The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute Professional Development and Continuing Education program is committed to partnering with local and state agencies, national leaders, people with disabilities and their families, health and allied health professionals, and community members to provide evidence-based training across a broad spectrum of topics, technical assistance and evaluation to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families.

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Our training mission is to increase awareness, knowledge and competency in a wide range of settings and across a number of categories of content.  Our goal is to support and enhance professional development opportunities for professionals and community members and expand their knowledge and skills to engage in effective advocacy in such areas as special education and law, human behavior and behavior supports, mental health and disabilities.

For more information on any of these training opportunities, please contact Mirian Ofonedu, PhD, Director of Training, at (443) 923-9555 or email Training.MCDD@KennedyKrieger.org.

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Schools and Community:

Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101: A Workshop for Providers

People with developmental disabilities are often left out of the conversation about sexuality, almost as if they are incapable of having thoughts, feelings, and needs. In reality, they, too, are sexual beings that need information and skills for making healthy decisions about sexuality. This workshop will help providers who work with people with developmental disabilities become more comfortable talking about this sensitive topic by discussing what needs to be taught when and how to help people with developmental disabilities have safe and satisfying relationships.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Educators
  • Support and other school staff
  • Medical Staff
  • Nurses
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Gain knowledge about sexuality and specific issues for people with developmental disabilities
  2. Explore our own values and attitudes regarding sexuality and people with developmental disabilities
  3. Explore ways to communicate about sexuality with people with developmental disabilities and their parents/guardians.

Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities: A Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

Talking with children and young adults with developmental disabilities about sexuality can be a difficult task. This workshop will help parents and caregivers become more comfortable discussing this topic by covering what topics to cover when and the most effective ways to talk about this sensitive topic.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Parents
  • Caregivers
  • Guardians
  • Family members

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Examine barriers to talking about sexuality.
  2. Gain knowledge about sexuality and developmental disabilities.
  3. Acquire and practice skills in communicating about sexuality with our young and grown children.

Communicating with Families and Caregivers of Students with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities

This interactive training for preschool teachers and others will focus on the importance of clear and effective communication between preschool teachers, clinicians, and parents, especially families of students with ASD and/or other developmental disabilities. After attending this training, participants will better understand barriers and facilitators to collaborative communication. The workshop will also provide participants with the tools to develop efficient two-way communication systems, prevent conflict, and engage in mutually supportive relationships with families of children with ASD and/or other developmental disabilities.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Half-Day or Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Pre-School Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Educators
  • Support and other school staff
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Implement ways to increasing parent engagement.
  2. List the barrier and facilitators to collaborative teaming.
  3. Develop efficient two-way communication system

ACT Raising Safe Kids for Parents and Caregivers

The ACT program is an early prevention intervention focusing on parents and caregivers of young children. Its purpose is to teach positive parenting skills and practices that help create stable, safe, healthy, nurturing environments and relationships that protect children from adverse experiences such as abuse and neglect and their lifelong consequences.

The ACT curriculum is organized according to three central themes: (1) Knowledge and beliefs about child development, (2) Relationships, and (3) Parenting skills.

The ACT Program curriculum is delivered in nine sessions of 2 hours each, on average, to groups of parents and caregivers by a trained professional ¬- the ACT Facilitator and addresses the following topics:

  1. Understanding Behavior Change and Motivation
  2. Understanding Children’s Behaviors (Child Development)
  3. Young Children’s Exposure to Violence
  4. Understanding and Controlling Parents’ Anger
  5. Understanding and Helping Angry Children
  6. Children and Electronic Media
  7. Discipline and Parenting Styles
  8. Discipline for Positive Behaviors
  9. Parents as Teachers, Protectors and Advocates at Home and in the Communities
     

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/ 9-Weeks                 

Target Populations:

  • Parents and Caregivers
  • Family members

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Learn positive ways to discipline based on a child’s age.                                         
  • Learn how to manage their own feelings and control their actions
  • Understand a child’s behavior: what children understand at different stages of development
  • Learn how to create an environment that provides stability, safety, love and attention
  • Help children thrive in an environment that is free of fear and harm                         
  • Understand how children can be involved with violence: prevention and consequences               

