Winter Wednesday Webinar Series
Hot Topics to keep you warm and informed from PRPS
$25/webinar or $60/series PRPS Members
$30/webinar or $75/series Non-members
Fee includes CEUs, live webinar and access to the recorded webinar for a limited time.
Choose your number of webinars in the payment option and then select the webinar/s you wish to attend. You will be emailed a link to access your chosen webinar 1-2 days prior to the event.
Effective Communication Strategies: Communicating with Those Living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
with Candy Yingling
Wednesday, January 29th - 12:00 pm
Recreation and Park professionals need to know how to be inclusive of persons living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and how to recognize someone who might be living with this disease. Using the Effective Communication Strategies program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association®, this webinar will provide information on recognizing the signs of dementia and how to connect with those individuals throughout all stages of the disease. By the end of the webinar, attendees will become familiar with communication changes that take place throughout the disease, and learn strategies to connect with those who are affected.
Candy Yingling is the Education and Outreach Coordinator, for the Alzheimer’s Association- Greater Pennsylvania chapter. She is an expert in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Candy has provided numerous educational programs for both professionals and the community. She is responsible for recruiting and overseeing volunteers who provide community education, early-stage, and caregiver support groups, and early-stage social engagement programs.
Mental Health Matters
with Marisa Vicere
Wednesday, February 12th - 12:00 pm
Mental and emotional health are equally as important as physical well-being, yet stigma and shame surround the topic making them taboo to talk about. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adolescents ages 13-18 have or will have a mental health disorder and 1 in 5 adults have a mental illness each year. The rates of suicide continue to increase, with more than 47,000 individuals taking their life last year. It is time to end the silence around these topics and to engage in meaningful conversations so we can lend a hand to those who may be struggling. Join us for this presentation on the prevalence of mental illness and how we can help someone who may be experiencing a concern or crisis.
Marisa Vicere founded and became president of Jana Marie Foundation in 2012, following the loss of her sister Jana to suicide in 2011. She is committed to helping young people navigate their teen years and educating parents and community members about mental health and suicide prevention. Marisa is a certified instructor in Mental Health First and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention. In addition to her work with Jana Marie Foundation, Marisa is a board member for Prevent Suicide PA and chairperson of the Centre County Suicide Prevention Task Force.
Exploring Cultural Competency for Personal, Community and Organizational Change
with Dionardo Pizaña
Wednesday, March 4th - 12:00 pm
This session is grounded in an underlying principle that cultural competency is not simply a process of learning about “others,” but rather a lifelong journey that begins with learning about ourselves. Participants will be exposed to a continuum for cultural competency and a four levels framework to explore and understand issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Participants will explore issues of power and privilege and what we need to do to challenge ourselves and others to work at using our privilege in support of more socially just and equitable outcomes for all. Additionally, participants will engage in dialogue on how to apply this information in their personal and professional lives to help move themselves, their organizations and their communities toward cultural proficiency and authentic multicultural change.
Dionardo Pizaña has over 25 years of experience developing, teaching, and facilitating educational programs through Michigan State University Extension, Adrian College, and Siena Heights University. Dionardo’s work as an educator is grounded in his conviction that deep and lasting institutional change requires an equally strong commitment to “working on oneself” while nurturing authentic relationships across differences. He believes that authenticity is far more than mere friendship or working affiliation. It is based on trust, honesty, risk-taking, mutual responsibility, humility, and acceptance that tension in relationships is a necessary component that leads to growth.
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