Forward Annual Conference

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2022 Forward Annual Conference - June 22, 2022

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: Legislative Session Review

9:00 AM

9:00am - 10:15am:Keynote: Change Proof, Leveraging the Power of Resilience
Speaker: Adam Markel

10:00 AM

10:30am - 12:00pm: When It's More Than "Just a Job": Building a Healthy and Sustainable Connection to Your Work
Speaker: Johnanna Ganz

10:30am - 11:30am: Creating Messages that Matter
Speaker: Chris Duffy, Goff Public

10:30am - 11:30am:Supporting the Sexual Health of People with Disabilities
Speaker: Katie Thune

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

2022 Forward Annual Conference - June 22, 2022

NOON | 11:00 AM - 2:00 Pm

11:00 AM

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

11:00am - 12:00pm: Pass the Baton and Get Off the Track: How to Empower Others and Stop Micromanaging
Speaker: Jason Hunt

11:00am - 12:00pm: Side-by-Side with Everybody Else: Leading the Way
Speaker: ACT Center for Disability Leadership

11:30am - 1:00pm: Boxed Lunch 

12:00 PM

12:45pm - 1:45pm: Is Confidence Still Relevant?
Speaker: Tina VanSteenbergen

12:45pm - 1:45pm: Supporting LGBTQ+ Individuals with Disabilities
Speaker: Paige LaSota

1:00 PM

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Taking Care of Yourself so You Can Take Care of Others
Speaker: Jason Hunt

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Rights: What are they and how to support advocacy
Speaker: TBA

1:45pm - 3:15pm: Self-Advocacy and Training and Support
Speaker: ACT Center for Disability Leadership

2022 Forward Annual Conference - June 22, 2022

Afternoon | 2:00 - 5:00 Pm

2:00 PM

2:15pm - 3:15pm: Creative Coaching: Influencing in a Different Way
Speaker: Jason Hunt

2:15pm - 3:15pm: More than a Feeling: Leading with Empathy
Speaker: Tina VanSteenbergen

2:15pm - 3:15pm: Teaching and Supporting Body Autonomy During Personal Cares
Speaker: Katie Thune

2:15pm -  3:15pm: Creating Meaningful Person-Centered Outcomes
Speaker: Betsy Gadbois

3:00 PM

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

3:45pm - 5:00pm: Keynote: The Cripple Threat
Speaker: Ryan Niemiller

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

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2022 Legislative Session Review

When: 8:00 am - 8:45 am

Speaker: Sara Grafstrom, ARRM

Description: TBD

Keynote: Change Proof, Leveraging the Power of Resilience

When: 9:00am - 10:15am

Speaker: Adam Markel

Description: TBD

When It's More Than "Just a Job": Building a Healthy and Sustainable Connection to Your Work

When: 10:30am - 12:00 pm

Speaker: Johnanna Ganz

Description:Do you check your email on your days off, just in case? Do you struggle with setting boundaries or limiting how much time you spend thinking about work? If so, this topic is for you! Working on the front line of human services, people often see their jobs as an extension of their personal values and sense of self. Yet, many do not know how to name or shape this strong connection—this is the heart of Occupational Identity (OI) management. Human Services staff have been stretched further than ever yet care too much to leave until burnout or crises force them to quit. We can change this narrative to one of sustainable and meaningful connections through better OI management. Come ready for an overview of the benefits, the risks, and some practical strategies to managing your OI to build your career sustainability.

Creating Messages that Matter

When: 10:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: Chris Duffy

Description: The average American consumes an enormous amount of information each day. In fact, we consume 350% more than we did three decades ago. At the same time, human attention spans are shrinking. A recent study shows that people generally lose concentration after eight seconds, which means we have shorter attention spans than goldfish. With a growing amount of competing content, and the challenge of holding people’s attention, how can we create messages that rise above the clutter? 

Pass the Baton and Get Off the Track: How to Empower Others and Stop Micromanaging

When: 11:00am - 12:00pm 

Speaker: Jason Hunt

Description: Do you struggle with micromanagement?  Do you have to be cc'd on every email, are you constantly stressing over the tiny details, or are you consumed with double-checking all the work?  Like it or not, many leaders are also micromanagers.  In this session, learn how to stop micromanaging by empowering your employees in the right way.  You'll walk away with several strategies to pass the baton and to stay off the track, leaving you with more time and your employees with greater satisfaction. 

Side-by-Side with Everybody Else: Leading the Way

When: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Speaker: ACT Center for Disability Leadership

Description: Everyone wins when people with disabilities are part of our communities.  That’s what Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is all about:  Creating more ways for people with disabilities to support each other to live our fullest and best lives side-by-side with everyone else in the community. Come this workshop to find out how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have stepped into leadership roles to help move Minnesota’s Olmstead plan forward. Come to discover the spirit, goals and vision of this supreme court civil rights ruling.  You will see how 30+ disability integration projects across the state are increasing people’s access to community in fun and powerful ways.  Find out how you can get involved!

Participants will:

  • See how Minnesota is building self-advocate leaders by working on issues to advance community integration.
  • Think together about the support people need to live, work, and play side-by-side with everyone else in the community. 

Is Confidence Still Relevant?

When: 12:45pm - 1:45pm 

Speaker: Tina VanSteenbergen

Description: Confidence is something that every human deserves, but one we rarely teach people how to develop. Often, it can feel as though confidence is for younger people, leading us to wonder if it is actually relevant to us in the work place. Spoiler alert: it is! In this session, a combination of practical skill-building and community development will help us all work to build the authentic confidence we truly deserve.

