NOTE: What follows is a list of workshops, keynote addresses and extended trainings  that I have been delivering in recent months.  By clicking on each title, you will be directed to a page containing learning objectives, suggested agenda, and autobiographical information for developing conference brochures, as well as audio-visual needs.  Should you be interested in one or more of the presentations for your organization, don't hesitate to call or write. Art (left): Aaron Johannes.

Beyond "Behaviors": Supporting Confidence,
Competence, and Well-Being

This workshop examines ways that we can help the person served to achieve a sense of confidence, competence, and a sense of well-being.  This day-long workshop examines strategies for supporting not only an individual who experiences disabilities but also the needs of his or her caregivers.

The Importance of Belonging

Being connected to the people we love is critical to our emotional and physical well-being.  Many people experiencing our services are sick from loneliness.  This workshop is about ideas for moving beyond interventions and coverage to a system that supports enduring, freely chosen relationships.  Workshop can be conducted in either a one-day or two-day format (the latter involves problem-solving with teams).

Artist: Aaron Johannes

One Day the World Will Be A Perfect Place:
Strategies for the Meantime

Many of us dream about a perfect service system that fulfills all of its promises -- a service system full of hope and green lights and creativity.  Many of us dream about living our lives with good health and integrity -- lives where we really do have the time for the people we love and the activities that matter most.  One day the world will be  perfect...but what do we do in the meantime?  A workshop about living with intention in an imperfect world.

Positive Approaches Institute: Supporting People with Difficult Behaviors in Ordinary, Everyday Places

By special arrangement only. This nine day training (with one extra day for planning and set up) is designed to build capacity within an organization or community to deliver and sustain respectful and positive approaches to difficult behaviors.   

Supporting A Person With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This day-long workshop examines the impact of trauma in the lives of people who experience disabilities.  Many experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of early loss of family (institutionalization), medical procedures, treatment procedures, sexual and physical abuse.  This workshop explores strategies for helping people to heal, even in the aftermath of extraordinary suffering.

Toolbox for Change: Reclaiming Purpose, Joy, and Commitment in the Helping Profession

How does a traditional organization move towards person-centered supports? How do caregivers maintain their sense of purpose, joy, and commitment in times of growing complexity and changing expectations? A day-long workshop focused on specific strategies for transforming system-centered organizations to person- and family-centered organizations while never losing track of joy. Target audience: managers.

Upside Down and Inside Out: Supporting a Person in Crisis/ Supporting the People Who Care

This day-long workshop examines the strategies for supporting a person in crisis. The workshop focuses on specific physiological changes that overcome a person in distress, and strategies that make sense for the person and his or her caregivers.

Walking to the Fire Road

In the last year, I have tried to work less so that I could be home more.  As a part of my daily routine, I have tried to walk in the national forest behind my home and, on occasion, have made it to the fire road on the top of Brush Mountain.  This is a keynote about treasures and mystery and an aging dog.  Most of all, it is about finding that wild part of our nature, waiting in the deep woods.


© David Pitonyak