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    • Monday, September 24, 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
    • Frank G. Pogue Student Center, Edinboro University of PA

    5TH ANNUAL TRAUMA INFORMED & RESILIENT COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE

    Building Your Toolkit

    Over 15 workshops to choose from with take-away tools.

    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
    Frank G. Pogue Student Center

    Registration starts at 7:45 am - Conference 8:45 am - 3:45 pm

    Continuing Education Credits Available

    Sponsored by Crawford County System of Care, System of Care Erie, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

    Sign up to receive conference updates, workshop descriptions & registration info: www.traumainformederie.org

    Follow us on Facebook: @ Peace4Crawford or @ SystemofCareErie

    For more information contact:

    Crawford County: Joe Barnhart at 814-333-7300 ext. 3698 or jbarnhart@co.crawford.pa.us

    Erie County: Melissa Bible at 814-451-6800 or mrbible@eriecountypa.gov

    • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. (WCSI)
    • 70
    Register

    Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) Southwest Regional Workshop

    October 4, 2018
    7:30 am - 4:00 pm
                            Westmoreland Case Management and Supports, Inc. (WCSI)
                       770 E Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601

     "Addressing Mental Health in Schools: What to Look for and What Can I Do?"

    7:30 -8:00 am: Arrival and Check In

    8:00 - 8:15 am: Welcome, Agenda Setting and Introductions: Carolyn Welshonce & Terry Kerr

    8:15 - 9:45 am: "Teen Technology Usage Trends and Mental Health Sharing Through Social Media" with Ryan Klingensmith (Part 1)

    Program Description: Kids today have unlimited access to information, apps and websites that can be wonderfully helpful, but also lead to concerning behaviors if adults don’t have the knowledge to teach young people how to behave responsible in this new cyber-playground. Kids have the knowledge to use technology, but sometimes lack the wisdom to use it responsibly. Adults have the wisdom to be responsible users, but sometimes lack the knowledge to use technology. My goal is to connect knowledge with wisdom.

    9:45 - 10:00 am: Break

    10:00 - 11:30 pm: "Teen Technology Usage Trends and Mental Health Sharing Through Social Media" with Ryan Klingensmith (Part 2)

    11:30 - 12:45 pm: Lunch (on your own)  

    12:45 - 1:45 pm: "Dating Violence" with Dr. Gary Cuccia

    Program Description:   The program is presented during 1-hour school assemblies to middle and high school students. Students hear Dr. Cuccia tell Demi’s story and learn the warning signs of dating violence/abuse, what can happen when dating behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy, strategies to keep safe, and informational resources to access immediate help and support.

    1:45 - 2:00 pm: Break

    2:00 - 4:00 pm:  "Mental Health Red Flags and School Based Therapy" with Sherri Klingensmith

    Program Description: With all of the mental health concerns today school and mental health agencies must work together to provide the best treatment and education to the children and adolescents of today. Attend a workshop on understanding the role of school based outpatient. You will find what a school based therapist can provide to your school and lean how school based outpatient therapists can help in crisis situations such as suicidality training and in school suicide assessments.

    4:00 pm: Closing Remarks: Carolyn Welshonce & Terry Kerr

    PASAP Member Rate: $25.00
    Non-Member Rate: $75.00  

    To become a member of PASAP and receive the membership registration rate click here
    www.pasap.org/join.  Membership must be paid prior to registering for the workshop.

    Register Here

    Continuing Education Credits

    PASAP is an Act 48 Approved Provider. Participants can earn up to 6 hours of Act 48 credit (full workshop attendance). (Morning Session Only: 3 hours, Afternoon Session Only: 2 hours)Participants must provide their Professional Personnel ID (PPID) number when registering and must be present at each session in its entirety to receive credit. Additionally, hours of social work credits will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh. A $10 fee for the social work credits will be added at the time of pre-registration.

    Speaker Bio's:

    Ryan Klingensmith, MA, NCC, LPC, is from a small town east of Pittsburgh. He has worked extensively with teens and families experiencing behavioral and mental health issues since 1994. He attended Penn State University for his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Indiana University of Pennsylvania for his master’s degree in Community Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

    Mr. Klingensmith has functioned such as Program Coordinator, Program Supervisor and Clinical Director within youth psychiatric residential settings. He received recognition as “Leader of the Pack” while working as Program Coordinator in a Residential Treatment Facility.

