Pre/Post Conference Meetings

All 2018 conference activities are at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center • San Antonio, TX •
April 22-24, 2018

The following meetings will be held in conjunction with the Lifesavers Conference in San Antonio.
Pre-registration is required as there is no on-site registration.

Be sure to check back here for updates – additional meetings may be added.

Friday/Saturday April 20-21

• Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Healthcare Needs
     11.5 CEUs offered

Dates:         Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time:           8:00am to 5:00pm
Location:    Robert B. Green Campus, University Health System, 903 W Martin, San Antonio, TX
Fee:             $200
Register:    Register online at www.preventinjury.org. Once on the program website, Click on the “Training Dates” link at the top of the page.  You will be redirected to the list of pending courses, where you will find the link for the Pre-Lifesavers course.

This course is designed to serve as enrichment training for child passenger safety technicians who are interested in learning more about special needs transportation.  The two-day training combines classroom lectures and discussion with hands-on exercises, including interactions with families.  Participants will be introduced to medical conditions that can affect restraint selection and have the opportunity to investigate and install specialized restrain systems. The training includes a written exam and proficiency check-offs that evaluate the participant’s ability to assess appropriate restraints and to demonstrate proper use and installation.

Questions about this workshop, contact Jason Skinner, Occupational Therapist, National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Healthcare Needs at jasaskin@iu.edu or 317-274-6716

Saturday April 21

• CarFit Technician Training

Date:           Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time:           9:00am – 4:00pm
Location:    Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Rm TBD
Fee:             None, but pre-registration is required
Register:    Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

Developed by AAA, AARP and The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), CarFit is an educational program created for older drivers to evaluate how well their cars are “fitting” their physical needs. Attendees will become trained CarFit Technicians, making them eligible to participate in CarFit events in their local communities. During a CarFit event, seniors meet with trained technicians who review a 12-point checklist and make recommendations on how to achieve proper vehicle fit and usability. The process takes about 20-30 minutes and concludes with a list of recommended car adjustments and adaptations seniors can make to their vehicle. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community- specific resources that could enhance their safety.

Questions about this workshop, contact Rhonda Shah, AAA at rlshah@national.aaa.com or 407-444-7073

• Traffic Occupant Protection Strategies (TOPS)
CEUs offered

Date:           Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time:           8:30am – 12:00pm
Location:    Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Rm TBD
Fee:             None, but pre-registration is required
Register:    Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

This session provides the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to strengthen the ability of law enforcement officers and line supervisors to assist in identifying and addressing occupant protection issues encountered in the line of duty.

Questions about this workshop, contact Troy Jackson at troy.jackson@dot.gov or 405-954-3112

• Distracted Driving Enforcement Strategies Training
CEUs offered

Date:           Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time:           1:00pm – 4:30pm
Location:    Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Rm TBD
Fee:             None, but pre-registration is required
Register:    Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

This session will enhance your knowledge and understanding of distracted driving by providing resources and strategies to effectively enforce state and local laws in reducing distraction-involved crashes.

Questions about this workshop, contact Troy Jackson at troy.jackson@dot.gov or 405-954-3112

• Communicating Effectively: Techniques, Everyday Strategies and Mentoring
CPST Community Education CEUs offered

Date:           Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time:           1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location:    Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Rm TBD
Fee:             None, but pre-registration is required
Register:    Register online at the same time as you register for the conference. If you are registering via paper form, check off the attendance box under the preconference workshops section on the registration form.

CPS Technicians and Instructors learn a great deal of technical information about vehicles and car seats but are we communicating clearly and effectively as possible?

Everyone learns in different ways.  Come learn from Adult Learning Theory subject matter expert Amber Kroeker about how adults process information and how it applies to our field. Leave with concrete tips based on adult learning theory to maximize your communication with families, fellow technicians and community members. It is all about how we deliver our messages!

Techs will sharpen their communication skills and learn how to apply adult learning theory as they mentor their peers and partners. Mentoring is not just about being an instructor, it is about helping each other be become better communicators in reaching underserved/diverse communities and during certification courses. In working groups lead by Allan Buchanan, Sherri Cannon, Sarah Haverstick and Kim Herrmann, attendees will break out into 3 groups to work side by side with one another to discuss tactics in mentoring: CPST Instructors, experienced CPSTs, and newer CPSTs certified within the past two years.

This session will end with a celebration of the CPS Board CPS Technician and Instructor of the year.

Questions about this workshop, contact Kim Herrmann, Safe Kids Worldwide at kherrman@safekids.org or 203-329-0783

Sunday, April 22

• Sunday Evening Networking Event for OPC Attendees: National CPS Board & Certification Curriculum 20th Anniversary

Date:           Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time:           6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:    Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Rm TBD
RSVP:          email secretariat@cpsboard.org

OPC attendees are invited to join the National Child Passenger Safety Board (NCPSB) as they celebrate 20 years of a national standardized CPST training curriculum. Space is limited. Light refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to network with others that share the passion and dedication of child passenger safety!

Twenty years ago, a small group of dedicated advocates worked to develop the first national standardized child passenger safety technician (CPST) training curriculum. Initially uncertain that numbers would reach double digits, more than 159,0000 individuals have since been trained. The NCPSB invites you to come together with others that share the passion and dedication of child passenger safety as we recognize the evolution of the CPST training curriculum, and the National Child Passenger Safety Board- the group that maintains this curriculum. This is an opportunity to learn about the national partnerships that participate with the national child passenger safety training program, ask questions you might have, and celebrate together as we work to keep all children safe in and around vehicles. We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions about this event, contact Amy Artuso, National Safety Council at secretariat@cpsboard.org