TABS Chat: Positive Provider Relationships: Effective Communication between Families and Providers
September 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT
Many people with disabilities receive support services from disability provider agencies and others besides their family members. What happens when problems or disagreements happen? How can families of people with disabilities balance effective advocacy for our loved ones and respectful relationships with the people who support them?
Join this free, informal virtual chat hosted by Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) to discuss ways to resolve problems or conflict with your sibling’s providers and staff. Presenter Carrie Guiden, Amerigroup Employment and Community First CHOICES director, has decades of experience in the disability field in various roles. Carrie will share stories, provide tips, and lead an open discussion about solving problems with your sibling’s services and building positive relationships with your sibling’s supporters.
About the Presenter: Carrie Hobbs Guiden is the Director for the Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES program at Amerigroup and has nearly thirty years of experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to her work at Amerigroup, she served 11 years as Executive Director at The Arc Tennessee, and prior to the move to Tennessee she worked for 16 years in various provider agencies in Indiana and Arizona. Her areas of work include public policy and systems change, program development and implementation, employment, person-centered practices, positive behavior support, secondary transition and decision-making supports. Carrie’s educational background includes an M.S. in Special Education from IUPUI, a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University.
TABS is supported by the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Note: Siblings and sibling supporters (parents, self-advocates, professionals) are welcome to join this chat, including those outside of TN. However, the discussion will be focused on the needs and perspectives of brothers and sisters of people with disabilities.