Past Conferences

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Employment Matters! Conference 2023

Coaching Practices and Management Strategies for an Inclusive Workforce

October 24, 2023 @ College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA

Keynote speakers:

Adriana Mallozzi, CEO and founder of Puffin Innovations

Doug Crandell, Author: Twenty-Two Centers an Hour: Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wage

Employment Matters! Conference 2022

Elevating Disability in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conversation Conference

October 19, 2022
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness month, the 9th Employment Matters! Conference, presented by Massachusetts APSE, will be held in-person on Wednesday October 19th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. The theme of this year’s event is “Elevating Disability in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Conversation”, and will feature a keynote presentation by Keith Jones, the President and CEO of Soul Touchin’ Experiences. As an African American community activist and entrepreneur with cerebral palsy, and strong advocate for independent quality living in the community, Mr. Jones has participated actively in various issues that face people with disabilities. Wally Tablit, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion officer on the APSE national board of directors, will also be a featured speaker. In addition, Kathleen Walker, the DDS Director of Day and Employment Services. will provide an update on DDS’s ongoing efforts for advancing employment. There will also be 6 breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to diversity and employment, as well as a World Café’ for networking and dialogue among attendees. Registration is $100 for the day ($85 for APSE members)

The Process, Principles and Practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation

& Recovery Oriented Services – MassPRC inaugural 2020 training event


Wednesday October 21, 2020

Our kickoff training will feature Pat Deegan, a thought leader and in her own words, a disruptive innovator, in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat founded Common Ground, which is run by and for people in recovery, and whose mission is to safeguard human dignity by bringing individual “voice and choice” to the center of the clinical care team. Drawing on her own experience of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, Pat Deegan will share insights into the process of recovery and how clinicians can support it. In particular, she will detail a recovery-oriented framework for clinical risk management when supporting individual choice and self-determination.

The training is led by our two directors of Training and Education, Anne Sullivan-Soydan and Kelley Gamble, who will provide an overview of the process, principles and practice of recovery and psychiatric rehabilitation for use in clinical and community settings. These are challenging times, and we are invested in giving you some strategies to bring everybody to the table to engage in rehabilitation and recovery.