    Currently, Mr. Klingensmith works with at-risk youth in elementary, middle and high schools identifying mental health issues and connecting them to services through Student Assistance Programs within Allegheny County, PA (Pittsburgh Area). He sits on the board of directors for Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) which helps provided education, support and guidance for Student Assistance Programs in the state of Pennsylvania.  During the evenings, he provides outpatient therapy in Armstrong County.

    Mr.  Klingensmith’s  passion for the last four years has been researching and presenting workshops for parents/guardians, teachers and mental health professionals about the current trends in social media and teen mental health education. He has spoken at numerous conferences across Pennsylvania, the National School Based Mental Health Conference in 2014 and presented at a Keynote speaker for Please Pass The Love, a mental health conference in Des Moines Iowa.  As a follow up to his research, in 2015 Mr. Klingensmith founded Shape The Sky which is a company dedicated to progressing adult education related to youth culture, social media and mental health.  He hopes to close the gap between youth knowledge of technology and adult wisdom to teach youth to be responsible digital citizens

    Dr. Gary Cuccia – Founder & Executive Director, Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization Dr. Cuccia serves as the founder and Executive Director of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization. Following the tragic murder of his 16 year old daughter, Demi Brae Cuccia, who was killed in August 2007 as a result of Teen Dating Violence/Abuse, Dr. Cuccia founded the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization (www.demibrae.com).

    Dr. Cuccia’s passion and activism surrounding TDV has gained national recognition. In recognition of his efforts to advocate for teen dating violence prevention programs, through the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization, Dr. Cuccia received a Community Impact Award from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society on September 22, 2012, a Special Award of Distinction from the Women And Girls Foundation on December 1, 2012, and a Small Business Community Hero Honorable Mention from Direct Energy on June 28, 2013.

    Dr. Cuccia believes that had he and Demi been educated about how to recognize the signs of Teen Dating Violence/Abuse then she would be alive today, and if her story and his advocacy saves one life, it is well worth the effort. That one life saved could have been Demi’s. Demi’s death and the mission of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization have gained national recognition.

    Dr. Cuccia has had the opportunity to share Demi’s story with Matt Lauer of the Today Show, Mike Huckabee of the Mike Huckabee show, Talk Radio with Laura Ingraham, and WQED who produced the documentary entitled Teen Dating Violence: The Murder of Demi Cuccia which won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy on September 24, 2011 along with a Golden Quill Award on May 14, 2012. In addition, Investigation Discovery- Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris aired an episode May 2017 Deadly Breakup which was dedicated to telling Demi’s story.

    Dr. Cuccia also received two personal invitations to Washington, D.C. – first on September 13, 2011 to Vice President Joe Biden’s residence to honor the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, and again on February 28, 2013 for a program to mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at the White House. During Dr. Cuccia’s visit to Washington. D.C. in February 2013, the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized and signed into law.

    Dr. Cuccia is a 1993 graduate of Life Chiropractic College and has been practicing as an independent chiropractor in New Alexandria, PA for the past 25 years.

    Sherri Klingensmith, LPC is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in PA, with 18 years of professional experience working in the mental health field. I have worked at Pressley Ridge since 2001. I have experience with children, adolescents and families within a partial hospital setting, residential program, and through outpatient counseling. I have provided individual, group and family counseling for individuals who have struggled with grief/loss, abuse, post-traumatic stress, self-injury, anxiety, depression, anger, social awareness, attention deficits, self-esteem regulation, parenting and many other life stressors. I have extensive experience treating individuals with autism disorders as well as those dually diagnosed with a mental health disorder and development disorder. I enjoy helping people find strength to cope with stressful life situations.

    As a supervisor and director I enjoy providing supervision and consultation to my staff to help them develop there clinical and professional skills. I aim to lead my group of outpatient therapists and psychiatrists as a team working towards equal efforts. I also have a passion to teach through different trainings some of which are on suicide, secondary trauma, and collaborative documentation. I also believe that professional development is never over and I seek to continue to develop my own skills regularly so that I can not only be a good clinical therapist, but also so I can provide solid clinical supervision and direction to my team.

