Practice Improvement Institute

Expanding on our work, over the course of the next year the CISI will host a series of webinars and events on key topics related to full community inclusion for people with developmental/intellectual disabilities.  

Some of the webinar topics to be presented include:

  • Person-Centered Thinking Through an Evidence-Based Lens
  • Person-Centered Planning — The “How Tos”
  • Driving an Organizational Culture of Person-Centered Practice
  • Innovation in Youth Transition Practices: Preparing for Employment and College success
  • Looking at Our Values and Beliefs About Those We Serve
  • The Emerging Face of Family Advocacy
  • Business Development: Smart Strategies to Engage Businesses As Partners
  • Rapid Job Placement: Moving Quickly from Job Identification to Job Placement
  • Career Ladders: A Job is Just the Beginning
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Upcoming Trainings

Equity-Focused Education: An Awareness Perspective
Wed, 08/18/2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Equity-focused education begins with how we think about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of our own life experiences and the life experiences of our students. Classrooms today are filled with more diverse student learners than ever before. Culturally responsive educational professionals emphasize the importance of school culture, structuring classroom environments and creating lessons that honor, and reflect the...
Supervisory Styles & When to Use Them
Thu, 08/19/2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training type: Webinar
Training topic: Professional Development
“Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club - with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and the best tool for the job”.  – Robyn Benincasa Too often new managers apply a ‘one-size fits all’ approach to managing members of their team.Because we are humans we are...
Staying Upbeat During the COVID-19 Pandemic & Beyond
Thu, 09/09/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in ways we could never have imagined, from unprecedented amounts of family time to homeschooling to working remotely or not al all. These sudden changes in the way we live, coupled with uncertainity can feel overwhelming at best. Staying upbeat and positive during challenging times is easier said than done; however, it...
Emotional Intelligence: Beyond Book Smarts
Thu, 09/09/2021 - 2:30pm to Thu, 09/30/2021 - 4:00pm
Upcoming training
Training type: Webinar
Training topic: Professional Development
Emotional intelligence (otherwise known as emotional quotient or EQ) is the ability to use your emotions to form an optimal relationship with yourself and others.  Having a high EQ gives you the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.  Emotional...
Dealing with Difficult Employees
Thu, 09/16/2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training type: Webinar
Training topic: Professional Development
Difficult personalities can be disruptive and upsetting to the entire workplace.While co-workers can ignore them, change their routine to avoid them or commiserate with others about them, you don’t have that luxury if one of these difficult individuals works for you.Managing difficult people can be a nightmare if you don’t understand the motivation behind their behaviors and the...
Presenting Yourself: The Power of Networking With A Plan
Fri, 10/15/2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Networking has long been recognized as a powerful tool for professionals in every job, occupation and career. Networking is about sharing, not talking! Knowing more people, allows you greater access to share infromation, generate business, be a solution and develop authentic business relationships. Training participants will learn the psychology behind the 30 Second Elevator Pitch, a classic technique...
Courageous Conversations
Thu, 10/21/2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training type: Webinar
Training topic: Professional Development
Join us for our discussion on holding Fierce Conversations.  Based on the book Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Life and Work, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott, participants will learn how to “come out from behind themselves and make the conversation real”.   Conversations are the backbone of any relationship - with colleagues, with business partners, with...
Say Hello to Your World: An Interactive Session for Individuals with Disabilities to Experience the Joys of Living, Working and Embracing One's Community
Fri, 11/12/2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Individuals with disabilities belong to communities, not systems. "Life Happens" for all of us when we are interacting with people, places and things in our world. An individual's healthy state of well-being is developed by one's ability to realize his or her own abilities, be able to cope with the normal stressors of life, to have opportunity to work collaboratively...
Encouraging the Heart
Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Upcoming training
Training type: Webinar
Training topic: Professional Development
The best leaders know that truly caring about their people is essential in helping their team achieve its goals.This only happens when leaders pay attention, personalize recognition, share and link stories about success and values, celebrate together, and be an example for others to follow.Encouraging the Heart is the leadership practice that links us as a “collective we”...
Knowledge is Power! Revisit Labor Market Information and Own Your Job Search
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Your choice of a particular occupation should stem from the fact that it fits well with your personality type, interests, work-related values, and aptitude, the educational and training requirements are attainable and you find the job duties appealing. However, before moving forward, there are a couple of questions you should ask yourself: Is it possible to build a career in this field...
Do I Tell My Boss? Disclosure in the Workplace
Thu, 12/16/2021 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Upcoming training
Training topic: Professional Development
Disclosure of any kind is a personal choice. Whether or not to disclosure personal information about one's self is an important and potentially stressful decision. Decisions about disclosure and the responses of supervisors and coworkers to this information can significantly influence employees' workplace experiences. Concerns about possible mistreatment in the workplace is a primary reason why individuals are...