2019 Gathering Program & Agenda

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Tuesday | September 24 | Day 1

7:30 am-4:30 pm     

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 A.M.


7:30 – Registration (Continental Breakfast and coffee)

8:30 – Welcome from Alex Bartolic of DHS and Amy Hewitt of ICI, University of Minnesota

8:45 – Opening Logistics: Ice Breaker and introduction to a Learning Marketplace

9:45 – Keynote – Michael Smull, Michael.Smull@sdaus.com from SDA and TLCPCP | "Purpose and Meaning"

10:45 – Break/Transition

11:00 – Breakouts and Learning Marketplaces

  • Option 1: Learning Marketplace Session
  • Option 2: PCT Plan Reviews - Not Just Sitting on the Shelf! by Megan Seilinger | How do we make a plan and put it into action?
  • Option 3: It Takes More Than Training by Michael Smull, Michael.Smull@sdaus.com | Systems suffer from "silver bullet syndrome".
  • Option 4: Building the future: Engaging DSP's and Managers by Anne Roehl, ALRoehl@mainsl.com, Phone 763-416-9182, Cell 612-597-9486 | Ways to use PCT skills and Open Space Technology.

12:00 – Lunch (Boxed)

1:00 – Breakouts and Marketplaces

  • Option 1: Learning Marketplace Session
  • Option 2: Culture is the Context of People's Lives by Larry Tebrake, ltebrake1@gmail.com | How does your own self-awareness impact our ability to relate to and understand those we support?
  • Option 3: Community Connections Imbedded in our Work by Bille Hendrickson, Jeff Mortimore, and Brittany Wood | Concrete, how-to efforts to create more inclusive communities"
  • Option 4: The MN Community of Practice - Working Sessions by Claire Benway, Betsy Gadbois, Tom Wildes, and Anne Roehl, ALRoehl@mainsl.com, Phone 763-416-9182, Cell 612-597-9486 | Focus on examining the different options for the delivery of the PCT 2 Day curriculum.
  • Option 5: Film Screening - "Of the Community" a University of Minnesota, Research and Training Center (RTC) Productions | Are people with IDD active members of their communities? "Of the Community" explores living today.

2:15 – Break

2:30 – Breakouts and Marketplaces (Gallery Walk Prep for Day 2)

  • Option 1: Learning Marketplace Session
  • Option 2: Able Privilege by Tori Hickinbotham, VictoriaHickenbotham@arcminnesota.org, (952) 920-0855
  • Option 3: From Exposure to Habit Embedding PCP by Michael Smull, Michael.Smull@sdaus.com | The person centered thinking skills only make a difference if they are used.
  • Option 4: Person- and Family-Centered Practices in Mental Health and Co- Occurring Disorders: Outcomes and Panel Discussion by Susan O'Nell, onell001@umn.edu, 612-624-7650 and project collaborators
  • Option 5: Gallery Walk Creation by Any and All Gathering Attendees

3:30 – Afternoon Break with (Snacks Provided)

3:45 – My Life Person-Centred Planning in Action | Listen and learn from people who have experienced person-centered planning.

4:30 – End of Day 1


Wednesday | September 25 | Day 2

7:30 am-4:30 pm

DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 A.M.


7:30 – 8:45 – Registration (Continental Breakfast and coffee)

8:00 – 8:45 - Morning Marketplace Sessions

9:00 – Opening logistics and Marketplace Sign up.

9:15 –Keynote Nancy Fitzsimmons, nancy.fitzsimons@mnsu.edu MNSU Counseling Center

10:15 – Break/Transition

10:30 –Sessions and Marketplaces

12:00 – Lunch (Boxed) -

  • 12:00 - 12:30: Gathering, Grub, and Gratitude 
  • 12:15 - 1:00: Open Gallery Walk
  • 12:00 - 1:00: Connect and Converse

1:00 – 45 Min Mini Sessions

  • Option 1: Learning Marketplace Session
  • Option 2: Understanding Frameworks by Michael Smull, Michael.Smull@sdaus.com | Tell people that "what you hear is what you are listening for". What you are "listening for" is a frame.
  • Option 3: MN PCT Mentor Trainer Session by the MN Mentors | Walk through new and changed sections of the PCT curriculum.
  • Self Advocate Panel - What do you wish your community would do better 

1:45 – transition

2:00 - 45 Min Mini Sessions

  • Option 1: Learning Marketplace Session
  • Option 2: Self Advocates panel from Community Inclusion and Connections by Beth Fondell and MN Self Advocacy conf.
  • Option 3: PCP and The Sparks After School Program at Orono Public Schools by Donna Ostvig, donna.ostvig@orono.k12.mn.us, 952-449-8338 ext 6202 | Person-Centered Practices being used in after school programs.
  • Option 4: Community-Wide Initiatives: Reaching out to the larger community by Angela Amado, amado003@umn.edu | Examples of what's going on in other places to build an inclusive society.

2:45 – Break/Transition to Ballroom (Grab and Go Snacks)

3:00 – Accouncements, Evaluation & Wrap Up

3:30 – Celebrate Success but Never Declare Victory – Michael Smull, Michael.Smull@sdaus.com

4:30 - End