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Native American Rehabilitation Resources & Services Workshop

Pre-conference workshop

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Attendance is limited to 125 people.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Vocational rehabilitation counselors, educators, mental health professionsals, and substance abuse and treatment counselors

Patty LoewCourse description: From 9:00 a.m. to noon, Patty Loew will facilitate this valuable learning opportunity for vocational rehabilitation counselors, educators, mental health professionals, and substance abuse and treatment counselors to achieve a high level of understanding of Native American culture in order to deliver quality services that benefit the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of Native American populations.

Wendy Lindstrom will lead the afternoon session of this workshop.

Ms. Lindstrom will present a presentation that covers the AODA counseling training and fieldwork specific to WI AODA training and practice from the 1970s to the present.  Her keen insight relating various AODA training curriculums and the degree to which AODA counselors are needed today form a strong perspective regarding where AODA has been, where it currently is, and where she feels is going.  Her ability to keep the audience involved, coupled with her desire to keep current vocational rehabilitation counselors up-to-date with the ebb and flow of AODA counseling, provides for a remarkable, unforgettable, presentation that will leave the audience feeling refreshed knowing their efforts are needed and appreciated.

Sampling of learning objectives:

  • The historical context of Wisconsin Tribes and the importance of sovereignty
  • Learn the history and respective cultures of all Wisconsin Native American Tribes, including similarities and differences of the Bands within each Tribe
  • Understand the value systems of individual Wisconsin Tribes
  • What do Wisconsin Tribes contribute? , i.e., language, arts, world views
  • The importance of recognizing different cultures for service providers
  • How to first understand one’s own culture in order to appreciate another’s culture and how that differs from mainstream society
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • How generational trauma and its timeline impacts Indian and non-Indian relations
  • Native American sense of community
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) considerations for Native speakers
  • Resources: Native American Vocational Rehabilitation (VRNA, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal     Council, Inc., Lac du Flambeau, WI) can provide services to WI Native Americans that WI
  • Department of Workforce Development cannot (i.e., traditional services)
  • WI Tribal/State of WI Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) exist to move the
  • vocational rehabilitation movement forward (intra-governmental agreements are vital and
  • have been in place for quite some time)

8:00 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 - 10:30 a.m. BREAK 

10:30 - Noon


12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Box lunch

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.


2:15 - 2:30 p.m. BREAK

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.


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Guidelines for Proposals

  • Proposals which address Topics of Interest are encouraged, however, other topics related to the inclusion, choice, and employment of persons with disabilities are very welcome.
  • It is strongly preferred that programs are interactive and focused on adult learning techniques.  We encourage takeaways: solutions, ideas, and materials that attendees can take home.
  • Proposals may be either a breakout session or a workshop.  Breakout sessions are 75 minutes long; workshops are a 1/2 day.  Please keep in mind there are a very limited number of workshop slots available therefore if a topic proposal for a workshop is selected, we may ask for a shortened version to fit into a 75 minute breakout session.
  • All proposals must be submitted using this electronic form. The form must be completed in a single session (sorry it does not save progress). You may wish to print each page for your own reference.
  • Each proposal submitted requires a separate form. 
  • All proposals will be reviewed.  Notice of proposal acceptance will be sent no later than January 31, 2015.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be accepted and no proposals will be accepted after December 31, 2014.

For additional information please contact Marie Mace, Conference Coordinator for Speakers

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