ACT Raising Safe Kids for Professionals

This two-day workshop is designed to train and certify professionals as ACT facilitators who will conduct the ACT program curriculum to groups of parents and caregivers of young children in their communities. The ACT facilitator training workshop incorporates adult learning theory and an interactive, experiential format to engage professionals in learning and practicing the content and concepts of the program 9-session curriculum. The workshop includes thorough review of the program materials, and simulation of activities outlined in the curriculum, which participants will use with future groups of parents. Participants are evaluated before and after the training.                                                                                               

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/2-Days

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Medical staff
  • Nursing
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Organize and conduct the ACT program nine sessions/classes for groups of parents and caregivers of young children                             

Working with Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Schools: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

This workshop will provide educators and other school professionals with practice elements aimed at promoting more effective interventions for students with or at-risk of emotional and behavioral problems (EBP). Practical strategies resulting in more effective outcomes in the prevention and management of students with EBP will be presented. Tools on how to develop effective communication and build home-school-community connections and how to bring the needs and capabilities of families of students with EBP into alignment with the demands and resources of the social system in which they are embedded will be discussed.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Half-Day or Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors       
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Recognize ways to support the positive growth of students with/or at-risk of EBP
  2. Implement practical strategies for working with children with EBP and their families
  3. Develop effective communication and build home-school-community connections resulting in more positive social, emotional, and academic outcomes.

Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business: The Role that We Play as Providers

Suicide is a prevalent public health issue worldwide. As a result, suicide prevention has become a global initiative at both the individual, family, and societal levels. While state level organizations focus on suicide prevention at the broader societal levels, local level agencies, providers and educators within local schools and communities are the ones who provide immediate suicide prevention education and services at the individual and family levels. This workshop will provide an overview of suicide as a public health issue and the critical but often overlooked role providers and educators play in suicide prevention.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Medical Staff
  • Educators
  • Law professionals
  • Students
  • Community members
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Recognize suicide as a public health issue and the impact of suicide.
  2. Identify the role providers and educators can play in suicide prevention.
  3. Become aware of the various resources available in the state for suicide prevention.
  4. Recognize personal beliefs or stigma about suicide.

Treatment of Depression in African-American Adolescents

Depression can at times be under-identified and misdiagnosed, especially in youth from minority ethnic and racial groups who live in urban environments. The goal of this workshop is to provide a thorough knowledge of the symptoms, etiological factors, and intervention strategies for depression in African American adolescents. Latest research will be combined with intervention strategies honed from the presenter’s long experience working with African American adolescents with mental health and behavioral concerns. The workshop will equip professionals with comprehensive strategies resulting in more effective outcomes in the management and recovery of depression.                    

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Social worker
  • Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Teachers
  • Law Enforcement/Resource Personnel
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Faith Leaders
  • Case Manager
  • Students

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Identify when depression is present in AA adolescents.
  2. Identify cultural differences in symptom presentation.
  3. Identify risk factors for depression in this population.
  4. Utilize new intervention strategies that work with AA adolescents                      

Mental Health Treatment Engagement of Underserved Ethnic Minorities Families and Children

The U.S. Surgeon General’s report brought national attention to the significant disparities in mental health care for underserved ethnic and racial groups. When families and children fail to engage in care, the most effective mental health treatment becomes unattainable. Lack of engagement leaves underserved ethnic families and children to suffer the burden of mental illness. Eliminating disparities in mental health treatment for ethnic minorities’ families and children requires a better understanding of the barriers to treatment engagement, comprehensive review of mental health systems of care and strategies to improve access, participation, and attendance. This workshop will provide a thorough knowledge of the family, community and cultural factors to treatment engagement; discuss practice elements associated with effective engagement outcomes and provide professionals with practical strategies aimed at targeting engagement early and throughout the treatment process.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Adult disability professionals
  • Aging services professionals
  • Disability agency partners
  • Medical staff
  • Nursing