Taking Care of Yourself so You Can Take Care of Others

When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Speaker: Jason Hunt

Description: It's true, the hardest person to lead is "me".  For many of us, we tend to put the needs of others first, leaving our personal growth and development up to chance.  Just like a sharp ax will cut down more trees, when we intentionally invest in ourselves, we can have a more positive impact on the lives of others.  This direct and inviting message encourages you to leave your comfort zone, gives you strategies to fight stress and burnout, and will help you in becoming intentional in your personal growth.  Become a master of your mindset, your time, and your energy and you'll dramatically increase your capacity to give to and lead others. 

Self-Advocacy, Training, and Support

When: 1:45pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: ACT Center for Disability Leadership

Description: "Are you looking for meaningful community connections for the people you serve? If so, come to this workshop to learn about a new and innovative approach to providing self-advocacy training and supports to people with disabilities. You will meet four Minnesota-based self-advocacy organizations and learn about the new services they are providing as part of Waiver Service Family Training and Counseling. This is a chance for DHS, case managers, families, and service providers to partner with self-advocacy organizations to follow through on the promise of full community inclusion by investing in training and support that put action behind that promise. Join us to find out how.

Participants will:

  • Understate how Self-Advocacy Training and Support are an approved service within Waiver Family Council and Support
  • Know the next step for connecting the people you serve to these self-advocacy training and support services
  • Feel the power of supporting people to reshape how they think of themselves, their place in society, and what’s possible for them
  • Showcase your commitment to building a future that supported equality and leadership and opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Creative Coaching: Influencing in a Different Way

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Jason Hunt

Description: Do you ever feel like no matter what you tell people, they just don’t change?  They may commit to you, they may even repeat what they are supposed to do, but they just can’t seem to get the right motivation for personal growth.  This issue could be in how you approach leadership.  This session flips the traditional leadership upside down.  Instead of focusing on your agenda, learn how to help your employees come to you with their own agenda.  Instead of you doing all the talking, learn how to ask powerful questions that explore their reality and helps them determine their own way forward.  Instead of you taking on the responsibility for their growth, learn how to help them take on the responsibility for their own growth.

More than a Feeling: Leading with Empathy

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Tina VanSteenbergen

Description: We are relational beings, and that’s what gives each of us the potential to be incredible leaders. Rather than fight our innate ability to care for others, we need to lean into skills of empathy and connection to lead and develop our people. Qualities that our society has dubbed as weakness are in fact superpowers of an exceptional leader. Join us as we learn that empathy is much more than a feeling!

Keynote: The Cripple Threat

When: 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Speaker: Ryan Niemiller

Description: TBD

Supporting the Sexual Health of People with Disabilities

When: 10:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: TBA

Description: People with disabilities want friendships and relationships as much as anyone else. Unfortunately, there is a lack of appropriate education out there to support safe and healthy relationships. The rate of sexual assault is 7 times higher for individuals with disabilities than for those without. We can work together to lower that statistic by supporting the sexual health for this population through conversations, education, and awareness. This workshop is for professionals supporting people with disabilities.

In this workshop we will:

  • Explore why people with disabilities are more vulnerable to assault.
  • Review the background on sexual education for people with disabilities.
  • Discuss potential sexual education strategies.
  • Learn how to recognize and respond to sensitive situations that may come up for the people we serve (assault, abuse, etc.).
  • Learn how to respond to inappropriate sexual behaviors that may happen at school, work, or in the community.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Individuals with Disabilities

When: 12:45pm - 1:45pm

Speaker: TBA

Description: There are many people with disabilities who also identify as LGBTQ+. It is important to support and validate these individuals. This workshop is for professionals supporting people with disabilities.

In this workshop we will:

  • Review background information and definitions of various gender identities and sexual orientations.
  • Share perspectives of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and disabled.
  • Provide attendees with strategies and resources for supporting LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.

Teaching and Supporting Body Autonomy During Personal Cares

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: TBA

Description: This workshop explores the importance of body autonomy and consent while performing personal cares with people you support. This workshop is for professionals supporting people with disabilities.

In this workshop we will:

  • Explore how to practice consent and respect body autonomy during personal cares.
  • Inform participants about how to teach individuals to advocate for themselves
  • Cover how to enforce healthy hygiene in the service settings

Creating Meaningful Person-Centered Outcomes

When: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Speaker: Betsy Gadbois

Description: We have hopes, dreams, and desires; many of the people we support have annual outcomes and quarterly reports Historically, goals established through the annual planning process have often failed to strike a meaningful balance between what’s important to the person and what’s important for him/her. Moving beyond programs and goals, the requirements state that services must support the accomplishment of the person’s desired outcomes and outcomes are the achievement of what is important to the person and build on their strengths. These represent a change in our expectations for how services need to support the achievement of meaningful person-centered outcomes. Learn about how we can work with the people to create outcomes, services, and supports that are meaningful to them. We all have hopes, dreams, and desires. 

Rights: What are they and how to support advocacy

When: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Speaker: TBA

Description: As a 245D Home and Community Based Services provider, you have the important job of upholding and helping each person you support exercise their rights. However, we often see through licensing correction orders and STAR consulting visits that many times rights are being limited on a daily basis, often unintentionally.

How do we ensure everyone’s rights are being upheld and advocated for? What are some of the commonly misunderstood rights? How do we balance the implementation of rights and personal health and safety? Through this training we will explore how we can truly support everyone’s rights and foster advocacy.