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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 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cognitive, Behavioral, Mental Health Disabilities

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Mental wellness is important to all of us. Mental health diagnoses are common and one in five of us will have a challenge in our lives when we could benefit from therapy, support and/or medical attention.

As Direct Care Workers, you spend time with consumers and may see behaviors or changes that cause you concern. This training session provides information to increase awareness of mental health and cognitive needs and discusses what you can do as a Direct Care Worker to provide compassionate understanding to people who are struggling.

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Lynn Keltz

Lynn Keltz has enjoyed a career primarily in social services, working with non-profit organizations and local and state governments. Advocacy is always on her agenda. She retired in 2019 from the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association, though she still performs occasional... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hershey Lodge