3rd Annual Taft Academy Conference

Social Service: Providing the Best Care for People with Special Needs

September 20 -or- 21, 2016  Taft-Academy-Logo
10 am – 2 pm
The Inn at New Hyde Park – 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park  Directions

Attention Direct Service Professionals!!  Join us at this FREE one-day conference to hone your skills and gain new insights into working with individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities.  Choose from a variety of breakout sessions presented by industry experts and attend our keynote session with Mark Scharenbroich. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.  Reserve your spot now!


9-10 am:  Registration and Breakfast
10 am: Welcome
10:15 am: Breakout Sessions
11:30 am:  Lunch
12 pm: Keynote Speaker
1:30 pm: Wrap Up

Register Today!

To register, select the day you will attend below and complete the form. You will be asked to rank your preferences for the breakout sessions.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Mark Scharenbroich

Mark ScharenbroichMark Scharenbroich is the author of the award-winning book, “Nice Bike – Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life,” has earned an Emmy award and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association’s prestigious Hall of Fame. His message is designed to support direct care staff, clinicians and educators in their efforts to work collaboratively in reaching and teaching every child and adult we serve. Mark’s message is about making connections that move people. He will remind us of the significant correlation between an individual’s progress and the quality of the personal connections made with the staff who serve them.

Breakout Sessions

1. Equine Therapy: Positive Behavior Supports for Youth and Skill Development for Staff
Bonnie Perry, LMSW & GallopNYC
gallop_nyc_logoDo you need a horse to benefit from Equine Therapy? GallopNYC will present on their customized equine therapy program for youth/adults with developmental disabilities and the ways in which Equine Therapy Theory can be put into practice. Attendees will learn to incorporate and reinforce new skills in the milieu, through positive behavior supports and non-verbal communication while building their own emotional intelligence, self-awareness and leadership skills. This course will provide LMSW’s and LCSW’s with 1.25 hours of continuing education units.
SCO Family of Services, 1 Alexander Place Glen Cove, NY 11542. SCO Family of Services, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0358

2. Mindfulness: A Key Component of Professionalism and Success
Cory Muscara & Self-Care
Cory MuscaraWhat does it take to maintain your sanity and be successful in the Human Services field? Learn key ways to integrate mindfulness into your work-life to practice self-care. Through group interaction and experience, as well as discussion of theory, this session will address the impact that stress has on our personal and professional lives and how mindfulness can be used to help manage it.

3. Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain: How Learning to Play Piano Positively Impacts Behavior
Lee Stockner & Occupational Octaves™
MBM_OPP_BANNERCan learning to play the piano improve outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities? Attendees will learn about the “Piano Circle of Cognitive Gain” and how through piano instruction, individuals can improve auditory processing skills, hand-eye coordination, impulse control and more. A staff member, SCO’s first Occupational Octaves Piano™ Certified instructor, will demonstrate with an audience member how Lee’s piano instruction is practiced and will teach them perfect piano fundamentals with a performance at the session’s end.

4. Positive Behavior Supports: Smoothing the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood
Jessica Daverin, BCBA – SCO Taft Academy
bacbHow can I better support the youth and adults I serve through times of transition? Explore Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) and its impact on the school, home and community environments. Understanding how PBS can adapt and change to the changing needs of individuals throughout their time in programs will equip the direct service personnel with essential tools during times of transition.

5. Human Relations Principles for Managers, Supervisors and Leadership: Skills to Create Environments that Cultivate Trust and Foster Cooperation
Robert Ranieri – Director of Training, Dale Carnegie Training Long Island
dale carnegieDo you want to improve your ability to win people to your way of thinking and tap the energy and intelligence of your team? Gaining cooperation means we help others become committed to working as a team. The best way to gain cooperation is to be cooperative ourselves and to be emotionally intelligent about the needs of the team. This workshop encourages innovation, cooperation, and bottom-line results!


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The Conference is made possible through the generous support of the Taft Foundation.

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