Learning Objectives – At the end of this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • Identify individual, family, community and cultural factors to treatment engagement
  • Identify barriers to treatment access, participation and compliance
  • Utilize practical strategies for targeting engagement early and throughout treatment process
  • Engagement practice elements associated with effective engagement outcomes
  • Engagement as a dynamic process that occurs over the course of treatment             

Effective Strategies for Promoting Positive Mental Health Outcomes for Black Youth

Given the goal of Healthy People 2020, to achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups, there is the need for coalition building and strategies for promoting positive mental health outcomes for youth of color. This workshop will provide a unique learning opportunity for participants on prevention and intervention programs and effective strategies, which promote positive mental health outcomes for youth of color.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/ Half-Day or Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Family members
  • General community members

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Identify intervention programs and strategies which promote positive mental health outcomes for Black youth              
  2. Identify ways in which black youth are at a disadvantage in various areas of life including social, legal, and health         
  3. Increase knowledge of best practices that produce more equitable experiences and outcomes for Black youth    
  4. Understand the critical role that parents, families and society play in promoting positive mental health outcomes for youth of color

Applied Behavior Analysis in the Classroom: Advanced Training

This one-day workshop is an extension of the Introductory Workshop which will expand on behaviorally-based educational interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. This workshop is primarily for staff working with students in special education settings                                                                                               

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Full-Day

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

Behavior Management in the Classroom

This training focuses on tools for managing children with problem behavior in the classroom. Specific information on using functional behavioral assessment, function-based interventions, data collection, and working collaboratively with a team are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on classroom-wide systems of positive reinforcement of socially appropriate behaviors such as communication, compliance, and learning new skills.      

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Physical therapists

Functional Assessment and Intervention for Problem Behavior

This training focuses on methods for interdisciplinary team to conduct  a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) to evaluate problem behavior in children. Based on the results of an FBA, a function-based intervention and behavior plan can be developed and implemented in home, community, and school settings. The training includes emphasis on antecedent-based strategies and effective use of positive reinforcement for the promotion of adaptive skills.                                   

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Conduct functional assessments using rating scales, observations, or analog test conditions.
  2. Measure the outcome of the functional assessment can be tied directly to treatment options and tools for doing this.
  3. Utilize data--based decision-making tools for evaluating the effectiveness of interventions.

Behavior Management in the Classroom and Functional Behavioral Assessment

This training focuses on tools for managing children with problem behavior in the classroom. Specific information on using functional behavioral assessment, function-based interventions, data collection, and working collaboratively with a team are discussed. Special emphasis is placed on classroom-wide systems of positive reinforcement of socially appropriate behaviors such as communication, compliance, and learning new skills.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This presentation is designed to help you:

  1. Implement procedures and environmental supports to maximize positive outcomes for individual with behavior problems in social and educational settings
  2. Conduct functional behavioral assessments to use as a basis for developing individualized behavior plans.
  3. Collect and use data to inform changes to may be needed to ongoing behavior plans.

Bio-behavioral Issues and Problem Behavior

This presentation will focus on a variety of biological, medical and psychiatric conditions that may act as setting events for problem behavior. How issues such as medical and health concerns, medication side effects, sleep disturbances, and genetic conditions affect problem behavior will be discussed.                                                                                                                                    

Training Format: Brief (1-2 hours)

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Family members

Evidence-based Interventions for Self-Injurious Behavior

This training will focus on the need to conduct a functional assessment prior to implementing an intervention for self-injurious behavior (SIB). Without understanding the individual antecedents and reinforcers for the behavior, intervention can be ineffective. We will discuss methods for conducting a functional assessment and review of the interventions that have the strongest research support for reducing SIB.                                                  

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Adult disability professionals
  • Family members

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the Classroom: An Introduction for Interdisciplinary Staff

This one-day workshop provides participants with an introductory overview of the basic theory of applied behavior analysis, as it pertains to teaching new behavior, reducing problem behavior for children with a variety of developmental and intellectual disabilities. This training is for professionals who are or will be working with children with developmental disabilities but do not have a strong behavioral background.                                                                                                                 

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/Full Day

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Describe the history of applied behavior analysis and its basic theoretical foundations.
  2. Identify the basic principles of applied behavior analysis and how it applies to a variety of settings and contexts.
  3. Apply the basic principles to change behavior, whether it is in educational, community, or home settings and situations.

