Benefits Training and Consulting

Sponsoring a workshop.

What is Sponsoring a Workshop?


    A sponsored workshop is a contracted training for an organization, agency, or group (the sponsor). The sponsor contracts with Michael Walling to present a workshop for a fixed fee on a mutually agreed upon date, at a mutually agreed upon location.


    The sponsor is responsible for advertising of the workshop and handles all registration procedures.  We supply a master copy of the training materials for duplication by the sponsor.  It is not uncommon for an organization to sponsor a workshop and charge other organizations a registration fee to attend.  Thus, they (generally) cover the costs to train their staff and customers.


Can the Workshop be Modified to Suit Our Particular Needs?


    Typically, a sponsor wants a basic workshop, but this can be altered if specific issues are identified, or the audience serves a particular population (i.e. school-to-work transition age, serious mental illness, traumatic head injury).


   For instance, earlier this year several workshops were conducted for a state provider organization which were modified to provide a half-day on Social Security's programs and a half-day on state Medicaid programs available to individuals with disability and Medicare options.

                                                                                                                                                                    Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA

The basic workshop covers:


            The Basic Structure of Benefit Programs



                        The process of SSI:  Eligibility to Termination

            SSI Work Incentives

                        Student Earned Income Exclusion

                        Impairment-Related Work Expenses

                        Plan for Achieving Self-Support

                        Blind Work Expenses

            1619(b) Eligibility  (Medicaid))

            Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits




                        The process of SSDI: Eligibility to Termination

            SSDI Work Incentives


                        Impairment-Related Work Expenses


            Extended Medicare Eligibility

            Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits


            TICKET TO WORK PROGRAM  (if requested)


            MEDICAID BUY-IN (if appropriate for the state)


Other Points.


    We ask the audience be limited to 75 or less. If the audience is more than 45 people, a label microphone will be required..


    We require a minimum of 90 days to schedule a sponsored workshop.  We try to avoid travel in the northern and snow-prone states between October 30th and March 15th to avoid weather conditions which could cancel the scheduled workshop. 


What is the Cost of a Sponsored Workshop?


    The cost of a sponsored workshop is dependent on when the workshop is conducted.  We prefer to schedule a sponsored workshop when Michael Walling is scheduled to be in the area, as this significantly reduces travel costs, thus reducing the fee for the workshop.   The fee quoted is a flat fee, which includes traveling, lodging, meals, preparation costs, etc.  We do not submit bids when training is based on a competitive bid basis.


The fee is reduced 25% if the event is scheduled from mid-November through mid-January..


Full payment is expected at the completion of the workshop, unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties.


Okay, we're interesting in sponsoring a workshop.  What's next?


Contact us:   or call 610-696-1551.



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