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20th Case Management Conference
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The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), Office of Education and Regional Programming, are pleased to sponsor the 20th Case Management Conference. The conference will take place June 27, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel, Monroeville, PA.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Poverty and Mental Illness-Can the Connection be Broken?” Presentations will focus on motivational interviewing, addiction free pain management, recovery oriented crisis interventions, hearing voices simulation, measuring case management effectiveness and accountability. Please visit our website for the conference brochure or registration information:

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 Oxford Ballroom 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 Munday , 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.

Creative Therapy Ideas: Making Heart to Heart Connections

June 19th Creative Therapy Ideas: Making Heart to Heart Connections.   Have you ever encountered a patient, client, student or loved one living with cognitive and/or communication challenges that limit their ability to make meaningful connections with others? Frustration can be high for all people involved; especially for the individual who is struggling. Over the course of many years, the presenter has developed and adapted various creative approaches to therapy. It is hoped that by sharing experiences, accounts and teaching strategies that the listener will be inspired to find ways to facilitate interactions that make a difference.
Presented by Holly A. Sennett, MS, CCC-SLP

To register please go to:

PA Cares Training Summit
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Reintegration: Mission Home Front - Recognizing and Responding to needs of Service Members, Veterans & their Families
Sponsored by PA Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, PA Department of Health, Bureau of Public Health Preparedness

May 20, 2014 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA

This one-day training event will focus on recognizing and responding to the myriad of needs experienced by service members, veterans, and their families during reintegration.  Selected topics include PTSD & Life Patterns, Veterans Information Services, with additional issues to be determined. The program is coordinated by the PA CARES Task Force (Pennsylvania Americans showing Compassion, Assistance and Reaching out with Empathy for Service members).  PA CARES is a collaboration of active duty military, veteran and civilian groups, whose mission is to identify services for veterans and their families and connect them to those services.

Flyer attached

IUP Conference on Violence and Trauma

On May 20 – 23, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute and Center for Applied Psychology will host the inaugural Research, Education, and Advocacy for Community Health (REACH) conference.  The conference will feature speakers in the area of violence and trauma research and advocacy. RCPA is a co-sponsor for the event. The registration cost is $150 for the full conference or $50 per day.

Attendees will be exposed to the latest research and clinical intervention techniques in violence prevention from multiple fields and have formal and informal opportunities for interactions with national experts in the field of violence education. Continuing education credits for a variety of professions such as educators, social workers, psychologists, and nurses will be offered.

Proposals for workshops and poster or paper presentations on the topics of violence and trauma are being accepted. The workshop/paper submission deadline for RCPA members is March 21 and the deadline for poster submissions is March 31. To learn more, submit a proposal, or to register, visit the conference web site: 

Two Day Storytelling Training

(Continuing Education Hours Available for Certified Peer Specialists)

On May 19 and 20, in Hermitage, PA, the Copeland Center will hold its first Storytelling Training with advanced level WRAP Facilitator Gina Calhoun and Dr. Scott Heller.

We know that stories are important for educating and motivating children. Research also indicates that they are just as important for educating and motivating adults.

This 2-day workshop is designed for anyone who has a story to share and will focus on the benefits of storytelling, as well as provide a step-by-step guide for writing and presentation in a way that educates, inspires and motivates. It will also enhance the incorporation of stories into public speaking forums.

This presentation will:
1.    Examine the benefits of storytelling for both the teller and listeners of the story. 
2.    Demonstrate how statistically people remember stories better than raw data.
3.    Explore a step-by-step process for writing your wellness/recovery story in a way that educates, connects, and inspires.
4.    Practice skills in sensory language as well as sharing a 10-minute story.

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Behavioral Rehabilitation Following Pediatric Brain Injury

May 15th Behavioral Rehabilitation Following Pediatric Brain Injury. This presentation will cover pediatric incident rates, how the developing brain responds differently from a mature brain with respect to emerging challenges, assessment procedures and treatment. We will highlight the use of applied behavior analysis and functional assessment as an efficient strategy for developing treatments likely to be effective. Evidence based decision making using single subject designs will also be used to illustrated treatment effectiveness.
Presented by Michael P. Mozzoni PhD/BCBA-D/CBIST

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Hopping Down the Transition Trail
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If you have a child transitioning from pre-school to school age, elementary school to high school or from high school to college, come and get information and/or get your questions answered.

When: April 30, 2014
Time:  11:00-1:30

Place:  Mental Health Association
            140 North Elm Street
            Butler, PA 16001

Speaker: Lonni DePolo- Educational/Children’s Advocate
RSVP:     April 23, 2014   
               (724) 287-1797 ext 231 Lonni DePolo

Lunch is provided-----Please RSVP so enough lunch is ordered

Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Legal Ramifications for Parents
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April 25, 2014
9:00 - 2:30

Presentation by:
Elaine Surma

Topic: Bullying, Cyber-bullying and Legal Ramifications for Parents

For More info Please contact Brandi Owens
Heart 2 Heart PSN
304 13th Street
P.O. Box 335
Franklin , PA 16323

Phone: 814-437-7000
Fax: 814-437-7300

Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development

April 23-25, 2014: “Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development,” 11th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices, Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club, St. Petersburg, FL. Sponsored by the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention.

