Webinar: Communicating with your Non-Verbal Patient or Client in Crisis

Friday, Jul 12, 2019

12:00pm – 1:00pm

This webinar is intended to help clinicians who may not have specialized training in supporting individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, but whose role is to support anyone who may be experiencing a crisis (for example, an emergency room doctor or a mental health crisis screener).

Participants will:

  • learn about the different methods of communication, e.g. sign language, electronic devices, etc.  that people with limited speech use to communicate
  • learn  how to have meaningful interactions with people with limited speech in a medical or hospital setting

Continuing Education Credits Approved for Allied Mental Health Practitioners, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Social Workers, Behavior Analysts, and Psychologists.

Presenter Bios:

Pascal Cheng of Howard Center has a M. Ed. and C.A.S. in Special Education from the University of Vermont and has worked for over 35 years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in school and community settings. He currently is an educational and communication specialist at the Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont. He provides training and consultation in the areas of augmentative communication, assistive technology and literacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities, both within the Howard Center and at other developmental service agencies and schools in Vermont. He serves as a member of the Vermont Communication Task Force, a statewide group that works to improve communication supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Vermont.

Tracy Thresher is a native Vermonter who lives and works in Barre, Vermont.  Tracy began using Facilitated Communication in 1990 and was one of the first individuals with Autism in Vermont to be introduced to it.  He has presented at local, statewide, and national workshops and conferences.  He has consulted with local schools, was a member of the Vermont Developmental Services State Program Standing Committee and the Statewide Autism Advisory Committee, worked part-time for Green Mountain Self-Advocates and has worked with the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University as a lead trainer.  He and his partner in crime, Larry Bissonnette, are the subjects of a documentary film and have traveled the world visiting Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland on a quest to change the world’s view of disability.

Harvey F. Lavoy, 3rd has worked for Community Developmental Services (CDS), a division of Washington County Mental Health Services in Montpelier, Vermont since 1994.  He has a B.S. in Special Education and has worked in the field of Human Services since 1973.  He currently is the Director of Communication Training and Resources at CDS and provides education, training and technical assistance to adults and children with complex communication needs as well as their families, support staff, educational teams, schools and agencies. He has been a member of the Vermont Statewide Communication Task Force since 2000 providing statewide trainings, workshops, and conferences to enable adults in Vermont with developmental disabilities to communicate, make social connections, and participate in community life more fully.  He is a member of a International Network of Master Facilitated Communication Trainers.  He received a Certificate of Recognition as a Master Trainer in Facilitated Communication in 2006 from the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University.

Immediately after registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing the webinar via Zoom. Please search your junk mail if it does not appear, and then contact [email protected] if you do not receive this confirmation email.

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$ 10.00
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