Conferences and Trainings

Proposals Being Accepted: 


Call for Presentations for System of Care Summer Learning Institute
Presentation proposals are being accepted for the System of Care Summer Learning Institute in State College. The Learning Institute, sponsored by the PA System of Care Partnership, will be held on June 23-24, 2014, with the theme, “Strengthening Partnerships to Sustain Change.” Proposals are welcome from child-serving systems, behavioral health organizations, family organizations, community organizations, youth groups, and service providers. Proposals should demonstrate how aspects of the System of Care standards are integral to the work and success of the system, agency or organization. The System of Care Learning Institute planning committee, which includes youth partners, family partners and system partners, is seeking presentations in the following areas: equal partnership on leadership teams, youth-driven and family-driven care, integration of child-serving systems, valuing natural and community supports, assuring cultural and linguistic competence, youth and family services and supports planning process, and evaluation and continuous quality improvement. Proposal submission forms and more information about the standards. Deadline for proposals is May 5, 2014.

Suicide Prevention Conference: Proposals are also being accepted for the Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Conference, to be held Oct. 15-16, 2014 in State College, PA. Workshops will be held in five tracks: youth/transition age youth, adults, older adults, military/law enforcement, and survivors. Deadline for proposals is March 28, 2014. Proposal submission form

Infant Mental Health Conference: Proposals are being accepted for workshops at the Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference to be held Oct. 16-17, 2014 in Hershey, PA. The purpose of the conference is to promote social emotional development of infants and young children through developing high quality relationships with families and caregivers. Topics include innovative programs or therapies for young children, interventions for parents and caregivers, promoting attachment, and meeting special needs. Deadline for proposals is April 30, 2014.


April 9-10, 2014: "Inspiring Hope—Fostering Success," Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the PA Council for Children, Youth and Family Services.

April 22-23, 2014: Pennsylvania Family Group Decision Making Conference, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey. Sponsored by the Office of Children, Youth and Families and others.

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.

April 29, 2014: Social Media and Mental Health Usage Trends for Professionals, Clarion Psychiatric Center, Clarion. Sponsored by the Clarion Psychiatric Center and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

April 29, 2014: Clinical Management and Treatment of Selected Childhood/Adolescent Disorders, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Allison Park. Sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

April 30-May 1, 2014: Pennsylvania Childhood Trauma and Injury Prevention Conference: A Community Approach, Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Center for Schools and Communities, Safe Kids Pennsylvania.  

May 13, 2014: Children’s Case Management, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Allison Park. Sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

May 16, 2014:  "In Search of Safe Space: Helping Youth Face Stress and Terror"- 2014 Annual STAR-Center Conference William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh Campus.  

May 16, 2014: The Elephant in the Room: Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk, Holiday Inn—Loucks Rd., York. Sponsored by Cognitive Health Solutions.

May 28-29, 2014: PAPBS Implementers’ Forum: “Multi-Layered Systems of Support, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey. Sponsored by the Bureau of Special Education and Pennsylvania’s Community of Practice for School-Based Behavioral Health.

June 10-12, 2014: Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC), Eden Resort, Lancaster. Sponsored by the Department of Public Welfare. The conference will expand its focus on training professionals to include a special track for self-advocates.

June 23-24, 2014: Strengthening Partnerships to Sustain Change, PA System of Care Partnership Summer Learning Institute, Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College.  

June 27, 2014: "Poverty and Mental Illness: Can the Connection Be Broken?" 20th Pennsylvania Case Management Conference, Doubletree Hotel, Monroeville. Sponsored by OMHSAS and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

July 16-20, 2014:"Improving Children’s Mental Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge and Innovation: The Role of the System of Care Approach," National Training Institutes of National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, DC. Proposals invited. 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. 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.

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

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.

The videoconference is available at