You are important to me: Help your DSPs be the best they can be

You are important to me: Help your DSPs be the best they can be


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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Descriptions:

Our understanding of persons with intellectual disabilities doesn't have to be highly scientific or complex. Let's make it simple. Let's create a concrete and small step process to help your direct service providers (DSPs) be better at their work.

Use this framework. Walk just a minute in my shoes. How does my brain work? What makes sense to me? What am I trying to tell you with words and actions? What do I feel and understand about my body? About you? About my world?

If we create opportunities for this basic understanding of the persons we serve, our success will be notable. Learn from three experienced leaders with over 70 combined years of service for persons with intellectual disability in behavioral health, healthcare and advocacy. These three are not only excellent trainers, but close colleagues whose energy and passion for this topic will come through the session.

A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group.


  • Improve training needs of managers and DSPs.
  • Discuss emerging behavioral health issues.
  • Discuss emerging client heath issues.
  • Establish a culture of workforce well-being.


Kelly Hartman the President & CEO at Insights Consulting, Inc a company named to the Top Workplaces in Indianapolis for nine years, Co-Founder of Outside the Box - a day program known for its innovation, and has served the Indiana Association of Behavioral Consultants since its inception in 2001. In her near 30 year career of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- she has always maintained a focus on individual's capabilities, not their disabilities. In her passion to help people achieve better outcomes in life - she believes in building on what a person CAN do through teaching a non-aversive, person centered approach to personal success. Through her very "real" training style, Hartman is best known for her sense of humor and helping us see things from a different perspective.


 Mary Ciccarelli is a professor of clinical medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana university school of medicine and director of the center for youth and adults with conditions of childhood. Known throughout the country for her work, Mary has developed a unique approach to engaging staff in the health and wellness of the people they support. Her approach will keep it simple, direct and effective. 
 John Dickerson spent 42 years with The Arc, the last 32 as Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana. Most recently he formed Quillo, an innovative platform designed to inspire, engage and educate staff at all levels working with people with disabilities. Quillo is based upon the personal well-being and positive psychology, John will share the concepts he has learned in nearly three years of research and testing.