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Only 3 Weeks Away!

Happy January to you all from us here at Tobosa Developmental Services in Roswell, NM.  I wanted to start the New Year off by expressing how very excited I am about the National Conference in Vancouver, WA!  We were lucky enough to get selected to do 3 presentations during the conference.  I am looking forward to networking with new people and to seeing some great familiar faces.  We will be taking a group of 6 from here (including Bill Jones and I – who will both be presenting).  What an awesome experience we had at the other conferences we attended and we have no doubts that this one will be just as awesome.

One of the things we are working on here in Roswell, is to use the Training Academy more formally this year.  We have been using it since Nationals last year, very informally.  We use it now to learn about new modules as we attempt to use them within our agency.  But starting in 2016 we are looking at implementing them into our New Employee Orientation Training.  It is exciting and I can’t wait to see how we make it work for us.

I could blog on for hours, but I will wrap it up – and save my breathe for our presentations – Can you believe it is in 3 weeks from today?!?!  Ahhhhh!!!!!  Better get back to preparing -ha ha.  See you guys there.


New Mexico Regional Conference

We just got back on Friday after getting to TRAIN at the Regional Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It was great to see some returning faces from last year and to meet some new people as well.  I feel like over all the conference was great and it added an avenue for fellow Therap Guru’s to brainstorm and trouble shoot.  I feel like New Mexico is well on it’s way up in the Therap world.  The state as a whole seems to be using Therap much more that what it is mandated for.  There of course are some that have not caught on to all of it’s capabilities, but also many that have.

So, just wanted to touch base and say that we had a great time and were very honored to actually train others at the conference.  We are even talking about starting a New Mexico User Group and had several other people interested.

It was very worth it!

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To Say “HI” and my frustration with Outrageous Deadlines

So, to begin with I wanted to say, “HI!”  I am a newly (since March) Certified Trainer.  This is my first blog post.  But I am eyebrow deep in this new Therap project I have started and thought I would take a quick breath of fresh air (while madly treading my feet) and say hi.   I am guessing that someone is saying – “well, here comes the details of this new (to this blog) person” to themselves.  I would hate to disappoint, so I will tell you a little about myself and HOPE that at least ONE person said that to themselves….

I am Jessica D. Dunn.  I work at Tobosa Developmental Services in Roswell NM.  (Yes, we have aliens; and No, they are not usually green).  I thought I should just get that out of the way.  I am currently the Incident Management Coordinator.  (Of course, I could put about 4 other titles behind that, just like most of you I am sure, but I will spare you the details). I have been with Tobosa for about 3 years but in the DD field for 11 years.  I could tell you more about myself, but I am pretty sure that is not why you are reading this blog.  Maybe if I include a few details each time that I post, you will get to know me.  Or better yet, register for our Regional Conference here in NM and come meet me.

My legs are getting tired of treading, so I guess I will go on with the actual purpose of this post – Outrageous Deadlines.  I committed us to a deadline last week.  I was very passionate (for lack of a better word) that we would get all of the “Outcomes” (for everyone getting services through our program) into Therap to begin tracking electronically (vs. paper) by MAY 1, 2015.    The discussion in which I made this commitment came only after a frustrating meeting where our huge strides with Therap were being downplayed.  I was pretty heated about the lack of acknowledgment we had gotten in our efforts. I also felt like I was needing to push our acceleration.  I have this concern that when we stop pushing, we kill it.  Like when driving a standard transmission vehicle.  If you are in gear and take your foot off of the gas, for long enough, you will kill it.  So, with great conviction, in my very confident voice I made my declaration.  It wasn’t until the next day (last Thursday) that I began counting the # of people receiving services from us that I started to get a little concerned about what I had just committed.  Upon, counting the people, I then started counting days.  I am sure that in my sub-conscious I knew when May the 1st was – but definitely, I did not know that it was a week away.

So, I retook the “ISP Program and Template” Training Academy Course for the second time (I figured I had absolutely NO time to waste, making mistakes).  Then I jumped.  Luckily, the offices on either side of mine, heard my hesitation in the form of pep talks to myself and anyone who questioned the very small time frame.  I am glad to say that they have jumped in too.  So, here we sit.  Just putting it all in.  I am proud to say that we are almost half way through our list with a few days to go.

It is a long stride but will be so worth it.  Just the sheer satisfaction of knowing that we pulled it off will be like sweet music.  It is not very often that I make such a pointedly commitment and not stick to it.  I am proud to say that I am now very knowledgeable in creating ISP Programs and Templates.

Previous to this journey, Bill Jones, our other Therap guru was the one who would do all of the ISP Programs; forms; tracking and such – so, I didn’t have to worry about it.  I have spent the majority of my time in the TMS system as well as the other basic modules.  But I am very glad to say, that I am moving across the board.   Now, I can take this fire (that got me into the mess) and instill it in others.  That is one of my ongoing missions.  I guess any teacher wants that; to put the fire they have in themselves into others; to create that passion.   I am glad to say that in the past few days I have converted 2 others and put that little spark in them.  Hopefully, it will turn into a fire (although, I don’t know if we have enough extinguishers for every one to be as fired up as I would like to see – but I am trying)!

So, since I can tell that I have just started rambling (a writing habit of mine); I will close and get back to my project – the TIME just keeps TICKING!  Thanks for letting me ramble.

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