Our Keynote Speakers - Orlando 2018
Tim McGowan has been an educator for 32 years and started his teaching career as a science and math instructor. He attended St. Cloud University for his B.S. in General and Earth Science Education and earned his M.A. in Counseling and Human Development from the University of Iowa. He has also been a director of a residential program for abused and neglected children, a school counselor and internship coordinator. Tim is a Nationally Certified Prevention Trainer with Sources of Strength (peer mentoring program). And has spent hundreds of hours leading Experiential Education workshops for students and adults. He is also the founder of Networks of Support.
Peggy Collins nationally recognized motivational and keynote speaker, specializes in speaking to audiences on personal and workplace issues at group meetings, conferences, association meetings, special events and Retreats. She's been speaking since 1993 to literally thousands from coast to coast .Peggy brings a message that inspires, motivates, entertains and literally changes lives. Her most-often quoted statement on evaluations is "I thought you were talking just to me". She delivers her powerful messages through the expert use of stories, interaction and life-learned lessons.
Conference Program - Orlando 2018
The program* for our 43rd annual NEW PATHS training conference is coming together. Our goal is to have something for everyone to find the magic with NEW PATHS and discover the possibilities of tomorrow.
Each year we try to offer workshops that will give our attendees an opportunity to discover new areas of interest as well as gather insight into what they already experience. This year we are offering individual workshops with, CMS, SNAP, TANF, and NCOA to replace the Town Hall meetings of the past. This will give attendees the opportunity to speak one on one with a representative of the program they work with. In addition to the Federal representatives, the following workshops will also be offered:
Tim McGowan (Wyoming): Bridging the Cultural Differences
This workshop is designed specifically to address and bridge the cultural differences between client and worker by focusing on connectedness and increasing worker’s sense of humanity.
Brenda Zedlitz and Courtine Wheeless (Child Care Aware of America):
Harnessing the Power of Child Care Resource and Referral
Access to quality child care is a barrier many families face. In this workshop you will explore what a CCRR (Child Care Resource Referral) Agency is and how to use a CCRR to assist a family in finding child care. You will also discuss how CCRR’s build the supply of quality child care by providing support and resources to childcare providers, bridge child care and education (including preparing children for school) and gather important data on child care needs and trends.
Peggy Collins (North Carolina): The Science of Networking and the Art of Connection
This workshop reveals all aspects of the most powerful skill on the planet – whether finding resources, learning about new programs or diversifying your base.
Paula Hella (Wisconsin): Poverty Awareness – Your own perception
Each community differs socially, economically, demographically and culturally as do the needs of low or limited income community members. This interactive workshop will challenge participants to examine how their own experiences influence their views on poverty, the myths of poverty, and will discuss the challenges of accurately measuring poverty.
Monica Kay and Lois Serio (CMS): The New Medicare Card Update
New Medicare cards with the new number will start mailing in April of this year and continue throughout next year. This workshop will provide an update on what you need to know along with CMS’s communication strategy.
Sara Middleton and Leslie Walker (California): Linkages; Keeping Families Together
This workshop will explore the collaborative efforts of social worker and eligibility worker in assisting at risk families’ stay together. You will find ways to use both the expertise and resources from two perspectives in a collaborative effort to keep the family together.
Ivonne Ortiz (National Resource Center for Domestic Violence):
More than Just Leaving: Building Partnerships Against Domestic Violence
For many victims of domestic violence having access to benefit programs has an impact in the difficult decision to leave an abusive relationship. This workshop will examined ways to provide trauma-informed and victim-centered services in a culturally appropriate way. Participants will also learn the building blocks of collaboration with local domestic violence programs.
Deb Robinette (Alaska): “Plus the Magic”
Communicating Today for Greater Possibilities Tomorrow
When Walt Disney wanted to get his team to go further, reach higher, make something great even a little bit better- he’d tell them to ‘plus it’. This workshop is a jam-packed, action oriented forum to join in, share, and connect as we explore communication magic!
Rebecca Ryan-Jones Ph. D (University of California, San Diego):
The Coming Dementia Epidemic
This workshop seeks to help participant differentiate normal aging from neurodegenerative brain disorders including Alzheimer’s. The prevalence rate of AD (and other dementias) will be discussed in the context of the changing world population. The scope of the dementia epidemic is presented along with risks factors that contribute to the development of the disease.
Letissha Sandoval (California): Learning Styles
This interactive and entertaining workshop will cover the 4 types of learning styles and find out in which category you belong. You will be able to identify your learning style, as well as to recognize and understand others.
Kristi Davis (Alaska): Respect for Those with Disabilities
This workshop will focus on learning the appropriate etiquette of interacting with individuals with disabilities. Avoid causing a problem by learning the best way to act, talk and show respect no matter who you are engaging with.
Additional workshop topics and presenters include the following (subject to change):
These workshops and more will be presented to help you discover the possibilities of tomorrow at our 43rd Annual NEW PATHS Training Conference.
Hope to see you in Orlando!
*Program subject to change