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  • October 28th Fall 2022 Conference Schedule


    WA IARP's Fall 2022 conference is just around the corner on Friday October 28, 2022. Also, don't forget about the cocktail party on Thursday evening hosted by Gardiant from 6-8PM!
  • Registration Open for Fall 2022 Conference!


    Do you feel like the Pandemic's got you down? Feeling burnt out and overwhelmed? Were you on a roll with Vocational Recovery and then suddenly lost momentum?

    We're ready for a reset!

    Let's get Fired Up for Rehab at this year's 2022 Fall conference hosted by your WA IARP Board. We have a fantastic line-up for you this year, and are so thrilled to be able to see everyone in person together at the Hyatt Regency at Lake Washington on October 28th.

    Registration is now open and early bird pricing goes through 08/26/2022. Register here to reserve your spot today!

    Gardiant will be hosting a cocktail party from 6:00-8:00PM the night before, so mark your calendars and grab your room at the Hyatt Regency at Lake Washington!
  • 2022-2023 Board Members

    We are pleased to announce your new WA IARP Board for 2022-2023!
     
    President – Allison Baldwin
    Past President – Laurel Creek
    President Elect – Stephanie Cross
    Treasurer – Matt Nystul
    Members at Large (in no particular order):
    Annabel Cobane
    Brian Roberts
    Katrina Taylor
    Leslie Weaver
    Katie Rau
  • WA IARP Board Elections Now Open


    Elections are now open for the 2022-2023 WA IARP Board of Directors!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DXZTBC2

    🛑Voting ends 04/30/2022
    ✅New Board term starts 05/01/2022 

    Positions:
    ◾ President Elect
    ◾ Member at Large (5 positions)
  • March 24th Webinar Registration Now Available


    Register Today: https://rehabpro.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1622998
     
    Washington IARP is sponsoring a webinar on the topic: Risk of Harm: counseling techniques and reporting requirements. Thursday, March 24th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
     
    * Please note, in order to receive CEUs, you must register and be present during the live webinar event.
     
    Presenters, Debbie Allemand with Eastside Vocational Services and Noel Marsh, Claim Lead from the Department of Labor & Industries will discuss risk factors and warning signs as well as communication and de-escalation techniques for helping a client in crisis. They will also discuss resources for clients, reporting requirements based on ethical codes and communication with stakeholders. Q&A period included.
     
    Please join us for this important conversation!
  • Seeking Nominations

    WE ARE SEEKING ADDITIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR OUR 2022-2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS!!

    IARP Washington is seeking new leaders to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (President Elect position), one year term (Board Member at Large), and a two year term (Treasurer/Secretary) commencing May 1, 2022. For a detailed description of IARP WA Chapter Board Positions, please follow our library link under the ‘Browse’ tab on the IARP WA Chapter website or go to Chapter Resources on our IARP WA home page. 

     
    Board meetings are held monthly in various locations in Washington (location is at the discretion of the President) and sometimes via phone conference. Travel stipend is available for those traveling long distances. You may nominate any current IARP WA member (with their permission) and you may also nominate yourself!Open positions listed below:President Elect: 1 open position 3 year term ~ 1 year as President Elect, 1 year as President, 1 year as Immediate Past PresidentMember at Large (MAL): 5 open positions ~ 1 year term  

    *In order to ensure that the board is representative of IARP members across our state, three of the five Member-At-Large positions are regionally specific. These regions are defined as follows: Eastern, comprised of the L&I service locations for Kennewick, Moses Lake, and Spokane; Central, comprised of the L&I service locations for E. Wenatchee and Yakima; Western, comprised of the L&I service locations for Aberdeen, Bellingham, Bremerton, Everett, Longview, Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, Seattle, Tacoma, Tumwater, and Vancouver.For each region, the nominee from that area with the most votes will be elected to that specific position (1 year term). The remaining two Member-At-Large positions are then filled by any eligible candidate with the greatest number of votes.If there are no eligible nominees for a region during an election cycle, that region will become “unspecified” and be filled by the eligible candidate with the greatest number of votes.Please submit your nominations to:Katrina Taylor, IARP WA Past President, via email: ktaylor@eastsidevocational.com.Please feel free to contact any of your current Board members (on IARP WA website) for additional information and/or questions regarding Board positions or serving on the Board. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to your profession. We work hard and have fun!

    -WA IARP Board

  • March Webinar - Save the Date

    Please Save the Date for Thursday, March 24th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a Washington IARP sponsored webinar on the topic: Risk of Harm: counseling techniques and reporting requirements.
     
    Presenters, Debbie Allemand with Eastside Vocational Services and Noel Marsh, Claim Lead from the Department of Labor & Industries will discuss risk factors and warning signs as well as communication and de-escalation techniques for helping a client in crisis. They will also discuss resources for clients, reporting requirements based on ethical codes and communication with stakeholders. Q&A period included.
     
