. So, as a leader what is most important to focus on, when should you be leading and when should you be managing, and how can you grow your leadership skills? Here, you’ll learn the significant differences between leading and managing, you’ll become familiar with a priorities tool, and you’ll deepen your leadership toolbox with strategies on how to connect with, influence, and lead others.

Recreation Made Easy

When: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Speaker: Emily Orr

Description: Are the individuals you serve looking to get more involved in their communities? Many of us are, but all of the planning involved can be overwhelming. Learn how to create a system that will help staff to find options for recreation, communicate those to individuals looking for programming, get approval from guardians (if needed), get registrations completed, and get help staff to get individuals to the right place at the right time! Learn some tips on how to create an organized system of a daily/weekly schedule that any staff team and even fill-in staff can navigate. Learn about programming and resources in the twin cities area and discuss how to fill gaps in your calendar with activities you find on your own. Take some time to reflect and come up with action steps that will help YOUR site(s) to improve their systems!

Beyond Grit: Embracing Passion and Perseverance for the Future

When: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

Description: Despite all the factors that we cannot control, we can choose to lead with grit, purpose and passion. In this keynote presentation, Dr. Cindra Kamphoff will discuss tools to help us see the opportunity, practice self-leadership in change, savor the good, and commit to leading with grit for the future.

Practical Tools to Build Resilience and Courage in 2021

When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

Description: As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, more than ever, we can get stuck in fear and frustration wishing things were different. In this breakout session, Dr. Cindra Kamphoff will focus on mindset practices to be resilient and at our best this year. We covered the importance of choosing courage over comfort, and practical strategies to bounce back and build our resilience.

Reaching our Potential in 2021

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

Description: In this breakout sessions, Dr. Cindra Kamphoff will help us discover our potential and break through the blocks that are getting in our way of our potential. We will covered the importance of understanding our internal blocks, and practical strategies for dealing with negativity and doubt.

Leading Through Uncertainty: Using authentic leadership to navigate ambiguity

When:9:00am - 10:15am

Speaker: James Robilotta

Description: Hey superheroes, take off your capes (but please leave on your mask). Hey leaders, let's check our ego for a second. In this session, you’ll be asked to think critically about the way you communicate with others. When you lead authentically through your experiences, shortcomings, and lessons learned, you make yourself appear human to your co-workers, which boosts morale and trust. In the midst of a critical social justice movement we must focus on what is right, not the need to be right. In the global pandemic, we must preach and practice empathy for ourselves and others. It is during this period of ambiguity and uncertainty that leaders emerge, but not the ones who are trying to be perfect. No, it is the ones who recognize the power of authenticity and relatability that will inspire others right now.