65th Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
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Trustees and Administrators Education and Networking

Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP®) - Part II

Two-day workshop
Saturday October 19, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 20, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Employee Health registration code: 1918H 
Employee Pensions registration code: 1918P​

Regarded as the educational benchmark of excellence in the public sector, the CAPPP​ program addresses core concepts and current trends in the legal, legislative, plan design and fiduciary aspects of public sector benefit plans. Faculty are practitioners in the public sector and provide rich and current examples from actual situations. Class size is limited to foster group discussion and a solid comprehension of the issues being addressed.

Note: After 2019, the Employee Health track will no longer be offered. Complete your certificate this October.

New Trustees Institute—Level I: Core Concepts

Two and a half-day workshop
Saturday October 19, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday October 20, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; and
Monday, October 21
, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Registration code: 19N8

Designed for Taft-Hartley trustees who have served for less than two years or who have not previously attended an International Foundation educational program. The New Trustees Institute is ideal for collective bargaining and other personnel who work with trustees and who would like a better understanding of their role and responsibilities. The institute’s highly rated faculty will return to lead the program. 

​New Trustees Institute—​Level II: Concepts in Practice

      Filled Program

Two-day workshop
Saturday October 19, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 20
, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Registration code: 19N9

This program explores how the concepts introduced in Level I apply to trust fund management, digging deeper into each area so trustees gain more confidence in their knowledge. Those completing Level II will have a greater understanding of their fiduciary responsibilities and will have a firmer overall grasp of trust fund management. Attendance of New Trustees Institute—​Level I: Core Concepts​ in strongly encouraged.  

Note: Registration is limited, register early.

Administrators Masters Program (AMP®)

Two-day workshop
Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Registration code: 19E2

The Administrators Masters Program (AMP) is designed for administrators and administrative staff who have five or more years of professional administrative experience. The objective of the preconference is to help attendees develop enhanced skills in leadership and management, communications and customer service, project management, and strategic dialogue that will make them even more effective in their current roles. Those who complete the program may attend the special sessions held exclusively for AMP graduates on Tuesday during the Annual Conference.

Already and AMP grad? Repeat the core program on Saturday and Sunday to refresh your skills. Registration code: 19E2G

Trustees Masters Program (TMP)  
Sold Out - Contact edreg@ifebp.org to be added to the waiting list.

Two-day workshop
Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Registration code: 19D2

The Trustees Masters Program (TMP) is the pinnacle event for advanced-level trustee networking and education. Designed by trustees and practitioners in the field for trustees who have five or more years of experience, TMP is for serious-minded trustees who want to think and act more boldly, systematically and proactively. The curriculum builds on trustees’ existing knowledge base and experience through peer exchange and group exercises over an intense two days. If you have already completed the program, consider the TMP Advanced Leadership Summit on Sunday, October 20.

TMP Advanced Leadership Summit

Sold Out - Contact edreg@ifebp.org to be added to the waiting list.

One-day workshop—Sunday ONLY, October 20, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Registration code: 19D3

The TMP Advanced Leadership Summit is an exclusive program for trustees who have earned the TMP Certificate of Attendance and commemorative pin. The Summit offers an opportunity to further examine relevant topics critical to a fund’s overall strategy. What will trustee leadership look like in the future? What are the challenges and prospective solutions for forward-thinking organizations? The topic focus of the TMP Advanced Leadership Summit changes each year to reflect the most essential issues facing trustees today. Attendees of the Summit will earn two tickets toward the main conference certificate of attendance.​

Note: Registration is limited, register early.

Financial Pla​​​nning Workshops

Lifetime Retirement Planning—For Attendees Over 50     

Two-Day program
Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Registration code: PC53/PC54

Planning for your future begins today. If you are aged 50 or older, this workshop will be tremendously valuable for you. This year will bring many changes to the way you think about and plan for retirement. Determining how to prepare for what is at hand is key. One of our most popular preconference sessions, this program will provide tools to help you navigate a stronger and more secure future.

​​​Spouses/Guests may also attend the Lifetime Retirement Planning Workshops at a reduced price!
Use registration code: PC55/56

 

Lifetime Financial Planning—For Attendees Under 50  

One-Day programSunday ONLY, October 20, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Registration code: PC30

 

You must make many financial and nonfinancial decisions before retirement that will affect your economic and retirement well-being. Intended for attendees between the ages of 35 and 50, this program not only will help you manage your personal financial plan and investments, but it will also teach you how to implement a program for your fund.

​Spouses/Guests may also attend the Lifetime Financial Planning Workshops at a reduced price!
Use registration code: PC36         


One-Day Enrichment Workshops—Attend One or Both days!

Enrichment Workshops are $455 per day through September 8, 2019 and $605 per day after September 8.

Saturday October 19, 2019 ▪ 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.​


Stop Counting Sheep! Mindful Training to Support Restful Sleep
Registration code: PC01

Living with stress and anxiety is very common. Side effects of stress often include interrupted sleep and insomnia. If you have problems with sleep, you’re not alone. Sleep disturbance is a common problem, with nearly 75% of American adults reporting at least one symptom of a sleep problem a few nights a week or more during the past year (National Sleep Foundation, 2018).
Approximately 10-15% of the adult population suffers from insomnia, which can have significant negative consequences if left untreated.

