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(formerly Quarterly Trainings) SPACE IS LIMITED

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TOPIC: Trauma, Executive Functioning and Positive Support Strategies

Tuesday November 5th 6:00-8:00pm, Chapel Hill Office

It is estimated that 90% of individuals with IDD have experienced trauma in their lifetime. Trauma impacts all aspects of development, from increased medical concerns, higher rates of Emergency Department use and hospitalization. Trauma’s effects can impact brain development leading to lifelong challenges. This training will explore trauma from a biopsychosocial perspective, looking at how the brain reacts during times of stress. We will also explore what it means to be trauma informed, to put proactive strategies in place and support individuals with IDD with positive interventions that allow for increased rapport building through crisis support.

Community Training Options Looking for additional topics? If you find an educational opportunity in the community and would like to receive credit for attending, please speak to your supervisor for approval.

The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) 2019 Community Talk Series is always a valuable experience. These sessions are pre-approved for Quarterly Training credit, but you must RSVP to both the CIDD (click here) AND The Arc (as described above) to receive credit.


Fourth Quarter 2019 Winners

Margaret “Macy” Emery


Ed “Remille” Shipman

Honorable mention: Maggie Hart

Every quarter an outstanding support professional is selected at EOTQ. Nominees will be co-nominated by participant/family member and that employee’s direct supervisor.

Winners will be notified by their supervisor and receive $75!


  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Great relationship with the participant and family
  • Must be up to date on all trainings & mandatory certifications

Looking for something to do in the community with your participant in the Chapel Hill area?

FRIDAY FUN DAY October Schedule

  • Date: 10/4/19
  • Activity: TSAN Lunch ‘n Learn
  • Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Location: Carrboro Fire Station #1,  301 Main St., Carrboro 27510
  • Guest Presenters: Speaker Kenneth Kelty (self-advocate and nationwide public speaker):"Being Part of your Community with High Expectations"
  • Reminders:  Bring your own lunch 


  • Date: 10/11/19
  • Activity: Tour of PlayMakers Repertory Company
  • Location: 120 Country Club Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • Time:  12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Price: Free
  • Info: PlayMakers Repertory Company is the LORT-D professional theatre company in residence at UNC-Chapel Hill. 
  • Parking: Cobb Parking Deck: This is the closest parking deck, located behind the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art. Highway 54/Raleigh Rd. Visitors Lot: 2 blocks from the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art.


  • Date: 10/18/19           
  • Activity: Smith Family Farm: Pumpkin Patch
  • Location: 1715 St Marys Road, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
  • Time:  Bring your lunch- 12:30pm-1:00pmTour- 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Price:  $10.00 each (Staff and Participant)
  • Information: Smith Family Farm has a great pumpkin patch with pumpkins on the vine to pick (Each person gets a free pumpkin), a sunflower maze, a giant slide, and a tractor ride around the farm.


  • Date: 10/25/19
  • Activity: Pizza & Bowling
  • Location: Amante Gourmet Pizza 6209 Falconbridge Road, Chapel Hill 27514 919-493-0904
    • Mardi Gras Bowling
    • 6118 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill 27517 919-489-1230
  • Time: 12:00pm (pizza) 1:00pm (bowling)
  • Price: Pizza- $6-$10 average cost; Bowling- $8.00 for 2 games (shoe rental included). 3 lanes reserved

Want to connect with other Support Professionals that work for The Arc?

We have a CLOSED group on facebook just for Arc Support Professionals. (We check to ensure you are a current employee before we add you).

  • Get to know your co-workers.
  • Share things to do in the area with your participant.
  • Share your personal ideas for self-care.
  • Talk to more seasoned SP's who can provide guidance with notes, etc.
  • Hear about new ways to enhance skill building.

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Your notes need to be done by midnight the day after your shift.  That means SIGNING them too!! :)