Young man spraying flowers with water

Direct Support Professionals Participate in Leadership and Teamwork Retreat

Supervisors nominated employees who excel in attitude, passion, and skills while working with the individuals they support at each of the day habilitation sites. Nominated guests received invitations to attend this special full-day event at The Bates House in Setauket.
The activities and presentations centered on Leadership and Teamwork.  The purpose was to recognize these employees who have demonstrated leadership potential and provide an experience that would help promote the employees’ advancement in their careers.  

Each participant had several opportunities to win raffles and giveaways through their participation in the activities. While enjoying lunch, they were also able to enjoy the scenic ground of the Bates House.

Collage of DSP Retreat at the Bates house

DSPs participated in team building activities which included Jenga and Jeopardy.  Guest speakers included Peter Pierri, DDI Board of Directors, who spoke about the structure and role of the DDI Board as a governing body and upcoming changes in OPWDD services.  Christine Ponzio, DDI Director of Communications, discussed “Staying Connected at DDI: the Employee Portal, Website and Social Media Platforms” and Dr. Richard Timo, Supervising Licensed Psychologist, introduced to the group to The Fish Philosophy: Choosing Your Attitude at Work. 

Our thanks to the group of ADS administrators and support personnel who planned the Professional Development Day and helped to facilitate throughout the day.