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The last days… by Craig Buswell

As we enter these last days of the year a season of reflection reaches its crescendo. And, what I find is that through all the struggles and victories there are always constants. Those constants are as varied as those who rely upon them. For the purposes of this rambling I will restrict myself to the constant of Therap.

Yes, Therap has had several updates throughout the year. These updates have ranged from little changes to ones that alter how we input data. Though these changes were many they still kept with the long standing ease of use which Therap has always strived for. For that I am thankful.

The other Therap constant that I am always thankful for is the amazing Therap Team. No matter the situation the amazing team at Therap has always been patient and super excited to help solve the problem. Getting a little more personal is the amount of grace that is  extendes to a certified trainer such as myself that is struggling to uphold his end of the bargain; Being more active with blogging and webinars is actually my number one professional goal for the new year (yes I will need your help with this Allison).

Well that is it for now. Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, or just a happy winter season. Can’t wait to see ya’ll at the National Conference.

It has been a year! by Tonya Klein

Hello Therap World!

I can’t believe that it has been 1 year since Allison had made me a trainer!  When our company first got to using Therap I thought it was the neatest thing out there.  That is probably why I bugged Allison so much to make me a trainer. All of the documentation and storage in one place…No Books….this is never going to last!  Our data will be eaten by the internet monster, things are going to get lost never to be seen again..its going to take so long to document without using a pen and paper.  Muahahah Oh what doubts some people had.  Since becoming a trainer I have learned so much from others and how they are using Therap and have gotten to pass my knowledge on to others in hopes it will make their experience better . The Therap community never disappoints..Well almost never I would still love to see something change but that is just me! :) I would really suggest that if you are the person who trains staff at your agency to talk with Allison and GET CERTIFIED!  You will have the opportunity to meet new people see what is new on Therap and ever try new things out before everyone else gets to see them!!!  Oh the perks!

Well I really hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays!

Until Next Year!

Tonya

Liking 2014.7 Release by William Jones

Our agency uses GERs almost like progress notes.  Anything and everything is documented on a GER.  One “hair-pulling” issue I had was how staff seemed to misidentify the GER Notification Level of High, Medium or Low.  In the beginning I just thought staff were not paying attention to the memos and charts on GER levels.  I then learned the level was defaulted to Low.  I emailed Therap months back requesting the default be set at “blank”…nothing, which would require staff to select the correct corresponding level for the type of GER being written.  Low and behold…The Therap “Gods”, I mean “Nerds” obliged my wish and now staff are “forced” to choose High, Medium or Low.  Now I just hope staff take the second to identify the correct level saving me the extra few seconds to correct GER after GER.

Test Mode Wish List by William Jones

As OCD as I am about listed Therap documents showing discontinued because I found an error on a template or a form doesn’t work as well as I had envisioned is one of the main reasons I develop all of our initial documents in test mode.  The only drawback is that after I create a form, I have to manually cut and paste every document field from test mode to real mode.  Maybe I don’t know the trick, but I would love to be able to save the document onto the test mode global library, which then can be transferred to real mode global library that I can “download”.  Is there a way to do this?

Practice Blog…as if I need to practice by William Jones

I think I am doing things backwards… Blogging that is.  Just thought I would write something to figure out the “ins and outs” of blogging as a certified trainer.  Why do I think I am doing things backwards?  I know you are all asking this question…Well, unlike other new Certified Trainers, I volunteered to present 1-3 topics at the upcoming National Conference, then I scheduled a Webinar…which is on December 19th, and now I am writing my first blog.  Oh well… that’s just me.

First, let me introduce myself…My name is William Jones, although I go by Bill and I am a “newish” Therap Certified Trainer.  I say newish because I was certified back in early April 2014, and this is my first blog.  So on December 19th I will be doing a Webinar on “Test Mode is Awesome: Using Test Mode to ‘Pre’ Develop Documents”.  Overall, I think I am prepared…Just need to talk to my computer (which I already do) and move my mouse around the screen…how hard is that…right?  It may be a little weird if my computer answers back…don’t know yet.

So I do have a couple of questions, like should I go out and spend $1000 (actually $15) on wireless headphones with a microphone or should I just use my phone as the audio source?  Having a wireless headset has an advantage…I can use the bathroom during my presentation if I feel nervous or something.  No seriously…should I invest in a corded or wireless set?

Next question, which I am guessing a little, but do I use the TRAIN-US log in to do my presentation?  This is probably a question for Allison, but since I needed something to blog about, the blogging world gets to answer.  And, if I use the TRAIN-US log in, should I prepare a Test Mode practice document to reference during my presentation? Maybe I should log in to the TRAIN-US site to answer my own questions and/or to practice.

So this is my first blog.  Somewhere on my desk I have a list of blogging ideas that I plan to share with my blogging colleagues…just not sure where I put that darn list.  So get back with me with any suggestions, tips, etc. on doing a webinar.  Anything would be great!

