NYC DSP Conference

November 15, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Baruch College
One Bernard Baruch Way Room 14-220
New York, NY 10010

New York City Region DSP Conference
November 15, 2017
Baruch College
8.30 am to 9:00 am    Breakfast
9:00 am to 9.15 am    Welcome - Ravi Dahiya, NYC Region VP
9.15am to 10.45am    Keynote - Dr. Steven “Bird” Birchak
The Happiness Code: 5 Active Reflections of Really, Really, Really Happy People
10.45am to 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 11.15am   Mindfulness Exercise - Lori Lerner    
11.15am to 12.15pm  Stories from the Front lines
12.15 pm to 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:00 pm to 1:15 pm    Regional Centers For Workforce Transformation -Sonja Williams-Richardson, Region 4 Lead
1:00 pm to 2.30 pm    Closing Presentation - Stephanie Rozanski  Generational Diversity in the Non-Profit Workforce
2.30 to 3:00 pm   Awards
Keynote: The Happiness Code: 5 Active Reflections of Really, Really, Really Happy People - Dr. Stephen “Bird” Birchak, Ed.D.
Has our culture forgotten how to be happy? Dr. Bird is a professor of Positive Psychology and over the past decade he has examined the research on those people who are perpetually happy... and why others seem to be born with the misery gene. How can we free ourselves from other’s judgment, improve our self-worth, increase our gratefulness... and most importantly, bring more love to all our relationships. Dr. Bird makes connections between Counseling Psychology, Positive Psychology, spirituality, and ancient Philosophy to give audience members actual skills for increasing happiness in their own lives. In this day and age of hostility and tension, we could all use a little more serenity.
Mindfulness Exercise - Lori Lerner has been invited back again this year to share the opportunity with each of us to get more in tune with our self with a thoughtful mindfulness exercise that we can take back to our jobs and homes.
Stories from the Front Lines - Please come prepared to share and to listen to stories from DSPs about the work that they do to support people with disabilities every day, and how this work has both inspired them and has helped others.
Closing Presentation:  Generational Diversity in the Non-Profit Workforce- Stephanie Rozanski, MsED, Coordinator of Training for YAI Network
This training will explore the characteristics of the four different generations currently in the workforce; the Veterans, Boomers, Generation X and Millennials with an emphasis on effective communication
strategies to foster a productive work environment. 
Each member agency is invited to nominate two Direct Support Professionals who demonstrates outstanding performance in their role of supporting a person or people with intellectual and developmental disabilities . The DSPs should be a person who demonstrates ethical performance as outlined in the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics and mastery of the DSP Core Competencies. To download the nomination form click here.


$100.00 Registration Fee