IARP New England Fall 2019 Conference
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When: Friday, November 15, 2019
8 am – 4 pm
Where: The Fall Event Center
21 Front St
Manchester, New Hampshire  03102
United States

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IARP New England Fall 2019 Conference

Cost Credits Agenda

Registration & Continental Breakfast   8:00-8:45 a.m.
Conference  8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Conference (Pre-registration)
Member: $75.00
Non-member: $125
Student: Free

Conference (Onsite registration)
Member: $85.00
Non-member: $135
Student: Free


6.0 General and ETHICS CEUs requested for CRC, CDMS, CCM, CLCP & ABVE

Conference Agenda


Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Impact on the Workforce and the Return to Work with Ethical Implications
The workforce is changing the way it looks and operates over the past few years. Historically, we are familiar and comfortable with what we see physically – injuries, illnesses and others. But Mental Health and Substance Use are different. Often times, mental health diagnoses are not seen or noticed which increases ethical decision making related to how we treat the individual, the impact on job performance, and questioning whether it is real. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders impact numerous life domains, specifically to our work place. Approximately two-thirds of our employees suffer from a mental health condition and on a yearly basis individuals are being diagnosed at an approximate rate of 20%. We need to actively increase our knowledge and awareness of the impact on the workforce; job development and ensuring individuals are supported in their profession. We need to understand what Mental Health and Substance Use can look like in the workplace and how we can balance needs of the individual, the overall job expectations and the needs of the employer. We can all work together to support individuals in the workplace!

  • Shorey E. Dow, LMHC of Phoenix House New England




Expert Witness Testimony, Tips, Tricks & Ethical Considerations
This panel presentation will increase the awareness of the roles Expert Witnesses play when involved in litigated cases. The speakers will offer an overview of the challenges Expert Witnesses experience while testifying. They will address how to prepare for direct and cross examination and what strategies are utilized by attorneys when preparing direct and cross examination questions. Information will be discussed on what makes an effective Expert Witness, how to handle difficult questions and understanding the differences of good and bad responses to cross examination questions.

  • Jake Lantry, Esq. of Campbell Conroy & O'Neil, P.C.
  • Cynthia Bourbeau, LCP of Medical and Life Care Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Erin Bailey, CRC, ABVE of CRC Services, LLC




Shining a Light on Unconscious Bias
Everyday unconscious bias slips into our work efforts--even when we are committed to inclusion. This can affect our body language, willingness to help, whether we treat people equally, listen to their ideas and needs, and show respect. For us to thrive at work, it is crucial to understand the common types of unconscious bias, where this bias comes from, how it manifests itself and what we can do about it. We’ll explore behavior strategies and systems to help mitigate the unwanted effects of unconscious bias. We’ll look at ways to spend time with people different from us, set up some systems to override our natural unconscious bias tendencies, use perspective-taking and empathy, individuate for each person and proactively provide micro-affirmations. Finally, we’ll explore how to effectively and sensitively speak up when we hear a colleague say something that appears bias.

  • Janet Edmunson, M.Ed., JME Insights




Navigating BLS data for use in Vocational Rehabilitation: From General Trends to Specific Occupations and Labor Markets
This presentation will discuss two commonly used publications of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment Projections and Occupational Outlook Handbook. Presentation will include basic description of collection and publication protocols; historic accuracy of employment projections; and parameters for use of the projections. Specific examples will be used with the goal of increasing attendees’ familiarity with the tools. This presentation will also address changing, emerging, and declining occupations, with a focus on “jobs in demand” and changes in occupational demands related to the manufacturing industry. Examples will be provided comparing the projections for two New England states, as well as for the national labor market. Discussion will include how to access occupational databases, and how to best evaluate specific measures for use in reporting.

  • Timothy Consedine, Regional Economist, U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New England Information Office


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