Interventions for Elopement or Running Away in the Community

Children who run away or elope from supervision can be putting themselves at extreme risk of harm or injury, particularly when it occurs in the community. This training will focus on some of the main reasons that children with disabilities run away from others and how the behavior can be effectively treated.                                                      

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Family members

Effective Tools for Data Collection

There are several systems available to educators to monitor educational progress, but fewer options available for tracking behavioral progress in areas, such as staying on task, reducing disruptions, and increasing compliance. The goal of this presentation is to share a variety of tools that can be used and adapted for individual students so that progress can be monitored.                                             

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Adult disability professionals
  • Family members
  • Disability agency partners  

Measuring the Behavioral Effects of Medication

In this presentation, attendees will learn about how certain psychiatric conditions are treated with medications and the possible side effects associated with these medications (both behavioral and physiological). In addition, attendees will be provided with some methods for effectively measuring medication effects on individuals with disabilities.                                                                               

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Speech/language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Adult disability professionals
  • Family members
  • Disability agency partners

Working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Challenges and Solutions for Healthcare Professionals/Students

Disability education can help increase the health equity in care quality and reduce the health care disparities experienced by adults and children with disabilities. This workshop is intended to provide health professionals in the emergency department with a basic understanding of the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities as well as strategies for interacting with them and their caregivers. Given the fast-paced and stressful environment of the emergency department, we hope this program leads to                   

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

Target Populations:

  • Emergency Department Health Professionals
  • Case Managers
  • Medical staff
  • Nurses

Learning Objectives – Following completion of this course, participants will gain strategies to successfully address the following areas:

  1. Communication with persons with disabilities
  2. Communication with parents and caregivers
  3. Proactive and reactive strategies for promoting compliance to medical procedures
  4. Pain assessment and impact of emergency department procedures in caring for persons with developmental disabilities        


Special Education/Law/Advocacy:

Special Education Law

This workshop will cover an overview of special education law and additional protections provided to students under Maryland law. The presenters will provide an overview of Maryland State Department of Education guidance and technical assistance bulletins and share online special education law resources.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Utilize laws relevant to special education.
  2. Assess eligibility for special education and the special education evaluation process.
  3. Recognize goals for extended school year services and transition planning.
  4. Summarize available dispute resolution methods.    

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Law professionals
  • Family members
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors

Communicating with Culturally Diverse Parents of Exceptional Children

In order for parents of students with disabilities to be meaningfully involved as a member of their child’s academic and medical care, they first need to feel welcomed, informed, and valued. When professionals deliberately and proactively utilize culturally-responsive strategies to provide information, resources, and support to families who are from diverse cultures or speak another language, they create opportunities for meaningful family engagement. Ultimately, this yields better outcomes for children with disabilities. The presenters will draw on the latest research and their own experiences working with diverse clients to educate the audience on this important topic. The workshop will provide professionals with practical tips and information that they can utilize to foster better and more comprehensive relationships with culturally diverse families.  

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Know what it means to be culturally responsive in a variety of settings (clinical, educational, etc.).
  2. Identify barriers that culturally diverse parents face when attempting to assist their child in the medical and academic contexts.
  3. Recognize strategies to better engage with and incorporate culturally diverse families into a student/patient’s care.
  4. Foster more meaningful and culturally-sensitive communication between professionals and families of children with disabilities.

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Law professionals
  • Family members
  • General community members
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors

Bullying, Harassment, & Intimidation of Children with Disabilities

This workshop will provide an overview of federal and state law and regulations, guidance from the federal government, and policies about bullying, harassment, and intimidation. The presenters will discuss how to address the issue in home, school, and the community, as well as provide tips for service providers and families.                            

