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The last days…

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.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:09+00:00December 17th, 2014|Categories: Allison's Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The last days…

New York has Nerds, too!

Welcome, Vicki Erdie from Ulster-Greene Arc to the herd of nerds we affectionately call Certified Geeks Nerds Therap JunkiesTrainers.

Picture of Therap's Certified Trainer Vicki Erdie

Here is what she has to say for herself:

Over the past 3 years at Ulster-Greene Arc, I have worked as the Therap Administrator.  Prior to taking on the role of Therap Administrator I was a Day Hab Manager for 7 years and Direct Care in both Residential and Day Hab for 4 years. I provide training and oversight across our agency  and have done so throughout the implementation process. I have been known to answer the phone at odd hours to provide assistance as needed to direct care and management.  I am always looking at how an electronic system impacts services and supports for the individual. Working with other agencies and brainstorming ideas and pulling from each other’s knowledge has helped us stream line some of what we do on Therap.

I have BA in History from SUNY New Paltz in New York.

(Allison’s Note: All I can tell you is that this woman was made to do webinars so keep a look out for her!)

Allison

 

By |2013-08-02T02:38:16+00:00August 2nd, 2013|Categories: Allison's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on New York has Nerds, too!

Another…Smarty Pants!

Picture of Milton Neuenschwander, Staff Development Coordinator at Missoula Developmental Service Corporation (MDSC)

Welcome, Milton! He is the latest to join the herd.

Milton Neuenschwander is the Staff Development Coordinator at Missoula Developmental Service Corporation (MDSC), a non-profit organization that services many adults with developmental disabilities. Milton has many years of experience as a Therap Administrator as well as knowledge and hands-on experience in working with adults in the developmental disabilities and mental health fields.  Milton graduated from Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN) with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Chemistry. During Milton’s free time, he enjoys doing a number of outdoor hobbies including slow-pitch softball, mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding, fishing, and so much more. “NO! Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” – YODA

(Allison’s Note: Religion and Chemistry??)

Allison

By |2013-07-24T16:15:38+00:00July 24th, 2013|Categories: Allison's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Another…Smarty Pants!

TMS served up from Florida

Elizabeth Das, one of the first certified trainers and a long-time Therap user, does an overview of Therap’s Training Management System (TMS).

Video on Certified Trainers Series – Training Management System Basics

Allison

By |2013-07-17T18:04:26+00:00July 17th, 2013|Categories: Allison's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on TMS served up from Florida

Newest Nerds!

We have nerds all over the place. Our newest hail from Florida and Missourah  Missouri.

Here is what they have to say for themselves:

Brandon Tripp

Picture of Brandon Tripp, Individualized Supported Living Program Manager (QDDP) for Willows Way, Inc.

Of course, my name is Brandon Tripp and I am from Chicago, IL. After graduating Greenville College with my B.A. in Sociology, I found myself relocating to Maryland Heights, MO. I am currently an Individualized Supported Living Program Manager (QDDP) for Willows Way, Inc., located in Saint Charles, MO. Willows Way is a non-profit organization that services adults with developmental disabilities. Willows Way provides personalized support to individuals with challenges, promoting dignity while fostering independence, growth and life choices within the community. In my spare time, I coach high school sport(s): Track & Field and Football. My favorite hobby is working; not to be confused with working-out! – “If you rest, you rust!”

(Allison’s Note: We’ll keep him from rusting, I know it!)

Scott Barnette

Picture of Scott Barnette, Coordinator of Support Services for DSI Management

I am a Coordinator of Support Services for DSI Management at Howell Branch Court located in Winter Park, FL. I have a BS in Non-Profit Administration & Development from Southern Adventist University with an additional certification In Non-Profit Leadership from the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance. Our company adopted Therap in June 2011 and since then I have sought to learn as many components of the software as possible. I also assist in the training of our employees on Therap’s uses. I love teaching, reading, traveling & sports.

(Allison’s Note: Kristen already geeked him out with an extra Trainer’s bag…Maybe he will be a good influence on her BLOGGING!)

Watch for blogs and webinars from these guys and all of the trainers here and here!

Allison

By |2016-11-03T10:15:23+00:00July 11th, 2013|Categories: Allison's Posts|Tags: , |Comments Off on Newest Nerds!

Waiting is a killer

We are finally going individual based. Well at least bending Therap to make it look like the system is individual based. Since we have been using Therap (back when electricity was the new thing) it was set up in a way (program based caseloads) that required a lot of work to transfer the people we support. And since that time heated discussions have ensued regarding that need for it to be this way and the need for it to change. Well the day as I arrived that we are fixing it, but oh the massive amount of work that its going to take! If only we had done this sooner. So word to you all DON’T WAIT!  Wish us luck and hopefully I will not be broken when we all meet again.Waiting is a killer

The latest from the trainers!

From Bev:

Video on Certified Trainer Series: Implementing Therap’s MARs

From Kitti:

Video on Certified Trainers Series: Teaching your Staff to use Therap

From Mary:

Video on Certified Trainer Series: ISP Programs: The Basics 5-15-13

I have been telling you: You CAN learn stuff on YouTube!!!

Allison

 

By |2013-05-22T01:28:21+00:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Allison's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The latest from the trainers!

Hey you!!!

Screenshot of Therap Conference Page for National Conference at Kansas City, Missouri, January 2014

Yes, you, right there…Yes, YOU!

Did you know that our national conference has been scheduled for 2014…um, yeah. And it is NOT in New Jersey (for all youhaters cold weather sissies critics who give me a hard time EVERY year!).

It is in Kansas City, Missouri. It is not warmer there in January but it is more central and here are some fun facts:

>Kansas City is the home to Hallmark Cards

>Ernest Hemingway completed his novel, “A Farewell to Arms” when he was there

>It is known as “The Paris of the Plains”

>Jeff Case, Michelle Saunders, Chris Johnson and Jordan Mar are there

>and now our national conference is there!!

So, this is a no-brainer.

Sign up here to attend on January 28-30, 2014. And if you are so motivated, we would {{{{{{{LOVE}}}}}}} for you to do a presentation (like all the certified smarty pants). It could be about anything…implementing Therap, ISP construction, herding caribou…If you’d like to flaunt your nerdiness, click here and have a look at what we need for your proposal.

Do it!! Free unicorns for the first twenty presenters.

Allison