Full Lives Conference for Direct Service Professionals & Care Coordinators

20th Annual Full Lives Conference

April 12 - April 16, 2021

Online Web-Delivered

 

The Alaska Training Cooperative in collaboration with the State of Alaska Senior & Disability Services, UAA Center for Human Development, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is pleased to present the 2021 Full Lives Conference. Keynote presentations and breakout sessions focus on the efforts and trends within the industry to highlight the important role advocacy and self-advocacy play with those we support.

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, direct support professionals, 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.

The Full Lives Conference receives funding and support from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, UAA CHD's Alaska Training Cooperative, and the State of Alaska Senior and Disability Services.

  • Registration

    Registration is processed through The Alaska Training Cooperative.

    Participant registration is available on the Conference Registration Page.

    The cost to attend the five day conference as a participant is $100.00.

    Exhibitors can register on the Exhibitor Registration Page.

  • Agenda

    Day 1 - Monday, April 12, 2021

    11:30am - 1:15pm Direct Support in the 21st Century: Making Worlds of Difference Every Day
    Presented by: John Raffaele, Director of Educational Services, The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

    1:15pm - 2:00pm Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    2:00pm - 3:30pm Option 1 - We are not Heroes - We are Professionals!
    Presented by: Alaska Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

    2:00pm - 3:30pm Option 2 - Communicating with Your Healthcare Provider
    Presented by: Sondra LeClair, Anna Attla, Logan Turner, Travis Sherrer

     

    Day 2 - Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    8:45am - 9:15am Optional Coffee Hour Chat

    9:30am - 11:00am Navigating Person-Directed Support: A Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Maggie Winston

    11:00am - 11:45am Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    11:45am - 1:15pm Option 1 - A Person-Directed Life is not About Funding. It's About a Dream
    Presented by: Travis Noah

    11:45am - 1:15pm Option 2 - Re-thinking Challenging Behavior: Introducing a Neurological Approach
    Presented by: Randy Jones

    1:15pm - 2:00pm Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    2:00pm - 3:30pm Option 1 - Assisted Living Licensing 101 for Care Coordinators
    Presented by: Nate Allen and Julia Greenfield

    2:00pm - 3:30pm Option 2 - Alaska Core Competencies, Category 6 - Advocating
    Presented by: Betsy Chivers and Riki Chapman

     

    Day 3 - Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    8:45am - 9:15am Optional Coffee Hour Chat

    9:30am - 10:45am Alaska Alliance for Direct Service Careers - Outstanding Direct Service Professional of the Year Awards
    Presented by: Kathy Craft, UAA College of Health Associate Dean for Planning, Development & Partnerships

    10:45am - 11:30am Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    11:30am - 1:00pm The Richest Man in Town
    Presented by: V.J. Smith

    1:00pm - 1:45pm Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    1:45pm - 3:15pm Option 1 - Healthy Brains Build Resiliency
    Presented by: Dr. Adam Grove

    1:45pm - 3:15pm Option 2 - Supporting Relationships and Sexuality for People with IDD
    Presented by: Kelley Hartlieb and Sondra LeClair

     

    Day 4 - Thursday, April 15, 2021

    8:45am - 9:15am Optional Coffee Hour Chat

    9:30am - 11:00am Option 1 - Living Well on the Last Frontier with Shared Vision Implementation in the Next 5-Year State Plan
    Presented by: Anne Applegate and Jess Doherty

    9:30am - 11:00am Option 2 - Remote Supports
    Presented by: Caryn Branch-Brunello

    11:00am - 11:45am Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    11:45am - 1:15pm Option 1 - Understanding Deaf Culture and Mental Health with Hearing Loss
    Presented by: Mahala Coker, Sharon Miranda, and Mike Merritt

    11:45am - 1:15pm Option 2 - Personal Wellness and Self-Care - now More than Ever
    Presented by: Rick Benjamin

    1:15pm - 2:00pm Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    2:00pm - 3:30pm Year of the Senior: Passing on Wisdom & Experiences to the DSP and Care Coordinator Workforce
    Moderator: Sheila Shinn

     

    Day 5 - Friday, April 16, 2021

    8:45am - 9:15am Optional Coffee Hour Chat

    9:30am - 11:00am Option 1 - Living The Life I Choose & the Dignity of Risk - The Supporter's Role
    Presented by: Anna Attla, Isaac Bush, Josh Kamerick, and Kim Champney

    9:30am - 11:00am Option 2 - Semper Melior: Always Better!
    Presented by: Michael Bork

    11:00am - 11:45am Visit Exhibitor Pages & Networking

    11:45am - 1:15pm Pivoting Through Covid to Restructure, Rebuild and Maintain a Full and Active Life
    Presented by: Karen Gaffney