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Identify types of bullying, who are affected by bullying, where bullying occurs, and why bullying is a problem in the school setting.  
  2. Implement strategies at bullying, harassment, and intimidation of students with disabilities in Maryland public schools.
  3. Summarize statistics on bullying and compare the prevalence of bullying among children with disabilities in comparison to their nondisabled peers.
  4. Apply federal guidance, state laws and policies, and case law addressing bullying.    
  5. Utilize evidence-informed prevention strategies and effective ways to address bullying through a child’s Individualized Education Program.

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Law professionals
  • Family members

Discipline of Students with Disabilities in Maryland Public Schools

This workshop will provide an overview of school discipline in Maryland, including the laws governing school discipline. The presenters will discuss the types of suspensions and expulsions and the process to appeal a suspension or expulsion. They will provide information about additional protections for students with disabilities and recent Maryland legislation related to school discipline.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Identify school discipline regulations that apply to all students.
  2. Apply additional protections for students with disabilities.
  3. Utilize school discipline data in Maryland recent Maryland legislation related to school discipline.
  4. Participate in manifestation determination meetings, functional behavioral assessments, and behavioral intervention plans.

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Law professionals
  • Family members

Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities

The workshop will provide an overview of transition planning, including applicable federal and state laws and regulations.  The presenters will discuss elements and goals of transition planning, including examples of quality and poor transition planning.  The presenters will provide an overview of transition planning resources, including state and nonprofit resources.          

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Hear an overview of the laws relevant to transition.
  2. Learn about elements of effective transition planning
  3. Learn how to develop the transition planning section of an IEP
  4. Learn about recent MSDE technical assistance bulletins developed around transition planning.      
  5. Learn about resources for transition planning

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Law professionals
  • Family members

Guardianship and Its Alternatives: What You Need to Know

This workshop will provide an overview of guardianship and its alternatives. The presenters will discuss competency, guardianship of the person, guardianship of the property, and emergency guardianship. They will also discuss alternatives to guardianship; including: advance directives, advance directives for mental health, surrogate decision makers, representative payees, power of attorney, joint ownership of bank accounts, and trusts. Guardianship resources and referrals will also be provided.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/1-3 hours

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Consider alternatives to guardianship and resources and referrals for families and community members.
  2. Recognize when there are issues related to competency.
  3. Identify less restrictive alternatives and provide resources for having them implemented.

Target Populations:

  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Support and other school staff
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Law professionals
  • Family members

 

Self-Advocacy:

Project STIR

Project Stir is a training curriculum that was developed by self advocates at the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina. The tools are designed to help individuals with disabilities to learn crucial advocacy skills. Advocacy skill building helps individuals speak and act on behalf of themselves and or others.        

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/2-Day

Target Populations:

  • People with disabilities

This workshop is designed to help trainees:

  1. Learn how to develop advocacy skills using the Project STIR curriculum
  2. To effectively demonstrate understanding of fundamental rights and responsibilities upon completing the project stir curriculum       
  3. Gain better understanding of how to appropriately express positive and negative emotions when advocating for themselves upon completing the class                    
  4. Gain better understanding of the effectiveness of teamwork when advocating on behalf of others    

Project STIR Train the Trainer

Project Stir is a training curriculum that was developed by self-advocates at the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of North Carolina. The tools are designed to help individuals with disabilities to learn crucial advocacy skills. Advocacy skill building helps individuals speak and act on behalf of themselves and or others.

Training Format/Duration: Classroom/2-Day

Target Populations:

  • People with disabilities

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Develop individualized approach for teaching trainees with varying abilities and learning styles    
  2. Share real-world examples of how advocacy works with trainee                              
  3. Work with all trainees until they have a full understanding of the project STIR curriculum            
  4. Effectively demonstrate the importance of evaluating both the impact of The Project STIR curriculum on trainees          
  5. Make appropriate modifications to STIR curriculum alongside People on the Go staff as changes become necessary      
  6. Impart desire within trainees to become project stir trainers in order to ensure long-term sustainability of the project