Now to Post…Do I click Publish?  Here goes…

 

Snowvember/Conference by Mary Swygert

Wow! What a crazy November for the Buffalo, NY, area! We had 6 feet of snow dumped on half of our region and then the temperature went up to 55 degrees less than a week later. Some of our Direct Support Professionals worked nearly 100 hours that week, and some of our staff were driven in to work on snowmobiles. Craziness!! The commitment of so many people on so many levels during this snow emergency was amazing!! Despite being stuck in my (warm!!) house for the week, I was able to keep up with work using Therap. Our National Therap Conference trip is booked, my presentation is almost done, and I am excited to be bringing some new faces to the conference this year. See you soon!!
P.S. I am keeping my fingers crossed Atlanta is warmer than Buffalo!!!

Staff Trainings….UGH turning into WOOHOO by Kali Rose

I have to say that when we first started Therap I wish we had given consideration to how much continuous training we would be doing. Unfortunately we jumped in as if competing for best cannon-ball in a national competition, so almost 2 years later we still have staff who are not trained appropriately.  All in all this causes an unwanted headache for many people within the organization.

So….. a year ago (1 year into Therap) we developed a Therap Committee…. thank goodness!!  There are approximately 10 staff that volunteered their time to assist.  What I enjoy most is having varying positions within the agency represented.  The difference between our DSPs, Leads, Directors and Executive positions is nice to have reflected in the committee.  It’s an opportunity to discuss the documentation that is taking place and how others view it, etc.  It has also started ‘Therap talk’ which was not occurring prior to developing this group.  What do we want Therap to do for us, how can we manipulate and use it differently to satisfy state requirements.  Of course always trying to move in a ‘paper-light’ direction.

And now…. another year later, we are finally developing a computer training lab.  When I say we are developing it, literally we started moving furniture out of the space this morning…… I don’t think Christmas will be as exciting as this lab is for me this year!!!  Wooohooooo….. I feel like I could shout it.  I believe this will make the biggest difference for us since starting with Therap.  This will give us an ultimate training tool to provide staff with up-to-date information in an all-inclusive learning environment.  How exciting is that!!?  So, at this point if you are reading my post and can take a moment to share any of your experiences or give me feedback on what may have or may not have worked for you… I would greatly appreciate it.

On that note… hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and doesn’t get injured during Black Friday shopping!!

Enjoy -

Kali

Historical Storm by Lori Sojka

Hello all,
Didn’t know if I was going to be able to come in today to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving as we have been buried under 6 ft of snow here at Southeast Works in Depew, NY! Strangest storm I have ever seen. We have been shut down for a week but everyone came out of it in one piece. Some of our staff couldn’t believe that we were closed as they did not even have an inch of the white stuff! Very bizarre. We had a band of snow that sat in one place for 5 days. The weather people at first named it Storm Knife because it cut out just a section of WNY but nobody liked the name so it was changed to Snowvember! I am just glad everyone here is OK and hope the rest of you are faring well. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Baby it’s cold outside by Tonya Klein

Hello All!

With the weather in Nebraska getting colder and colder this makes me appreciate Therap even more. As the wind is blowing we are not having to transport books in and out  taking the risk of papers  blowing away.  Yet again everything is at our finger tips :) Life continues to change for services and individuals we serve.  The more information everyone is putting on Therap the easier it is to find things when something does change in someones life and things just don’t blow away never to be seen again. I would really suggest that while exploring all of the things Therap has to offer you really think about good places to store important information. Keeping things consistent on everyone page will be a time saver in the end!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tonya

That Escalated Quickly by Misty Maroon

Dang it’s cold….Winter….That escalated quickly. Yes, it is time for my annual “it’s too cold in the south” blog. Thirty two degrees before Thanksgiving is not our way of life. Yes, I can hear all of you in the north snickering. Fall and winter bring on many things here at ROC. Our annual Fall Ball, where our individuals are honored for their individual achievements throughout the year and the holidays that are so much fun.

The most important thing that it brings on is the spirit of giving. Whether giving thanks at Thanksgiving or giving gifts at Christmas, Hanukkah, or your choice of holidays. Our wallets get a little looser this time of year, so I challenge you, while those purse strings aren’t so tight to consider giving to a cause, something that will make a difference. In our field, there is a lot of need in a lot of areas. Whether it is an individual that we serve who has the need, or a program as a whole. Many of us are non-profit organizations, so I challenge you, spend five less dollars on each person you are planning to buy for, whether it is one person or twenty, and donate that money to an organization who serves individuals with needs.

That being said, enjoy this time and season…laugh a lot, hug a lot, be thankful for all that you have in your life, smile at strangers, call a family member or friend you haven’t talked to in a while. I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

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