IARF Conference in Naperville

The IARF conference ended today in Naperville and it was a great few days!  Tom Pomeranz started the conference off with an awesome and thought provoking keynote called “Igniting a Vision for Change.”  Secretary Dimas spoke regarding how things are going at DHS.  I also attended a wonderful session by John Pingo and David Rebelak called “Using Cinematic Action-Based Instruction to Shift the Workplace Training Paradigm.”  This session showed a very different way to complete staff training.  The example was for Bloodborne Pathogens training and the scenario was that we all were workers for the CDC and there was a dangerous strain of a virus that broke out in our demographic area.  We were placed in small groups and needed to answer questions about Bloodborne Pathogens in order to save the world!!!  There were several applicable movie clips that kept our attention and helped us to better to understand necessary precautions and responses for the situation and to apply Bloodborne Pathogens procedures. (Luckily, I was in the group that won and saved the world!!)  Here is a picture of me and another group member (Karla from Progressive Housing – an awesome Therap customer!!)


Notice that the shirt says “I saved the world from a vampire zombie infection at IARF 2015 and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt.”

I really believe this is a wonderful and innovative way to train new employees!

Here is another selfie without the zombie t-shirt:



We were also celebrating the 40th anniversary of IARF!  I was so thrilled to have the big birthday cake next to my booth!!




Can’t wait for next year’s conference!  Have a great weekend!

Michelle :)

By |2016-11-03T09:56:38+00:00October 10th, 2015|Categories: Michelle Saunders, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Life Size Scrabble Game at the IARF conference!

Look at this neat board made by an IARF employee!

There is no shortage of fun and games at this year’s IARF conference! During the welcome reception last night, there was a life size game of Scrabble taking place. One of our AWESOME Therap customers, Goldie B. Floberg Center, assembled a team. Here they are playing hard!

Here is John and the Goldie B. Floberg Scrabble team!

Michelle Emoticon showing smiley face

By |2016-11-03T09:56:51+00:00October 16th, 2013|Categories: Michelle Saunders|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Surprises at the IARF Conference!

I had the pleasure of attending the IARF conference this week in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It was a well attended conference with a few surprises:

We had a visit from Barack Obama at the Therap booth:

"Thanks for supporting Therap Services, Barack!"

We had jugglers and performers that showed up at the conference too!

This was an amazing performance!

All in all, it was a great conference. I was able to talk with many agencies in the state who are looking into Therap to meet their needs for documentation. If you are interested in learning more about IARF, click here.

Michelle :)

By |2016-11-03T09:56:54+00:00October 11th, 2012|Categories: Michelle Saunders|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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