Thank you to everyone who attended our HOME Conference event on Thursday, September 13th. We hope everyone enjoyed insightful sessions on how to best serve our clients, advocacy, and policy discussions. Special thank you to this year’s presenters; steering committee members; plenary speakers, Chuck Short, Norm Suchar, and Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal, volunteers, and staff for helping make this day a success!
If you were not able to attend, presentation copies are available for some sessions below:
2012 HOME Conference Session Presentations
Advocating for Change
- To learn the specific benefits of advocacy.
- To understand common challenges to integrating advocacy into service settings.
- To identify specific actions possible to advance macro-level goals.
Borderline Personality Disorder
- Identify the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and understand why clients with this diagnosis can be challenging to work with.
- Understand the basics of DBT.
- Learn at least one skill in each DBT module to use with clients to promote more effective functioning.
Common Ground Model 100,000 Homes Campaign
- Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
- Definition of medically vulnerable.
- Learn how to help end homelessness for our most vulnerable neighbors.
Complete Yoga, Complete You
- This class will teach students the fundamentals of traditional yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and will explore tools to incorporating the path of yoga as a lifestyle. The class is accessible to all levels.
- Both standing and seated postures will be introduced.
- Some of the many benefits of yoga that will be explored include relaxation, better health and wellness, clear thought and detoxification.
- Will learn the types of program and services available to Montgomery County inmates who have behavioral health needs.
- Will become familiar with the updated BHCS programs addressing the treatment and re-entry needs of inmates.
- Will learn about diversion efforts for the mentally ill, also how the criminal justice system is involved.
- Motivations for violence.
- Indicators that violence may occur.
- De-escalation techniques.
Ethical Issues and Professional Boundaries
- Definitions related to boundaries and ethics.
- Understand the difference between being a paid helper, a peer, or friend.
- Understand dual relationships and how ethics protect employees and clients.
- Discuss boundaries and importance of supervision in our daily work.
- Describe the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI).
- Define anthrax and how it is treated.
- Identify the roles of the Homeless Shelters during Closed-POD activation.
- Obtaining an awareness of the major health problems encountered among people who are homeless.
- Gaining knowledge into which clients should go immediately to the emergency room and which to refer for an appointment with primary care provider.
- Being knowledgeable of the primary care providers who provide care to homeless clients.
- Learn what auditory hallucinations are.
- Experience 2 activities while wearing headsets that provide a similar experience to hearing voices, to better understand what the clients we work with who hear voices are experiencing.
- Process with the group the experience and discuss how this experience can influence our work with clients and make us more effective and empathetic providers.
- Provide an overview of the significant changes the HEARTH Act makes to HUD’s McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs.
- Focus will be given to system-wide collaboration on providing housing and services.
- Discussion of performance measures.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of compulsive hoarding.
- Using established assessment tools, differentiate among degrees of clutter & hoarding severity and choose an appropriate intervention.
- Identify and compare interventions available for various hoarding behaviors.
- Communicate effectively and reinforce interventions through intra- and inter- agency collaboration.
Implications for the Affordable Care Act
- To identify the major provisions in the law that benefit very low income populations.
- To understand the impact these provisions will have on those who are uninsured in Maryland.
- To identify the challenges for providers in meeting increase in demand for services.
Mental Health 101
- Learn how to work with challenging clients without getting into power struggles.
- Build rapport with clients while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
- Use client strengths and goals to drive interactions.
- Remember that all interactions are interventions.
Money Matter$ Workshop-Financial Education
- Learn ways to help clients examine their money values/habits.
- Learn tips/tools on creating and sticking to a Spending Plan.
- Why a credit report matters to clients and how to improve credit scores.
- Basic debt management strategies.
- Local financial education/counseling resources.
- Increase our ability to help others enhance importance, confidence and readiness for making behavior change decisions.
- Increase our ability to collaborate with others for change.
- Increase our ability to elicit change talk within behavior change conversations.
Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care and Peer-led Services
- Understand the local, state and federal efforts to support people in recovery beyond providing treatment.
