Trainer Spotlight: Jaden Miller

Q: How long have you been an Ukeru trainer?

A: One year

Q: What population do you work with? What inspired you to get into this field? 

A: At Sunset Support Services, we have residential services as well as an Adult Training Facility, Ray of Hope, for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. I have always sought to make a difference in the world. I began to work as a Direct Support Professional at the age of 19. I absolutely adored the work and the gratifying feeling that came with it.

Q: What part of Ukeru do you enjoy teaching the most and why?  

A:  The part of Ukeru that I enjoy teaching most is Trauma and the Brain. In this section, you can really begin to observe staff members connecting the dots of how the brain functions and why people may act the way that they do. Staff members begin to understand how trauma affects the brain physically and start to relate this to the individuals that we support as well as people in their lives. 

Q: What would you say to someone who is unsure about using Ukeru? 

A: I would suggest contacting the Ukeru team and letting them know your concerns. The Ukeru team is genuine and trustworthy. Our organization feels that Ukeru has been a positive experience not only for our staff but the individuals we support. 

Q: What advice or tip would you give to a new Ukeru trainer? 

A: Practice! I personally took my book home every night prior to class so I could practice. When you are more comfortable and confident with the material, the training will be fun and not as stressful. In addition, try to relate the training material to the individuals you support, if possible, without breaking HIPPA.

Q: How has Ukeru impacted your life? 

A:  I truly believe that Ukeru made me a better administrator, as well as a better person. I am fond of Ukeru’s teaching of universal precautions! You do not know everyone’s story, so always be trauma-informed even outside the workplace.

Q: What is your favorite quote or a motto that you like to live by? 

A: “It takes 12 positive experiences to make up for 1 negative experience” – Jeannie Walters

Q: What three words would you use to describe Ukeru?

A: Fascinating, Authentic, and Informational