Gentle Teaching — Past, Present and Future Webinar

Thu, Mar 12th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Macomb Oakland Regional Center
1270 Doris Rd
Auburn Hills
MI 48326

Do you love or support someone who could benefit from feeling more connected, engaged, and safe and secure with the relationships around them?  Building a Culture of Gentleness has been a part of MORC’s history starting with Dr. John McGee’s influence in the mid-1980’s and has remained a key component to the success we’ve had in this realm. Although Dr. McGee died in
November of 2016, Gentle Teaching and John’s message continues to inspire in our region and regions around the world. Join us for an opportunity to connect (or reconnect) on the ongoing need to create Cultures of Gentleness for ourselves and those receiving your care and support. As board members of Gentle Teaching International (GTI), we are excited to share with you some
updates that will provide you opportunities for both personal and professional growth relating to our Michigan Culture of Gentleness initiatives along with learning opportunities from the Gentle Teaching International global network.
This webinar will include the following outcomes:

  • History of Gentle Teaching
  • The Challenges
  • Gentle Teaching Principles that Address Challenges
  • Measuring our success
  • Benefitting all Relationships
  • The Future of Gentle Teaching

Speakers include:
Kym Juntti, Director of Training, MORC, Inc.:  Kym started as a direct care worker in 1983 and was introduced to Gentle Teaching in 1985.  This philosophy has been the mainstay of her career and accomplishments ever since.  She is honored to lead and partner with a deeply committed training team  and to support others in creating cultures that allow others to learn, heal and grow.

Deirdre Mercer, Chief Operating Officer, Progressive Lifestyles, Inc.:  Deirdre started in direct care and has served the in the roles of Job Developer, Vocational Specialist, Support Coordinator, Utilization Analyst, Senior Trainer, and Self-Determination Specialist.  She currently supports an amazing team of Gentle Teachers in their roles as program administrators and caregivers.

Ed Kiefer, Training Supervisor, MORC, Inc,:  Ed started in direct care and has served in the roles of Home Manager and Support Coordinator.  He currently supervises a dynamic team that trains tens of thousands of direct support professionals every year on a multitude of topics including Culture of Gentleness.

Click here to register.  1.5 CEs are offered.  Two week notice required for Deaf Interpreter request.  E-mail request to