Conferences and Trainings

Aug 22-23, 2014: Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator Training, Harrisburg Hilton and Towers, Harrisburg. More information at

Sept. 18-20, 2014: School Mental Health: Enhancing Safe, Supportive and Healthy Schools, 19th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Wyndham Grand Hotel, Pittsburgh. Sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health and the IDEA Partnership.

Oct. 7-9, 2014: 30th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, St. Louis, MO. Sponsored by the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. More information at

Oct. 7-10, 2014: Annual Conference of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, Seven Springs Resort, Champion. More information at<>

Oct. 16-17, 2014: Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference, Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health.

Nov. 5-7, 2014: Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice, Harrisburg Hilton and Towers, Harrisburg.  Sponsored by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission and others.

Nov. 12-14, 2014: Early Childhood Summit, Penn Stater Conference Center, State College. Sponsored by Pennsylvania Child Care Association, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and Pennsylvania Head Start Association. More information at

Dec. 10-13, 2014: 29th National Training Institutes, Westin Diplomat, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sponsored by Zero to Three.

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OMHSAS Lunch and Learn

Learn more about what the OMHSAS, Stakeholder, and Consumer communities are doing to support resiliency and recovery in our mental health System! OMHSAS hosts Lunch and Learn training sessions every second and fourth Friday from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m; these trainings are available via WebEx. The training topics include helpful information on Children and Transition Age Youth, Adults, Older Adults, and personal stories of recovery. Visit the Network of Care to view videos of past sessions. For more information call 717-787-6443. The 2011 schedule is available here


Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Video Available online

A presentation prepared by the children’s bureau on “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders” is available online. The presentation features children’s bureau staff member Deborah Hardy, child psychiatrist consultant Gordon Hodas, and family member Dianna Brocious. It is part of a training series sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and co- sponsored by OMHSAS. The presentation gives an overview of the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on an individual over his/her lifetime, intervention approaches, statistics regarding prevalence of FASD in Pennsylvania and recommended actions for the state of Pennsylvania to address the issues.

FASD is the umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, behavioral, mental and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. FASD is thought to affect one in 100 individuals in the United States.

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