2017 Symposium

This symposium is designed for anyone who facilitates or participates in team meetings and advisory meetings that include family members and caregivers of people with disabilities and special health care needs. The typical audience includes family members, caregivers, foster families, family advocates, students, school administrators, special education teachers, social workers, treatment and recovery professionals, therapists, counselors, and staff members of community provider and/or government agencies.

The ultimate outcome of this workshop is to teach participants how to build “win-win-win” partnerships with families and caregivers, professionals, and individuals with disabilities throughout the lifespan. Win-win-win conditions withstand the test of time, stress and conflict.

Friday, December 8, 2017
Ramada Tropics Conference Center, 5000 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50322
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Professionals                  $85

Families & Students      $65
Exhibitor – Nonprofit    $100
Exhibitor – For profit     $150
Registration fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Exhibitor registration fee includes two workshop registrations and 6′ exhibit table.

Purchase Orders: To pay with a PO, select “Pay by Check” and send PO to Ashley Gill at ashley@askresource.org or faxed to (515) 243-1902.
Scholarships:  $50 scholarships are available for parents and family members in need of financial support to attend. Scholarships are paid in the form of a reimbursement check that is mailed to recipients after the event. Scholarship forms will be available at check-in the day of the event.

Social Work, LMFT & LMHC:  This workshop has been approved to offer 6.0 credit hours at a cost of $10 per person payable to ASK Resource Center via registration or the day of the event.

Graduate Students:
This workshop has been approved to offer 1.0 credit hour of graduate credit from Upper Iowa University at a cost of $125 payable to Upper Iowa University upon completion of required coursework. Syllabus and other details will be available the day of the event.

Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Professionals: This workshop has been approved to offer 6.25 credit hours in the Iowa Board of Certification’s “Generic” category at a cost of $10 per person payable to ASK Resource Center via registration or the day of the event. This credit option is for CADC, tCADC, IADC, IAADC, CPS, ACPS, CGTC, CCJP, CCDP, CCS, CTA, MHPSS and PRS.

Foster Parents: This workshop has been approved to offer 6.0 hours of Foster Parent Training Credit at no additional cost.

Dr. Ann Turnbull has been an inspiring professor, researcher, and advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families for over four decades. She is a Retired Distinguished Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Throughout her career, she has authored 32 books and over 275 articles and chapters. Ann and her husband, Rud, were selected in 1999 by the National Historic Preservation Trust on Developmental Disabilities as two of 36 individuals who “changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 20th century.” All this aside, Ann attributes her greatest learning to her son, Jay Turnbull (1967-2009), who she calls her “best professor.”

Ann engages her audience through sharing her own, personal stories of lessons learned with lose-lose-lose and win-win-win situations. From this foundation, she breaks down trusting partnerships into 6 key principles: Communication, Competence, Respect, Commitment, Equality, and Advocacy. Ann provides an overview of the Six Trusting Partnership Principles and shares strategies families and professionals can use to build and maintain the principles over time. It is not always easy, and it is not supposed to be!

Ann’s training style embraces presentation segments, small group problem-solving, videos, and rich discussions.  Participants will receive copies of tools they can use to identify strengths and opportunities for enhancement, as well as be exposed to extensive archives of resources to enhance take-away learning.

Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Ramada Topics Resort for Thursday, December 7 at the group rate of $89.00 + tax. Group rate is listed under “ASK Resource Center” and is only valid through November 25.

Sign language interpretation provided by Life Interpretation, Inc. Registrants needing other accommodations in order to attend the workshop can submit a request for accommodation to Ashley Gill before December 1 (see event contact below).

8:00 – 9:00 am                Registration & Check-in (light continental breakfast provided)
8:50 – 9:00 am                Welcome & introduction
9:00 – 9:15 am                Opening remarks from Dr. Barb Guy, State Director of Special Education

9:15 – 9:45 am                Ann’s family story
9:45 – 10:15 am              Group work, Handout 1 & 2
10:15 – 10:45 am            Video
10:45 – 11:00 am            Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pm     Focus on Partnership Principles: Presentation & Group work
                                           – Communication, Competence, Respect, Commitment, Equality
12:30 – 1:00 pm              Lunch catered by Ramada Tropics
1:00 – 1:30 pm                Focus on Partnership Principles: Presentation & Group work
                                           – Advocacy & Trust
1:30 – 2:15 pm                Focus on Partnership Types:  Presentation & Group work
– Meeting Basic Needs, Referring & Evaluating, Individualizing
2:15 – 2:30 pm                Break
2:30 – 3:15 pm                
Focus on Partnership Types:  Presentation & Group work
                                           – Extending Learning, Volunteering & Participating, Advocating
3:15 – 4:00 pm                Summarizing our take-aways
4:00 – 4:15 pm                Final questions & Evaluations

Ashley Gill, ASK Resource Center
Email: ashley@askresource.org
Phone: (515) 243-1713 ext. 201