Goal Planning for Community Inclusion

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The concept of Community Inclusion is often misunderstood in recovery services. While Community Inclusion can mean hosting special events and trips for our participants, it’s also about helping people to reclaim their independence. Rather than grocery shopping on a person’s behalf, staff have the opportunity to promote participant choice and self-determination by assisting individuals with the process of making a list, discussing recipes they would like to try, shopping together, and ultimately cooking that special meal side-by-side. This type of fulfilling and impactful engagement facilitates a greater degree of dignity and autonomy, while also building trust, rapport, and meaningful connection. In this workshop, attendees will learn strategies for helping service recipients to develop goal plans that are robust, achievable, and grounded in the tenets of Community Inclusion.


12:45-1:00 PM | Virtual training room opens
1:00-1:15 PM   | Welcome, introductions, & check-in activity
1:15-1:45 PM   | Defining community inclusion, intersection of community inclusion and direct service supports
1:45-2:15 PM   | Case study review & discussion
2:15-2:30 PM   | Summary, closing remarks, Q&A

Learning Objectives

  1. Define community inclusion and the importance of utilizing it in service delivery
  2. Describe intersections of community inclusion and basic supports and their impacts on service recipients and staff
  3. Review case study examples of how of incorporating community inclusion practices in service delivery has positively impacted program participants

Target Audience: Social service providers and helping professionals with direct client contact, including case managers, peer specialists, and clinical supervisors. 
Social Work Practice Level: This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate BSW/ MSW learners. 
Course Delivery Format: Live Webinar 
Interactivity: This course will offer 15 minutes of Q&A time, as well as real-time polling, and group discussion prompts. 
Social Work Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 CE Credits* 
Fees: $20 general registration; additional $5 for registration with LSW/LCSW CE credit

Registration includes access to the live event and recording, PDF of slides, and relevant training tip sheets/resources.

Course Completion Requirements: Attendees must attend the entirety of the virtual session with system video and audio enabled to participate, and respond to all poll questions and activities. Certificates will be distributed to participants via email within two weeks of the course’s conclusion. Attendees must complete a course evaluation within 48 hours via Google Forms to receive a certificate. Course evaluation links will be distributed during the session and via email immediately following the training. Individuals must attend the live webinar in order to receive a certificate of completion.

System Requirements: Webinar participants must have to access to a computer, tablet, or smart phone with high speed Internet, microphone, speakers, and a (free) Zoom video conferencing account.

Session Facilitators: 

Renée Frink-Boyd, CPS (she/her), is a Training Specialist with Pathways to Housing PA’s training and educational initiative, Housing First University. Renée first came to Pathways in 2015 and served as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) on a non-fidelity Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, where she focused on building meaningful connections with program participants with chronic health conditions. Later, she joined the Pathways’ Center of Excellence as a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Care Manager, where she assisted individuals with accessing MAT and MOUD services. Renée received her Peer Specialist certification in 2013. Her 10+ years of experience in the field includes working as an Employee Specialist at the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, and as a CPS at Philadelphia area agencies including Horizon House and JFK Behavioral Health. Renée is passionate about building supportive peer relationships with individuals experiencing homelessness and managing co-occurring disorders.

Rob Wetherington, MA (he/him), joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2012 to develop art programming to foster connections between staff and participants. Having spent more than fifteen years in homeless services both as an employee and volunteer, Rob’s emphasis has been to help people re-imagine their lives through the arts, peer support, and clinical services. Rob has helped to build the Community Inclusion and Advocacy Department at Pathways, which acts as a conduit to community resources and strives to support participants living in the community like everyone else. Partnering with the clinical teams, the department assesses activities participants want to explore and bridges participants to the community. Rob earned a BFA in Art Education from Old Dominion University and an MA in Urban Studies at Eastern University.

ACE approval statement: Housing First University: a program of Pathways to Housing PA, provider #1759, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/12/2022 - 01/12/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 clinical continuing education credits.

*Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA, can provide continuing education credits to licensed social workers in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces. Due to current regulations, CE credits cannot be offered to social workers in the states of New Jersey or New York. If you are not a Licensed Social Worker, please check with your board of accreditation to ensure this training meets your licensing needs.

To request an accessibility accommodation, please email: training@pthpa.org

For questions or comments, please contact: 
Ryan Villagran, LSW 
Continuing Education Director 
Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA
rvillagran@pthpa.org (215) 390-1500, ext. 1430