Choose one of two dynamic Pre-conference presentations held on Tuesday August 5th
Dr. Tom Pomeranz

Empowering People to have a Meaningful Life through Supported Routines

Dr. Tom Pomeranz is a nationally recognized authority, trainer, clinician and consultant in the field
of services for people with disabilities.  Over the last forty (40) years, Tom has conducted
thousands of seminars and programs throughout the United States and Canada.  His audiences
praise his ability to combine information, humor, passion and storytelling into an informative whole
that does not just present the information, but really communicates it in a memorable fashion.



In this lively and informative workshop, Dr. Tom Pomeranz brings home the point that “habilitation is not a goal – it is a result”.  People grow, develop and become more independent as a result of participating in meaningful life activities.  Tom details how supports should be delivered to allow individuals with significant cognitive, physical and/or behavioral challenges to participate in all aspects of their life. 


 The session provides participants with insight as to how our perceptions and expectations serve as barriers to obtaining a life of meaning and value.  The four supported routine outcomes (facilitating connections, maximizing independence, enhancing self-worth, and producing self-determination) are detailed and their life enhancing effects are reviewed.



Bob Sandidge and Ann Ward


Solutions-Focused Coaching



One of the toughest challenges of being a manager is dealing with never-ending problems: work that doesn’t get finished, work that doesn’t get started, co-workers whose weaknesses undercut progress, bosses who move the goal post just when we're almost there…and, well, you have your own list.

The Solutions-Focus Coaching model works with problems in a unique way. What the developers learned through decades of research and hard-won breakthroughs is that more information about the problem or what’s not working is not nearly as helpful as discovering clues to what will work, and finding ways to implement potential solutions early and often. The process turns the drudgery of problem solving into a creative, collaborative effort to find the smallest steps in the right direction.

During the morning session, you'll learn the steps of the Solutions Focus Coaching model. You'll use the model during the session to discover solutions to one of your current problems. No matter how sticky or intractable that problem feels to you now, you will leave with a list of specific actions that will lead to positive change.


In the afternoon, you'll be introduced to a collection of tools to help you start strong and accelerate progress.

Much is being learned now about how to achieve positive change. We've collected the best, most action-oriented tools we could find to help you grow your employees and your accomplishments.

For example, we've taken the concept of "sprints" from the best software development companies. It's a technique that energizes teams as they plow through projects, using progress as a spur to draft the next carefully designed short sprint.

Some of the other tools you'll take with you:

From research at MIT: how to create positive habits

From neuro-linguistics: how to generate new behaviors, test them quickly, and lock them in

From high-performing schools: How to shorten the feedback loop

From personal fitness training: design time-limited challenges that show people what they can really do

From positive psychology:  how to notice and develop bright spots

You'll find these tools of value when you need to coach an employee who needs to improve in one or more areas. When you teach these to your top performers, you'll give them a gift designed to accelerate their achievements and their careers.