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.
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 7-10, 2014: TOGETHER...ONE. 2014 Conference of the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion.
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. More information.
October 16-17, 2014. Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Infant Mental Health Conference. Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health.
October 22-24, 2014. Workshop on Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Drexel University, Philadelphia. Sponsored by Drexel University’s Couples and Family Therapy Department. Presenter: Dr. Guy Diamond. ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. Day One offer a one-day overview of the model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies. For those interested in more intensive training, Days Two and Three provide a more in-depth look at the procedures and process involved in facilitating the therapy. The teaching format includes lecture, video tape review, case discussion, and role play. There is limited enrollment for these two days and no student price.
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 www.jcjc.state.pa.us.
November 16, 2014. Navigating the Special Education Maze in a Time of Shrinking Resources: Obtaining Appropriate Services for Kids with LD, ADHD and Emotional/Behavioral Issues. Holiday Inn Harrisburg, Harrisburg. Sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania.
November 16-18, 2014. “Building Circles of Wellness,” 25th Anniversary and Annual Conference of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.
April 8-9, 2015. “Do Something Remarkable,” Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg. Sponsored by Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. Deadline for presentation proposals is September 15, 2014.
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.
The Adult/ Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition is a resource for QPR gatekeeper suicide prevention training. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Learn more about the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Trainer Certification here.
Drexel University College of Medicine
The Institute for Recovery
and Community Integration
Recovery Innovations of Pennsylvania
UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
of Education and Regional Programming
Magellan Health Services - Resiliency and Recovery E-lerarning Center
Web-Based Training Resources
The University of South Florida (USF)
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.