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Human Services Management Announcements

Celebrate Development Disability Professionals Day on July 15th!

Developmental Disability Professionals go by many names – QIDPs, Case Managers, and Service Coordinators to name just a few. Regardless of formal title, their purpose is to assist people with developmental disabilities to live full, meaningful, and productive lives.  Developmental Disability Professionals fulfill a variety of roles – they facilitate the provision of residential services, create employment opportunities, serve as behavior analysts, coordinate medical services and much more.

Developmental Disability Professionals provide services to some of the most vulnerable people in our country. They do so because they recognize that all people are an inherently valuable and important part of the fabric of our communities. Developmental Disability Professionals are resilient in times of challenge, uncompromising in the provision of outstanding supports and tenacious advocates for positive change. They have played a critical part in advancing the rights of people with developmental disabilities and deserve recognition for their tireless efforts to this end.

NAQ is the proud founder of Developmental Disability Professionals Day.  As the leading national association representing such professionals, we encourage provider organizations, parents, and people with disabilities to formally recognize the important role that these professionals play in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Now, more than ever, we need to thank Development Disability Professionals for their dedication and commitment – often in the face of great personal sacrifice.

How you choose to recognize your favorite Developmental Disability Professional is entirely up to you.  Maybe you’d like to send a heartfelt thank-you card.  Perhaps they would appreciate a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or a candy bouquet delivered to their office.  Maybe they’d like to attend an event or training opportunity.  Now, get out there and celebrate!


Pandemic Crisis Survey

In support of the Human Services system, National Louis University is surveying providers to gather key strategies and critical information.  Please take a few minutes of your time to respond to this short anonymous survey. Click in the following link to open the survey.   

We plan to share the survey responses findings with the Human Services system providers via a series of free webinars in the coming months. We will keep the survey open beyond the target response date in order to continue to collect additional strategies and information.

If you are a Trade Association or Membership Organization, we ask that you forward this request to your Human Service provider members. Our hope is that we can learn from one another’s successes and mistakes. The survey information may prove valuable in how your agency adjusts during and following this COVID-19 pandemic.


Fall 2020 Online Cohort of the Master’s in Human Services Management/Leadership program

NLU is a leader in online education with years of experience and a faculty that is well versed in providing online instruction. Now that you may be spending more time at home and social distancing, take advantage of the opportunity to further your education by enrolling in our Online Master’s in Human Services Management/Leadership program. We are excited to be accepting applications for the Fall 2020 Online Cohort! 

Click Here to Apply Online for the HSM Fall 2020 Online Cohort!!!


We Make Agency Calls

Think your agency might be interested in a partnership or enrolling employees in the program? We would be happy to visit your agency and present the details to your team. 

Please contact Program Director Mark Doyle at or call 630-874-4258.


HSM Program Open House (Cancelled)

Our next scheduled Human Services Management/Leadership (HSM) Program Open House that was to be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00am at our Lisle Campus as been cancelled. Keeping individuals safe during this pandemic crisis remains our utmost priority. For information regarding any future HSM program open house, contact Debbie Enlow, Outreach Specialist at 630-874-4053 office, 


Human Service Management Book Available

Check out the book "Getting IT Done Right - Pragmatic Wisdom for Human Service Managers" by Vincent Pettinelli. This great book is used in our MS. In Human Service Management/Leadership program. It is available through Hide Tide Press.

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Also available from Amazon Hardcover and Kindle.   


NAQ (The National Association of QIDPs ) Conference

In order to ensure safety and well-being of friends and colleagues during this pandemic crisis, the 25th Annual QIDP Conference to be held August 4 - 7, 2020 in New Orleans has been cancelled. Next years QIDP Conference has been scheduled for August 10-13, 2021 in New Orleans at the same location scheduled for this year. So mark your calendars and join us next year! 


IABH & IARF Educational Conference (Virtual Event)

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF) and the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH) are hosting a joint Educational Conference and Expo September 9-11, 2020, as a virtual event. The IARF and IABH Education/Conference Committees are pleased to announce the opening of our process for selecting conference sessions.

The Call for Proposals for the Conference is open, and the submission deadline is June 5, 2020. The IARF & IABH Conference will host a range of over 500 professionals and paraprofessionals providing prevention, treatment and recovery services for adults and children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, substance use and mental health disorders.

Proposals related to all aspects of human service including, management, policy, human resources and more are welcomed.

The safety of our attendees, speakers, and staff are of utmost priority and with a virtual conference we will continue to aim to provide our attendees a meaningful experience at our event. Now is the time to connect with your colleagues and work together, more than ever!

Click here to view the full call for proposals.



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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