Sessions & Schedule

2017 Omaha

Experiential Workshops

This year at NACM's 23rd Annual Case Management Conference, Promoting the Profession of Case Management: Ethics, Excellence, and Ethos co-sponsored by Region V Systems, NACM will be offering a variety of experiential workshops where participants have an opportunity to participate in tours, role plays, and other hands-on learning experiences. Each of these sessions have a limited number spots. Attendees should indicate interest in sessions during registration to ensure ability to participate. Please see below for a brief description of each experiential workshop.

Pat Deegan's Hearing Voices Simulation:
Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Hearing Voices Simulation is a tool to help develop empathy for the challenges people with psychiatric disorders face. During the simulation, participants listen to distressing voices through headphones while completing a series of tasks, such as taking a mental status exam in a mock emergency room.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Experience types and varieties of voice hearing experiences.
  2. Develop empathy and understanding of the experience of hearing distressing voices.
  3. Identify effective ways of helping people who hear distressing voices. 

Tour & Talk at Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Participants will get an up-close view of Nebraska’s largest shelter for the homeless, located in “north downtown” Omaha, which includes “low barrier” emergency shelters, long-term addiction recovery residences, day shelter, and permanent supportive housing apartments.  This experience will demonstrate how an overly-crowded, low barrier shelter operates in a safe, supportive environment, and the process of helping homeless families and individuals move from homelessness to transitional housing and/or permanent, sustainable housing.  

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the strategies to safely provide “low barrier” emergency services to men, women, and children who are homeless, in facilities operating at well over 100% capacity.
  2. Explain the supportive services needed for persons who are homeless.
  3. Describe the process of efficiently and effectively transition homeless persons out of emergency shelter and into the most appropriate transitional and/or permanent, sustainable housing option.

Case Management Safety and Awareness
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Participants will demonstrate proper field assessment skills and safety techniques during three scenarios.  The scenarios address identification of illegal substances and related paraphernalia, opiate or alcohol intoxication, suicidal or agitated persons, child welfare issues, and various other potential risks to staff or persons served in a real life setting.  As participants progress through the scenarios, role players interact with the participants while they perform the duties/tasks required in the field, including orienting individuals to services and contacting supervisors, crisis/emergency services, or law enforcement.  Upon completion of each scenario, the participants, evaluators, and role players will engage in a de-briefing.  The program will conclude with further debriefing in the form of an open group review.  

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least one safety risk relative to field or structure awareness. 
  2. Identify at least three potential safety risks to case managers and persons served relative to the scenarios.
  3. Demonstrate at least one appropriate response to each identified safety risk.

National Case Management Practice Guidelines and Code of Ethics Review Session
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

This session is part of an ongoing effort to gain feedback from members and leaders regarding Case Management Guidelines and Ethical Principles. This session will focus on the development of a Code of Ethics. The National Association of Case Management (NACM) standards committee members will systematically facilitate the review of the Ethical Standards.  Participants will be provided copies of the document prior to the conference and will be expected to review the materials prior to the conference.  Workshop participants will be asked to offer feedback on the draft content, make suggestions for additions/deletions on language and otherwise contribute to the comprehensive development of a Case Management Code of Ethics.  Through this structured discussion participants will have ample opportunity to comment on all topics and make suggestions before the document is submitted to the NACM Board of Directors for final approval.  A draft timeline for next steps to final adoption and methods for ongoing review and amendment will also be provided, with opportunities for discussion.  This workshop is limited to 20 participants, pre-registration required.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Provide input to the development of Case Management Code of Ethics.

  2. List at least two ways to advocate professionally for the National Case Management Code of Ethics and their application in diverse service venues.

  3. Describe the professional comment and review process for the finalization of the NACM Code of Ethics and identify the next steps in the continuous process of reviewing and amending the Practice Guidelines and the Code of Ethics document. 


Yoga for Beginners
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Yoga and mindfulness lead to a calmer and more alert mind and a healthier and more flexible body.  In this session participants will rewire the brain, balance the nervous system, clear thoughts, and calm emotions through a yoga class.  

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ways to apply personal tools of mindfulness and yoga to personal regimens.
  2. Practice mindfulness and yoga techniques and postures.
  3. Define the benefits of the practice of mindfulness and yoga.

Peer Run Services Tour: Keya House & Honu Home
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Participants will tour the local Lincoln, NE Keya House and Honu Home, Mental Health Association of Nebraska’s peer operated respite houses.  The Keya House is the first peer run respite started in the Midwest.  Guests can stay for free up to five nights as they develop and maintain strategies for wellness.  The Honu Home is the only model of its kind in the nation supporting individuals as they transition out of the corrections system into the community.  

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define peer run diversion services.
  2. Describe how a diversion house is set-up.
  3. Evaluate recovery tools used in a peer run diversion house.
* Conference and workshop schedule subject to change.

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