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2018 MRPA Fall Workshop
Friday, October 19, 2018
Lewiston Armory – 65 Central Ave. Lewiston, ME
Home of Lewiston Recreation

Workshop Fee w/ Lunch (MRPA Member): $40
Workshop Fee w/ Lunch (Non-MRPA Member): $50
Student Fee w/ Lunch (Student): $20
Check & Credit Cards Only—no PO’s
Please pre-register by October 12, 2018

8:15 – 8:55 am – Check In/Networking
9:00 – 10:15am

Concussions are a growing health concern in youth sports. This session will equip you with strategies that will aid in recognizing and preventing concussions, as well as how to best share information and train your coaches. Attendees will also learn about the Head Injury Tracker (H.I.T) project, which has been implemented in sports programs in Maine and Massachusetts.

Presenter: Hannah Willihan, ATC, Head Injury Tracker Project Administrator, Colby College

NAME YOUR NICHE! Specialty Parks Session
Is your community in need of a specialty park to fill the needs of a certain niche group? Come learn from our panel of experts who have walked the walk through skate parks, dog parks, and community garden development. Hear what other parks and recreation departments did to find funding, get community buy in, and what hidden hurdles they had to jump!

Presenters: Steve Balboni, Director, Bath Parks and Recreation, Bruce Chase, Director, Augusta Recreation, Tracy Willette, Director, Bangor Parks and Recreation, and Debbie Gendreau, Assistant Director, Bangor Parks and Recreation

BY THE BOOK: Building your Seasonal Staff Childcare Handbook
Staff training sets the tone for your school year and summer camp programs. Having a well thought out staff training handbook will get you off on the right foot! A great handbook is one that can be used as a tool to teach rules and policies, as well as inspire new and returning staff. There are much more to your programs than staff lists, first aid protocols, and phone numbers! Come steal your peers’ ideas, and find out what else you can be sharing with your staff!

Presenters: Erika Dube, Deputy Director, Saco Parks and Recreation and Nicole Welch, Director, Buxton Recreation Department

10:30 – 11:45am
FOCUSING ON OUTCOMES: Leading and Surviving Change
Change is inevitable, even necessary. Without it, nothing is really sustainable. Some change is predictable. And some is, well, not so much. How can we be best prepared so we survive it? How can we help things change efficiently? How can we help move people toward a better tomorrow? This breakout session looks at typical patterns of change, how individuals tend to react to change, and what helps the most in the long run.

Presented by Faith York, Leadership Academy Instructor, Southern Maine Community College

This session will explore ways to structure your youth programs in order to reduce negative behaviors and ensure success for program participants. Topics will include parent buy-in; staff empowerment and behavior rubrics, and will also address discipline approaches when or if needed. Be prepared to participate in role playing!

Presented by Anais Aguirre, BHP, Portland School Department and Jennifer Cooper, BHP, Portland School Department

Are you prepared for your MMA or DOL visit? John Waterbury from Maine Municipal will show you how to pass with flying colors! This session will be focus will be on staff training and documentation, and will provide information on both seasonal and full time staff to ensure that your department is compliant.

Presented by John Waterbury, Senior Loss Control Consultant, Maine Municipal Association
11:45am – 12:30pm – Lunch

12:30 – 1:15pm – MRPA Business Meeting

1:15 – 2:30pm
Building Teams: Fostering Collaboration and Managing Conflict
How do you get a group of individuals – each with their own needs, desires, and idiosyncrasies – to work together toward a common goal? How do you get people to want to do what you want them to do? How do you influence them to pick up their own oars and paddle in the same direction? How do you help them work through their differences so that they can keep their eyes on that goal? AND – what sorts of things stand in the way of these desirable outcomes?
The answers to these questions have a good deal to do with knowing what you stand for and where you want to go – in advance; and, about being ready and willing to deal with the sparks that inevitably fly within any group – before they fly.

Presented by Faith York, Leadership Academy Instructor, Southern Maine Community College

2:45pm Grand Prize Drawing

Free registration to the 2019 MRPA Annual Conference & Tradeshow! All attendees will be entered into the drawing. Must be present to win!

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