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.


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.

May 1, 2015. Services for Teens at Risk (Star-Center) Conference, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh Campus, Pittsburgh.

May 27-28, 2015. Fifth Annual PAPBS Network Implementers’ Forum, Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Positive Behavioral Support Network. More information at

June 9-11, 2015. Eighth Annual PA Autism Training Conference for Professionals (PATC), Eden Resort, Lancaster. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services. More information at

June 18-19, 2015. “Partnerships: Inspiring Hope, Dreams and Achivement,” 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. More information at

September 30-October 3, 2015. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Station Square Sheraton, Pittsburgh. Sponsored by PCIT International. More information 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.  

Advanced Peer Practices Online Training offered by Recovery Innovations
With the Advanced training the 90-day login cost is $200 and comes with one book (option of PDF or printed). Four additional books may be purchased for $35 each and 5 people can take this training together as a group. If five people split the cost it is then $68 per person for the training.

Promoting Competitive Employment: A Training for Peer Specialists 
Competitive Employment Training was designed for people interested in learning skills as a peer specialist to support the employment goals of others. Cost is $35 per participant.


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 Human Services (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.