Support and Connection: Person-Centered Practices During COVID

Support and Connection: Person-Centered Practices During COVID

A Free Training Series for High Risk People and their Support Networks

You are invited to attend the upcoming virtual training series Support and Connection:  Person-Centered Practices During COVID. This project is a collaborative partnership between Texas Parent to Parent and the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, with gratitude to the Money Follows the Person Demonstration grant for funding this project.

Participants will learn how to develop a One-Page Profile, a visual snapshot of what is important to the person, their support needs, and an overview of specific medical information.  The information from the One-Page Profile is intended to provide an immediate overview of a person for medical professionals in the event of an emergency hospitalization resulting from COVID-19.

Speakers will present two trainings on a specific topic.  Karyn Harvey will speak about Trauma and Coping Skills on December 1 and December 8.

During the next four trainings, participants will hear from two more speakers and will learn how to develop a One-Page Profile for a person they support. Participants will have access to a blank One-Page Profile and are encouraged to develop one themselves.  During the follow-up session of each speaker’s training, participants will be encouraged to attend to share their One-Page Profiles.  Speakers will be available to provide feedback and respond to questions. 

Randy Consford will speak about a profile for a person with mental health concerns on December 9 with the follow-up session on December 16. Shelbi Davenport will speak about a self-advocate’s one-page profile on December 14 with the follow-up session on December 17.

Attendees are not required to participate in the first session to attend the second session.

This engaging 6-part series begins Dec. 1, 2020, and ends Dec. 17, 2020. 

For questions or accommodations, please email Cynda Green at

Meet the Speakers

Headshot of Karyn Harvey a woman wearing a purple shirt

Karyn Harvey: Trauma and Coping Skills

Dec. 1, 2020, at 1-2 p.m. Central
> Register for part 1 of Karyn Harvey’s Trauma and Coping Skills session here.

Dec. 8, 2020, at 1-2 p.m. Central
> Register for part 2 of Karyn Harvey’s Trauma and Coping Skills session here.

Bio: Karyn Harvey has worked as a clinician in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. She has her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland. She has published articles about therapeutic interventions with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), workbooks for individuals with IDD, and two books. Her first book, Positive Identity Development was published in 2009 and Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions, published in 2011. Her third book, Trauma and Healing will be released in 2021 by AAIDD. She is the director of program development and training for the Park Ave Group practice where does both individual and group therapy. In addition, she regularly conducts training on trauma-informed care and coping with Covid for both state and individual organizations throughout the country and in Canada.

Headshot of Randy Consford a white male in a maroon shirt

Randy Consford: Supporting People with Mental Illness

Dec. 9, 2020, from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Central
> Register for part 1 of Randy Consford: Supporting People with Mental Illness session here.

Dec. 16, 2020, from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Central
> Register for part 2 of Randy Consford: Supporting People with Mental Illness session here.

Randy Consford has been married to his wife Cathy for 41 years, has two children, and two grandchildren. Randy grew up in the mental health field as a child of a mother who struggled with the label of schizophrenia. He is currently writing a book about these adventures. He has a broad work background to include serving as a United States Marine; Minister; Hospital Chaplain; and over 20 years in the community mental health field in both direct service, crisis, planning, supervision, and various program director positions. He is currently the Director of Special Projects for Hill Country Community Mental Health Developmental Disabilities Centers and is responsible for managing several projects. He coordinates Hill Country’s Disaster Response Services and is directing Hill Country’s COVID-19 Incident Command. He is currently certified as an instructor for Person Centered Thinking; Psychological First Aid; and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Headshot of Shelbi Davenport a white woman standing against a white wall

Shelbi Davenport: People Planning Together Trainer

Dec. 14, 2020, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Central
> Register for part 1 of Shelbi Davenport: People Planning Together Trainer session here.

Dec. 17, 2020, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Central
> Register for part 1 of Shelbi Davenport: People Planning Together Trainer session here.

Ms. Davenport is a People Planning Together Peer to Peer trainer. Although all are welcome to her presentation, she really wants to reach out to other people labeled with Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities. (IDD). People with IDD can be a great risk of getting COVID 19 because some people live in large care facilities making it harder to follow the safety rules. Ms. Davenport plans to talk about how important it is for people to speak up and let other people know what they need if they get sick. To advocate for themselves. Part of speaking up for yourself is putting together a One Page Profile that makes it clear what is important to the person, the supports they need and their medical needs. Family members and support staff are encouraged to attend to support people to develop their One Page Profiles. Family members and support staff should also develop a One Page Profile to make sure others know about what they need.

Shelbi Davenport is a 24-year old young lady that was given the gift of being told “NO”! During her junior year of high school, her counselor told her she was not college material and she would never make it if she followed that path. This kept her from being able to take dual credit courses and caused her to take a deep look within herself. That look is what started a wonderful journey of going forward, following her dreams, no matter what obstacles came her way. Shelbi has SCA8, spinocerebellar ataxia type 8, a disease that affects various parts of her body, but definitely, not her spirit! She attended the B2C (Bridge to Career) and PATHS (Post-Secondary Access and Training in Human Services) Program at Texas A&M in 2014. This is a one-year program resulting in being certified as a Direct Support Professional. Today it offers additional certifications as Paraprofessionals and Child Care workers. She met Jeff Garrison Tate during that year who encouraged her to become a People Planning Together Trainer and became her mentor. Shelbi worked hard to gain this certification and became the first peer-to-peer trainer in Texas. Self-advocacy, independent living and passion for others were instilled in Shelbi during that time and she applied to Blinn College. While at Blinn, she became more and more confident about her education and found her voice in speaking out for others. She is a gifted motivational speaker and has spoken at many conferences to encourage others to follow their hearts and to let others determine their paths. After completing her Associates Degree at Blinn, she applied for Texas A&M and was accepted into the University Studies Program. She majored in Ag Leadership with minors in Communication and Youth Development. Shelbi graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2020. While attending college, she was employed by Texas A&M to support high school students and adults with disabilities to prepare for college. The programs she worked with and continues to support each summer are LEAP (Leadership, Employment, Advocacy Project), WACO (Work And Career Opportunities), and PATHS. Shelbi is one of those people who never met a stranger! Once you meet her, she will remember you forever. She is fully aware that God gave her this gift of love for others and is so blessed to be able to use it in any way He asks her to. Shelbi has her own business offering advocacy aid, tutoring for school and assisting others with errands needed.