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Southwestern Region Workshop

  • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Moon High School LGI, 8353 University Blvd, Coraopolis, PA 15108
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(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Board of Directors only
  • Active PASAP Member Rate
  • Non-Member Rate
  • Specific for college students
  • Select if you are presenting

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

Empowering Hope and Success in Traumatized Students (and all the others too!)

October 4th 7:30 am-4 pm
Moon High School LGI
8353 University Blvd, Coraopolis, PA 15108

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: Dr. Susan Tarasevich- It’s Bidirectional: Behavioral Health Issues, Suicidality and Poverty

This engaging, results-oriented workshop will give you the opportunity to add strategies to your toolkit so that you will effectively reach and teach students living in poverty.  The effects of socioeconomic deprivation on youth behavioral health issues, suicidality and school exclusion rates are well documented.  You’ll leave with an understanding of the current research revealing the changes in brains of those living in poverty. Come and learn what forces strengthen the brain and how you can tap into them each and every day.  You will leave with at least three brain-based strategies that not only change their brains, but just may change yours!   

9:45 - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 - 12:00 pm: Dr. Gordon Hodas: Youth Suicidality and Trauma-Informed Care: Overview for Allegheny

This presentation, intended for SAP Team members, considers how a trauma-informed approach by educational staff can enhance the well-being of all students, and in particular promote the safety of youth who may be suicidal.  Staff relationships that are trusting and caring help all students feel supported.  During times of crisis, such relationships can help counter hopelessness and enable the student to accept help. We consider the central role of school gatekeepers in promoting student safety and resilience during times of suicidal crisis.

12:00 - 12:45 pm: Lunch (provided)  (Chicken Medallions, Baked Ziti and salad)

12:45-2:15 pm: Resources Panel: (A Brief Discussion of Resources for Schools) (Moderator: Carolyn Weshonce)

  • Mandi Rae (SAP/Crisis Liaison): The Prevention Network. Beaver County Resources
  • Representative: SPHS Care Center in Washington County Resources
  • Renee Urick (Region VIII Coordinator PNSAS): Bridge Training Update
  • Rusty Hewitt: Allegheny County Mental Health Resources
  • Bernie Galanko (Drug and Alcohol Program Representative, Bureau of Drug and Alcohol):  Allegheny County D&A resources
  • Rebekah Ventura, LPC: WPIC partial/Intensive Outpatient and COPE Eating Disorder Clinic
  • Lisa Ashbaugh (HSAO): Human Services Administration Organization
  • Mike Scarff (re:solve): Allegheny County Crisis Resources

2:15 - 2:30 pm: Break

2:30 - 3:30 pm:  Dr. Susan Tarasevich:  So What, Now What?  

An interactive session that will help you to consolidate and commit to transferring the significant pieces of today's workshop in your day to day practice.

3:30 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.

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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:

Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D. is passionate about providing educators with deep knowledge and easy to implement strategies so they can empower their students to be the best that they can be. A former teacher, school counselor and administrator, Susan brings these skills to her work as a Preventionist for Addiction Medicine Services of WPIC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Susan supports educators as they build sustainable frameworks for addressing student learning barriers through SAP, PBIS and other initiatives.  

Dr. Gordon Hodas has served as consulting child and adolescent psychiatrist to the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) in Harrisburg since 1992.  Working in particular with the Children's Bureau, Dr. Hodas has been involved in many initiatives supporting children and adolescents and their families, including suicide prevention and the implementation of trauma-informed care in all child-serving systems.  Dr. Hodas is also an active child psychiatric practitioner, and provides school-based mental health services in the Southeast region to children up to age 21 with a variety of special emotional and behavioral needs.

Special thanks to Moon School District for hosting the workshop, to OMHSAS and The Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant for their generous contributions to this event and to Allegheny County for providing lunch and their ongoing support of PASAP.

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Titusville, Pennsylvania 16354 

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