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northwest Tri-County IU#5, Edinboro, PA
    Register

    Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP)

    Northwest Region Workshop 

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    8:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Northwest Tri County IU5
    Room C
    252 Waterford Street
    Edinboro, PA 16412

    Agenda

    7:30 AM - 8:00 AM - Arrival and Registration

    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - "Response to Intervention and Instruction and District-wide SAP Services" with Michael McGaughey and Thomas Hancock

    Workshop Description: The presentation will emphasize the practical approaches practiced by the Titusville Area School District to provide a blended Response to Intervention and Instruction and district wide Student Assistance Program for struggling students. Students who struggle behaviorally should not always be referred to special education without going through a collaborative process of district wide student assistance. The practical strategies and scenarios will be discussed and displayed.

    10:15 AM - 12:15 PM - "Family Engagement" with Guy Diamond

    Workshop Description: This training will discuss the importance of engaging families when working with depressed and or suicidal adolescents, as well as methods to do so. Barriers to engaging families in treatment will be discussed as well as ways to help motivate parents to get their adolescents into treatment. Various forms of adolescent resistance and methods to work through this resistance will be reviewed. Connections will be made to the Student Assistance Program process.

    12:15 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch Provided

    1:00 - 3:00 PM - "Mind Matters: The Power of Mindfulness, Hardiness and Positive Mindset" with Marisa Vicere

    Workshop Description: Having the opportunity to identify sources of stress and learn practical and healthy ways to cope can assist individuals thrive despite being faced with challenges. This presentation will include an overview of the Mind Matters curriculum, a two hour course designed to help 6th‐12th grade students learn how to navigate through the tough times and grow from their experiences.  

    Registration Costs:

    PASAP Member Rate: $25.00 (must log in to get the member rate)
    PASAP Non-Member Rate: $75.00
    All registrations must be submitted via www.pasap.org

    Continuing Education Credits   

    PASAP is an Act 48 Approved Provider. Participants can earn up to 6 hours of Act 48 credit (full workshop attendance). Morning Session only: 3 hours.  Afternoon session only: 3 hours. Participants must provide their Professional Personnel ID (PPID) number when registering and must be present at each session in its entirety to receive credit.  Additionally, 6 hours of social work credits will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh.  A $10 fee for the social work credits will be added at the time of registration.

    Speaker Bios

    Mike McGaughey is the Director of Special Education for the Titusville Area School District. He began his career in 1990 teaching in Talbot and Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. He taught a middle level Disruptive Youth Program and middle school support programs. He also worked with various non-traditional college students at Chesapeake College on the Eastern Shore. In 1992, Mike returned to Pennsylvania and began working at the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center. At Sarah Reed, Mike was a residential therapist, teacher, school based mental health therapist, and eventually an administrator of various elementary through high school Alternative Education and Emotional Support Campus School Programs. Mike also worked as a therapeutic support staff, mobile therapist, and behavior specialist at Sarah Reed. In 1996 Mike returned to the public school at the Titusville Area School District and began teaching and coordinating their middle and high school alternative education programs. In 2002, Mike became an assistant principal at Titusville High School and the coordinator of the district’s Alternative Education Programs. In 2005 Mike became the principal of Titusville Middle School and coordinated the district’s Alternative Education Programs. Mike continued to be the principal of Titusville Middle School until 2014 when he became the Director of Special Education for the school district. During this time Mike continues to work with our Alternative Education Program and also continues since 1997 to serve as the Pennsylvania Department of Education Region 8 Coordinator for Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth.

    Thomas Hancock has been part of the Titusville community since 1992 and has worked as a School Psychologist in the Titusville Area School District (TASD) since 1993. Mr. Hancock was born and raised in Batavia, New York and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Allegheny College. He then received his Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Alfred University in 1993. His current duties are to provide an array of psychological services to students at the TMS/THS.

    In addition to his academic duties, Mr. Hancock has been a strong proponent of student extracurricular involvement. Mr. Hancock has coached football, wrestling, and/or both at all levels for the better part of two decades and currently serves as the Head Football Coach. He is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Titusville Education Association (TEA), and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Additionally, he is a member of the Crawford County Suicide Task Force (CCSTF) and the Crawford County Educational Subcommittee (CCES). He and his wife Sandy live in Pleasantville with their three sons.

