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© 2023 by Consutants For Community

Creating Collaborative Partnerships by Opening Doors

Our Mission

Consultants For Community’s (CFC) mission is to provide a customized educational learning experience which challenges one’s own beliefs, values, and attitudes/assumptions. An emphasis on creating collaborative partnerships amongst all team members while having high expectations & building self-determination in the individual for whom the plan is written for.

September 6, 2019
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Understanding Psychological Evaluations & Assessments

You receive the evaluation report, the team reviews the scores, decisions are made. . . How much did you really understand? What did that report really illustrate about your loved one’s abilities? In this training you will get a thorough explanation of what all those numbers really mean. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a recent evaluation report in order ensure meaningful understanding of assessment tools that are relevant to individual circumstances.

September 20, 2019
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Shhh… The “SECRET”
That Works With Everyone

This training will focus on working
as a collaborative IEP/PCP planning team. Roles and responsibilities will be clearly defined with an emphasis on building trusting relationships between all members. The participants will learn the secret
that works for everyone in every situation, with an opportunity to self-assess and reflect on how they can influence & inspire others.

October 4, 2019
9am - 1pm                                   $125
The IEP Process:
Friend or Foe?

Navigating the special education process can be a scary experience, but it doesn’t have to be!! This 
training is designed to ensure participants gain knowledge of special education laws, process, and 
how to avoid unnecessary obstacles.

October 18, 2019
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Writing Individual Goals
“WITH SMARTS”

This training digs deeper into writing an individual program focused on the student/individual driving the process.  Strategies to write goals “WITH SMARTS”:  Written for the individual; Individualized; Together with the individual/parents; High expectations; Specific; Measurable; Action oriented; Realistic/Relevant; Time limited; & building Self-determination/Self-confidence.

November 6-7, 2019
9am - 4pm                                   $500
Certified Autism Specialist:
From the Inside Looking Out

This 2 day training offers a deeper look into autism spectrum disorders and provides you with the 14 CEU’s required for certification through IBCCES.  We cover all ten areas of autism competency required for the Certified Autism Specialist Program  

  1. Autism Overview

  2. Behavior

  3. Communication

  4. Social Skills

  5. Environment 

  6. Emotional Awareness & Bullying

  7. Sensory Awareness

  8. Program Development

  9. Motor Skills 

  10. Medical & Health Considerations

November 22, 2019
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Demystifying Inclusive Education – Making the Impossible Possible

A discussion about what inclusive education is, Why it is so important for everyone, and How to make 
inclusive education a reality.  This training takes on a fresh perspective looking at new research and strategies to implement successful inclusive practices.

December 6, 2019
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Behavior Is Communication – Discovering the “WHY”

This training focuses on the “why” people behave the way they do.
This workshop goes beyond avoidance and escape and will help the participants formulate questions to ask and investigate down to the core of the issues. Participants will discuss strategies on how to influence and inspire different behaviors that will strengthen trust and form positive relationships. 

January 10, 2020
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Thinking in a Different Box, – Emphasis on Beliefs, Values, Attitudes/Assumptions &
Self-Directed Learning

This training takes on a fresh perspective looking at new research and strategies to implement successful inclusive practices.  A deeper dive into one’s own beliefs, values, and attitudes/assumptions when it comes to individuals with disabilities and being included at home, school, and in their communities. 

January 24, 2020
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Technology for Communication, Academics, & Inclusion

For those without disabilities, technology makes life easier, but for those with a disability, technology makes life possible.  This training will look at the why, how, and what of technology.  We will explore different apps. and programs. We encourage participants to bring their own tablets to the training for hands-on experience.

February 7, 2020
9am - 1pm                                   $125
Social Understandings, Creating, Understanding & Maintaining concrete personal relationships (Family, Friends, Dating, Etc.)

In this training, participants will discover ways to address friendships, sexuality, and relationships in a way that is meaningful and concrete! Discussions of social norms, remembering the importance of being “human”, as well as overcoming barriers of extending trust! This workshop covers it all to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not left out of the Human Social Experience!!

February 22-23, 2020
9am - 4pm                                   $500
Certified Autism Specialist:
From the Inside Looking Out

This 2 day training offers a deeper look into autism spectrum disorders and provides you with the 14 CEU’s required for certification through IBCCES.  We cover all ten areas of autism competency required for the Certified Autism Specialist Program  

  1. Autism Overview

  2. Behavior

  3. Communication

  4. Social Skills

  5. Environment 

  6. Emotional Awareness & Bullying

  7. Sensory Awareness

  8. Program Development

  9. Motor Skills 

  10. Medical & Health Considerations

March 6, 2020
9am - 1pm                                   $125
NEW
Transition into Adulthood – Guardianship Alternatives, Employment options, post-secondary education, Graduation options, etc.

Are you a family member and/or self-advocate in high school, case manager, support personnel, high school teacher or counselor?  This training is for you!  We will take a deeper dive into options and resources for those soon to be graduates that have an IEP or 504 plan.  Join us for a very proactive and positive learning experience in which you will come out seeing there are more options than you had ever dreamed possible.

