Next to Christmas, Valentine’s Day, my birthday, and maybe a few other holidays, National Chocolate Day is a very special day on my calendar and I hope, yours, as well.
Please, take a moment today and enjoy a really good piece of chocolate. Not the Hershey variety…no, that is an every day chocolate…try something really yummy and decadent. Perhaps a truffle, Dove, Ghirardelli, maybe Moonstruck???!!! Go for it! Indulge!!!
Happy Chocolate Day all you Therapites!
That’s right…I am in the home office this week! Don’t fall over…it happens. What am I going to do while I’m home??? Well, there will be some blogging about new agencies, as in 4-5 new agencies that I need to introduce to our Therap family. I will also be spending quite a bit of time on the phone doing some webinars, meeting with the amazing members of the Business Development Team, talking to our fearless leader, Richard Robbins, dropping off Halloween cookies to the terrific ladies at the PPAT office, and a day trip to San Antonio to meet with an agency about coming aboard.
Yep, make no mistake, home office doesn’t mean R&R, it just means there are no hotel rooms in my immediate future.
Last week was another crazy busy adventure. This time I was driving around the southern half of Oklahoma. I got home to a packed car and a weekend escape to our place at Canyon Lake. Sure, there was still a lot of Therap work to do (quotes, implementation plans, catalog reviews) but it doesn’t quite feel like work when I am able to do it at the lake. Wouldn’t you agree?
If you are an Oklahoma Therap user and missed the User Group meeting today…you really missed a good one! A big humongous Therap Thank you goes out to Robin Arter, Executive Director of Duncan Group Homes. Robin hosted the meeting at the Jerry D Morris Business & Industry Center in Duncan, OK. Our attendance included staff from all over Oklahoma! Thank you to Sunshine Industries, Gatesway Foundation, Duncan Group Homes, and DJK Enterprises for coming over to see me and get some new information about happenings in Therap! Even Ther-Bear was on hand (thanks to the Duncan ladies) to take in the training…and goodies!
Next Oklahoma User Group Meeting: January at Gatesway Foundation – check here for further details.
- Some call it the annual InterHab Conference, I call it Alumni Week! This is my old stomping ground folks! There are so many people that I spend those three days catching up with that I hardly remember its a conference. In fact, it was AMAZING to see how many Therap users attended the event. I barely had to talk to anyone about using the system because I had local celebrities like Colin McKinney, Brenda Maxey, Alice Lackey, Ed Henry, John Platt and so many others spreading the Therap message. A BIG HUGE Thank you to all of my Kansas friends that made me feel welcome at InterHab. I can’t wait to see you again!
- InterHab had a great turnout for the annual conference. This was just 1/2 the room.
One of my favorite parts of this job is helping agencies improve their processes by using Therap. It reinforces how significant a role our system plays inside developmental disability businesses across the country. We are truly a partner in their success and that makes this Therapite feel very proud!
I had the very wonderful pleasure of working with Becky Sherwood, Colin McKinney, Robert, Julie, Glenda, and several other team members to review the Therap ISP and how it works when tracking behaviors for the state BASIS reports. We also took a look at some of the CCHIT functionality, discussed adoption of the new Therap Individual Support Plan, and reviewed the latest HIPAA rules. It was a terrific afternoon spent with some extra special Therapites.
A big thank you to Becky, for arranging the meeting and organizing the teams that met with me (as well as the cinnamon popcorn and spiced almonds that you made….which were especially yummy!) You are the best!!! ;)
For some, releasing stress is a run in the park, working out for a few hours, sleeping, reading, or a host of other activities. For this Therapite, its BAKING. When I have a lot going on in Therapville and I need to decompress, I bake like I’m channeling Martha Stewart. Today I am feeling very excited about Fall and the Autumn leaves that I recently got to see in Wyoming. So I pulled out my recipes and thought I would bake some cookies to take along with me to Kansas tomorrow. Check out these Therap Pumpkin Spiced Sugar Cookies.
Want my secret recipe…just look below.
Therap Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
5-1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. butter
3 C. powdered sugar
1-1/2 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. vanilla
Pre-heat over to 350 degrees. Combine flour and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. In a larger bowl, blend the butter and powdered sugar together. Add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and eggs to the butter mixture. Mix in the flour mixture and blend well. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface; Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet until golden around the edges, about 8-10 minutes. Frost as desired. I use a maple syrup glaze frosting, it brings out our Therap orange so much better. (Hint: For a crunchy coffee cookie, just bake a little bit longer).
You know I adore seeing all of you any chance that I get, but there are times that I REALLY miss the comforts of my home. Seeing the city lights of Austin as I flew in last night was about as beautiful a sight as any I can think of right now. The past two weeks have been crazy busy! In Therapville, we kind of like it that way…but sometimes busy can just be TOO busy! Check out my past two day…that’s right, just two days. It all began at DIA (Denver International) then a drive down to Lamar, CO., a stop in Pueblo, then up to Cheyenne, WY., over to Aurora, CO., and back to DIA. All in all, 664 driving miles. Whooo! The good news is that you will soon be reading about three new agencies that are going to be using Therap! Fantastic, huh?! No one ever said that changing the world was an easy process.
Now I am in the Austin office for a couple days then I will be driving up to Kansas for an afternoon with Starkey, the Kansas User Group meeting, an afternoon with Tri-Ko, and the Annual InterHab Conference! Next week is going to be another doosie!
I often get feedback from happy customers that want me to know just how well they are doing. I received an email from Sue Buffum, RN at Independent Options in Corona, California. How about this for a customer satisfaction letter –
Well it was a year ago today that we ended an amazing Therap training week. A week that had a very good start (we got Therap’s best Anna and Elliot), and an even better ending. On the last day our RN group watched in amazement as Elliot handled Linda’s OCD with ease. Good memories but……..I cannot believe it has already been a year! What is even more unbelievable is how far we have come on this Therap train!! Under Summer’s patient tutelage, IO will be completely Theraped by 12/1/13, almost all of our health/nursing documentation is done in Therap, all of our day programs are using eMARs, our AFHA program and a few more facilities will be on eMARs by Nov, by Feb 2014 we hope to have several homes paperless and…………………..Sue Cole and I became certified trainers this week (ok so Allison went really easy on us but it still counts)!! I don’t think it would have been possible if not for your direction and additional RN webinars. Thank you.
I hope all is going well for you, you are getting some time with your boys and getting in some R&R.
Hope to see you in Kansas City!
Ahhhh….so many great memories! I adore these people. Thank you Sue! Here are some of the pics I took that week. I really can’t believe its been that long ago!
A couple days ago, my friend, Robin Arter, Executive Director of Duncan Group Homes, sent me a fabulous email. Its too awesome not to share with all of our Therapite blog readers!
All of DGH has taken ownership of Melissa’s Ther-Bear! I recently took him with me to our State Capitol! I thought you’d enjoy these picture.
Ther-Bear attends the meeting of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Developmental Disabilities! This panel will develop a comprehensive plan to support individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, starting with recommendations to address the state’s growing waiting list for DDSD services. It will also research and analyze best practices for the comprehensive delivery of high quality services.
- Ther-Bear even visited the Governor’s office!
These pictures are too precious! Thank you Robin and Melissa! I will see you in a couple weeks for the Quarterly Oklahoma User Group meeting!