SDMNY is a 5-year project by Hunter College/CUNY, the NY Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, and the Arc Westchester, in partnership with Disability Rights New York, and funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. The project’s goal is to increase awareness of supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship for persons with I/DD.
SDMNY facilitators work one-on-one with persons with I/DD to help them create Supported Decision-Making Agreements with their chosen support persons. These Agreements are an important alternative to guardianship that may help persons with I/DD either avoid guardianship in the first place or make an important step towards regaining their rights.
This Training of Facilitators will be held for two separate days at, Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue. Trainees will learn skills and strategies for working with persons with I/DD to guide them through the SDMNY three-phase facilitation process and create Supported Decision-Making Agreements. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Facilitators will NOT be compensated for their time or any lodging or transportation costs.
Day 1 of the training will be held from 9am to 5pm on Friday, March 6th.
Day 2 of the training will be held from 9am to 5pm on Friday, March 13th.
Trained SDMNY facilitators will be provided with a training manual to guide them through the 3-phase pilot program process, access to SDMNY’s electronic progress tracking and educational tools, and SDMNY business cards. They will receive one-on-one mentoring by a trained SDMNY facilitator who has been through the process before. They will have the option of participating in monthly “community of practice” teleconferences to discuss their experiences with other new and experienced SDMNY facilitators.
In order to sign up for this Training of Facilitators, you will be asked to complete the SDMNY Facilitator Commitment Form to volunteering for approximately 3 to 4 hours per month over 12 months. At the end of approximately 12 months, SDMNY facilitators will have helped a person with I/DD exercise the human right to make one’s own decisions! .
Register for this SDMNY Training of Facilitators using the form below by no later than March 3rd, 2020. Registration will be capped at 50 persons. Space permitting, you will be contacted with the Facilitator Sign-up Form. Also, please contact us if you are a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and interested in receiving up to 11 hours of continuing education for this training.