If you have trouble sleeping, you likely will find yourself in a “vicious cycle” with increasing effort and desire put into trying to regain sleep. Ultimately, the strong desire to get more sleep and to avoid daytime fatigue leads to a state of feeling stuck between sleepiness and wakefulness. You might resort to medications that are frequently used to treat insomnia, but you may prefer non-drug approaches to avoid dependence and tolerance.

Research shows the benefits of Mindful Body Awareness (mindfulness), which helps promote better sleep. Join us and explore some of the causes and non-drug treatments and practices designed to promote restful sleep.

 
 

Lisa Schmidt, M.S., CEBS, CN, CYT, LAC, SEP
Founder, Lead Consultant
Mindful Benefits


Advanced Communication Skills for Leaders
Registration code: PC03

This important session will cover several advanced interpersonal skills that help leaders strengthen relationships with employees to improve their motivation and productivity. The skill areas to be discussed will include techniques that enhance bonding, improve listening, increase collaborative communication, resolve conflict and better manage performance. 

Greg Brannan
Training Consultant

Mental Health First Aid At Work

Registration code: PC05

Mental Health First Aid® at Work is a four-hour immersive, skill-building training program where attendees learn how to respond appropriately to crisis and non-crisis mental health or substance use challenges in the workplace using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.

Research shows that one in four adults faces a mental health challenge every single day. Work environments can also make managing an emotional situation, mental health or a substance use condition even more difficult.

People can play an important role in creating a supportive and understanding work environment for all. Mental Health First Aid® at Work training gives foremen, line managers, supervisors and co-workers useful information and practical techniques on how to approach and support colleagues in distress to help organizations and unions build a resilient and productive workforce. Organizations that train their workers in Mental Health First Aid® at Work can highlight other resources, employee assistance programs and important benefits.

Attendees will:

  • Explore evidence-based techniques to approach colleagues who may be developing or experiencing a mental illness, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance and support, and encourage self-care and professional resources.
  • Understand how attitudes about mental illness and substance abuse may reinforce workplace stigma.
  • Learn about common conditions such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, and substance use and how they may manifest in the workplace.
  • Practice the MHFA Action Plan—ALGEE—using real-world scenarios, facilitated by expert instructors.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is limited to 50 on a first-come, first-served basis. The program
will be repeated on Sunday as well to accommodate those unable to get into the first offering.


Sunday October 20, 2019 ▪ 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Mindfulness and Pain Management: Combatting Chronic Pain Without Medication
Registration code: PC02

Pain is a powerful word that triggers strong feelings including fear, anger, helplessness, panic and even grief. Millions of people struggle with chronic pain every day, with pain that persists and lingers for no apparent reason following an injury
that has healed.

Two thirds of people living with pain have lived with significant pain for more than five years. Relief is often not found, despite visit after visit to doctors, physical therapists and other health practitioners. Pain is confusing, poorly understood and complex, which leads to difficulty for the pain sufferer to find treatment that will bring an end to their suffering. What is missing from traditional treatment approaches is your contribution—the responses you bring to your own healing process.

This workshop will explore the stress response and its impact on chronic pain. We will discuss the role of trauma, whether from a traffic accident, injury or other source and the impact on chronic pain. Finally, you will learn mindfulness-based practices to empower your understanding of your own personal patterns of stress that create and contribute to pain. Learning about the residue from previous accidents and injuries and how they might wind up the nervous system offers promising help to the chronic pain sufferer. 

 
Lisa Schmidt, M.S., CEBS, CN, CYT, LAC, SEP
Founder, Lead Consultant
Mindful Benefits


Successful Approaches to Difficult Conversations
Registration code: PC04

 

This timely presentation will help participants learn the skills necessary to successfully engage in difficult or stressful conversations in their personal and professional lives. The areas to be covered will include the best times to have difficult conversations, techniques for managing our stress and emotions, strategies for handling disagreement respectfully and methods for reaching compromise. 

Greg Brannan
Training Consultant

Mental Health First Aid At Work

Registration code: PC06

Mental Health First Aid® at Work is a four-hour immersive, skill-building training program where attendees learn how to respond appropriately to crisis and non-crisis mental health or substance use challenges in the workplace using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.

Research shows that one in four adults faces a mental health challenge every single day. Work environments can also make managing an emotional situation, mental health or a substance use condition even more difficult.

People can play an important role in creating a supportive and understanding work environment for all. Mental Health First Aid® at Work training gives foremen, line managers, supervisors and co-workers useful information and practical techniques on how to approach and support colleagues in distress to help organizations and unions build a resilient and productive workforce. Organizations that train their workers in Mental Health First Aid® at Work can highlight other resources, employee assistance programs and important benefits.

Attendees will:

  • Explore evidence-based techniques to approach colleagues who may be developing or experiencing a mental illness, listen nonjudgmentally, give reassurance and support, and encourage self-care and professional resources.
  • Understand how attitudes about mental illness and substance abuse may reinforce workplace stigma.
  • Learn about common conditions such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, and substance use and how they may manifest in the workplace.
  • Practice the MHFA Action Plan—ALGEE—using real-world scenarios, facilitated by expert instructors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is limited to 50 on a first-come, first-served basis.