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Thank you for another successful year!  We hope that you enjoyed yourself at the 2013 Western Regional Tapestry Conference!

Slippery Rock University will be issuing your CEU’s.  You should expect those in the mail over the next few weeks.  You will also receive a certificate for attending the conference via email from The Bair Foundation within the next 2 weeks.  

We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Family Engagement Track [clear filter]
Thursday, October 24
 

9:00am

Improving Post-Secondary Outcomes for Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

Many youth are often overwhelmed by the choices that wait for them after high school.  The same can often be said for caregivers, parents and caseworkers!                                                  

Education Planner is a free, on-line website, which is sponsored by PHEAA, the state grant agency. 

This session will take participants through the website from aptitude assessment; career exploration, post-secondary choice consideration (traditional two- and four-year colleges; public versus private choices; vocational and technical schools, Job Corps and military options.) We’ll explore ways to compare colleges; prepare for admissions applications and interviews and discuss financial aid and scholarship opportunities.  The site also offers and we’ll demonstrate innovative resources to help youth understand budgeting, finances, banking and credit options.  As part of the session, the ways that parents and caseworkers can help youth to engage in the process during middle and high school will be presented.  Post-secondary supports and services will also be discussed.  

Speakers
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Stephen Eidson

Univ. of Pittsburgh; The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Smethport)
Stephen Eidson, MS Ed, is a Practice Improvement Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. He has worked for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (CWRC) since 2003 to help county child welfare agencies in their efforts on behalf of children, youth... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
Room 321 - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057

9:00am

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder & How do I Provide Services?
Limited Capacity seats available

Attachment should be an inevitable part of life. However, for many individuals, this is not the case. Those individuals who suffer from attachment issues live a confused, superficial life at best. Teenagers who experience attachment problems are often diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) with conduct disorders, Bipolar disorders, and even burgeoning personality disorders. It’s not so much that they do not fit the symptomatic presentation of these disorders; it’s that the lack of a RAD diagnosis prevents the adults working with them from fully understanding the depth of the problem or the correct methods of treatment. These youth often present as rage full, aggressive, and out of control.  They frequently have already begun to develop a juvenile court record, associate with other youth who are struggling with legal, substance abuse, and sexuality issues.  They are likely cutting on themselves, hurting others, engaging in sexually elicit or abusive relationships, running away, and using alcohol and other drugs to mask their pain. The training will also include appropriate strategies for probation officers to provide probation supervision to meet the special needs of youth with RAD and protection of community.

This training is designed for those who have little understanding of attachment issues as well as those who work daily with this disorder. The participants will learn to identify signs and symptoms of attachment issues. Attendees will leave the seminar with new understanding, skills and interventions to assist in their most frustrating and challenging cases.

Training Objectives

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of attachment issues
  • Increase understanding of teens with a RAD diagnosis
  • Identify the components of attachment issues and how this will affect the individual/family
  • Learn interventions to aid the individual with attachment issues
 

Speakers
avatar for Amy Swigart M.S.D.A.P.A.

Amy Swigart M.S.D.A.P.A.

Trainer/Instructor for Commission, Butler County Juvenile Court Services and Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania
Amy Swigart is a  probation officer with Butler County Juvenile Court Services and contracts with several agencies as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and Therapist. Amy is an instructor for the Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania and Author writing a guide book for... Read More →


10:40am

Field Guide to Casey Life Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

The new Casey Life Skills Assessment website offers a suite of research-based assessment tools and resources for helping youth to address and improve needed skill areas as they transition to adult life.  Casey’s resources are free, research-based and proven and offer best practice oriented opportunities which lead to improved outcomes for youth and young adults. 

This session will examine the Casey Life Skills Assessment and familiarize professionals and caregivers with how to register youth for the assessment and guide them through the process of case planning (having crucial conversations, setting goals and action steps and using resources to learn, practice and develop needed skills.)  The session will explore the 13 supplemental assessments that address additional areas that youth often face: parenting; homelessness, school and post-secondary attitudes and the need for supports; special populations and youth who experience developmental delays.  Also included, will be information to utilize caregiver input regarding the youth’s areas of strength and opportunities for growth and how to customize reports and learning plans for groups and individual youth.  Youth engagement strategies will also be discussed. 


Speakers
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Stephen Eidson

Univ. of Pittsburgh; The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Smethport)
Stephen Eidson, MS Ed, is a Practice Improvement Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. He has worked for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (CWRC) since 2003 to help county child welfare agencies in their efforts on behalf of children, youth... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2013 10:40am - 12:10pm
Room 321 - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057

10:40am

Homelessness and Drug Addiction
Limited Capacity seats available

Brandi Kirby, along with the Prince of Peace Center, have been visiting local schools and colleges speaking to staff and students and sharing Brandi's personal journey of homelessness and drug addiction. In her past she was a drug addict and homeless at the age of 14 which lasted for over 10 years, and now she has completely turned her life around with the help of the community. Focusing on the positives in her life she hopes you will find her story filled with inspiration. Although her story hits on many areas of life, the main focus is to raise homeless awareness and drug prevention.

Brandi has been on the cover of Views and Voices magazine, had her story published through StoryCorps and filed in the Library of Congress in Washington DC, as well as volunteered at many community events. She has been recognized with awards, but the most rewarding thing she does is speaking to today's youth because that is where it all starts. The decisions they make today will be the ones that will affect not only their own personal future, but also the future of our community.


Speakers
avatar for Brandi Kirby

Brandi Kirby

Board Member, Prince of Peace Center
Providing Hope and Awareness By Educating Others..That's Brandi Kirby's inspiring message that she conveys to those who are willing to listen. She reaches out to those who are hopeless and helpless through the most difficult times of their lives. Her life story of despair involving... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2013 10:40am - 12:10pm
Ballroom B - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center

1:15pm

Autistic Spectrum Disorder and How to Interview Individuals on the Spectrum
Limited Capacity seats available

Individuals with developmentally disabilities are 7 times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement than others.  Current statistics indicate an average of 1 in 88 children in the United States have an ASD diagnosis. Acknowledging the impact of autism, it is imperative Law enforcement, First Responders, Caseworkers, Probation Officers and Court Personnel are able to recognize individuals with this disorder. The training will provide an explanation of familiarization of the core symptoms of autism, the characteristics of autism including social, emotional, and behavioral symptoms.  The training will also include appropriate strategies for participants to learn how to interview individuals on the spectrum, and meet the special needs of ASD individuals. Whether it is a simple field interview or a more focused interrogation, dealing with persons with autism present unique challenges and considerations.

Training Objectives

To increase participants understanding and awareness of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

To recognize and have a general understanding of common autism behaviors and characteristics.  Including:   

¨        Communication

¨        Social interaction

¨        Emotional

¨        Behavioral   

To assist participants in understanding the function of a individuals behaviour

To provide an overview of skills and strategies

Criminal Justice Issues

Dilemmas and tips in interviewing skills and interview settings

Behavioral de-escalation techniques

Public/community safety issues

The methodology for the workshop will include:  lecturing, power point, handouts, Resources for future assistance, and have an individual with Autism diagnosis speak to group and do questions and answers for participants.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Swigart M.S.D.A.P.A.

Amy Swigart M.S.D.A.P.A.

Trainer/Instructor for Commission, Butler County Juvenile Court Services and Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania
Amy Swigart is a  probation officer with Butler County Juvenile Court Services and contracts with several agencies as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and Therapist. Amy is an instructor for the Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania and