Oregon Employment and Training Association

Rendezvous For Workforce Professionals 2017:
          Enhance, Train, Acknowledge


General Session Speakers


Monday, October 23

Leigh Anne Jasheway, M.P.H.

I’m Flexible as Long as You Don’t Change Anything: How to Embrace Change and Expect the Best

If your life feels like you’re standing in the middle of a hurricane and it’s all you can do is just hang on, one of the best things you can do is learn to laugh. That’s right – giggle, snort, guffaw, titter – whatever works. Laughter boosts resilience, optimism, creative problem-solving and flexibility, while helping you start to see that you actually have more control than you think you do. This fun and funny session will have you laughing so hard you won’t even notice how much you’re learning.

Leigh Anne Jasheway, M.P.H. (master of public health/mistress of public humor) is a stress management and humor expert who helps people manage stress, embrace change, and become healthier by learning to lighten up. She speaks at 30-40 conferences and workshops every year and is a member of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH). She is the author of 24 books, including Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny; Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause; 101 Comedy Games for Children and Grown-Ups; Date Me, Date My Dog; and The Stressed Out Woman’s Guide to Letting Go with Laughter. She won the 2003 national Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award for her true story on how her first mammogram caught on fire. She teaches at both the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, is a humor columnist for the Register Guard’s Weekend and the former host of The Giggle Spot on All Comedy 1450 AM. You can get regular humor and stress management tips at "Don’t Get Mad Get Funny" on Facebook.


 Tuesday, October 24

Robert E. Lieberman, M.A., LPC


  The Progressive Impact of Adversity- Latest Research and Implications for Trauma-Informed Care

Lieberman Group, Inc.-President 

This presentation will cover the latest research about the short and long term impact of stress, adversity, and trauma on children and across the life span.  It will provide an overview of the neuroscience and epigenetics that provide the scientific explanations for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, and information about the core protective systems that foster resilience. Implications for practice and for developing a common language and approach across sectors will be discussed.

Bob Lieberman is President of Lieberman Group, Inc. and former CEO of Kairos (formerly Southern Oregon Adolescent Study and Treatment Center -SOASTC), a multi-service agency for children, youth, and young adults with serious mental and behavioral disorders and their families. He is a past-President of the American Association of Children’s Residential Treatment Centers (AACRC) and formerly it’s Public Policy Chair.  Mr. Lieberman was previously co-chair of Oregon’s Children’s System Advisory Committee for seven years and served as a member of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families for ten years.  He was appointed by the Governor to serve in Oregon’s healthcare transformation effort and is a Board member of the Non-Profit Association of Oregon. Nationally, he is a member of the Building Bridges Steering Committee and chair of its Outcomes sub-committee, and co-chaired the Evidence Based Practices workgroup of the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families of SAMHSA. Mr. Lieberman has published journal articles and is co-editor of a recently released book: Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families: A Best Practice Guide.  He is certified by Think:Kids of Massachusetts General Hospital as a trainer in Collaborative Problem Solving and by ACE Interface as a Master Trainer of NEAR (neuroscience, epigenetics, adverse childhood experiences, resilience). He conducts trainings and workshops statewide and nationally, and operates his own practice as a professional counselor for youth, young adults, and families. Mr. Lieberman has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of troubled youth and their families.  


 Wednesday, October 25

Paper Tigers

Stressed brains can't learn. That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs, and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold.  

“Paper Tigers”, a documentary filmed by Jamie Redford, presents the positive outcomes that occurred in an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington through implemented practice and policy changes attuned to the implications of the ACEs study and the relevant neuroscience and resilience research. 

Join us for a screening of this important movie followed by discussion of Trauma Informed Care and ACES, the impact of this research, and how these evidence based practices can work for you and your participants.

Facilitated by Bob Lieberman 



Break-Out Sessions: Monday


4 Keys to Sustainable Employment for Workers with Cognitive Impairment – from Assessment through Placement

Kathy Moeller, BA, CBIS-Cognitive Harmonics, Inc.

After attending workshop, participants will be able to identify the four main components (keys) to sustainable long-term employment for individuals with brain injury and other cognitive challenges. They are (1) selecting appropriate screening and assessment instruments, (2) providing worker with appropriate cost-effective assistive technology based on work-focused needs, (3) providing adequate compensatory skills training, and (4) educating individuals in the worker’s support circle to “cue, not rescue.”

