grey shadow Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

The Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series is a community and continuing education program provided for Division of Developmental Disabilities staff, community provider agencies, people with disabilities, and family members to enhance their knowledge and skills in innovative approaches and state of the art practices for people with developmental disabilities.

Eight sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series are held each year, four in the Fall, and four in the Spring. Nationally known speakers with expertise in their field serve as faculty for the program, each conducting a morning presentation and providing technical assistance in an afternoon forum. Over 1,500 people attend the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series each year.

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See the descriptions of current sessions and registration information below.

Supported Decision Making for
People with Intellectual Disabilities: An Alternative to Guardianship

Robert Dinerstein, JD
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education
American University, Washington College of Law
Washington, DC

This presentation will explore the concept of supported decision making for people with intellectual disabilities. It will provide a definition of the concept; it’s theoretical basis; formal and informal examples of it in practice; examples of jurisdictions that have used it; reasons why the concept is gaining resonance among many, including its support in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and potential difficulties with its implementation and proposed responses.

Date Duration Time Location
April 4, 2014
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodbridge Hilton, Iselin, NJ

Creative and Collaborative Clinical Treatment Model for People with Intellectual Disabilities

April Stein, MEd
Assistant Director of Outpatient Services
Servicenet, Inc.
Northampton, Mass.

For people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and mental health needs, group and individual psychological treatment is most effective when the clinical principles are repeated in daily life, through vocational and residential services, with the same goals and therapeutic orientation. This model evolved from a relapse prevention program for people with ID and problematic sexual behaviors. Using principles from Positive Psychology, Systems, Psychodrama, and Positive Behavior Supports, this model demonstrates an integrated, collaborative clinical approach to treatment.

Date Duration Time Location
April 11, 2014 1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodbridge Hilton, Iselin, NJ

Students Leading Their Transition Planning Process

Teresa Grossi, PhD
Director, Center on Community Living and Careers
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

It has been shown that students with self-determination skills are more likely to be engaged in post-school employment. Students with varying levels of skills and abilities can actively participate in and lead their transition planning process. These skills can and should be carried over to the adult provider planning meeting process and used to prepare for job interviews. This interactive session will review a variety of digital technologies and selfdetermination materials, examples of ways to teach in various settings and formats, and share ideas for implementation.

Date Duration Time Location
April 25, 2014 1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Guest Suites, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Social Capital is One Quality Outcome that Leads to a Wonderful Life

Cathy Ficker Terrill, MS
The Council on Quality and Leadership
Elmhurst, IL

This session will focus on building social capital with individuals in the context of organizational change from a model of traditional services to one in which supports are provided to help people become community members. The importance of social capital and connecting people to supports in their local community, especially when resources are scarce, will be discussed along with strategies that emphasize the person’s role in defining quality in his/her life. Methods to build social capital will be shared, including community connection and increasing opportunities for genuine participation.

Date Duration Time Location
May 2, 2014
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Guest Suites, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Registration Details

Fee information: Free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited.

Continuing Education Available: ASWB, CRCC, DDNA, NJDOE. View Continuing Education details


View Spring 2014 brochure

Register online now

Please note: Submission of the online form is not a confirmation of registration. Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center. When your form is received, Boggs Center
staff will register you for the sessions requested, based on space availability. You will receive a confirmation letter listing the sessions for which you are registered, and if full, the sessions for which you are on the waiting list. If you do not receive a letter, please call The Boggs Center at 732-235-9543.

For more information: Please email Debbie Mahovetz or call 732-235-9543.

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Fall 2014 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Date Duration Time Location
October 10, 2014 1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodbridge Hilton, Iselin, NJ
October 17, 2014 1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodbridge Hilton, Iselin, NJ
October 30, 2014 1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Guest Suites, Mt. Laurel, NJ
November 6, 2014 1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Guest Suites, Mt. Laurel, NJ

Project Manager: Robyn Carroll
Program Staff: Deborah Mahovetz, Ziba Arjmand
Project Support Staff: Gail DiPane


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