    Guy Diamond, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Profession, with over 75 publications on psychotherapy outcome, process and dissemination research.  At Drexel, he is the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS).  CFIS was founded in 1996 and has received funding from NIMH, SAMSHA, CDC, CSAT and several private foundations. At CFIS, Dr. Diamond developed, tested, and disseminated Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth. Based on this work, ABFT now enjoys the distinction of being an empirically supported treatment on SAMHSA’s NREPP web site. Based on this work, Dr. Diamond recently received the distinguished research career award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Diamond is also the lead developer of the Behavioral Health Screening tool, a comprehensive yet brief, web based tool for early identification of youth struggling with suicide and other behavioral health problems.  Dr. Diamond recently became the Director of the Ph.D. Program for Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University. The new program aims to develop the next generation of family intervention scientists who can help bring more empirical support to family therapy and help disseminate it in the broader health care environment.

    Marisa Vicere is a strong believer in the empowerment of young people, Marisa Vicere founded and became president of Jana Marie Foundation in 2012. The experience of losing her sister Jana Vicere to suicide in 2011 cemented her commitment to helping young people navigate through the tough transitional teen years and educating parents and community members about mental and emotional health.

    Marisa's background in marketing, promotions and program implementation has helped her lead the Jana Marie Foundation team in designing and implementing numerous programs including the Straight Talk for People Who Care About Kids seminar series, Candid Conversations video series, Wellness Forums For Young Women, and the Stompers Project--a major community project that is using art to bring people together and open up discussions around mental and emotional health.

    In addition to her work with Jana Marie Foundation, Marisa serves on a state-wide sub-committee task force for Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, is co-chair for the Centre County Suicide Prevention Task Force and volunteers at Tides. Marisa holds a B.S. in Global Management and Marketing from Susquehanna University and a MBA from the Penn State Small College of Business.

           
    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA

    2018 Meeting the Challenge – Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program Statewide Conference

    October 24-25, 2018 | Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, Pa.

    The conference will provide valuable information for educators, homeless liaisons, shelter personnel, educators, pupil services personnel, guidance counselors, social workers and other professionals working with students experiencing homelessness.

    Topics will include integration of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015; responsibilities of school district homeless liaisons; Pennsylvania’s Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular; components of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act; effective identification and use of school and community resources to remove barriers to learning related to homeless situations; and best practices, programs, services and collaborative strategies to better serve students and their families who are experiencing homelessness.

    Register

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • PATTAN, Harrisburg

    Trauma-Informed Classroom

    This intensive one-day training, presented by Josh MacNeill, Director of NeuroLogic Initiative at Lakeside in North Wales, Pa., will provide an initial introduction to a trauma-informed approach to working with students. The session will provide a 6 basic overview of the brain and neural-development and an understanding of trauma and its impact on the brain. Participants will then explore many practical solutions to improve neural wiring and to bring out students' best potential.

    This training is appropriate for helping professionals working with grades K-12.
    November 7, 2018
    PaTTAN
    Harrisburg, PA
    Register here.

    • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Midwestern IU4, Grove City, PA

    Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP)

    Northwest Region Workshop (South) 

    Tuesday, November 15, 2018
    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Midwestern IU 4
    Rooms A and B
    453 Maple Street
    Grove City, PA 16127

    Agenda: To Be Announced Soon

     

    Registration Costs:

    PASAP Member Rate: $25.00 (must log in to get the member rate)

    PASAP Non-Member Rate: $75.00

    All registrations must be submitted via www.pasap.org

    Continuing Education Credits   

    PASAP is an Act 48 Approved Provider. Participants can earn up to 6 hours of Act 48 credit (full workshop attendance). Morning Session only: 3 hours.  Afternoon session only: 3 hours. Participants must provide their Professional Personnel ID (PPID) number when registering and must be present at each session in its entirety to receive credit.  Additionally, 6 hours of social work credits will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh.  A $10 fee for the social work credits will be added at the time of registration.

    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA
    Register


Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PO Box 165
Titusville, Pennsylvania 16354 

Email us: support@pasap.org 

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