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First Name

Mark

Last Name

Olson

Organization Name (If applicable)

University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration

Location

150 Pillsbury Dr SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Email Address olso4541@umn.edu
Work Number

612-626-2020

Website

https://ici.umn.edu/

FOCUS AREAS

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities/Learning Difficulties, Aging/Older Persons/End of Life, Mental Health

TLCPCP Trainer Certifications

Trainer: Person Centered Thinking (2 Day Instructor-Led)

Biography

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a minor in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. He currently holds the position of Project Coordinator at the Institute on Community Integration where he writes curriculum and provides training to people who provide direct support. Certified as a Person Centered Thinking Trainer he provides individuals and organizations guidance on becoming more person-centered in their approach including coach training. Other Person Centered Practices he is fluent in are PATHSMAPS facilitation and Person Centered Active Support. Throughout his career, he has provided service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in recreation and inclusion, residential and daily living skills, vocational skills, and advocacy. In addition, he has worked in frontline management in the non-profit industry. His key policy interests include health care, disability, education, workforce recognition and development, civic engagement, human rights and the environment. He is past Chair of the Minnesota State Advocacy Committee for the American Heart Association. He is past president of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. Over the past 30 years, much of his energy has been directed at making sure the frontline direct support professional has the tools needed to make the greatest impact on the lives of the people they support in living lives with valued social roles.

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