Courses

Working with People with Intellectual Disabilities

This training is geared towards support workers who are working with people who have intellectual disabilities.  Though each person is different and needs different levels of support, this course will teach the concept of Active Support– a way to support people to engage in meaningful activities and social interactions. You will learn: Why engagement is

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Why Leaders Eat Last

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their

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Customer Service

Providing good customer service is essential to making sure that the people we serve and their associates are well supported in their lives.  We are providing this training to you not only to ensure great service to our customers, but to also help you feel comfortable and confident in your role with our agency. Objectives:

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Meridian and Zenith First Quarter Training– 2023 for IHS

This is a required quarterly training for employees with Meridian Services and Zenith Services.  This training is needed to satisfy the requirements of the Minnesota DHS 245D.  You will be required to watch some videos and read through the policies.  This training should take a little under 2 hours— depending on how long it takes

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Hoarding Seminar

Hoarding behavior is a unique psychiatric condition that has long been misunderstood, undiagnosed, and untreated. People who hoard most often do not reach out for help. Over time, they may become socially isolated and lose their ability to function in daily life. Their unwillingness to part with possessions, even those perceived by others as having

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Positive Supports Refresher for Midwest Independent Living Services

This is the 2022 Positive Supports Rule Refresher.  This refresher is required by the Minnesota DHS.  This year’s refresher contains many new videos.  You are expected to watch all of th videos and read all of the materials.   If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact Jason Hoffrogge at jhoffrogge@training.orionassoc.net.

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Communication and Relationships in the Human Services

You really can’t work in the human services without building relationships, and communication is crucial to building relationships. This course will give you basic ideas to enhance your communication skills and ability to maintain relationships with your coworkers, your supervisors, the people you supervise, and the people you provide services to. This training explores how

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DHS Positive Supports

This is not a class that you actually take on the Orion Site. This contains information that you need to access the training and tips on how to pass the online test– yes, it is tough to pass! To do this training, you will need to: Register for a Unique ID with the State website,

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OSHA Training for Office Staff

This course covers the trainings that are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The intent of these trainings is to educate you about the potential hazards that you may encounter at work.  The lessons will help you to identify hazards, protect yourself and others from these hazards, and report injuries when they

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2022 Mental Health and FASD

This is the annual training for Meridian Services staff who work with children and adults who have mental health disorders.  This is an annual training that is required by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  The training includes a one-hour refresher on mental health topics and a one-hour lesson on various aspects of Fetal Alcohol

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EVV Training

This training is designed to help you and your employer representative use the Evvie app and the Evvie portal.  This course will use videos and printed guides to walk you through this system.  In this course, you will learn how to: how to set up an Evvie account, how to download and start using the

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Orientation and Mobility for People with Visual Impairments

This course is not for sale.  This is strictly intended to assist the staff at Meridian Services with assisting people who visual impairments with mobility and orientation.  This should be used in addition to the recommendations of the Orientation and Mobility Specialist that the person may be working with.

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First Aid

When medical emergencies happen, it is critical that you now how to respond by getting help and providing immediate first aid.  This training is a basic training on how to provide First Aid to help people in emergencies.  Quiz questions are built into the video, and you will need to answer them correctly to move

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Function Specific Training

This is a companion training to the Positive Supports Core Training for supervisors who are responsible for developing positive support strategies. This is a four-hour training that includes:  functional behavior assessments; how to apply person-centered planning; how to design and use data systems to measure effectiveness of care; and supervision, including how to train, coach,

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Dehumanization, Contempt, and Pity: inspiring staff to rewrite the narrative

This training explores past and current beliefs and attitudes about people with developmental disabilities, and how managers can help staff develop a more supportive mindset to achieve the best life for the people they work with.

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Mental Health Topic– Bipolar Disorder

“Up/Down” Bipolar Disorder Documentary There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the country diagnosed with this condition were interviewed extensively. They diligently explain the struggle to balance themselves between floating to a state of euphoria

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John Maxwell– The Five Levels of Leadership

A job title or position doesn’t necessarily mean you are a true leader. The positional leader is just the first of five levels of leadership. To advance through the 5 levels of leadership, you have to invest in and inspire people, produce results within the organization, and develop those below you to become leaders themselves.

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Preventing Maltreatment for Managers

As part of our development series, this webinar training is a supplement to our maltreatment training that is directly geared toward supervisors. This training will go discuss the factors that put people at risk for maltreatment. It will also discuss the role that supervisors have in enforcing policies, writing plans, and training staff; so that

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Putting Normalization into Action

Normalization is a concept that was developed by Bengt Nirje and Wolf Wolfensberger that changed the way that providers see the people that they work with.   The desire of Normalization is to help people with developmental disabilities have the opportunities in life that anyone else would expect to have.  This training will: Review the eight

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Creating an Equitable and Safe Working Environment

This is a training that is designed for supervisors to recognize and respond to harassment in the workplace.  It also goes over how leaders can create a culture in their workplace that is tolerant of all people and does not discriminate against any groups.  The training is about 50 minutes long.

