learning opportunities 

Sangha Unity Network offers interactive workshops that can be individually tailored to the needs of any organization. These offerings are provided in person, virtually or in a hybrid format. We have years of experience in facilitating conversations that matter by providing opportunities for growth, learning and innovation.

Learning Journey

Re-Imagining Waiver Supports

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Sangha Unity Network, Inc. (SUN), with funding from The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, is launching a Learning Journey led by Michelle Schwartz, M.Ed. CCC-Sp, and Katie Chandler, LCSW.

 

This Learning Journey is designed for DBHDD provider agencies who seek to further commit to a foundation of supporting self-advocates and person-centered practices. It is a 6-month commitment that offers an opportunity for personal growth for each individual participant and collective discovery for provider organizations.

Power of Communication

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This interactive workshop can be designed for one-day or two-day participation either in-person or virtually. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the function and uses of communication and how we think about the power of communication in our everyday life.

The skill sets learned in this workshop will support the goals and expectations of DBHDD and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule community-based system of care by supporting people to live and work as independently as possible in the least restrictive inclusive setting as possible.

The following learning objectives are included in this workshop depending on the one or two-day version:

 

Participants will…

  • Enhance their knowledge of listening with intent to enhance the communication exchange of both the listener and the speaker, using nonviolent communication techniques. 

  • Understand the basic function, use, and development of augmentative alternative communication techniques and will leave with basic communication boards for at least one individual they work for.

  • Explore social stories, learning the purpose, how to use, and how to development social stories to support people to become more involved in their communities and build relationships. 

  • Receive resources that will enhance communication efforts by accessing a variety of communication apps and verbal output systems.

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Power of People

This interactive workshop can be designed for one-day or two-day participation either in-person or virtually. Participants will come away with a better understanding of what it means to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to be heard, respected, and valued members and citizens of their communities. The skill sets learned in this workshop will support the goals and expectations of DBHDD and the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule community-based system of care by supporting people to live and work as independently as possible in the least restrictive inclusive setting as possible.

The following learning objectives are included in this workshop depending on the one or two-day version:

 

Participants will…

  • Enhance their understanding of what it means to be part of their community by using “The 5 Valued Accomplishments” created by John and Connie Lyle O’Brien. Examples of what and how to create community presence/participation, contribution, valued social roles and autonomy in life activities will provide Direct Support Professionals additional options for assisting people the people they work for to have meaningful lives within their communities. 

  • Better understand what self-advocacy is and the grassroots self-advocacy network in Georgia. 

  • Learn specific ways to use more person-centered processes in their daily work with folks with I/DD. 

  • Receive resources and “tools” designed to enhance skill sets when assisting people  to develop individualized meaningful life goals and action plans within Individual Service Planning and daily activities.