Conferences and Trainings
Proposals Being Accepted:
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.
March 11-13, 2014: National Wraparound Conference, Cocoa Beach, FL.
March 27, 2014: Bridges to Adulthood for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Greentree/Pittsburgh, PA.
April 4, 2014: Value Behavioral Health of PA, Inc.- Realizing Recovery: "In All Aspects", Pittsburgh Marriott North, Cranberry.
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.
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 28-29, 2014: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Implementer's Conference, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
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: PA System of Care Partnership's Learning Institute/County Collaborative, State College, PA. More information to follow.
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
Oct. 16-17, 2014: Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference, Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health.
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.
- Drexel University College of Medicine Behavioral Healthcare Education
- The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration
- Recovery Innovations of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A)
- The Recovery Institute (RI) Training Program:
- UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Office of Education and Regional Programming:http://www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp
- Magellan Health Services - Resiliency and Recovery E-learning Center:
- Additional information can be obtained at the CASSP Alert Newsletter: http://listserv.dpw.state.pa.us/cassp-alerts.html
- Note: Additional children’s mental health training is available from Drexel University, www.drexelmed.edu/bhe;
University of Pittsburgh Office of Education and Regional Programs, www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp/; and
Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center, www.philafamily.com.
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 http://medicalmedia.upmc.com/webtraining/wpic/oerp/oerp050813/#