Workshop Descriptions for the 2017 Providers’ Council Convention & Expo: We’re All In
The Providers' Council's 42nd Annual Convention & Expo: We're All In offers a wide array of useful workshops for human service professionals at all levels of your agency. From direct care professionals to executive directors, HR staff to IT, supervisors to CFOs, this convention has educational opportunities for everyone.
Workshops #1-17 are Morning workshops (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.).
Workshops #18-34 are Afternoon workshops (2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.).
The Providers' Council will be applying for NASW and LADC CEUs for all workshops as well as MMCEP CEUs for clinical based workshops. We will update our website as we receive the CEU approval information.
Please note that to be eligible for CEUs, participants must attend both a morning and an afternoon workshop and sign in and out of each.
Check out the workshop descriptions below.
- Tom Barker, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Providers and payers are preparing for the changes brought on by the new MassHealth waiver that will take effect on July 1. What will the shift to ACOs mean for human services providers? Learn what action is required.
- Megan Willette, Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Doc Wayne Youth Services
- Elizabeth Corey, Clinical Manager- MetroWest, Doc Wayne Youth Services
Sports can be a powerful medium to connect with youth and teach life skills critical to pro-social development. This Clinical Coaching workshop will review the benefits of sport as a treatment modality and provide best practices for successful implementation, with a focus on working with traumatized youth.
- Stephanie Berzin, Associate Professor, Children, Youth & Families; Assistant Dean, Doctoral Program; Co-Director, Center for Social Innovation, Boston College
This workshop is designed to stimulate human service leaders to leverage their resources and skills to develop, implement and sustain innovation. The workshop will explore concepts related to intrapreneurship and present the Nonprofit Innovation Model with accompanying tools to support innovation capacity at existing organizations.
- Philip Zukas, Vocational Case Manager, WORK Inc.
The fast-paced urban landscape presents frequent challenges to persons with different orientation and mobility skill levels, raising concerns about safe and efficient navigation and route-making. This workshop identifies some well-known wayfaring obstacles and offers situational and systemic methods for problem solving. Workshop participants will identify a few common and uncommon environmental complexities and architectural barriers, consider methods for determining an “acceptable minimum safety standard” for resolving any mobility issue, and increase awareness regarding difficulties regularly encountered by differently-able travelers.
- Gabriella Priest, Deputy Director, Community Resources for Justice
"Operation Integrate" is a cross-agency collaboration to improve re-entry and increase independence of CRJ clients, using the risk/needs/responsivity model. Attendees will learn about what works to reduce recidivism and will hear about the data-driven, collaborative project management approach that CRJ has employed through four committees: Assessment, Data, Programming and Training. Presenters will describe creative strategies to implement evidence-based practices with scarce resources.
- Matthew McCall, Chief Program Officer, More Than Words
Imagine a culture where recognition is not just a formal program but woven into the daily fabric of work life and team practice. In this workshop we'll look at changing workplace dynamics, research and your own experience with the topic. Come for an interactive opportunity to learn and create together.
- David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold
Are you using data to support your decision-making? Is your agency contributing to the overall health of your community? How do you know? Good metrics can inform agency operations, highlight trends and enhance collaboration. This session offers a five-step strategy for using metrics to help agencies eliminate guessing, support growth, operate more efficiently and improve quality of care.
- Robin Kelley, Partner, AAFCPAs
- Jeanie Gorlovsky-Schepp, Manager, AAFPCAs
AAFCPAs advises nonprofits to broaden the scope of their financial planning process to address the challenges of the current economic and funding landscape, and to ensure sustainability in the long term. This workshop will provide practical guidance and best practice recommendations so nonprofits may preserve their capacity to deliver on their missions in the event of unforeseen financial shortages.
- Eleana Cherepanov, Director of Refugee Behavioral Health, Lynn Community Health Services
When working with refugees, human services providers encounter unique professional and personal challenges that may take them out of their comfort zones. Using case scenarios from the practice, the workshop reviews common ethical and moral dilemmas. It offers guidance and suggests best practices that are based on principles of trauma-informed care and humanitarian values
- Lisa Gurgone, Executive Director, Home Care Aide Council
- Sydney Axelrod, Training Facilitator, Home Care Aide Council
Supporting an increasingly complex population of adults presents significant challenges to front-line staff. This session will review four targeted training programs to better prepare front-line staff to work with vulnerable populations, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, mental health conditions, LGBT elders and those who may be experiencing abuse and neglect.
- Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, Clinical Supervisor, Roman Music Therapy Services
- Meredith Pizzi, Executive Director, Roman Music Therapy Services
- Nichole Gregg, Operations Manager, Roman Music Therapy Services
We are all leaders! But how often do we think of our influence, our potential and our vision as leaders? This presentation is an invitation to explore our own leadership skills (no matter where you are on your leadership path), discover your unique niche as a leader, explore leadership approaches/styles and forge paths towards future leadership. No matter what role you play in your organization, you can be a leader.
- Betsy Mayottee, Director of Consumer Outreach and Compliance, American Student Loan Assistance
Many nonprofit employees with federal student loans are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This session will explain the rules of the program, and how employers can use this as a recruitment and retention tool.
- Jackie Ross, HR Manager and Certified Professional Life Coach LLC, NFI Massachusetts
It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Day to think about setting your personal and/or career goals. Did you know that 92 percent of New Year’s goals fail by Jan. 15? September may just be the perfect time to set the course and design the next phase of your life! Right now is an exceptional time to craft your personal vision.
- Meg von Lossnitzer, Deputy Director, Victory Prevention
- Christopher Richard – Drug User Health Project Coordinator, Victory Prevention
- Richard Baker – Viral Hepatitis Project Coordinator, Victory Prevention
This workshop will educate participants about the current opioid epidemic and highlight the effect it has had on the rising rate of Hepatitis C infection in Massachusetts. This will highlight the experience of Victory Programs’ Drug User Health Project (part of the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Pilot Project) and the Viral Hepatitis Project, including the coordination of the EndHepCMA Coalition.
- Jeanne Schwalbach, Clinical Director, Solutions for Living
- Erin Dunham, Director of Case Management, Solutions for Living
This workshop will assist participants in developing effective self-care habits. Participants will learn to take care of themselves without guilt and remorse; balance daily demands and personal needs; and recognize their needs and develop practical self-care strategies. Trainers will identify tools to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Moderator: Michelle McKenzie, Public Policy and Communications Manager, Providers' Council
- Panel: TBD
This workshop breaks down recent research conducted on behalf of the Providers’ Council and how it was incorporated into shaping marketing materials the Council is using to help raise awareness of the sector and our members for recruiting purposes. Engage with your peers to learn and/or share best practices and proven strategies to effect change in this increasingly competitive environment for recruiting talent.
- Toni Wolf, Commissioner, Services Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
- Paul Saner, Commissioner, Commission for the Blind
- Heidi L. Reed, Commissioner, Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
- Stacey Forrest, Director of the Susan Wayne Center of Excellence, Justice Resource Institute
- Robert Gervais, Division Director, Justice Resource Institute
This workshop will teach participants about a trauma-informed intervention framework that teaches staff key skills necessary for intervening in healthy and effective ways. It is best suited for participants who provide care, treatment or education to individuals across the lifespan who have experienced complex trauma or have complex behavioral and mental health needs. Specifically, this workshop is geared toward residential and congregate care staff members, school personnel, clinicians and administrators.
- Jacob Buckley-Fortin, CEO, eHana
MassHealth reform is impacting providers across the care spectrum, and the community partner program is at the center of the move to accountable, value-based services. In this presentation, attendees will learn best practices for partnering and integrating with community partners, form both a strategy and technology perspective.
- Margaret Rice, Director, Whole Children
- Brian Melanson, Sexuality Instructor, Whole Children
The workshop is a discussion of the need for comprehensive sexuality education designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities (IWID), and an introduction of a specific curriculum designed specifically for those individuals..
- Diane Santoro, Clinical Director, Bay Cove Human Services
- Mary Kate Hunt, Residential Clinician, Bay Cove Human Services
The presentation will provide an overview of two residential programs for adults with serious mental illnesses who have significant barriers to being successfully housed in a community setting. Clients admitted to the "Expansion Programs" come from long-term state hospitalizations or from long-term homelessness. The presentation will focus on development strategies, implementation of structured transition protocol and collaboration between residential staff, clinical supports and inpatient teams.
- Nechama Sammet Moring, Owner, Rebel Girl Research Communications
Many funders require regular evaluation of programs serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and evaluation research can be used to inform quality improvement and innovation. We present strategies for inclusive evaluation and research, including engaging adults with I/DD as participants and as members of the research team.
