Pennsylvania Association 
of Student Assistance 
Professionals

 

 


 

 

 

Sunday Plenary Session One: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Session 1A

Speaker: Ted Hoover, Trainer - PERSAD
Topic: "Working with LGBTQ Youth"
Room: Dean's Hall 1 & 2

Workshop Description: "Working with LGBTQ Youth" is a training covering fundamentals of the LGBTQ experience. We look at current terms, definitions and vocabulary; examine the social context of discrimination and the disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth. There’s an extended look at SOGIE (Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity & Expression) with an exploration of the challenges and issues facing trans youth and a discussion of current best practices for working with that population.

Ted Hoover is a training and advocacy specialist focusing on law enforcement and legal issues, youth suicide intervention and cultural competency training.

Persad Center, founded in 1972, is the nation's second oldest health and wellness center working with LGBTQ and HIV population. The agency offers individual and group counseling, support groups, an intimate partner abuse program through the Allegheny County courts, adoption and foster services for LGBTQ youth, transgender services, advocacy for victims of discrimination and hate crime, community building, and extensive training and education services for health & human service agencies, schools, businesses and law enforcement throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania.

Session 1B

Speaker: Stephen Paesani
Topic: "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training" - (Part 1 of 4 - MUST ATTEND ALL FOUR SESSIONS)
Room: 105

Workshop Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training is an 8-hour program (4 two-hour sessions) which helps participants to recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health concern among adolescents ages 12 to 18.  While the program does not train individuals to diagnose or provide therapy, it does teach a method of helping a young person experiencing a mental health crisis and connecting them to the necessary help.

Stephen Paesani serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.   

Session 1C

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Garbely, Medical Director & Dr. Michael A. McCormick, Staff Physician, Caron Treatments Centers
Topic: "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training"
(Part 1 of 2 - MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS)
Room: 106

Workshop Description:  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model was incited by an Institute of Medicine recommendation that called for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including substance use.

As Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Joseph Garbely oversees all medical treatment at Caron’s Pennsylvania facility including detoxification and medicine related interventions. He collaborates on medical research, Caron’s senior program, as well as Caron’s chronic pain and healthcare professionals programs.

Dr. Garbely previously served as the Associate Medical Director at Caron and has been in the field of addiction medicine for more than 10 years. He is Board-certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Internal Medicine and has an extensive background in treating addicted individuals, including healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots who suffer from substance use disorders. He has also worked to develop innovative treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12 step philosophy.

Michael A. McCormick, D.O. received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University and then graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general rotating internship at PCOM/City Avenue Hospital and then finished a five year General Surgery residency at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. Michael then joined Avalon Surgical, P.C. in Sheffield, AL before purchasing his own surgical practice, which he grew for the next seven years, during which time he was Chief of Surgery at Helen Keller Hospital. In 2013 Michael, opened and still runs Express Med of King of Prussia. Michael was always drawn to addiction medicine and he started his fellowship in addiction medicine at Caron in August 2015 and became staff physician in September 2016. Michael is a recipient of the Next Generation Award for fellows in addiction medicine concentrating on adolescents, awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation. As part of his award, his concentration is on teaching SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) to physicians, psychologists, counselors, nurses and other service professionals. Dr. McCormick provides care to Caron’s Healthcare Professionals Unit and  Detox Unit. 

Sunday Plenary Session Two: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 2A:

Speaker: Amanda Garrett, LCSW - Mazzitti and Sullivan Counseling Services
Topic: "The Designer Drug Craze"
Room: Dean's Hall 1 & 2

Workshop Description: This training will discuss heroin and other designer drugs that are sweeping Pennsylvania. This training is designed to educate you on current drug trends, complications with the use of these drugs, and what is currently being done to combat them.

This session will help staff learn how to potentially identify a student using designer drugs, as well as what to look for in their schools. This could potentially impact policies that may need to be changed or updated to reflect this current trend. There are efforts being made to address this issue, but there are barriers as well and it is important to understand those as well. In addition, knowing what resources are currently being utilized to address this crisis.

Amanda Garrett, LCSW has worked in the social work field since 1999 in various settings including Children and Youth, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, schools and in agency based treatment. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to upstate New York for 10 years, and relocated back to Central Pennsylvania in 2009. Amanda worked with Otsego County Children and Youth in conjunction with the local law enforcement agencies to investigate child sexual abuse cases. She got her certification as a forensic interviewer through the New York State Police and worked directly with the District Attorney to testify in Court against alleged sexual predators. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Amanda went on to be an inpatient psychiatric adolescent social worker until the time the hospital closed their mental health units. She then went to work as a school social worker in a K-12 School in upstate New York. Upon her return to Pennsylvania, Amanda came to work at Mazzitti and Sullivan Counseling Services and has been with them since 2009, and currently holds the role of Clinical Director. Amanda is an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg teaching classes on Addiction, Prevention and At-Risk Youth, and Child Development. Amanda has served as a speaker at the Temple Addictions Conference two years in a row, The Hershey Medical Center Social Work Series, the Lancaster County DUI Conference, the Lancaster County Court Wide Conference, The Breakers Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida and has done a variety of EAP trainings throughout Dauphin and Cumberland County.

Session 2B:

Speaker: Stephen Paesani
Topic: "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training" - (Part 2 of 4 - MUST ATTEND ALL FOUR SESSIONS)
Room: 105

Workshop Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training is an 8-hour program (4 two-hour sessions) which helps participants to recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health concern among adolescents ages 12 to 18.  While the program does not train individuals to diagnose or provide therapy, it does teach a method of helping a young person experiencing a mental health crisis and connecting them to the necessary help.

Stephen Paesani serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.    

Session 2C

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Garbely, Medical Director Caron Treatments Centers
Topic: "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training" (Part 2 of 2 - MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS)
Room: 106

Workshop Description:  Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model was incited by an Institute of Medicine recommendation that called for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including substance use.

As Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Joseph Garbely oversees all medical treatment at Caron’s Pennsylvania facility including detoxification and medicine related interventions. He collaborates on medical research, Caron’s senior program, as well as Caron’s chronic pain and healthcare professionals programs.

Dr. Garbely previously served as the Associate Medical Director at Caron and has been in the field of addiction medicine for more than 10 years. He is Board-certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Internal Medicine and has an extensive background in treating addicted individuals, including healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots who suffer from substance use disorders. He has also worked to develop innovative treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12 step philosophy.

 

Sunday Evening Keynote Address - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Jack Berckemeyer
Topic: Living It, Loving It, & Laughing About It!!
Room:  President's Hall

Keynote Description: Looking to put a spark back into your teaching? Are you curious about what really makes your students tick? Looking for ways to connect with your students? This laugh out loud keynote provides ideas and strategies in the areas of connecting with your students, being an adult advocate for kids, and new strategies in classroom management. A true crowd pleaser for any type of educator.

 

A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team.

Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education.

Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness - A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team - How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism - Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen.

Jack is currently the Owner and Director of NUTS and BOLTS - Ready to Lead, Teach and Learn Conference located in Destin, Florida.

Jack lives in Denver, Colorado and has no pets or plants.

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