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Trauma Informed Care and Positive Strategies for Healing


Karyn Harvey, PhD
Assistant Executive Director, Clinical Supports

The Arc Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

This presentation will include an overview of trauma and its effects on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, with a focus on symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma can often manifest as behavioral issues or the symptoms of other mental health disorders. Understanding the unique diagnostic considerations of individuals with intellectual disabilities is essential to recovery. Mechanisms for healing and the positive strategies that can be used to support ongoing growth and psychological well-being will be explored. 

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, April 6, 2017
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ

Autism Research: Prenatal Beginnings to Early Childhood Clinical Outcome


Eric Courchesne, PhD
Professor and Co-Director,
Autism Center of Excellence

University of California San Diego

San Diego, CA


There is considerable biological evidence that autism is a prenatal neural disorder. In this session, participants will learn about research findings that demonstrate how the biological markers of Autism Spectrum Disorders exist prenatally, and underlie the emergence of the first behavioral symptoms. Key examples from studies of language development in ASD will be shared. Language development is especially important because better or worse language outcomes are linked to long term social adaptive functioning and general life success. Dr. Courchesne will discuss how this new knowledge of early autism biology may impact our understanding of and approach to early detection and intervention.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, April 20, 2017
1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM APA Hotel Woodbridge,
Iselin, NJ

Enhancing Employment: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Other Recent Developments


David Michael Mank, PhD
Professor Emeritus

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN


This session will focus on recent, notable developments of national impact related to employment of people with significant disabilities. These developments include: the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act; the Oregon Department of Justice Settlement Agreement; investigation of the AbilityOne program; national discussion of sub-minimum wages; changes and guidance from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services; and the Final Report and Recommendations of the US Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, May 11, 2017

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Using Outcomes-based Data for Improving Service Quality and Monitoring


Mary Kay Rizzolo, PhD

The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)

Towson, MD

Human service organizations and systems are charged with developing and implementing supports that help people achieve the lives they want as fully included members of their communities. This session provides a framework for organizations to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services. The presentation will discuss the history of quality metrics – including an in-depth look at The Council on Quality and Leadership’s (CQL) Basic Assurances® and Personal Outcome Measures® tools. Methods for using data to guide person-centered planning, assist in organizational strategic planning, and promote systems transformation will be shared, along with an examination of trends over the years.  

Date Duration Time Location
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Session full

1/2 day 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Doubletree Suites by Hilton,
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Registration Details

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

Continuing Education Available:
CRCC, NJ Social Work, NJDOE (all sessions)
DDNA (April 6 and 20 only)
View Continuing Education details


View Spring 2017 brochure

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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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