Heart Consulting, LLC

Events


May
2
1:30 PM13:30

Circles of Life Conference Presentation

Dating and Sex: How to Support Healthy Relationships for Teens with Developmental Disabilities

Teens with disabilities are just like other teens in their desire to explore dating, relationships, and sex. We will discuss common safety aspects regarding dating, including sexting, online safety, consent, porn, and dating violence, among others. will help prepare caregivers and parents to empower teens with disabilities to have healthy and meaningful relationships.

Please go to the Circles of Life Conference page for more details and to register.

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Mar
24
to Apr 28

Men's Healthy Relationship Group

What: Everyone deserves to have healthy relationships in their life! This group aims to increase awareness, empowerment, and knowledge regarding many aspects of safe and healthy relationships. It will be a 5 week educational group designed to prevent unhealthy relationships for men with DD, with each session focusing on a different topic.

Funding: Participants can use IRIS or Family Care funds. Please contact your IC or Care Manager to find out if funds are available for your plan.

When: All sessions will take place from 3-4:30pm

Sunday March 24th: Healthy relationships, what is a relationship

Sunday March 31st: Assertiveness

Sunday April 7th : Online Safety Sunday

April 14th : Sexual Health and Anatomy

We will not meet on Easter Sunday

Sunday April 28th: Consent, Sexual Assault, and Getting Help

Where: All sessions will take place at the Heart Consulting office, 211 S Paterson St Suite 352, in Madison. Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges.

If interested, please contact Ellen Merker at (608)513-2139 or ellenm@heartconsulting.org Space is limited.

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Mar
12
1:30 PM13:30

Live Webinar: Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment

Often, people with disabilities lack education around safe and healthy dating behaviors. This can become a problem in the workplace if a student is asking co-workers out or exhibiting inappropriate sexual behavior at work. It is also important for people with disabilities to understand when they are the victims of sexual harassment at work and how to handle these situations. This presentation will discuss the issue of understanding sexual assault against people with disabilities, workplace sexual harassment when it comes to students with disabilities, and how to educate your students around these issues. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to create a safe workplace for their students, as well as the co-workers.

PLEASE NOTE
There is no cost for these webinars.
CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak (jsisirak@uic.edu) at least 10 days before the webinars.

Click here to register

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Film Screening: Keep the Change
Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

Film Screening: Keep the Change

“Keep the Change” is a romantic comedy starring actors on the Autism Spectrum. When aspiring filmmaker David is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn't belong there. But when he's assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah, sparks fly and his convictions are tested. 

After the screening, we will be having small group discussions about dating, relationships, sex, and love. This group is open to anyone with developmental/intellectual disabilities, ages 18 and older.

Suggested $5 donation at the door to cover the cost of the space and food. There is limited space, so please register in advance.

Special thanks to our partner, LOV-Dane: Living Our Visions for helping put this together! And big shout out to our sponsors, Altschul Group Consulting and Neighborhood House Community Center

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Self Determination Conference Kick Off
Oct
29
5:00 PM17:00

Self Determination Conference Kick Off

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Heart Consulting will be at the Self Determination Conference's kick off event this year!  We will be providing information about our services, as well as fun activities to get everyone thinking about healthy and safe relationships.  Hope to see you there!

For more information and to register for the conference, please go to: 

http://wi-bpdd.org/index.php/wisconsin-self-determination-conference/

 

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Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Keep the Change

Join Ellen Merker at the Milwaukee Film Festival for a showing of Keep the Change, a movie featuring actors on the Autism Spectrum exploring dating, relationships, and sex.  Following the film, there will be a panel of self-advocates sharing their insights and experiences, and a panel of professionals (including Ellen) who work in the field.  For more information on the movie, click  here    Click here  to watch the trailer  For Milwaukee Film Fest info and tickets, visit their  website .

Join Ellen Merker at the Milwaukee Film Festival for a showing of Keep the Change, a movie featuring actors on the Autism Spectrum exploring dating, relationships, and sex.  Following the film, there will be a panel of self-advocates sharing their insights and experiences, and a panel of professionals (including Ellen) who work in the field.

For more information on the movie, click here

Click here to watch the trailer

For Milwaukee Film Fest info and tickets, visit their website.

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Sep
18
3:30 PM15:30

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Disability

This training is geared toward vocational providers working with individuals with disabilities.  We will discuss what sexual harassment really looks like and the laws around it, how to create a plan for your agency when a client is being harassed, and how to keep your clients safe.  In addition, we will address concerns that Heart hears frequently about clients who struggle with appropriate boundaries in the workplace.  This includes crushes on co-workers and job coaches, inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace, and how to set and respect boundaries.  Participants will be provided with concrete materials and information to be used with their clients to teach appropriate workplace boundaries.

September 18th, 3:30-5pm

Cost: $10/person by PayPal or check prior to the training

Please email Ellen Merker to register, ellenm@heartconsulting.org

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Social Good Social Hour
Aug
23
4:00 PM16:00

Social Good Social Hour

As part of Madison's Forward Fest, a week-long event celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, Heart's founder has created the Social Good Social Hour. Any organizations with a social good and justice focus, or other organizations/individuals looking to support great causes in our community, are all welcome!

This is an opportunity to network with other organizations looking to make social changes in their communities and share our triumphs and pitfalls, to learn from each other and find out more about the great work that is happening in our communities.

The event is free, just pay for whatever food and drinks you want! Please register at http://forwardfest.org/event/social-good-social-hour so we know how many to expect.  The event is held in the main bar at the Brink Lounge, 4-6pm.

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