Friday January 20, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Hilton Garden Inn - Troy
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY 12180

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Kate Connally
518-449-2976 ext. 104

Registration Information

Cost: $75 per person | $125 for 6.0 SW Hours

Payment must be made prior to or on-site at the event. Please note our cancellation policy on the registration form. 

RRTI Logo 6.0 Social Work Continuing Education Hours Available!

Licensed Social Workers have the opportunity to earn 6.0 Continuing Education Hours by attending this event. 

The NYS Rehabilitation Research & Training Institute, Inc. SW CPE (a sponsor of this event) is recognied by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for licensed social workers #0105. Certificates of CE Hours will be provided. 

Overnight Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at a special group rate at the Hilton Garden Inn - Troy, 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180 - for the evening of January 19.

Special Group Rate: $109.00

To make a reservation: Click Here

OR Call: (877) 782-9444

Group Code: NYSRA1

Group Cut-Off Date: December 20, 2016

Please reserve your room before this date to ensure you receive the group rate.




An Explosion of Resources that will Expand Your Expertise! Don't Miss This Event! Register Today!

Recognized subject matter experts in person-centered planning, organizational change, and human resource management will offer valuable tools, resources, and insights for meeting the challenges of the evolving employment supports system.


8:00AM    Registration

9:00AM    Resource Explosion #1: Tools for Practice: Strengths-Based Assessment as a Framework for Planning

Person-centered approaches are the cornerstones for self-determination and career success. Using a strengths-based model called a Framework for Planning, Carol Blessing, LMSW of the Yang-Tan Institute at Cornell University, will guide participants through a series of tools that shape direction for career planning and employment.  Practitioners will learn how to engage individuals in examining and exploring positive employment potential and identifying opportunities for contributing to society as a worker, as well as identifying positive support strategies that lead to successful placement outcomes.

Presented by: Carol Blessing, LMSW, Senior Extension Associate, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University

10:30AM  Break

10:45AM  Resource Explosion #2: Tools for Human Resources Management: A Roadmap for Integrating Volunteers, Interns, Contractors, and Other Arrangements in Your Business

It's a new and exciting employment landscape! Everyone is eager to begin partnering with people to discover their career paths but do we fully understand how Human Resource Management fits into this new world? As a practitioner, your awareness of human resource regulations and policies will facilitate your role in providing employment supports, advocacy, and information to the individuals with whom you work. 

Joanmarie M. Dowling, Esq., Founder and Member of Dowling Law, PLLC will demystify Human Resource Management in your organization's transformation process through an insightful discussion of the legal standards under federal and state labor law. Participants will learn how those standards apply to work experience programs, internships, volunteer work, contractor, and other arrangements at companies and newly-designed integrated business sites.

Presented by: Joanmarie M. Dowling, Esq., Founder and Member, Dowling Law, PLLC

12:30PM    Lunch

1:30PM   Resource Explosion #3: Trusting the Process: Stages of Change, Organizational Environment, and the 'Medicaid Matrix'

Is your organization ready for change? Did it start to transform in a big way and then suddenly seem to change direction or even halt entirely? Organizations, like individuals, encounter change as a process that does not necessarily move forward in a clear and straightforward path.  Using the Stages of Change model developed by Prochaska and DiClemente, David Eckert, LMHC, NCC, CRC, Senior Consultant for Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) provides a thought-provoking examination of how your organizational environment influences the "Stages of Change" as you continue on your transformation journey.

This Resource Explosion will also include the opportunity to work in small groups and make personal decisions about being plugged into the "Medicaid Matrix".

Presented by: David Eckert, LMHC, NCC, CRC, Senior Consultant, Center for Collaboration in Community Health, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI)

3:00PM    Panel Discussion: Using Tools in Practice