Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM PDT

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Registration fee cost:  $120.00

WA APSE registration fee cost: $100.00

Your registration fee will cover presentation materials and the following meals:

  • October 24th - lunch and dinner 
  • October 25th - breakfast and lunch


All attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own lodging. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel at (360) 898-2200 and request the group name: WISE.


Alderbrook Resort

10 East Alderbrook Drive
Union, WA 98592

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Morgan Cain
Jenny Crook     

Recruit, Train, and Retain 2-Day Workshop

October 24th & 25th, 2017 

The Recruit, Train, and Retain Series is a workshop series that started in 2012 and was designed to assist managers and direct service staff to build and keep happy and lasting teams. For those who have not joined us for one of these events in the past, this event combines training from leaders in the field with interactive dialogue to create a time to connect, brainstorm, and network with others in the supported employment field about how to find (and keep) a dynamic and high performing team that is able to further the mission of employment for all. Attendees are typically program managers, senior employment consultants and emerging leaders (employment specialists) within adult service agencies.

 The next RTR Workshop is scheduled in October, and we are excited to return to Alderbrook Resort on the Hood Canal!

  Washington APSE is proud to be a sponsor of RTR  2017!  APSE - The Association of People Supporting  Employment First - is the only national organization with  an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career  advancement opportunities for individuals with  disabilities.  The first 50 Washington APSE members to  register will receive a discounted registration cost of $100.00 by entering a current membership number. If you are interested in becoming an APSE member, please go to http://apse.org/membership/join/

Bringing together what we have learned in past RTR sessions as well as exciting new training content, the RTR planning committee has built an agenda that will address current issues being faced by managers and direct line staff working in supported employment. Part of our time together will focus on how we deal with the loss of staff and what it means to our team.  

Registration is limited to 90 attendees! Register early to secure your spot for RTR 2017.

Presenter Spotlight!

Jason Swain and Phil McConnell will be joining RTR this year to lead sessions.

Jason Swain is the founder and President of Symbio. Symbio's mission is putting human nature to work. We help leaders create organizational environments where peoples natural inclination and ability to trust, communicate and collaborate flourish. Jason brings nearly two decades of organization development, training, and coaching expertise to his clients. His unique focus encompasses an expertise and understanding of how people naturally perform and relate. Jason has also taught in the MBA program at Gonzaga University.

 Phil McConnell has worked as a longshoreman, a  construction worker, a lumber salesman, an elementary    school teacher, a  beekeeper, and a roadside purveyor of  his own home pressed cider. Phil found  his way into the  field of human services- initially in residential support  services  before discovering his true career passion in  employment services for people with disabilities. Phil worked in many capacities within nonprofit organizations, supporting people with disabilities' efforts to live more fulfilling lives by finding their way into good jobs. Phil earned a Masters Degree in nonprofit leadership from University of San Francisco. He served as Executive Director of Work Opportunities for 19 years before retiring from that position one year ago to pursue a variety of other interests. One of those interests is Positive Psychology, which is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive, cultivating what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.