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What is that Therap thing anyway?

So, after a week with Rise, and driving a million miles a few hundred miles, I ended back up in Lindon, UT, with Ron and Cheridy, and a group of very bright and funny staff.

They are going live March 1st (as is Rise)…making Utah firmly Therap territory. They also are building a new website and Therap is featured on the front of it: WHAT IS THERAP?…ah, so many things. Who can define such a thing???

Today, I’m back home in rainy Washington with a pug on my foot. And tomorrow, I’ll go see Homes for Community Living right here in Vancouver!

And that, my friends, is a good thing.


Everything from A to Zion

I drove the 300 miles from northern Utah down to St. George, where the thirty nine degrees and clouds sprang to sunny skies and sixty three degrees. A far cry from twenty below a few weeks ago!!

St. George is a great place and as you get closer, the mesas appear alongside the highway in colors unimaginable: rust, red, yellow and even purple…their history very clear in their striations. I couldn’t get a picture, though, as I was driving too fast. There is no lollygagging in Utah; the posted speed limit is 80 mph so you’d better just keep going! Sorry for the uninspired picture.

I’m waiting on Rachel and tomorrow, we do some more training for Rise Utah. And then after that, tomorrow night, I turn around and do the 4.5 hour drive again in the other direction! I’m seeing Alpine Center on Friday in Lindon! Phew!


On the Rise again

So, after a week in Seattle, a five hour ride home (never, ever try to get out of Seattle on a Friday afternoon!), and then a whole day in Vancouver, I hit the road again and headed for Salt Lake City. Rise Services and Rise Family Services is beginning their implementation process for all of Utah (and Arizona). Rachel is the one leading the way (as Angie did in Oregon) and that is no small feat given the size of Rise and the fact that they are spread all over the state!

Yesterday, management training and a lengthy meeting with Rachel and then today, much of the same with more of their administrative staff here in Lindon, UT.

I really like Utah and I’m reminded of that during every visit. There is something very peaceful and settled in its mountains and deserts…

More soon.


TURN Community Services :: Exemplary in So Many Ways

TURN was the first Utah provider to use Therap. They are spread out from top to bottom of the state (and I know it!) with many staff members.

My friend, Eddie, just shared a video on Facebook regarding their Exemplar Program for DSPs.You will see his video on the right hand side of the page. It is very cool.

I thought many of you may find this interesting…and maybe an inspiration to fire up a similar program for your agency.



Welcome, Jeana Forthman!

Jeana wins with best photo. There have been no other Certified Trainers dressed as a character from Star Wars.

Jeana does IT, quality assurance, and all kinds of things at Phoenix Services Corporation in Utah. She is uber-smart (like Big Bang Theory kind of smart); like SQL server, Crystal Report kinda nerd smart. She is out of my league–I aspire to that level of geekiness.

I can’t wait for her webinars and blogs. Quantum Therap?….Maybeeeee….


Utah’s FIRST Certified Trainer!

Ann Myers is the Rep Payee Specialist at Columbus Community Center. She is also Utah’s first full-fledged Therap nerd. :D

She is the overall Therap guru, their ISP goddess, and is a personal finance whiz who is not half bad with Excel. Watch for her upcoming webinar on Personal Finance and Excel (I will surely be there to listen in and see her spreadsheet wizardry!). I first met Ann last year in Utah and then spent time with her at our national conference in New York…where she attended a lot all of my sessions….

Welcome, Ann! I am proud to be stalked by you!


Day One: Salt Lake City…

The conference is awesome. I really do just like all these people so much. They are enthusiastic and inquisitive and they tend to cut right to the chase. ‘Nuff said. We had a bunch of sessions with all the new Therap-heads training and I have become reacquainted with a few of my “stalkers” (thanks, Logan Meeks, for pointing this out!). Maybe I’ll start a cult. I mean, I have to plan for the future…a Therap kibbutz in Utah…who’d have thunk it?

Aside from awesomeness and joy, the end of the day was marked by a very sad event. Steve Jobs, Apple’s former CEO, died of pancreatic cancer. He was only 56. The blogs, Twitter and the ‘Net were instantly saturated with articles about his life, and his impact on the business and technology worlds. All I know is that I felt very saddened by the news as someone truly brilliant and innovative went away way too soon. He definitely made me look at technology differently over the past couple of years, and regardless of your feelings regarding Apple, there is no doubt that he changed the face of technology and the world.

From the iPad event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

He definitely also changed some of the lives using that technology, including mine.

Bye, Steve.


And so it begins…

Some new Therap Goblins with Kristen Thompson(left) from DSI; Stacey Kernisan (center) and Brent Hessee (right)

The first conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, is almost here. We have Therap staff from all over the country: Maryland, Colorado, Indiana, Maine, and Washington…all to spend time with our “lives elevated” in Therap country. We expect a nice turnout and will see some brand new providers and some who are old hats (all of a year, TURN!).

And this is Brent’s second day at Therap… :D

See you tomorrow!

Action Figures, Health Tracking and CTA (1 and 2)

After a not-so-wonderful weekend (I was holed up in my hotel being sick…no fun at all…I almost died!), Monday began with sun and wind and a beautiful day in Salt Lake City. The morning was spent with CTA Community Supports–both Family Services (who are wrangling with their own new Therap system)–and Sally and Jim who continue wrangling the first CTA system. They said the initial implementation went well and they are (finally) ready to move into Health Tracking and ISP Data collection.

And Sally gave me a fantastic action figure to take on my travels with me. There are a whole series, you know. “Pocket Troys” are inspired by their behavior specialist, Troy Angus, and reside all throughout the office in discreet locations. Troy has truly become an icon in Salt Lake City…Pocket Troys should be on the market by Christmas. Send me a list of what you need for stocking stuffers!

This afternoon, loads of email from Sally’s office, and some chatting with Alaska!!


Zombies in Utah?

Zombie preparedness is a very serious matter everywhere, not only in Utah. For proof of that, have a look here: the CDC agrees. So make sure you have some canned food and a flame thrower ready at all times…I’ll check with Krista and see if they have something in their disaster preparedness plan.

Day One is down with KT&T! Managers are trained in the basics as well as personal finance…and they seemed enthusiastic even with me under the weather. Day Two is underway with some staff people making their way over er

Stacey Kernisan is here with me as well–a new Theraphead–spreading the orange-ness throughout Utah with me as we head into conference week…and you HAD BETTER BE THERE!


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