Conferences and Trainings

March 22-25, 2015: 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Hilton Tampa Downtown, Tampa, FL. Sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. Deadline for proposals is Oct. 24, 2014.

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

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.

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.

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