Event Calendar

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

W23122 Direct Care Worker Summit – Portland

Start Date: 12/7/2022 9:00 AM EST
End Date: 12/7/2022 3:00 PM EST

Venue Name: Keeley's Banquet Center

178 Warren Ave
Portland, ME  United States  04103

Organization Name: MHCA

Ashley Ellis
Email: aellis@mehca.org
Phone: (207) 623-1146

MHCA is hitting the road and bringing a one-day education program to Direct Care Workers across the state. This program is meant to uplift, energize, and celebrate your commitment to Maine’s long term care communities and the residents you serve. Join us and add new skills to your professional toolbox while connecting with peers! 
When: December 7, 2022 (8:30 Registration, Program runs from 9AM-3PM) Lunch is included
Where: Keeley's Banquet Center, Portland
Cost: FREE for MHCA members (see requirements below)
Printable Flyer: Click here
Intended Audience: Direct Care Worker Roles including CNA/CNA-M, PSS, CRMA, Dietary, Housekeeping, Facilities Maintenance, and any ancillary staff members. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to all attendees. Administrator CEUS will not be granted for this program.

We have curated an exciting line-up of speakers, please see session descriptions below!

Make Yourself Valuable! 7 Qualities to Turbo-Charge Your Career 
Del Gilbert 

Each one of us is a crucially important member of our workplace team. Maine’s long term care industry is fortunate to have thousands of dedicated, hardworking, compassionate individuals who show up each day and care for our most vulnerable citizens. In this session, attendees will learn that there are two parts to job success: technical knowledge and?winning behaviors. While technical knowledge is very specific to your unique role, winning behaviors are universal. Winning behaviors take no talent or specialized skill, yet?they will enable?you to stand out from the crowd. In this session, attendees will learn about the seven winning behaviors. You will be given fifteen practical ways to demonstrate winning?behaviors every day on the job. Attending this session will help you become a person of influence in your team and enhance your?career at the?same time! 
Vitamin Q!
Marguerite McLaughlin
Vitamins have different jobs to help keep the body working properly. Some vitamins help you resist infections and keep your nerves healthy, while others may help your body get energy from food or help your blood clot properly. Many people would say that vitamins are what keep them running at their best. Vitamin Q keeps nursing homes running at their best! What’s Vitamin Q, you ask?! In this session, we’ll talk about Vitamin Q (Q for quality) and the ways that frontline workers infuse Vitamin Q into their setting . . . even in the midst of a global pandemic!
Sustaining Compassion
Jill Gardner 
Compassion is a critical part of delivering high quality care. Compassion satisfaction is the feeling of pride and well-being we get from caring for others. It is also normal, however, for frontline workers to experience compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma. This workshop explains the causes and consequences of these phenomena and discusses coping strategies.
Inspiring Change
Marguerite McLaughlin
Change happens when committed people with great ideas lift their voice and hearts and hands to make things happen. It doesn’t matter where you fall in the organizational chart. You can make a huge difference by inspiring your friends and colleagues. Many people, offer themselves as mentors-some informally and others, through a formal process.  In this session, we’ll take time to talk about you as a change agent and mentor and think about some valuable actions you can take to inspire others.

Maine Community College Workforce Compact funds have been secured for these programs, making attendance FREE for MHCA members who complete the steps below. Space is limited; we appreciate your attention to reviewing this information carefully.

All registrants must:

  • Complete the MHCA Registration form here.
  • Complete the Maine Community College Compact Registration form found here 
    • Provide MHCA’s unique code when prompted: HA0043
    • Be sure to specify which site you will be attending by using the appropriate program title below:
      • W23122 Direct Care Worker Summit – Portland (December 7, 2022)
  • Attend the program in full (or provide a replacement attendee if you are unable to attend)
  • Provide feedback by completing an evaluation of the program at it’s close.
Please reach out to Ashley Ellis, Director of Education, aellis@mehca.org or 623-1146 with any questions. 

We hope you will choose to join us for these exciting events!