Training seminar in behavior support honors noted psychologist

ATHENS, Ga. – “Supporting People with Disabilities to Balance Choice and Risk” is the theme for the fourth annual Dr. Ro Vision Series Seminar, slated for Thursday, March 4, at The Classic Center in downtown Athens. The seminar is for professional, management and direct support personnel who work with people with cognitive or learning disabilities and a variety of challenging behaviors. It honors the work and philosophy of the late Rolando Figueroa, a clinical psychologist known for his excellence in support of people with disabilities.

Wade Hitzing of Fort Myers, Fla., will lead the seminar. Hitzing is a trainer in the field of positive behavior supports and a consultant for the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

According to Hitzing, seminar participants will learn the process of negotiating a balance between the goal of respecting and supporting people’s choices with the need to provide appropriate services. The seminar is planned to build competence and quality among service providers.

Registration is limited to the first 200 people. The registration fee of $45 per person includes training materials and a hot lunch.

For seminar information or a registration form, contact Kate Smith at 706/583-0081 or
by e-mail at kbsmith@uga.edu.

The seminar is sponsored by the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia, Georgia Options, Inc., and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.