2017 Pre-Conference Information

     2017 Annual Conference Pre-Conference : April 4, 2017

The New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) is pleased to offer participants a pre-conference session with two choices of exciting topics. One is on providing supports to people with complex and forensic needs and the second is for emerging leaders.  Both topics are in response to the stated needs of our members. The pre-conference sessions are offered for their ability to bring more depth to the topics selected for the benefit of those attending.  NYSACRA intends to continue to bring you information and learning in these two tracks on a regular basis after the conference.

Please select one to attend. A box lunch will be provided as you register for the pre-con between 12:00 and 1:00 on April 4, 2017.

To register for the pre-conference (this is a separate registration from the annual conference) click here. 

To register for the annual conference click here.

To register with the Sagamore click here. 



Session I: Emerging Leaders

This Pre-Conference Session is geared for emerging leaders or those who are responsible for recruiting and developing emerging leaders. All participants will be given access to information that can be used to help further develop their leadership skills as well as share with other emerging leaders.

1:00 – 1:15 Welcome - Louis Cavaliere, President NYSACRA

1:15 -2:00 “What Is It I Need To Know?” Evelyn Alvarez, HeartShare; Desiree Rogers, HeartShare; Matt Parascando, UCP NYC; Eliciana Caro, CP NYS; Lynn Lakner, CP NYS; Amanda Hickson, SUS; Samantha Campbell, SUS; Panel moderator – Peg Gould, UCP NYC

What do emerging leaders think the future will hold for the field of developmental disabilities?  What innovative ideas and approaches are being developed at the program level that impacts quality and promotes creativity?  How will we address workforce issues today and in the future?  These are some of the perspectives we will be discussing with a group of emerging leaders who have been recognized by their organizations as making a difference.  Developing emerging leaders to promote quality is the mission of The Training Collaborative.  Each of the panel members have participated in the Collaborative’s series and/or our recent Leadership course with CUNY.  If you’re interested in knowing what emerging leaders are thinking, you are an emerging leader who is looking for a forum, and/or if you are curious about what the future looks like from the perspective of the next generation of leaders, this session is for you. 


2:00 – 2:45 “Getting Out of Your Own Way – Overcoming Imposter Syndrome” Chris Rhinehart M.A., M.S., Executive Director, RCALD
How many of us have had the experience of achieving an accomplishment, only to become anxious and stressed that perhaps our accomplishment was an accident or a lucky break? We go on to worry that we are not really as good as everyone thinks and we are bound to be “found out” at any time. This fear is more than just insecurity. In fact, in many ways, it is the opposite of insecurity and it has a name… Imposter Syndrome. It affects about 70% of us. This fear cannot only make it difficult for us to achieve our maximum potential but it interferes with our enjoying and appreciating our successes. The inability to welcome and accept a compliment, the need to over-prepare and strive for perfection, feeling uncomfortable with and that you don’t deserve recognition are all signs that Imposter Syndrome is impacting your professional life.

This session will help you determine if you are experiencing Imposter Syndrome, what contributes to it and how you can manage and ultimately, eliminate it so that you can mobilize towards greater achievement and get joy from your successes.

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 3:45 “A Forum for Emerging Leaders: The Age of Disruption; Responding Positively to a Changing Market Place” Peg Gould, Director: Training Collaborative & Special Projects, UCP of NYC

The field is facing an array of trends, several of which will alter the direction of the field over the next 20 years. While we are busy getting through the day and dealing with current pressures, significant changes are occurring which will affect opportunities and bring significant challenges that must also be addressed if we are successful in the future.

This session is designed for emerging leaders to discuss current changes in the marketplace and analyze how non-profit organizations can compete and remain viable. We will focus on everything from the changing demographics and expectations in the workforce, the effects of technology now and in the future, sustainability of the non-profit model, and the new “de-institutionalization” created by CMS’s new definition of community. We will also talk about how organizations must become more “responsive” to change, resulting in positive outcomes, not just react because there are no other choices. The session will challenge participants to think about how they, as emerging leaders, can support their agency’s mission in new ways. It will also share how other industries are addressing trends.


3:45 – 4:30 “Generational Diversity In The Non Profit Workforce” Stephanie Rozanski, Assistant  Coordinator; Kathy Schiavi, Westchester Regional Director, YAI
This session will explore the characteristics of the different generations of people in the workforce with a specific emphasis on gaining and retaining younger workers in the nonprofit sector. Millennials will comprise almost 50% of the workforce in 2020 so as a field we need to analyze our current practices in all facets of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to prepare for this demographic shift.


4:30 – 5:15 “Finance Basics for the Non-financial Emerging Leader”Gerry Finn, CPA and Sr. VP and CFO at Abbott House
Many people enter the Human Service field because of their passion for helping those who are most vulnerable. They are then promoted to manage a department, program or house and are exposed to a foreign language – finance.  Learn the basics of accounting and budgeting, the difference between a balance sheet and a P&L, the difference between financing and funding…and so much more. By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of the reports that you receive from the Finance Department.


Session II: “A New Era of Service: Supporting Individuals with Unique and Complex Needs”

This Pre-Conference Session is geared towards organizations that are exploring or are providing supports to people with complex behavioral and forensic needs. Participants will gain information on the “why” and “how” to prepare their organization to effectively support people with these unique needs in their programs and communities.

1:00 – 1:15 Welcome - Ann Hardiman, Executive Director NYSACRA

1:15 – 2:15 “What Can We Do to Help People with Intellectual Disabilities in the

Forensic Domain?” Dr. Robin Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP
Persons with intellectual disabilities face challenges in almost every aspect of life, but are often unable to effectively access services to address these challenges. Unfortunately, these gaps can sometimes lead to even bigger problems; especially when people with disabilities engage in acting out behaviors (e.g., general criminality, violence, inappropriate sexuality). Worse still, specialized services for persons with intellectual disabilities who act out are even more difficult to access. In this presentation Dr. Robin Wilson will speak about current research that shows that people with developmental disabilities are amenable to change and that they are worthy or our attention and interventions.

2:15 – 3:15 “Are You Ready? Assessing Your Agency’s Resources to Support People with Unique Needs”  Panelists – Sarah Louer, Mountain Lake Services, Michelle Rechin, CSDD Katie Siwek, SASI, Heather Melendez, ARC of Orange, Erin Rion, New Hope Community

In this presentation our panelists will discuss agency resources and how to assess if your agency has the tools necessary to support people with unique needs. Listen as the panel discusses areas such as staff/staff training, board and community support, clinical supports and environment preparation and gives helpful suggestions on how to determine if your agency has the tools and resources available to meet the unique challenges of serving people with complex needs.

3:15-3:30 Break

3:15 – 4:15 “Working Effectively with Individuals who Demonstrate Challenging” Dr. Eric Frank 

In this presentation Dr. Eric Frank will help participants examine the lessons learned about conflict during our childhood years; uncover our fears and attitudes that may interfere with healthy relationship building; recognize our fight or flight responses under stress; and learn ways to respond as a mentor rather than reacting as a victim.
4:15 – 5:15 “Developments in Specialized Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Behavior Problems” Dr. Robin Wilson
The past 30 years has seen a dramatic growth in evidence based assessment and treatment services for persons with sexual behavior difficulties. Although somewhat slower in growth, we have also seen important modifications in how we view these difficulties in persons with intellectual disabilities. Important shifts in diagnostic perspectives have spurred development of innovative technologies in both assessment and treatment – all of which have led to advancements in community risk management. This presentation will explore the current state of contemporary case management for persons with intellectual disabilities and sexual behavior problems.