Handouts: (1) Screening Tools, (2) Resource list (books, articles, white papers, webinars, etc.) on the topic of Assistive Technology for Cognition, (3) list of AT consultants and (4) case studies.

Kathy Moeller is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with 25 years’ experience as a job coach and assistive technology developer for workers with cognitive challenges. She is a nationally-recognized expert in the field, and is the current Chair of the Cognition and Sensory Loss Special Interest Group for RESNA.

Strengthening Young Worker Safety: Training, Tools and Tips

Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH-Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU; Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition

Many young workers enter their first job without any effective workplace safety training which can create precarious employment situations. This session will provide attendees with ideas and tools to improve knowledge and increase awareness among young and new workers. The presenter will share and demonstrate the use of freely available curriculum and materials, and facilitate brainstorming of opportunities to share materials such as within internship and career education programs, during resume building, and, within Vo-tech, specialized and traditional classrooms. No-cost resources that will be discussed and demonstrated include: NIOSH Safety Matters (Training for Young Workers); NIOSH Staying Safe at Work (Training for Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities); Online Young Worker Safety and Health Awareness Training; and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center PUSH (Promoting U Through Safety and Health) Toolkit.

Dede has more than thirty years of experience working as an industrial hygienist and safety and health professional. For the last thirteen years, Dede has supported the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Science's Outreach and Education Programs and provides industrial hygiene expertise to its research as a Senior Research Associate. She also directs outreach for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and provides industrial hygiene support to OHSU Global Southeast Asia. Dede is also the chair of the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition.

Ethics in Managing Social Media and Dual Relationships

Chungfan Ni-Western Oregon University

It is required to practice ethically following professional code of ethics as a rehabilitation counselor or related professional to provide quality services for consumers. This workshop will address client/counselor relationships, boundaries, social media, and counselor’s self-care using case scenarios and discussions. The changes about the new CRCC Code, effective January 1, 2017, will be included. An application of a problem-solving model will be applied to manage the dilemma.

Dr. Chungfan Ni completed her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Taiwan, and a Master’s and PhD in the US. She has accumulated twenty years of professional experience in college teaching, research, and rehabilitation and mental health counseling. Dr. Ni is an associate professor and program coordinator at Western Oregon University. Additionally, she has served on the State Rehabilitation Council in Oregon since 2011 in meeting the needs of Oregonians with disabilities.

The Transition Technical Assistance Network; Providing Training Opportunities for Communities and Organizations in Oregon

Heather Lindsey-Oregon Department of Education

To further improve Oregon’s system of designing and delivering employment services to transition aged students who experience disabilities, ODE has developed a Transition Technical Assistance Network (TTAN). Attendees will learn about developing and maintaining relationships with Local Education Agencies and how to partner to support transition aged students from school to employment. This session will also discuss free resources and training opportunities for other employment organizations who are interested in working with transition aged students.

Heather Lindsey is the Secondary Transition Liaison for Oregon Department of Education. In this position, she provides technical assistance to school districts, parent organizations, and participating agencies to support to ensure a solid understanding of secondary special education, transition regulations, and implementation of evidence-based transition services.

Break-Out Sessions: Tuesday

Oregon’s Economy and Workforce - The Past, the Present and the Future

Gail Krumenauer -Oregon Employment Department

Gail will share a host of economic and social metrics on Oregon’s workforce and economy. She will discuss how it has matured over the last several decades, how it is currently performing today, and what the future might hold in the short and long-term. She will also focus more specifically on the ramifications of Oregon’s workforce demographics, in and out-migration patterns, and emerging technological trends that could shape the “future of work” and ultimately our quality of life.

Gail Krumenauer joined the Oregon Employment Department in 2009, where she works as the Research Division’s senior economic analyst. Her primary responsibilities include long-term employment projections; surveys related to job vacancies, benefits, and other special topics; and local employment data by industry, age category, and gender. Gail earned her bachelor’s degree in communication arts from DePauw University, and a master’s degree in public policy and economic analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in private, nonprofit, and government organizations, and lived in the capital cities of three different states.