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Kentucky Staff Meetings

This is the Kentucky SLS staff meeting page.  You are required to either watch the staff meeting live or watch it on this page on-demand.  These meetings will contain a lot of important information about the program and the people you are working with.  There will be a new staff meeting every month.

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2021 Mental Health and FASD

Each year, the Minnesota DHS requires that staff in child foster homes receive one hour of mental health training and one hour of training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  This is your training to accomplish that requirement. We have new videos this year.  For the mental health training, we are using the CDC’s training on

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HIPAA Videos– Non-Hennepin

Note: You will not be taking this training on our website.  We will use this to redirect you and give you instructions for the Minnesota DHS website.  Please follow the instructions carefully.   Click to print out these instructions  Instructions for the HIPAA—Hennepin County Specific Videos Click Register. Note: Do not use Login as Guest. The

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Data Privacy

The information that you know about a person that you work with is considered Private Data.  The state and federal government expect that you protect private data.   This training will go through your requirements.

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Reducing Power Struggles

One of the common barriers to a good therapeutic relationship with people who have disabilities is getting into power struggles.  In this training, you will learn about the common mindsets that staff have, which lead to power struggles.  You will learn more about the point of view of the person who is getting services.  We

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Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences commonly known as ACEs—affect children and families across all communities. ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being, and they can have long-term effects on adults’ health and wellness. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society. These videos are part of a larger training that will

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Minnesota Providers Maltreatment Training

This course covers the various requirements of the State of Minnesota for training staff on Minnesota’s maltreatment laws. This training covers both the Maltreatment of Minors Act and the Vulnerable Adult Act. The lessons include: Prevention of Maltreatment, Strategies to minimize sexual violence to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (new 2020 DHS requirement) Identifying

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2022 Positive Supports Refresher for Meridian/Zenith

This is the 2022 Positive Supports Rule Refresher.  This refresher is required by the Minnesota DHS.  This year’s refresher contains many new videos.  You are expected to watch all of th videos and read all of the materials.   If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact Jason Hoffrogge at jhoffrogge@training.orionassoc.net.

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2020 Positive Supports Refresher

The Minnesota Positive Supports Rule was developed to regulate the policies and interventions of providers who are addressing the behaviors of people with developmental disabilities.  It places guidelines and requirements for the use of positive supports to change interfering behaviors by utilizing Functional Behavior Assessments, person-centered thinking, skills training, environmental modifications, and de-escalation strategies.  This

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2024 Positive Supports Refresher for Minnesota Agencies

This is the 2023 Positive Supports Rule Refresher.  This refresher is required by the Minnesota DHS.  This year’s refresher contains many new videos.  You are expected to watch all of th videos and read all of the materials.   If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact Jason Hoffrogge at jhoffrogge@training.orionassoc.net.

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2023 Positive Supports Refresher for Meridian/Zenith

This is the 2023 Positive Supports Rule Refresher.  This refresher is required by the Minnesota DHS.  This year’s refresher contains many new videos.  You are expected to watch all of th videos and read all of the materials.   If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact Jason Hoffrogge at jhoffrogge@training.orionassoc.net.

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2023 Positive Supports Refresher for Minnesota Agencies

This is the 2022 Positive Supports Rule Refresher.  This refresher is required by the Minnesota DHS.  This year’s refresher contains many new videos.  You are expected to watch all of th videos and read all of the materials.   If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact Jason Hoffrogge at jhoffrogge@training.orionassoc.net.

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COVID-19 Training

This is a training intended for the staff at Meridian Services to understand how to protect themselves and the people that they work with form COVID-19.  As precautions are increased, you may be asked to complete more lessons.  You will be notified when this occurs. This training should take about 30 minutes to complete.

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Meridian Autism Training

The purpose of this online training is to familiarize staff with the different facets of Autism.  This course is designed for staff who have very little experience in working with people with Autism, and shows different things that you might encounter in working with those who have Autism.  This is certainly not an all-encompassing training

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Positive Supports for Orion ISO

In August of 2015, the State of Minnesota enacted the Positive Support Rule to establish methods, procedures, and standards to be used by providers for the use of positive support strategies with persons receiving services. The purpose is to improve the quality of life of persons with Intellectual Disabilities who are receiving services from licensed programs.  This

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