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 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Pre-Convention Workshop
Tuesday, November 15, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Michelle Garcia, Psy.D., Psychologist, Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates

  • Brandon Delgado, M.A., Licensed Psychological Associate, Michelle Garcia, Psy.D. & Associates

Education to Prevent Sexual Victimization and Unsafe Sexual Practices, Including Safety with Social Media

In this engaging and interactive presentation, participants will take an active role in identifying and understanding the role of social media on individuals Participants will receive information on the importance of education regarding social media use. This presentation will also examine sexual crises that are occurring in a variety of settings throughout the field, determine why these things are occurring and identify ways to effectively address these issues in practical and appealing ways.

Please note: There is a separate registration fee for this workshop.

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Opening Session
Wednesday, November 16, 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Bill Gaventa, M.Div., Past President, AAIDD

Why We Do What We Do: A Spirituality of Calling and Support

Advocacy, support and services with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families is a calling as well as a job, a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others while also living out our core values. We don’t often talk about it, which neglects key strategies for making meaning and enhancing commitment to our work. We lose as well as the people we support, who also thrive when doing something they love.  How might we build a spirituality of calling and support that benefits the people we support as well as professionals who journey with them?