Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

The Boggs Center’s Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series is a community and continuing education program provided for professionals, policymakers, individuals with disabilities, and family members to enhance their knowledge and skills in innovative approaches and state of the art practices for people with developmental disabilities. Nationally known speakers with expertise in their field serve as faculty for the program. Eight sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series are held each year, four in the Fall, and four in the Spring.

Funding for the Series is provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Human Services, State of New Jersey and the Administration on Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services.

View list of 300 Sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Current Sessions

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All sessions will be held online using The Zoom Webinar platform.

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Psychiatric Assessment And Treatment In Individuals With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

This presentation will cover the most common psychiatric diagnoses and treatments in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The biopsychosocial model, trauma-related disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic and mood disorders, and personality disorders will be discussed, along with case examples and tools for effective and compassionate treatment.

Allison CowanAllison Cowan, MD, DFAPA
Associate Professor, Deputy Training Director
Department of Psychiatry, Boonshoft School of Medicine
Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Friday, September 22, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

Toward An Authentically Person-Centered System

In this session, the central values, approaches, and practices essential for an authentically person-centered system will be presented. Participants will learn about the Core Competencies for Person-Centered Planning and the Person-Centered Practices Self-Assessment developed by the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) with support from the federal Administration for Community Living and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Alixe BonardiAlixe Bonardi, OTR, MHA, FAAIDD
Vice President – IDD
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Kate BradyKate Brady, PhD, ABD
Project Manager, NCAPPS & HCBS Settings Rule Engagement
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Friday, September 29, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

Person-Centered Supervision

Being a supervisor is a privilege and its hard work! Sometimes the people management challenges are magnified when supervising a team in the human service industry and the field of IDD. This session will focus on a Person-Centered Supervision Model which, at its core, has the values of empathy, positive regard, and appreciation. When we supervise using this model, we build strong relationship with our team members, maximize their professional development, and build loyalty and trust. Attendees will gain an understanding of Person-Centered Supervision and why it is important to the team member, the organization, and the people supported.

Gina BreleskyGina Brelesky, MPA
Founder and Lead Coach
Experience Human
Fallston, MD

Friday, October 6, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

National Core Indicators-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NCI-IDD): Using Data For Quality Improvement and System Change

National Core Indicators-Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (NCI-IDD) is a rich source of data for New Jersey and other participating states. NCI-IDD surveys collect data directly from people receiving services, their families, and provider agencies in the state on critical life outcomes such as satisfaction, choice and decision-making, safety, person-centered service experiences, employment, access, and more. In addition, the NCI-IDD State of the Workforce Survey reports data on the direct support professional (DSP) workforce supporting adults in the DD system. This presentation will explain NCI-IDD, how the data are collected and disseminated, and how state policy-makers, provider agencies, advocates, and other interested groups can use the data to affect change.

Dorothy HiersteinerDorothy Hiersteiner, MPP
Co-Director of National Core Indicators
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Stephanie GiordanoStephanie Giordano, PhD, MA
Co-Director of National Core Indicators
Human Services Research Institute
Cambridge, MA

Laura VegasLaura Vegas, MPS
Director of Quality Initiatives and Supporting Families
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
Alexandria, VA

Friday, October 27, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar


The Fall 2023 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series will be held on the Zoom Webinar platform.

To access the webinars, you must register in advance on The Boggs Center Online Registration System

The webinars are free of charge. Space is limited for each of the sessions. Open to people who live or work in New Jersey. For additional information about DDLS Webinars, please view Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Mahovetz at or 732-235-9543.

Continuing Education and Certificates of Attendance

As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, The Boggs Center offers this program for general social work continuing education credit per NJAC 13:44G6.4.c(5). The Boggs Center is a registered NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider. The Fall 2023 sessions have been submitted to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for continuing education program approval.

Each session is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education recognition. To demonstrate completion and receive a Certificate, you must be logged into the webinar from start to finish and complete a survey at the webinar’s completion. Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to all participants who meet these eligibility requirements the week following the event.