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5rd Annual Behavioral Health and Aging Conference
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The Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), Office of Education and Regional Programming, are pleased to sponsor the 5rd Annual Behavioral Health and Aging Conference: “Integrating Behavioral Healthcare and Medical Care: The Future” conference will take place June 11th, 2015 at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village, Allison Park, PA. Co-sponsors for this conference include: Allegheny HealthChoices Inc., Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania. 

Presentations will focus on medical issues, depression, home based behavioral health care, psychopharmacology, wandering and nursing home selection.

In preparation for this event, we are inviting selected agencies/companies to have an exhibitor display at the conference.  We have scheduled all breaks in the conference room to encourage participants to visit the exhibits as much as possible.

The cost for the exhibit space would be $175 for the entire conference and would include a skirted table, chairs and lunch for one of your staff members. 

Additional sponsorship opportunities also include: Luncheon: $1500; Breakfast: $1000; and Break: $500. Each sponsorship will be prominently advertised and acknowledged at the time of the conference and includes an exhibit table at no extra charge.

If you are interested in having a display or being a conference sponsor, please complete the attached exhibit/sponsor form.  Please feel free to contact Nancy Mundy  at 412-204-9090/  or Joanne Slappo, PhD at 412-204-9077/ should you have any questions or would like more information.  We would be happy to discuss reserving exhibit space or to answer any questions you may have.

We appreciate your consideration in supporting the success of the conference and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference - The State of Recovery in the World of Psych Rehab
This year the Annual PA Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Conference is being held in partnership with the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Foundation (PRF) in Philadelphia, June 1-4, 2015. Designed to train the recovery workforce, the Recovery Workforce Summit: 2015 Annual Conference is an investment in yourself, in your career, and in your organization. During your three and a half days, you'll hear from compelling and inspiring keynotes; select from an assortment of sessions in different tracks that will make you a more effective psych rehab professional; network with your peers and hear what they're doing at their organizations to improve the lives of people with mental illness; and much, much more. Learn more and register at:

Stocking the Caregiver’s Toolbox: Techniques & Tips for Families & Professionals

Edgewood Country Club
100 Churchill Road
Pittsburgh, PA  15235

Save the date for this full-day conference.  CEUs available.  More details to come. 

Continuing Education Training for Certified Peer Specialists: Working with People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges
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The course is provided by Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, a core program of PMHCC in collaboration with OMHSAS and ODP. This continuing education training is for Certified Peer Specialists to help them learn more about people who have intellectual disabilities as well as mental health challenges. Dates are May 7 & 8 in Greensburg or June 15 & 16 in Bethlehem. See attachment for additional details and how to register

Introduction to Implementation Science Training & Guidance for System of Care: Evidence Based Practices for SOC, Child Welfare and Trauma Informed Community Initiatives
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Introduction to Implementation Science Training & Guidance for System of Care: Evidence Based Practices for SOC, Child Welfare and Trauma Informed Community Initiatives Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 9A.M. to 1P.M. Crawford County Human Services, Presentation Center, 18282 Technology Dr., Meadville, PA 16335

Developing Empathy for the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability: A Simulation of Hearing Distressing Voices

Monroeville Public Library
4000 Gateway Campus Blvd.  Monroeville, PA 15146

FREE.  No CEUs available.  For more info:  

Tourette Syndrome and Co-Morbid Conditions
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NHS Human Services and the PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance is happy to present “Tourette Syndrome and Co-Morbid Conditions” Training on April 10th, 2015. We invite you to come to the training then after the training enjoy lunch at the NHS offices at 531 S Main Street in Greensburg, PA. We will also have an open house at this time to include our new Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team (DDTT). The team will be available to meet and talk about the services of the DDT team.

Effective Child Therapy Training

The website below offers free training and CEU information regarding evidence-based practices for children and adolescents.

Customized Behavioral Health and Aging Training

Training topics Below is a link to the training topics we currently offer through the Coalition. We can come to your site and offer the trainings, or we also have regular training opportunities available that you will receive notice about as a member of the Coalition.

Trauma-Focused Congnitive Behavioral Therapy - A web based learning course

TF-CBT Web Based Learning Course for Trauma - Focused Cognitive - Behavioral Therapy

- Psychoeducation
- Stress Management
- Affect Expression and Modulation
- Cognitive Coping
- Behavioral Management Training
Parent-Child Sessions

Visit to learn more and register.

DSM 5 - Free Online Training

No-cost DSM-5 Online Trainings Offered

RCPA business member and endorsed vendor Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) is offering two opportunities for training on changes to the DSM-5. Relias has developed an online course <>  for providers that teaches modifications to the mutli-axial system, new dimensional assessments, new terminology, cultural considerations, and major criticisms. The presentation is available from the link at any time.

Understand the Challenges of Military Families

The shock and suffering of war is not only felt on the battlefield. The Families of Service members face unbelievable stresses back home, often with little or no support. Even joyful reunions can turn into painful daily living for Service members and their Families without the proper assistance.
But they can get their lives back with your help!
Families of Service members deployed since 9/ll have faced challenges unlike anything before in our country's history. So we're offering a series of online courses such as, "Understanding Military Families and the Deployment Cycle" to help essential professionals like you discover new ways to help them cope and better understand their challenges. Please sign up for one of the FREE online course on treating the invisible wounds of war.
All the courses are FREE, and nationally accredited. Courses are quick and easy to complete, ranging from 1 to 2 hours and 15 minutes in length. Plus, they're available online 24/7 so can you can fit one, or all of them, into your busy schedule.

Free online training at:

Free Online Training to Assist With Serving Veterans

PCPA is writing on behalf of Pennsylvania’s military service members and their families with a very special request. Over the next 24 months, waves of service members will return from deployment to be reunited with loved ones.  But the joy can be short lived once the realities of transition into everyday life begin to sink in.
Many service members return from deployment to communities where they do not have access to military base programs and services. These individuals are seeking help from local behavioral health providers, but often do not return for care if the provider does not have an understanding of military life and the impact of deployment.
The Pennsylvania Departments of Public Welfare, Military and Veterans Affairs, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, PCPA, and the National Association of Social Workers has partnered with Army OneSource to provide four free, nationally-accredited continuing education courses on the impact of combat stress and deployment on children and families, military culture, and PTSD. Access the courses at
Pennsylvania’s service members and their families have made countless sacrifices over numerous deployments including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Please join PCPA in thanking them for that service by taking these courses and learning more about how to support them in returning to our communities.

Suicide Prevention Online Training Available

Offered by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
These courses are developed to train service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and community-based coalitions to develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies. All courses are available free of charge and can be completed at your own pace.  Continuing Education Credits are available.
Current Courses:
• Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention
• Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)
• Choosing and Implementing a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program
• Planning & Evaluation for Youth Suicide Prevention
• The Research Evidence for Suicide as a Preventable Public Health Issue
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