- Learn the new language of recovery management as we shift to focus on long-term support for a chronic disease over brief support during acute episodes.
- Learn about the growing role for Peer Leaders in recovery support and how Maryland is moving toward credentialing Peer Mentors and Peer Support Specialists.
Removing Legal Barriers for Clients
- Gain a basic knowledge on helping their clients from a legal standpoint.
- Learn how to help clients with record expungement.
- Understand the procedure for child support issues related to veterans.
Stress Management with Dr. Mark Bergel
- Participants will learn to reduce their stress, which is a major factor in more than 75% of diseases in this country.
- Create a more desired reality through realization, visualization, and other tools.
- Gain a great sense of calm and control.
Stress Management with Jennifer Alfonso
- Understand how irrational thoughts can increase negativity and decrease productivity.
- Develop ways to combat irrational thinking.
- Increase life satisfaction by learning skills to create more optimism.
- Develop ways to combat stress.
- Increase skills to incorporate more joy.
Substance Abuse 101
- Understand what is “use”, “abuse”, and dependence of alcohol & other drugs.
- Understand how substance use / dependence & co-occurring disorders intersect with homelessness and other social problems.
- Learn the basics of “treatment matching” using medical necessity criteria (ASAM).
- Gain basic knowledge of the County’s continuum of care & how adults access treatment services.
Trauma Informed Care
- Participants will learn what trauma is, how it affects individuals—psychologically, developmentally, and neurobiological. Self regulation strategies will be explored.
- Identify at least four strategies to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization.
- Explore a minimum of two ways trauma affects people development tally, psychologically and physiologically.
Understanding Essential Federal Benefits
- Learn the differences between SSI (Title XIV) and SSDI/CDB/DWB (Title II) benefits.
- Learn the differences between Medicaid and Medicare.
- Learn about how to apply for the major cash benefits including utilizing the SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) program.
- Accessing Benefits.
- Discuss Mental Health Services at VA: the variety of services available.
- Eligibility and Enrollment at the VA: who qualifies for services and how they can enroll.
2012 Steering Committee Members
Diane Aten, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Kim Ball, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Mary Bennett, Stepping Stones Shelter
Lauren Biggs, People Encouraging People
Sara Black, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Laura Cecala, MCCH Board Chair
John Eckenrode, Shepherd's Table
Sharon Fischman, St. Luke's House and Threshold Services United
Jean Hochron, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Amy Horton-Newell, American Bar Association
Danielle Jacques, Montgomery Cares Health Care for the Homeless
Susan Kuhn, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Josiane Makon, Interfaith Works
Forest Offord, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Amanda Riddle, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Susie Sinclair-Smith, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Susan Smith, Housing Opportunities Commission
Kristy Swartz, People Encouraging People
2012 HOME Conference Presenters
Founder, Anger Management Techniques
Social Worker, Department of Veterans Affairs
Founder and Executive Director, A Wider Circle
Vice President, Bowman Systems, LLC
Program Manager, Life Skills Program, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Program Director, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council and Health Care for the Homeless, Inc
Program Manager, Outpatient Mental Health Center and Crisis Residential Services, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Director of Residential and Supported Living Services, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Program Director, SAMHSA Trauma Center
Supervisor, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Nurse Case Manager, Montgomery Cares Health Care for the Homeless
Eastern US Field Organizer, 100,000 Homes Campaign, Community Solutions
Supervisor, Adult Protective Services, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Manager, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Crisis Counselor, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Katie Meyer Scott
Director Pro Bono Programs, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Social Worker III, Montgomery County Division of Correction and Rehabilitation
Residential Supervisor, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Clinical Supervisor, Montgomery County Detention Center
Director of Financial Education, Maryland CASH
Community Health Nurse II, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the County Executive
Program Coordinator, Disability Services, Housing Opportunities Commission
Director of Capacity Building, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Therapist/Case Manager, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Benefits Specialist, St. Luke’s House and Threshold Services United
Therapist, Montgomery County Crisis Center