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Northwest Region Workshop (North)

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Northwest Tri-County IU#5, Edinboro, PA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Board of Directors only
  • Active PASAP Member Rate
  • Non-Member Rate
  • For College students only

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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


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.


Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
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Titusville, Pennsylvania 16354 

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