ICPN is very excited to host our Annual Conference this coming March! Although we were hoping to meet in person, a virtual setting is the next best thing. To meet everyone’s hectic schedules, the conference will take place over three consecutive Wednesdays. We have collaborated with three fantastic speakers who will present each week providing relevant and useful information about the current challenges confronting us. We greatly appreciate all you do for the ID/DD community and will be providing all sessions free of charge. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you register and are unable to attend, please use the link in your confirmation email to unregister. You are welcome to register for one or all three sessions.

When you register, a personal zoom link will be emailed to you. Please flag or save this information so you can access the session. Continuing education certificates will be emailed out to all participants after the completion of the session. Please allow 14 business days to receive your CE certificate via email.

*Important note to all DHS Staff – In the past, you were registered for the conference by your supervisor. This year, you will need to register directly through the links provided.

If you have any issues regarding registration, CE certificates, or specific questions about the conference, please contact Jenny Graw at jgraw@hope.us.

What’s to Come: Supporting Staff Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury After the Pandemic

March 3, 2021 | 1 – 4 PM

Presented by Lara Palay, MSW, LISW-S


We’ve lived through history being made. As always, we scrambled to protect our individuals, but direct service professionals, managers, and executives had to make hard choices. While technology allowed us to carry on, many of us temporarily lost that vital connection of being with our teams and colleagues. Some situations left us feeling helpless and overwhelmed. Many of us are caretakers at home as well as work, and it wasn’t always possible to protect ourselves from the daily onslaught of worry and stress. Numbness and delayed reactions can create the “I’m fine” effect. As we recover, we need to plan how we will care for our staff and ourselves. Managers and administrators will need to understand what professional trauma, burnout, and empathetic distress look like in ourselves and others. In this presentation, you will also learn about the damage that “moral injury” does. Finally, we will focus on compassionate empathy and the foundations of mindful self-care: practical tools that we can use with our staff, our agencies, and ourselves to heal and thrive.

Ethics, Sexuality, and Intellectual Disability: The Path to the Present and Roads to the Future

Presented by Jason Buckles, Ph.D., LPCC


In many ways, attitudes towards sexuality have shaped our systems of supports for the past 150 years. Dr. Buckles will discuss the history of sexuality for people with intellectual disabilities, examine current concerns in this area of our field from the perspectives of contemporary literature, ethics, and best practice, and consider what we mean when we say, ‘healthy sexuality.’

The Path to Healing

Presented by Karyn Harvey, Ph.D.


Dr. Harvey will share a look at the unique causes of trauma in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and the effects of that trauma. The biological and psychological effects will be explored with emphasis on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Critical ingredients for healing will be discussed, with an emphasis on the programmatic components key to recovery.