- Matt Hutt, Partner, AAFCPAs
- Courtney McFarland, Manager, AAFCPAs
- Caitlin Harvey, Manager, AAFCPAs
As health providers move to data driven patient care and new value-based reimbursement models, payers are pushing for proven treatment and performance measures. AAFCPAs will offer an educational and technical assistance training session to address changes needed to service delivery, infrastructure and business models that will enable behavioral health providers to capture the necessary information and statistics, and glean insight to truly understand and evaluate your costs.
- Anita Lichtblau, Attorney, Casner & Edwards LLP
- Sharon Lincoln, Attorney, Casner & Edwards LLP
- Scott Harshbarger, Attorney, Casner & Edwards LLP
- Jim Mecone, Managing Director/Shareholder, CBIZ Tofias and Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C.
- Janet O’Neill, Managing Director/Shareholder,CBIZ Tofias and Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C.
Join legal and financial nonprofit experts for updates in key areas, including: choosing the right type of affiliation relationship and related structuring issues; update on revisions to standards for nonprofit financial reporting; cybersecurity and IT risks; top board governance issues; and sexual abuse investigations.
- Gail Packer, Executive Director, Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.
Approaching conflict in a constructive way can be challenging. Is workplace conflict distracting and decreasing morale? Have you dealt with a difficult situation that you wish had gone better? Attend this workshop to hone your conflict management skills. The format will be interactive and draw from the group's real-life experiences.
- John Howard, Program Staff Development Specialist, Youth Villages
Do you know the top strengths of people you manage? Of your colleagues? Or those at different levels in programs you manage? There are great benefits to approaching supervision with a deeper understanding of personal and professional strengths. Come increase your strengths literacy and leave a more strengths savvy supervisor!
- Katherine Fox, Director of Training, Vinfen
Phoebe Goodman, Supported Employment Director, Vinfen
Our work and personal lifestyles often present us with stressful situations that can impact our health and ability to be at our best. This workshop providers participants the opportunity to practice mindfulness techniques including gentle yoga, meditation and breathing exercises that can be integrated into the workplace. Current research on mindfulness practices will be reviewed.
- Kristin Howard, Senior Director of Development, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Every day, we subconsciously build and maintain relationships. This interactive workshop will explore the power of intentional engagement. We will discuss how relationship building and strategic engagement are the foundation to an individual’s professional development, the work of a successful nonprofit organization and a robust fundraising program. Practical tools will be provided to help participants carry what they learn forward.
- June Cooper, President/CEO, City Mission, Boston
It has been said that we are spiritual begins having a human experience. In this workshop we will define spirituality and explore its role in the work of caring for others, whether they be individuals and or entire communities. Culturally competent practice depends on understanding of and appreciation for the impact of faith and belief. Participants will learn how to create a spiritual eco map, a tool to increase self-awareness and for human service practice and social change.
- Jonathan Delman, Senior Associate, Technical Assistance Collaborative
Many providers have struggled to maintain a strong peer workforce, resulting in increased stress on all staff and lower productivity. We present the key organizational and program features that support job success for peer specialists, along with a framework and tools to conduct that work.
- Mina Panayoutou Burbridge, Director of Training, Walker
Burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma are real issues for workers in human services. This training is developed to help provide useful and practical information about the warning signs of vicarious trauma and how to practice good self-care to improve your work/life balance.
- Jennifer Aronson, Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation
- Andrea Martinez Frey, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy, CVS Health
- Colleen Richards Powell, Vice President/ Director, Corporate Citizenship and Diversity, MFS Investment Management
- Rick Musiol, SVP / Regional Director of Public Affairs, Citizens Bank
- Kimberly A. Simpson, Executive Director, Lovett-Woodsum Foundation
This workshop provides a look into the trends in charitable giving, as well as a funder’s perspective on priorities and strategies in charitable giving. The workshop will also provide attendees an opportunity to have their questions about charitable giving answered by a panel of experts.
- Alice Bonner, Secretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs
- Joan Mikula, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health
- Francisco Ureña, Secretary, Department of Veterans' Services
- Jeff McCue, Commissioner, Department of Transitional Assistance
- Linda S. Spears, Commissioner, Department of Children and Families
- Maria Mossaides, The Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate
- Peter J. Forbes, Commissioner, Department of Youth Services