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Learnings Opportunities – March 16, 2018

 MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

The Mandt System® program presents an education and training system of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and supporting people, using a combination of interpersonal communication skills and physical interaction techniques designed to reduce injury to all the participants in an encounter.

We are pleased to offer Mandt Training to our staff.  Please speak with your program manager to be referred to attend one of the upcoming sessions.

Two Day Mandt Training

  •  In-depth training over two 6 hour classes
  • No physical skill training

Three Day Mandt Training

  • In-depth training over three 6 hour classes
  • Phyiscal Skill Training on day three

Training will take place in the Barb Goode Training Centre at 3223 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Upcoming Session:  March 27, 28 & 29


8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD

Review, Respond and Relate – Integrating Research, Policy and Practice Around the World

Presented by The University of British Columbia Interprofessional Continuing Education

April 18 – 21, 2018

The Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Early bird rates are in effect until February 28, 2018

Link to conference site:


Social Role Valorization: A 3-day Workshop with Darcy Elks

by STEPS Forward Inclusive Post-secondary Education Society


Wed, 2 May 2018, 8:30 AM –

Fri, 4 May 2018, 4:30 PM PDT


To be determined





This three-day training event will provide participants with an introduction to SRV theory, with a focus on three key modules:

  1. The common life experiences of people who are marginalized and devalued in our society;
  2. SRV as a way to address some of these experiences in order to support people to become valued members of the community; and
  3. The 10 core themes of SRV.

The workshop includes discussion of some of the critical issues concerning the provision of quality service including public attitudes and community acceptance, physical and social integration and self-determination.

Dates & Times:

May 2nd: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (Registration from 8am – 8:30am)

May 3rd: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm

May 4th: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Coffee break and lunch will be provided

**Location will be confirmed by the end of March**


British Columbia Leadership Institute

The British Columbia Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities is an opportunity to come together with other agency leaders to learn from each other, leading experts, self-advocates and their families, and funders. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware, in partnership with The Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC, will bring their week long intensive program to British Columbia to support leaders to transform supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guest speakers and self-advocates from British Columbia will supplement an agenda of compelling workshops and presentations. The expected outcomes of the British Columbia Leadership Institute include:

  • Increased capacity to lead teams, organizations and systems to make organizational changes to enhance the quality and responsiveness of services;
  • Better alignment of beliefs and values with principles of person centeredness
  •  Enhanced personal leadership skills
  • Higher confidence in personal leadership efficacy
  • Relationships with leaders who will continue to motivate and invest in each other

Applicants should work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for or fund community-based services and support for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Participants will be selected through an application process administered by the University of Delaware. Application deadline is March 20, 2018.


May 14 – May 18, 2018


University of British Columbia Okanagan,
3333 University Way,
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7


Tuition (includes some meals and all supplies):  $500 USD (Early bird rate, applications received by close of business on March 5th); $700 USD (Regular rate, applications received after March 5th and by March 20th). We will send an invoice after you are accepted.


Limited to 32 spaces, chosen by application process


March 20, 2018

For an application form,  click here


On-line Gentle Teaching Training

This training is for all people who are directly involved in daily support of persons, like parents, caregivers, teachers, etc.

In this on-line gentle teaching training we will cover all elements of the normal basic training.

  • What is the essence of gentle teaching
  • Look at the person from the perspective of gentle teaching
  • Personal development of the caregiver to become a gentle teacher
  • Developing a culture of life
  • Improving quality of life
  • The methodology of gentle teaching
  • Making a gentle teaching support plan

After having completed this training you will be able to apply gentle teaching in daily interactions with the people you serve, and you will be able to creaate special gentle teaching sessions with persons for who it is more challenging to feel safe and loved. You will also be able to resognize your own emotions and you let go or transform disturbing emotions. 

The training will be interactive, so you need a good internet connection. The maximum number of participants is 6 per training.
There will be eight 2-hour sessions. Participants will get a training manual to read as preparation for each session.

The regular costs of participation will be $250 for participants living in rich countries. Participants from developing countries can pay what they can afford.

Dates: 2018: March 14, 21 and 28, April 11, 18 and 25  May 16 and 23.

Time : 12 – 2 PM  CDT

click here for registration

For information please contact


May 24-26, 2018

Rise Up Conference

BCs premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusion and human rights.




Supporting People through Grief and Loss
Karyn Harvey
In this video, Karyn talks about how pervasive experiences of grief and loss are among people with intellectual disabilities, and how often expressions of grief and loss are misinterpreted as “behavioural issues”. She offers practical suggestions on what support staff can do to help an individual going through this process. She introduces a resource she’s developed called the “My Goodbye Book”, and offers suggestions about how staff can use this booklet to assist people experiencing grief.
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Disability Studies Series Part 4: The Illusion of Normalcy 

Catherine Frazee

Catherine and Norman explore the widely held but seldom questioned assumptions about the concept of “Normalcy”  They reveal that, when the idea of “normal” is thoughtfully examined, it becomes apparent that “normalcy”is not only illusory but a very dangerous concept.

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The “Talk to Me” Experiment
Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark is a brilliant, hilarious, politically astute comedian with cerebral palsy. In this unbelievable and side-splitting video, Laurence explores what lengths he must go to before people will talk to him rather than his non-disabled companion.

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