On July 10, 2012 CADRE hosted a webinar: IEP/IFSP Facilitation Techniques for Success: Counter Proposals & Consensus-As-You-Go. The webinar, which followed a very well-received workshop at CADRE's National Symposium, was presented by Trisha Bergin-Lytton.
About the Webinar: The presentation increased the knowledge and the skill level of participants by exploring effective techniques that promote positive interactions while improving the opportunity to gain and maintain agreements during any IEP/IFSP meeting.
About the Presenter: Trisha Bergin-Lytton is an Independent Mediator, IEP/IFSP Facilitator, Trainer & Consultant. She specializes in offering expertise and professional services to school districts, charter schools, non-profit organizations, advocacy groups and families to address the individualized needs of special education students by providing mediation, facilitation of IEP/IFSP meetings, training/professional development and consultation. Ms. Bergin-Lytton is a sole-proprietor with headquarters located in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. She is highly regarded as an IDEA-knowledgeable professional extremely skilled in conflict resolution who assists teams to work collaboratively in developing realistic solutions in an effective, creative and timely manner. Since 1974, Trisha has worked with special needs students and their families within school districts and agency settings in a number of capacities: special education teacher, special education administrator, in-patient rehabilitation treatment center director of adolescent educational services, judicial truancy project director, community college instructor, mediator, facilitator, trainer and consultant. In 1990, Trisha began independently offering customized services to clients by assessing their individual needs, suggesting service options and then delivering guidance and support to successfully address their current challenges, resulting in quality solutions. By 1993, Trisha completed her 40-hour basic mediation training in Texas and through May 2012 has provided over 575 Alternative Dispute Resolution services dealing with extremely challenging multi-party situations, primarily with school district special education departments, but also with governmental and judicial agencies. Ms. Bergin-Lytton has presented skill-building workshops about the Facilitated IEP/IFSP process and Special Education mediations at a number of state level and national conferences.