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Conference Schedule


9:15-10:15 a.m.

“AFH Exceptions,” Erin Drake. Learn what services qualify for exceptional rates and how to apply. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions. This session is intended for APD licensed homes. 

“101 Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Ombudsman,”  Tracy Anderson Ombudsman’s office will share their program goals and mission.

“Aging and People with Disabilities Ombudsman,” David Berger. Engage in a conversation of what it means to have a culture of resident rights in your adult care home.

“SEIU,” Toby Green and Rachel Hansen. Learn how the union can support you and how your union steward can advocate and assist you in navigating system challenges.

“Understanding Challenges Facing GLBT Elders,” Max Micozzi. 2.4 million of people, 65and older, identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. Hear from a panel of LGBT older adults regarding the barriers they experience when accessing services.

“Meditation and Mindfulness for Providers,” Melissa Mattern. Learn basics of meditation techniques you can use in your everyday life to fight burnout, anxiety, and depression.

AFCHP Provider Survey Results,” Naomi Sacks. Review survey results. Engage in discussion around identified areas of strengths and opportunity for growth, develop a personal action plan and give input on systemic changes that may be needed. 


10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

“A Positive Approach® to Dementia Care,” Beth Nolan, PhD. Learn how dementia impacts older adults, those with developmental or intellectual disabilities, or those experiencing mental illness.

“Guardianship and Less Restrictive Alternatives,” Mark Nishi-Strattner, NCG. Learn the differences of guardianship, conservatorship, power of attorney and other legal designations.

“Aging and People with Disabilities: Preparing for Renewal,”  Lia Knauss.  Understand the renewal process and the documents you need to demonstrate your compliance with the rules.

Preparing for Renewal—Intellectual and Developmental Disability Licensees. Multnomah County Staff. Understand the renewal process and the documents you will need to demonstrate your compliance with the rules.

“How to Care for the Bed Bound Resident,” Taught by Quality Care Courses. Learn best practices to prevent health complications that can develop from immobility and proper body mechanics to protect yourself.

“Rights and Responsibilities: Fair Housing for ACH Providers,” Diane Hess. Understand how to follow Fair Housing laws around screening, accommodations and resident to resident conflict.


1:15-2:45 p.m.

“Band-Aids for the Brain: Supporting People Experiencing Depression and Anxiety.” Older adult behavioral health initiative.Gain a deeper knowledge of depression and anxiety in older adults. Learn early intervention techniques to support residents.

“Autism Spectrum Disorder: What it is and Resources for Working with People on Spectrum,” Tobi Rates. Learn tips and techniques that will effectively support your residents with spectrum disorder and identify community resources.

“Filling the Day with Meaning for Those Living with Dementia,” Beth A.D. Nolan, PhD. Practical ways to engage residents in meaningful and purposeful activities regardless of brain changes.

“Abuse Investigations,” Brian Hughes, Devery Hachenberg, Carol Morris. Hear about abuse investigations with an opportunity for discussion around realities of caregiving and address sensitive and challenging topics.

“Transfers, Mobility and Safe Body Mechanics,” Lisa Rye. Learn how to safely assist residents by using proper transfer techniques.

“Communication and Behavior, Part 1,” Shelly Edwards. Gain knowledge and skills in navigating conflicts and learn to develop preventive strategies. (You will automatically be registered for Part 2 of this series). 

“Resolving Conflict and Navigating Difficult Conversations, Part 1,” Tsipora Dimant. Learn and understand the nature of conflicts and how to resolve them.


3:15-4:45 p.m.

“After TBI: Understanding, Managing and Changing Challenging Behaviors,” Sherry Stock. Develop a model for serving residents with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including causes of behaviors and potential supports and treatments.

“The Thin Edge of Dignity (Movie),” Dana Rae Parker. A movie featuring a community based care resident sharing his perspective on the value of person centered care. Post-movie discussion follows viewing.

“Seeing People as Precious GEMS®: What Happens and What Can I Do in the Progression of Dementia?” Beth A.D. Nolan, PhD. Assess a resident’s strengths and skills. Techniques to support resident with dementia, additional cognitive needs.

“Bathing, Hygiene and Skin Care Ideas,” Lisa Rye. Good hygiene, skin care and bathing are important to individual health and well-being. Learn new ways and techniques to support residents of adult care homes. “Bureau of Labor and Industries Wage and Hour Laws for Operators and Resident Managers,” Jeffrey Burgess. Employment law is complex and confusing. Understand your requirements and responsibilities.

“Communication and Behavior, Part 2,” Shelly Edwards. This presentation is a continuation of Part 1 in helping providers gain skills in supporting residents with their behavioral needs

“Resolving Conflict and Navigating Difficult Conversations, Part 2,” Tsipora Dimant. Building on Part 1, this class offers techniques and tools to resolve conflicts.