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Update from NHADACA and Peer Collaboration

April 16, 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous

An update from NHADACA, 

Please be mindful of your self care needs.  Ask for help when you need it, and even when you don't need it.   If you need connection or understanding, we are here for you.  Remember to take extra breaks, stretch and get fresh air.  Use the tools you teach your clients.  Find inspiration, laugh and cry when needed and turn to each other and to us.  You are not alone.  We are here for you...

Our staff are all working remotely, however we are still accessing our phone system, emails and mail.  We are doing our best to make sure we are safe, our trainers are safe and our participants and friends are also safe in their attempts to meet their professional development needs.   We post different articles and information on our announcement page.  Check it out for updates.

At the end of  February we had 52 trainings planned to occur between March 1-June 30, 2020.  By mid-March we were shifting gears and scrambling to adapt the training offerings to a remote platform.  That necessitated contacting every trainer and helping them discern either offering the training electronically or cancelling.  Trainings were cancelled when the content required interaction that could not be adapted to an electronic format.  Out of 52 trainings, 25 events were cancelled, and one was modified then rescheduled.  We are sorry to all you that experienced a cancelled training, if you have not done so, you are able to request a refund or request that your payment be saved as a credit on file that can be applied to any other event over the next 12 months.

In order to support your credentialing and professional development needs, we  held 9 trainings in March, four of which were in-person in groups smaller than 50, and 5 of which were held remotely.  March 14 was the last in-person training.  March 19, 2020 was our first remote training.   We are now beginning to add other trainings back into the calendar for June and later, but by remote format only. 

We currently have 8 trainings scheduled for April (one of which is a 3-day training), 4 trainings in May; and 5 trainings in June.  We are hoping to add several short trainings in by the end of June.  Because these trainings are live and interactive, we have been assured that the LADC Board will accept them as in-person events.

We also have approximately 40 webinars available online.   The topics include ethics, suicide prevention and 7 of the 12 core functions among many others.  They are also an effective means of gaining the topics you need for certification, licensure and renewal of credentials.

We are also hosting an open peer collaboration group.  We meet the third Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:45 am.  Beginning in April (April 16th), we will be hosting this over Zoom as well.  Also, because Peer Collaboration requires small groups of 8 people or less, if more than 8 people sign in, we will use the break-our room feature in Zoom to keep the discussions to the appropriate size.  Attendance is tricker in this format, however Zoom tracks who logs on as well as when that person logs on.  This feature can help us verify attendance if you log on with your full name and credentials after your last name.  When it is time to renew your credential, the LADC Board will need your signature and well as that of other participants (we still need to solve that challenge, but I hope it can be done by mail or in-person when the social distancing needs are subsided).  Here is the Zoom invitiation:  When: Apr 16, 2020 09:30 AM ET.  Sign in with your full name and credentials:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJUqcOuqrjMq-dTR71EsMNgMd-Uxe5U9DA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thank you for your support.  You have our support and gratitude as well.

Sincerely,

Dianne

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