Resources > Conference and Trainings

Training is essential to the transformation of the Pennsylvania mental health and substance use service delivery system to be one that is recovery-focused. Training can be accomplished face-to-face, through conference calls, via webinars and video series, and through online learning opportunities.

This page is intended to provide training resources to site visitors. Questions about information provided or training opportunities should be directed to the individual or organization sponsoring the training.


Participate in Pilot Testing of Online Training for Service Providers
The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative is looking for service providers who are interested in participating in piloting its free, eight-part online training, "Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood." Module One, "Partnering with Youth and Young Adults," and Module Two, "Promoting Recovery" are currently available for pilot testing. More information. For questions, contact Claudia Sellmaier, Graduate Research Assistant.

April 9-10, 2014. Inspiring Hope—Fostering Success. Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council for Children, Youth and Family Services. Deadline for presentation proposals is August 12, 2013.

Autism Seminars for Direct Support Professionals. Registration is open for a series of seminars for direct support professionals working with individuals with autism. The target audience for the seminars includes professional providing direct supports and services in Pennsylvania, such as nurses, home health aides, other medical staff, mental health clinicians, and direct support staff within the state’s service delivery systems. The training is not designed for supervisors or other professionals with extensive experience supporting individuals with autism. It will provide basic information that will help direct support professionals understand the core deficits of autism, how to address challenging behaviors, and best-practice strategies. The seminars will be held at the following locations:

  • April 17, Pittsburgh
  • April 24, Harrisburg and Erie
  • April 28, Philadelphia
  • April 29, Lehigh County
More information and registration

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 8, 2014. National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In Pennsylvania, the State Leadership and Management Team for the PA System of Care Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is sponsoring the 2014 “Listen Don’t Label, Ask Don’t Fear” statewide campaign to celebrate children’s mental health awareness. Ideas for participating in this campign.

May 14-16, 2014. Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Drexel University Health Sciences Center, Philadelphia. Sponsored by Drexel University Division of Continuing Nursing Education. Register online.

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.

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.

September 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. More information

October 15-16, 2014. Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Conference. Ramada Inn and Conference Center, State College. Sponsored by the PA Adult/Senior Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition and the PA Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. Deadline for presentation proposals is March 28, 2014.

October 16-17, 2014. Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference. Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health.

November 5-7, 2014. Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice. Harrisburg Hilton and Towers, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission and others. Information will be forthcoming at

Training Opportunities

The Adult/ Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition is a resource for QPR gatekeeper suicide prevention training.  Please contact for additional information. Learn more about the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Trainer Certification here.


Training Institutes
Drexel University College of Medicine Behavioral Healthcare Education

The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration

Recovery Innovations of Pennsylvania

UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Office of Education and Regional Programming
Current Offerings

Magellan Health Services - Resiliency and Recovery E-lerarning Center


Web-Based Training Resources
The University of South Florida
A long-time leader in children’s system of care research and training, the university offers online education and training in children’s mental health. Included are continuing education for working professionals, custom training packages for systems of care sites, and specialized programs for behavioral health staff. Through the Department of Child and Family Studies, USF offers a graduate certificate in children’s mental health with an emphasis on systems of care.  


Opportunity to Receive and Provide Input on Children’s Services

Child Welfare Citizen Review Panels
In 2006, House Bill 2670 was signed into law as Act 146 bringing Pennsylvania into compliance with the statutory requirements of the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). One of the provisions of CAPTA is the establishment of Citizen Review Panels which will provide opportunities for citizens to evaluate state and local child welfare systems to ensure that these systems provide the best possible services, prevent and protect children from abuse and neglect, and meet the permanency needs of children.

To date, three Citizen Review Panels have been established across the Commonwealth. Citizen Review Panels evaluate practices as well as policies and procedures, develop a means for public outreach, and prepare an annual report highlighting panel activities and recommendations to improve child welfare services. The panels are composed of volunteer members who represent the community, including members who have expertise in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The panels are required to meet at least quarterly. The Department of Public Welfare (Department) publishes the annual Citizen Review Panel report and recommendations, and the Department’s response to the recommendations, in the Department’s annual child abuse report.

More information, including how to apply to be a panel member.