Conferences and Trainings

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

June 10, 2015: “Child Bipolar Disorder and Other Difficult to Treat Disorders,” Spring videoconference. Sponsored by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming. More information at<>.

June 15, 2015: “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 18-19, 2015: “Partnerships: Inspiring Hope, Dreams and Achievement,” System of Care Learning Institute, Penn Stater 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.

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

July 22-24, 2015: Navigating the Road to Success: Expect, Educate, Empower, Employ. PA Community on Transition Conference, Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA. Sponsored by the PA Dept. of Education.

September 30-October 3, 2015: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Station Square Sheraton, Pittsburgh. Sponsored by PCIT International.

October 7-9, 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.

October 15-16, 2015: Seventh Annual PA Infant Mental Health Conference, Doubletree by Hilton, Monroeville, PA. Sponsored by the PA Infant Mental Health Association.

Nov. 5-7, 2015: 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

Dec. 2-4, 2015: Cultivating Relationships: Nurture, Mentor, Grow. PA Early Childhood Education Summit, Penn State Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA. Hosted by the PA Child Care Association, the PA Head Start Association, and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

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Note: Additional children’s mental health training is available from University of Pittsburgh Office of Education and Regional Programming<>, Drexel University<>; and Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center<>.

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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