Conferences and Trainings

Feb. 19, 2015: “A Method to Improve Outcomes in Treatment by Recognizing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders,” 2:00-3:30 p.m. Training sponsored by the SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence.

Mar. 4, 2015: Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” Doylestown Health and Wellness Center, Warrington. Sponsored by Foundations Community Partnership. More information

Mar. 10, 2015: Bucks County Conference on Crimes Against Children, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown. Sponsored by the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Mar. 10-11, 2015: College Mental Health Research Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi. Sponsored by Healthy Minds Network.

Mar. 11-12, 2015: “Managing the Culture of Stress: Depression on College Campuses 2015,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mi. Sponsored by the Depression Center, University of Michigan Health System.

Mar. 12-14, 2015: Attachment-Based Family Therapy Workshop, Catholic University, Washington, DC. Sponsored by Department of Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University. March 22-25, 2015

April 8-9, 2015: “Do Something Remarkable,” Sheraton Harrisburg-hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, PA. Sponsored by the Pa Council of Children, Youth and Family Services

April 22-24, 2015: National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior, Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, St. Petersburg, FL. Sponsored by the University of South Florida and the Pyramid Model Consortium. Information at

April 29, 2015: “Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse,” Doylestown Health and Wellness Center, Warrington. Sponsored by Foundations Community Partnership. More information

May 1, 2015: “Understanding Adversity and Helping Youth Overcome It,” Services for Teens at Risk (Star-Center) Conference, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh Campus, Pittsburgh.

May 27-18, 2015: Fifth Annual PAPBS Network Implementers' Forum, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA. Sponsored by the PA Positive Behavioral Support Network.

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.

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.

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Note: Additional children’s mental health training is available from  University of Pittsburgh Office of Education and Regional Programs, 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.

The videoconference is available at

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