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Welcome to the 2023 Direct Care Worker Conference - Making a Difference Together. 
Direct Care Workers (DCWs) provide vital services that allow people with disabilities and older adults to remain in their homes and communities. This DCW conference provides skills training on multiple topics that are relevant to this work with engaging sessions to encourage DCWs for the important and necessary work that they do.

The conference, including meals and an overnight accommodation at the Hershey Lodge on Friday, April 21 is offered at no charge to DCWs. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) with grant funds from the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

Conference, Friday, April 21
The conference begins on Friday, April 21, 2023. Registration begins at noon - and sessions begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., based on the sessions that you choose.

Join us for a Friday evening reception, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM that will include a menu of carved meats, appetizers, an array of delicious desserts, a cash bar and entertainment.

Conference, Saturday, April 22
8:00 AM - Registration
8:00 - 8:30 AM - Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 AM - Opening Remarks
Conference sessions begin at 8:45 AM - after you register, choose your sessions next. If you have questions about this conference opportunity, please contact us at 717-731-1900 extension 212.

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Saturday, April 22 • 8:45am - 9:45am
Learning to Listen & Being Person Driven (Part One)

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What we do in the name of helping often unintentionally creates conditions where we are not meeting the most basic needs of the people we support. Being Person Driven is a vehicle for connection and the creation of a helpful relationship, making us more effective at what we do. This framework is very simple and powerful, yet not habitual for most people.

This session is the first of a three-part presentation that will introduce attendees to a set of simple competencies and three new habits that they can use to create a powerful way to connect with others. Attendees will better appreciate that when we develop our ability to partner with people and create a culture of connection and feedback, the people who choose our services are more likely to experience us as helpful.

Part 1: Being Aware & Taking Responsibility For The Choices We Are Making
In this session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn how critical it is for us to appreciate that we are actively shaping the reality we perceive when we are trying to listen and help someone. Attendees will learn how the Person Driven Framework was developed to assist anyone interested become a better listener.

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Guy Legare

Executive Director, Person Driven Clinical Supports
Guy Legare, M.Ps., graduated from Laval University, Quebec, Canada with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. He has more than 30 years of experience in helping teams or organizations supporting people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities as well as complex clinical... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 8:45am - 9:45am EDT
Hershey Lodge