Learning Opportunities – September 6, 2016

MANDT System – Building Healthy Relationships

The Mandt System® program presents an education and training system of gradual and graded alternatives for de-escalating and supporting people, using a combination of interpersonal communication skills and physical interaction techniques designed to reduce injury to all the participants in an encounter.

We are pleased to offer Mandt Training to our staff.  Please speak with your program manager to be referred to attend one of the upcoming sessions.

Option A:    10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Two Day Mandt Training

  •  In-depth training over two 6 hour classes
  • No physical skill training

Option B:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Three Day Mandt Training

  • In-depth training over three 6 hour classes
  • Includes physical skill training

Upcoming Sessions

Option A – September 19th and 20th or

November 24th and 25th, 2016

Option B – September 19th, 20th and 26th or

November 24th, 25th and 28th, 2016


Healthy Sexuality Series

HealthySexualityThese sessions will assist families to feel comfortable with talking to their sons and daughters about their sexuality.

It will help develop a frame for healthy attitudes about relationships, sexual health, and intimacy. We will review what topics are appropriate, and when best to talk about them in a safe and comfortable environment.

We will talk about safety and security, public vs. private, tips and strategies to guide healthy sexuality with our sons and daughters as well as effective strategies to support the development of relationships, dating, and intimacy.

WEEK 1: Parent Session

$15 (fee for coffee/snacks)

– September 20, 2016 | 6:30PM – 9:00PM

WEEK 2-7: Young Adults Series

$30 for all 6 sessions

– Will contain social time for parents OFF-SITE from the young adults’ sessions

– Every Tuesday from September 27, 2016 to November 1, 2016

– 2 groups of 1 hour each between 6:30PM-9:00PM

More info and registration on EventBrite


Family Focus Conference – October 21 – 23, 2016 – Richmond, BC

Family Focus has always been a conference “for families by families”. Families face many similar issues when advocating on behalf of their children, and over the years, thousands of families have attended to learn, share ideas and experiences, and connect with one another for support and strength.

We have a long history – nearly 30 years – of providing inspiration, information, and support to families who have sons and daughters with a disability. This year’s event, taking place in Richmond October 21 to 23, marks my 11thconference.

The theme, The Value of One; The Power Of Many, speaks to family advocacy and leadership. Angela Clancy and I, Co-chairs of the Family Focus Conference, would like to invite families, individuals, and professionals to join us for this amazing event and be part of something awesome.

More information and Registration on the Family Focus Conference Website


Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016

November 16-18, 2016 at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Denman St, Vancouver

The conference will also provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide updated information to clinicians and caregivers about best practices in physical and mental health for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Identify core issues and challenges facing individuals with DD, learning new ways to help maximize health and wellbeing in order to improve quality of life
  • Share knowledge and common experiences with others working in the field

TASH 2016 – Gateway to Equity – St Louis, Missouri – Nov 30 to Dec 2, 2016

Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.


 $150 Training Allowance 

Did you know that after one year of permanent full-time employment with Spectrum that you’re eligible to receive up to $150 per year of training allowance?

This allowance can be put towards various programs, classes and/or wellness programs that promote personal growth.

 Please make sure that you receive approval from Human Resources                        ( personnel@spectrumsociety.org ) before registering in your training of choice.