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Dignity of Risk: Ensuring Safety without Copping Out

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Dignity of Risk: Ensuring Safety without Copping Out

October 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Eastern Daylight Time


This webinar is a part of the 2018 ANCOR-NAQ Webinar Series: A Lifetime of Support. Register for the full series at a 20% discount here: 2018 ANCOR-NAQ webinar series.

Session Description

Dignity of Risk is such a catchy phrase but what does this really mean? In our everyday Team decision making, what is an appropriate amount of acceptable risk?  What are the team responsibilities and when does encouraging independence and self-direction become a cop out that replaces responsible teaching? Is there a line that cannot be crossed?

During this one hour webinar, we will explore these and other questions, including how the presence or absence of guardianship affects a person’s ability to take risks; how a person’s capability level may affect a team’s decision making; and what role teaching plays in risk taking and teaching independence.

The presentation will also touch on formal restrictions and how due process goes hand in hand with a modification of an individual’s rights. We will review how teams can be proactive instead of reactive in making dignity of risk decisions.

A recording will be made available for registrants.


Rebecca Helgeson has over thirty years of experience providing supports to individuals who reside in community based residential and day support facilities. She has extensive knowledge of the federal ICF/IID regulations as well as several state waiver processes and practices.  Rebecca was employed as a residential provider in California for over 27 years and during that time also volunteered as an instructor to public and private providers in Federal and State regulations. This volunteer teaching included statewide QIDP certification for professionals working for private agencies in the state. She also volunteered as the Regulatory Consultant for the Developmental Services Network (DSN), a provider association in California. In 2012, Rebecca returned to her home state of Virginia and she continues to provide consulting services throughout the country.


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