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Twentieth Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA. Sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. More information at Nov. 5-7, 2015

Thirty-first Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by the Division for Early Childhood. More information at: Oct. 7-9, 2015

Getting to Scale: Building Capacity and Infrastructure
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Station Square Sheraton, Pittsburgh. Sponsored by PCIT International. Deadline for presentation proposals was Mar. 17, 2015. More information at: Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2015

2015 National Autism Conference
When: August 3 -August 6, 2015 Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel -State College, Pennsylvania Description: This conference provides comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist educators, providers and families in developing effective educational and therapeutic programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders. For complete session descriptions and general information visit: Conference presenters include: Vince Carbone, Patrick Friman, Brian Iwata, Eb Blakely, Ami Klin, Dave Palmer, Mark Sundberg, Perry Zirkel, Erik Carter, and many more! Credits available: Act 48; ASHA; BACB; Psych; Infant Toddler; OT; PT; Social Work; Marriage and Family Therapists; Professional Counselors. Fees: Pennsylvania education professionals: $175 for entire conference. Other Pennsylvania professionals: $225 for entire conference. Out-of-state professionals: $250 for entire conference. All professions: one-day fee: $100. Pennsylvania parent (mother or father) requesting professional credits: $125 for entire conference. Pennsylvania family members or adults living with ASD: $25 for entire conference. Non-Pennsylvania family members or adults living with ASD: $50 for entire conference. You can register at the conference web site at: Webcast Information for Act 48 Hours and BACB CEs will be published in early May: Many sessions will be available to view live from your computer. If you would like to earn continuing educations credits in BACB, Act 48, or Psych you will need to pre-register beginning early May at: (ASHA, OT, PT, Infant/toddler, and Psych credits are not available via webcasting) If you are not seeking credits to watch the webcasts, then no registration is required. Information will be available on the PSU website. Many sessions will also be archived.

Embracing the Future
NAMI National Convention, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA. Sponsored by NAMI. More information at July 6-9, 2015

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Training
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Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel 1160 Thorn Run Road Coraopolis, PA 15108 412-262-2400 An empirically-supported treatment for Veterans with PTSD. Cost = $100. CEUs available. See attached for registration form. Please download attachment on how to register.

Peer Support and the Criminal Justice System:
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June 22, 23, 24 2015 8:30am-4:40pm Community Care Behavioral Health 2505 Green Tech Dr, Suite F State College, PA 16803 This application is for the three-day Peer Support & Criminal Justice System Training. Please note: the three-day training is only open to Pennsylvania residents who are certified peer specialists including military veteran certified peer specialists. By submitting this application, you are attesting that you are a certified peer specialist. You must include a copy of your CPS Certificate with this application. This training is supported by the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Please see attachment on how to register.

MARTI Conference
800x600 Does your profession and daily work bring you in touch with high-risk children, families or other behavioral health issues? Are you interested in knowing more about helping populations of all ages that are affected by addictions? This year’s MARTI Summer School Conference might be what you are looking for. It is designed to bring positive approaches to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s youth and families in recovery. As Associate Director at the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), I am dedicated to supporting our local counselors, health care professionals, and educators in our summer training institute on "Positive Approaches to Recovery: Populations, Providers and Programs." This summer we will offer our biennial Summer Institute at IUP during the week of June 22nd. I hope that you will consider attending all or part of this year's institute. The Summer Institute is approved for Act 48 credits, APA, PASW, PCB, CAC, NBCC, CRCC and Continuing Education Credits. Additionally, it is available for three graduate credits through IUP which requires attending for the entire week. Registration options this year include daily or full-week attendance and credits will be pro-rated. For the past twenty-six years MARTI has provided training for educators and mental health professionals on current topics to assist in the development of high risk youth. Each year we have assembled a national faculty to provide state-of-the-art training and information. Official conference brochures which include a complete list of all topics, presenters, and registration information are available now at ( In an attempt to support as many educators as possible we have some partial scholarship money available and we would like to help where needed. Please feel free to contact Crystal Deemer in our office for any assistance (call 724-357-1288 or email ( I hope that you will take advantage of this excellent local training opportunity.

Partnerships: Inspiring Hope, Dreams and Achievement
System of Care Learning Institute, Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College. Sponsored by the PA System of Care Partnership, in partnership with PA Families, Inc. and the Youth and Family Training Institute. More information at: June 18-19, 2015

Mental Health First Aid for Adults
Tuesday, June 16 8 AM – 5 PM Mercer County Behavioral Health commission 8406 Sharon-Mercer Road Mercer, PA FREE training. Lunch is on your own. To register: send your name, organization, phone, and email address to Shelley Dorfi at or call 724-981-7141 ext 326.

Youth Suicide and Other At-Risk Behaviors: The Impact of the Media
Pressley Ridge, Pittsburgh. Sponsored by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming. More information at June 15, 2015

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.

Eight Annual PA Autism Training Conference for Professionals (PATC)
Eden Resort, Lancaster. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services. More information at: June 9-11, 2015

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk
Friday, June 5, 2015 8:30 AM – 5 PM 300 Indian Springs Rd Indiana, PA Cost = $50. Free lunch is included. To register:

Clinical Management and Treatment of Selected Childhood/ Adolescent Disorders
Passavant Conference Center, Allison Park. Sponsored by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming. More information at June 4, 2015

An Evidence-based Training Opportunity for Clinicians Focusing on Veterans with PTSD
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The PA Department of Human Services/Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be offering three regional Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) training sessions throughout the state in June 2015. CPT is an empirically-supported treatment for Veterans with PTSD. The training brochure is attached. Please note that this training is for clinicians who are licensed (or license-eligible) to provide psychotherapy for PTSD (Psychologists, Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists) are welcome to apply. This includes practicum students, psychology interns, and postdoctoral fellows. This evidence based offering entails a 2 day live session offered by a CPT trainer and consultant and weekly one-hour telephone case consultation for a period of 6 months. Please note that accepted applicants will be responsible for all their own travel costs. Applicants may want to inquire if their employer will fund their travel. Registration is due by May 22, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Terry Moloney – at Please see attachment on how to register.

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:

Fifth Annual PAPBS Network Implementers’ Forum
Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Positive Behavioral Support Network. More information at:
Mental Health First Aid for Youth
Tuesday, May 19 8 AM – 5 PM Mercer County Behavioral Health commission 8406 Sharon-Mercer Road Mercer, PA FREE training. Lunch is on your own. To register: send your name, organization, phone, and email address to Shelley Dorfi at or call 724-981-7141 ext 326.

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

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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