2014 PAPRS Conference: Advancing the Journey through Innovations
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Join Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services 25th Annual Conference: Advancing the Journey through Innovations, April 22-24 2014 at the Penn Stater Conference Center State College PA.  The conference brings together cross discipline mental health experts and innovators across the State of PA and surrounding states.  Over 50 of PAs innovative community mental health organizations statewide will be represented.   Meet and network with experts in areas of research, clinical and community practice as well as grass roots organizers and people with lived experience of mental health recovery. Additionally this year, the conference features a special focus on mental health stigma and veterans issues.   
Participants professionally and personally can learn through over 35 workshops, caucus sessions and institutes about innovations and evidenced based practice in mental health rehabilitation and wellness. Various practitioner CE credits are available as well as networking opportunities for job seekers and students. See attached flyer for additional information. 
Register today

IEP Mini Series - Butler County

We are thrilled to announce that the IEP Mini-Series is being offered in two locations this spring!
Butler County
Sponsored by:
Lifesteps Transition Program...The Next Steps

Tuesday Evenings

April 22nd - Part 1: Developing a Strong IEP
April 29th - Part2: Working with a School Team AND Part 3: Parental Rights

For more information and to regiser go to:

Ventilator Weaning in the Patient with TBI

April 17th Ventilator Weaning in the Patient with TBI.   Weaning TBI patients from mechanical ventilation via a multi-disciplinary team approach is a foundation of the Lakeview WI vent program.  The five focus areas of assessment, motivation, mobilization, communication, and education will be explained, with an objective to identify evidence-based weaning techniques and improvements in weaning. Topics include cognitive interventions, therapeutic modalities, protocols, appropriate pharmacology, and current technology. Emphasis will be on positive reinforcement strategies for patients with brain injury with the goal of medical stabilization, rehabilitation, and discharge planning to a "home" environment.
Presented by Robyn R. Rushing, RRT, NRP, BBA

To register please go to:

Great Expectations: The Power of Presumed Competence!
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Wednesday April 9, 2014 Regional Learning Alliance
(north of Pittsburgh @ PA Turnpike & I 79)

Sponsored by: The PEAL Center

For more information and how to register please download the attachment

Inspiring Hope—Fostering Success

April 9-10, 2014: “Inspiring Hope—Fostering Success,” Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the PA Council for Children, Youth and Family Services. Deadline for presentation proposals is Aug. 12, 2013.

IEP Mini Series - Venango County

We are thrilled to announce that the IEP Mini-Series is being offered in two locations this spring!
Venango County
Sponsored by: Heart2Heart

Friday 9:30am-2:30pm
March 28th - Parts 1: Part 1: Developing a Strong IEP
Part 2: Working with a School Team and 3: Parental Rights

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Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children
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PaTTAN Harrisburg: 3/26/2014
PaTTAN King of Prussia: 3/27/2014
PaTTAN Pittsburgh: 4/8/2014
Registration will begin at 8:30 AM at each site 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Course Description:
This session will introduce participants to the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children (PTR-YC) process of individualized positive behavior supports. During this workshop, participants will review the overall PTR-YC process, learn about the variety of forms and their purposes, and develop strategies to Prevent challenging behaviors, Teach appropriate alternate behaviors, and Reinforce desired behaviors of young children.

Early intervention and early childhood teachers, psychologists, therapists, administrators and others who are involved in developing and implementing plans to meet the needs of young children with challenging behavior.
Training Hours:
5 hours Act 48 Clock Hours, 5 Infant Toddler Training Hours, and 5 PQAS Training Hours. PQAS code is K1C2.
You need to arrive on time and stay until the end to receive the training hours.
No registration fee will be charged for this event.
Please register online at:
Registration deadline: one week prior to training date

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Supervision in Behavioral Health: We Must Be More than Supervisors - We Must Be Leaders
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Recovery and Wellness:  The Journey Starts Here, A Joint Effort Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health Organization and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

March 21st in Pittsburgh

This conference provides an opportunity for behavioral health care workers including social workers, psychologists (school, counseling, clinical), nurses, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, counselor educators, peer and recovery specialists, service coordinators, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, and other mental health professionals and educators to examine current issues in supervision and how it is practiced within and across professional disciplines.

Register by March 7, 2014 for lowest tuition rate
Program description and registration form are attached.

101 Training on the ID system

Friday, March 21 10AM – 12PM in Washington County. 

Jan Taper and Tom Jones of Washington County will provide information on various topics related to ID services to include:
• ID services history (State Ctrs., lawsuits, Community services development-Act of 66)
• Eligibility requirements, PUNS
• Waivers-Katie Beckett, Pennhurst & Western leading to Consolidated, development of P/FDS Waiver
• Differences in available services, CAP in P/FDS
• Other related issues to include:  waiver slots, waiting list, juggling that has to done
• Some scenarios/case studies re: how to enroll individuals for ID funding.

This training is open to interested staff from any of the counties, from VBH, or from SBHM.  
The training will be held:
Friday, March 21
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Rooms 103-104 of Washington County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services
located at 100 W. Beau St., Washington, PA 15301. 

Guide for Identifying Appropriate Treatment Approaches for Substance Use Disorders with Coexisting Cognitive Impairment

March 20th Guide for Identifying Appropriate Treatment Approaches for Substance Use Disorders with Coexisting Cognitive Impairment. The CDC estimates that nearly 50% of individuals with history of a brain injury have a substance use disorder. Individuals with cognitive impairment are often unsuccessful in substance use treatment programs. This presentation provides the framework and free tools available to help properly identify and refer for treatment individuals with cognitive impairment and highlights challenges faced in typical treatment models along with suggestions for adaptations to meet the needs of the population.
Presented by Dr. Nicholas J. Cioe, PhD, CR

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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
Full Course Descriptions