    Please join us for this important conversation. Registration details to follow.
  • New Email Address

    WA IARP wants to ensure that you are receiving communications regarding upcoming events, newsletters, webinar links, etc. We recently created a new Gmail account:
     
    WA IARP iarpwaboard@gmail.com
     
    We understand many folks have been finding emails from this address are sent to their spam or junk folders. We recommend that you add this email address as a contact so that you don’t miss future emails!
  • January Webinar - Registration Now Open!

    Registration is now open for the FREE Washington IARP sponsored webinar on the topic: Vocational Services and Mexico H2A Workers.

    Date: 01/20/2022
    Time: 10:30AM to 12:00PM
    Cost: Free!
    1.5 CEUs will be available for those who attend. 
    Register Here:

    https://rehabpro.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1589662


    Presenters, Edith Diaz, Yuri Cortez, and Eloisa Flores from Advanced Vocational Services will help us understand the barriers of working with Mexico H2A workers and how we can overcome those barriers.

    Zugey Garcia and Fernando Herron from the Department of Labor & Industries, will also be joining us for this collaborative presentation and be available for the last 30 minutes for Q&A.
  • Upcoming Webinar in January

    Please Save the Date for Thursday, January 20th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a Washington IARP sponsored webinar on the topic: Vocational Services and Mexico H2A Workers.

    Presenters, Edith Diaz, Yuri Cortez, and Eloisa Flores from Advanced Vocational Services will help us understand the barriers of working with Mexico H2A workers and how we can overcome those barriers.

    Zugey Garcia and Fernando Herron from the Department of Labor & Industries, will also be joining us for this collaborative presentation and be available for the last 30 minutes for Q&A.

    Stay tuned! More information on this exciting topic will soon follow.

  • Vickie Kennedy honored with two industry awards

    L&I Insurance Services Assistant Director Vickie Kennedy was recently honored by her peers in workers’ compensation by receiving two awards for her achievements. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) honored Vickie with the Frances Perkins Award for 2021, one of seven President’s awards.

    The IAIABC President’s awards are given to those who demonstrate commitment and achievement in advancing workers’ compensation systems throughout the world. The Frances Perkins award honors excellence for those following in the footsteps of Frances Perkins, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, IAIABC President and a role model for innovation and progressive leadership in workers' compensation and social security.

    Vickie was also awarded a Comp Laude award from the national news website and educational center, workcompcentral.com. She was honored in the Industry Leader category.
    The Comp Laude Awards have become a coveted honor in the workers’ compensation industry. Professionals are nominated annually by their peers in recognition of their significant industry contributions. They are nominated for being thought leaders and embodying the Comp Laude mission: to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive dialogue.

    L&I Director Joel Sacks congratulated Vickie, “These awards add to Vickie’s 50-year legacy of leadership in workers’ compensation at L&I. As I’ve said before, we’re fortunate to have Vickie on our team, a selfless leader who has dedicated her career to our mission to keep Washington safe and working.”
    Vickie recently celebrated 50 years with L&I and has been a trailblazer in the workers’ compensation industry, most recently as assistant director for Insurance Services. In this role, she has been a strong advocate for worker-centric approaches to prevent work disability and improve the lives of workers to reduce costs to employers. Vickie announced her upcoming retirement for March 2022.
  • Free Webinar Registration Available

    Registration is now available to sign up for our next virtual event that will be held on Thursday, October 14th from 10:00 – 12:15 for a Washington IARP sponsored webinar on the topic: Transforming Communication with Clients: Cultural Humility, Empathy, and Compassion.

    This event is available for FREE via Zoom and 2.25 CEUs will be provided for CDMS, CRC, and ABE.

    Presenters, Jennifer Bowes, Dana Brickham, and Brett Kuwada will help us understand the Cultural Humility, Empathy, and Compassion (CHEC) model (Kuwada, 2015) for communicating with clients who hold multiple minoritized identities. Vickie Kennedy and Ryan Guppy, from the Department of Labor & Industries, will also be joining us for this collaborative presentation.

    This will be an interactive presentation, where participants will learn a new framework for having more meaningful communication with clients using the CHEC model. Participants will have opportunities to apply and practice skills in dyad conversations.

    Please note: The webinar is scheduled for 10 – 12:15. Staying the whole time will allow participants to earn the CEUs for the presentation. Reminder that this will be an interactive presentation that involves break-out room participation from attendees during the presentation. Come ready to learn and participate!

    Following the formal presentation, there will be an extra 30 minutes available to all participants who opt to stay on after the presentation ends. The extra 30 minute session will take place from 12:15 to 12:45 and will include extra practice time for skills learned during the presentation, facilitated by Dr. Brett Kuwada, Jennifer Bowes, and Dr. Dana Brickham. If you plan to stay for this extra time, please stay on the zoom meeting.

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