NADSP and RCWT present Code of Ethics Webinar Series

Join us for monthly webinars on the NADSP Code of Ethics

This series of 10 live webinars will focus on The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics. Each webinar will highlight a tenet of the Code.

The webinars are free and sponsored by the Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT).

Register below or at Recordings of webinars will be available on the RCWT Website.

Webinar #1: The History of the Code of Ethics & Using the Preamble 

When: THIS FRIDAY, June 30, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Joseph M. Macbeth, Executive Director, and John Raffaele, Director of Educational Services, at NADSP

This first webinar in the series will investigate the origins of the NADSP's Code of Ethics, the hidden "pearls of wisdom" that are found within its Preamble, and help you understand why the Code of Ethics has become the pillar of values for the direct support practice. Joe Macbeth and John Raffaele have provided hundreds of Code of Ethics trainings and this opening webinar will provide the groundwork for the ensuing nine sessions that will dig deeply into each of the ethical tenets.

Register here for Webinar #1.

 Webinar #2: Code of Ethics Tenet- Person-Centered Supports

When: July 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Melody Johnson, NADSP Faculty

As a Direct Support Professional, Melody's first allegiance is to the people she supports. All other activities and functions flow from that allegiance. This happens to be the first tenet of the NADSP Code of Ethics. She has lived this as a family member, Direct Support Professional, and now as a trainer and advocate with and for Direct Support Professionals. Join Melody for this webinar that will explore what it truly means to be person-centered and the challenges inherent in this process.

Register here for Webinar #2.

 Webinar #3: Code of Ethics Tenet- Promoting Physical and Emotional Well-Being

When: August 11, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Presenters: Tom McClusky, NADSP Faculty

Tom was one of the people who, in 1999 when the first draft of the NADSP Code of Ethics was being written, advocated that Promoting Physical and Emotional Well-Being needed to be a component of the Code. This webinar will show the importance of balancing informed decisions with ensuring the people we support are safe and protected from gross physical, personal and/or emotional harm. This is an ongoing balance act for direct support professionals around the country.

Register here for Webinar #3.

Webinar #4: Code of Ethics Tenet- Integrity & Responsibility 

When: September 15, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Presenters: Maren Gibson, NADSP Faculty

What is a direct support professional to do when faced with a choice between acting with integrity versus acting with self-interest, deceit or worse? The answer is ALWAYS the direct support professional will act with integrity and responsibility. This can sometimes be tricky but Maren will lend some help in this webinar that will focus on our obligation to always do the right thing according to laws, policies and the best interest of the people we support.

Register here for Webinar #4.

Webinar #5: Code of Ethics Tenet: Confidentiality 
When: October 13, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Presenters: Don Traynor, NADSP Faculty

HIPAA. Discretion. Privacy. Confidentiality. Secrets. Intimate details about people’s lives. A direct support professional has an amazingly personal relationship with those whom they support. That said, there is also the importance of working with other team members, family members, physicians, community members and so forth. Don will guide webinar participants in the maze of the aspects of confidentiality and offer some tips on how to best keep matters as private as possible between direct support professionals and people they support.

Register here for Webinar #5.

Webinar #6 - Code of Ethics Tenet: Justice, Fairness, & Equity

When: November 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Presenters: Kathy Brown, NADSP Faculty

Kathy Brown has extensive knowledge and experience in working to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as every other citizen in the United States. Although this may sound like a “given”, often times there is discrimination, unfairness and hostility towards people with disabilities. Justice, Fairness and Equity is a tenet of the Code that guides direct support staff to partner with those they support to ensure these aspects of community life.

Register here for Webinar #6.

Webinar #7 - Code of Ethics Tenet: Respect

When: December 8, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Scott Bradshaw, NADSP Faculty

Description: Every human being is unique. Every human being has value. When it comes to the idea and concept of “respect” it can be a long road towards such acceptance if one has a disability. Direct support professionals are integral in creating opportunities and initiating/facilitating respect with and for the people they support. Scott will outline ways that “respect” is more than a word. Respect is a characteristic of a life of value and distinction.

Register here for Webinar #7.

Webinar #8 - Code of Ethics Tenet: Relationships 

When: January 12, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Chumie Twerski, NADSP Faculty

Description: Chumie has become the NADSP "resident authority" on the value of promoting relationships with and for people with disabilities. Families, friends, lovers, acquaintances and all levels of relationships in between are at the core of this webinar. It is important that we see beyond the relationship between direct support professional and person supported; we MUST go farther to help the people we support establish non-paid and meaningful relationships as we spread inclusion and integration with and for people with disabilities.

Register here for Webinar #8.

Webinar #9 - Code of Ethics Tenet: Self-Determination 

When: February 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Jen Teich, NADSP Faculty

Description: Join Jen and explore what self-determination means. It is phrase we hear very often in the world of supporting people with developmental and physical disabilities. However, too often it is not used in the true meaning that the Code is meant to realize. Direct support professionals have an obligation to assist people in helping them direct the course of their own lives. This is a challenging aspect of the job. Informed decision making is a big part of this process. This webinar will explore this.

Register here for Webinar #9.

Webinar #10 - Code of Ethics Tenet: Advocacy
When: March 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Presenters: Tish Comstock, Advocate, and John Raffaele, Director of Educational Services at NADSP

Description: “With”…not “for”!! As a direct support professional I will advocate WITH the people I support for justice, inclusion and fun community participation. Tish has been a leader in the self-advocacy movement in NY State and around the country for many years. Together, WITH, John they will share some stories and personal experiences on the challenges and successes involved in advocacy. Partnership between the people we support and the role of oneself as a direct support professional is vital in understanding the concept of advocacy when it comes to the NADSP Code of Ethics.

Register here for Webinar #10.


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