March 27, 2020
9am - 1pm                                   $125
NEW
Mastering Adulting – Relationships, employment, Recreation, & Living Independently

Are you a self-advocate, family member, and/or support staff looking for new ways to collaborate as a team to empower and create more independence in your/loved one’s life?  This training is for ALL of you to attend, together!  You will learn about new innovative local resources as well as how to truly empower yourself/self-advocate in the decision-making process.  Through self-assessments, ALL team members will have the opportunity to gain insight into their role on the team and how to collaborate in a more meaningful way.

June 5, 2020
9am - 1pm                                   $125
NEW
How to Utilize technology towards Independent Living – Banking, Social Media Safety, Communication, etc.

This training will include a look at different communications styles, non-verbal barriers to

communications and techniques to effectively communicate. Participants will learn various modes of communication and ways to develop or enhance open interpersonal styles of communication. Having good talking and listening skills can also reduce misunderstandings and facilitate creativity and problem solving.

June 18-19, 2020
9am - 4pm                                   $500
Certified Autism Specialist:
From the Inside Looking Out

This 2 day training offers a deeper look into autism spectrum disorders and provides you with the 14 CEU’s required for certification through IBCCES.  We cover all ten areas of autism competency required for the Certified Autism Specialist Program  

  1. Autism Overview

  2. Behavior

  3. Communication

  4. Social Skills

  5. Environment 

  6. Emotional Awareness & Bullying

  7. Sensory Awareness

  8. Program Development

  9. Motor Skills 

  10. Medical & Health Considerations

NEW
Sensory & Co-Occuring Conditions (ADHD, OCD, Autism, etc...)

A discussion about what inclusive education is, Why it is so important for everyone, and How to make 
inclusive education a reality.  This training takes on a fresh perspective looking at new research and strategies to implement successful inclusive practices.

Breaking Through Barriers:
A New Perspective on
Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed, competency based learning is at the core of special education supports/person 
centered planning.  This training gives participants an inside view of their own style of learning to better understand their (students - children -individuals) needs whether in the classroom or in their everyday lives. Tools and strategies will be provided to assist participants with application.   

Communication Starts with YOU! Are You Doing “IT” Right?!?

This training will include a look at different communications styles, non-verbal barriers to communications and techniques to effectively communicate. Participants will learn various modes of communication and ways to develop or enhance open interpersonal styles of communication. Having good talking and listening skills can also reduce misunderstandings and facilitate creativity and problem solving.

How to Make “The Talk” Meaningful!

Regardless of ability, talking about sexuality is one of the most dreaded conversations for any parent or support staff; however, it cannot be ignored! In this training, you will discover ways to talk about sexuality and relationships in a way that is meaningful and concrete! We will discuss social norms, what’s “appropriate”, as well as overcoming fears of the taboo!

Exploring Your Social Capital

Exploring Your Social Capital
Recognizing & Navigating the Natural Supports around You! Social Capital is your support system; 
the family, friends, acquaintances that are in your life to help you read your goals. At times, many people with disabilities and their families feel that they are alone. This workshop will help and guide you
to find and effectively utilize the natural supports in your life by providing a hands-on interactive 
experience. 

So You've Had "The Talk"...
What's Next?!

This workshop is designed to assist in discovering unique ways to enhance your social calendar 
(aka Social Skills)!  Participants will learn about the art of interpersonal relationships by exploring Emotional Intelligence. Once we can understand and manage ourselves, then we can start to understand the emotions and feelings of others (empathy) and finally to influence them (social skills). Starting with self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-motivation, we will then analyze the skills necessary to build positive Rapport to enhance social inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING!!!

 

"Your training's are extremely valuable to me in my work and I appreciate that no matter how many attendees you have you always provide us with a wealth of knowledge and application processes." 

Sandra Huebner - Professional

 

"I have had attended several seminars at CFC presented by Rachel and Susan. They are able to take a parent who feels very alone and isolated in the special education system, present information that makes sense, and leave a person with hope that things will get better for both their child and them. I highly recommend Rachel and Susan at Consultants for Community." 

Susan Shumway - Mom

 

“Hi Rachel, I just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful and meaningful way you presented the class with so much information about Behavior and Communication. I just had no idea how much they were connected. I think it really all came together for me when you role-played and I could see just how and why the behavior and communication come together. You do an excellent way of conducting the class for those of us that come in with just not having a lot of information about the topic. All we do is look at the behavior not at ways that we can change that. I was glad you shared some of his concerns about other people thinking that he does not understand or really "get" a lot of things. I am looking forward to doing another class so please keep me posted on what is coming up and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU ARE AWESOME!!!” - 

Sandra W. - Professional

 

"I just had my training done by Rachel and Susan and not only have I made positive changes in my teaching but also during everyday life. I can't thank them enough for giving me the chance to grow and learn. I will recommend them to anyone. Awesome job ladies!"

Jen McLaren - Daycare Supervisor

 

"Rachel and Susan get this. The workshop held this past weekend was Awesome. Definitely made us think of how to strive for inclusion in any setting and how to help with that. Really liked the out of the box thinking and the thought of getting it off the paper! Keep your eyes out for these workshops - they are not to be missed!"

Susan Bueltmann - Mom

 

"Susan is really knowledgeable about Educational Matters such as Special Ed in regard to 504s and IEPs. She answers any and all questions I have. I highly recommend you see her if you are in the position of needing a 504 or IEP plan for your child or children's education. She is smart and down to earth and compassionate. She understands because she has been there."

Claudia Jenkins - Mom