Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals & Care Coordinators

April 22 - April 24, 2020 at The Hotel Captain Cook

About the Conference

Full Lives draws a wide range of attendees that provide services in developmental disabilities, behavioral health, traumatic brain injuries, substance related disorders, and senior services. Attendees include case managers, personal care assistance, care coordinators, community advocates, supervisors, administrators, self-advocates, caregivers, and families receiving services.

The Full Lives Conference encourages interaction, problem solving, and sharing among all participants. This atmosphere contributes to a dynamic conference that encourages ongoing networking and collaboration.

Conference Registration along with the Training Access Funds application, Call for Proposals application, and Direct Service Professional of the Year Award Nominations applications will be opening soon. A Constant Contact email will be sent from the The Alaska Training Cooperative as those become available.

  • Outstanding Direct Service Professionals of the Year Awards

    Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers Outstanding Direct Service Professional of the Year Awards

    Nominations for outstanding direct service professionals who work to support people in the following areas:

    • Traumatic Brain Injuries
    • Severe Mental Illness
    • Alzheimer's Disease and Other Age-Related Dementia/Elder Care
    • Chronic Alcoholism/Substance Abuse
    • Developmental Disabilities


    Submission Deadline: February 12, 2020
    Winners will receive $1,000 and a paid trip to the 2020 Full Lives Conference to accept this honor* and free registration to the next Full Lives Conference in 2021.
    *Paid trip is only applicable to winners who live outside of the Anchorage/Mat-Su area.

    To be a direct service professional, a person must work AT LEAST 75% of their time in direct care activities. Direct Service Professionals provide support to a wide range of individuals in a variety of settings including the individual’s home, workplace, residential center, day center, and community. Positions include, but are not limited to: Care Coordinators, PCAs, CNAs, direct service professionals, home care providers, recreation staff, clinicians, job coaches, counselors, and early intervention associates; anyone who works directly with an infant, child, adolescent, adult or senior who depends on support to be more self-sufficient.

    Five winners (one from each service area) will be announced at the 2020 Full Lives Conference at The Hotel  Captain Cook on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

    To nominate a Direct Service Professional, complete and submit the nomination form by February 12, 2020. Direct Service Professional of the Year Award Nomination form will be available in mid January 2020. Please check back soon.

  • Agenda

    Detailed conference schedule coming soon.

  • Registration, Hotel Accommodations, and Parking


    Participant registration will open mid January 2020, please check back.

    • Three day registration (April 22, 23, 24) $250
    • Two day registration (April 22, 23) $200
    • Two day registration (April 23, 24) $200
    Check-in and on-site registration will open at 7:30 AM each day, attendees are asked to check-in each morning. A light breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 AM and is included with your conference registration. Lunch is on your own.

    Hotel Accommodations

    A negotiated rate of $129 per night + taxes for single or double occupancy in a standard room at The Hotel Captain Cook. We encourage conference attendees to take advantage of the room block we have available at The Hotel Captain Cook. Reservations can be made by calling 907-276-6000 or toll free 800-843-1950. Indicate that you are booking within the conference room block. You are also welcome to book within the room block using The Hotel Captain Cook reservation website using Group Code: FLC2020.


    Parking is not included with registration. Parking information can be found on the EasyPark website.

  • Continuing Education Credits

    Due to the varying requirements of different jurisdictions and disciplines, the Full Lives Conference does not seek prior accreditation for CLE/CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the completion of your attendance at the conference that you may submit to your certifying agency or employer as necessary. We encourage attendees to check with their specific state licensing board to determine which sessions at the conference meet their requirements.

  • Continuing Education Hours for Care Coordinators
    Care Coordinators who are currently certified for 24 months or more may receive a certificate of completion of required training for recertification with Senior and Disabilities Services. Care Coordinators will receive a certificate of Continuing Education Hours from SDS Training.
    To do this:
    1. Register for, attend and participate in the three day conference
    2. Sign in with SDS training staff at the conference to receive a care coordinator training assignment.
    3. Complete the assignment after the conference and turn it in to SDS Training Staff by the identified deadline
    4. SDS is offering an optional session series with topics of interest to Care Coordinators, which is open to all conference attendees as well.
    5. All currently certified Care Coordinators, including those seeking training completion for recertification, may also receive a certificate of completion of 16 hours of Continuing Education Hours if attending and participating in all three days.


    If you have questions about Care Coordination training please email sdstraining@alaska.gov
  • Training Access Funds

    If you are a direct support professional or care coordinator who provides support for people with development disabilities, mental illness, physical or sensory impairments, substance abuse/prevention, traumatic brain injuries, or seniors confronting age related disabilities AND you are planning to attend the Full Lives Conference for Direct Support Professionals & Care Coordinators Conference in Anchorage on April 22, 23 and 24, 2020, and need financial assistance in order to attend, you may be eligible  to receive Training Access Funds sponsored by the UAA Center for Human Development's Alaska Training Cooperative and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

    To qualify for Training Access Funds you must:
    • Live in a community off the road system OR live more than 100 miles from Anchorage or the MatSu Borough.
    • You must stay at The Hotel Captain Cook during the conference.
    • You must check in each day and attend both days of the conference.

    Applications for Training Access Funds will be available in mid January 2020. Please check back soon.

  • Call for Proposals
    If you are interested in presenting at the 19th Annual Full Lives Conference, we will be opening our Call for Proposals in mid January. Please check back soon for the application. The deadline for submissions will be February 12, 2020.
  • Exhibitors, Sponsorship and Volunteers 


    Exhibitor registration will be available in mid January 2020, please check back. Any questions about exhibiting at the conference, please contact Megan Moody, conference coordinator, meganmoodyak@gmail.com.

    Exhibitor registration includes one 6 foot skirted table, two chairs, two registrations and two name badges. Parking is not included, so please plan accordingly. Electricity is not included with standard Exhibitor registrations, but can be added for an additional $7 fee.

    • Exhibitor three day registration $330
    • Non-Profit Exhibitor three day registration $280
    • Beneficiary or Committee member three day registration $100


    If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Full Lives Conference, please email Megan Moody at meganmoodyak@gmail.com.


    If you are interested in volunteering for the conference or have any questions about the 2020 Full Lives Conference, please email Megan Moody at meganmoodyak@gmail.com