Note-taking Strategies and Assistive Technologies that “Outsmart” Cognitive Disabilities

In my experience, many teachers, compensatory skills trainers and job coaches are not fully aware of the reasons why many students and workers with memory and attention deficits do not/cannot create notes they can effectively use – even when provided with sophisticated note-taking apps, assistive devices and instruction.  It’s more complicated than many are aware of, yet the solutions are often simple, particularly when examples are demonstrated and practiced.

Note-taking is difficult for individuals who have cognitive disabilities. Slower processing speed, attention challenges and working memory deficits all affect a person’s ability to take meaningful notes and effectively use them when needed. This presentation will be in a workshop format with a focus on field-tested tools, strategies and technologies that participants can practice and immediately start using with students and workers who struggle with taking notes they can later quickly find, understand, and use.

Assuming the student or worker has memory and/or attention deficits, the topics could include strategies for:

● Creating meaningful notes (with sufficient detail and context)
● Creating meaningful notes beginning with “I need to…” vs. “I want to…” vs. “I should…”
● Creating notes without “barking” (confusing) orders at one’s self
● Finding notes quickly and knowing what to do with them when they are located
● Creating follow-up cues for notes that require additional actions, including how to *find* and schedule follow-up actions
● Creating notes fast enough (when memory and attention are challenging)
● Retrieving and using recorded notes using certain kinds of digital recorders and a computer
● Recording classes, meetings and conversations as a “reasonable accommodation”
● Making reasonable accommodations request for making recordings (when resistance to recording is encountered)
● Using recording technology effectively (e.g. smart pens, smart phones, tablets, digital recorders)
● Assessing the pros and cons of using human note takers

Kathy Moeller is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with 25 years’ experience as a job coach and assistive technology developer for workers with cognitive challenges. She is a nationally-recognized expert in the field, and is the current Chair of the Cognition and Sensory Loss Special Interest Group for RESNA.

Working While Receiving Benefits-SSI and SSDI

Gene Rada-Department of Human Services

Did you know that SSI beneficiaries can earn at least $34,591 a year and still stay connected to their SSI and Medicaid? And did you know that SSDI beneficiaries can potentially earn far more than “SGA” and continue to stay connected to SSDI and Medicare? This presentation will show you how special SSA work rules help support a person’s employment and earnings goals.

Gene Rada is a policy analyst for DHS and provides technical assistance and training support for a benefits planning program known as the Work Incentive Network (WIN). WIN currently consists of 11 Work Incentives Coordinators throughout the state of Oregon and it has provided benefits planning services to almost 12,000 participants since 2007. Prior to his current position Gene has worked as a benefits planner for an Independent Living Center and as a contractor for various social service programs.

Second Chance Connections: Looking Beyond the Background

Kimber Gillaspy-Clackamas County Community Corrections

How do we best help those who believe their background will prohibit them from employment? This workshop highlights top tips for working with justice involved clients. Key topics will include:

  • Workforce development strategies for an integrated re-entry approach with agencies and local community partners.
  • Take a look at embracing the power of relationship and relatability when developing Employment Plans.
  • Ways to increase protective factors that lead to success for clients; including a valuable discussion about identifiable assets that can improve your planning and delivery of services to this population.

    Kimber Gillaspy is an Employment & Training Specialist with Clackamas County Community Corrections at the Transition Center, assisting justice involved individuals with the transition from incarceration back to the community. She has successfully completed a federal grant targeted to the re-integration of female ex-offenders (CCFExO) where all performance measures were met or exceeded, and has facilitated job readiness workshops and case management for the past five years.

    Collaborative Conversations: Motivational Interviewing Basics

    Andrea Rogers-Department of Human Services/Vocational Rehabilitation

    A brief overview of the history, current research and basic introduction of Motivational Interviewing. From MI Spirit and the connection to person centered approaches to basic skills of engaging using reflective listening to evoke change talk. We will learn about typical provider traps and practice skills to keep conversations moving in the direction of change. An experiential session we will actively learn and practice the basics of Motivational Interviewing. MI is a research based practice being used across many fields working with individuals and behavior change.

    A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Oregon since 2009, prior she worked in Education from Head Start to High School. She is passionate about helping individuals enter and return to the workforce. Training in Motivational Interviewing began in 2009, she plans to apply to the MI International Network of Trainers in 2018.

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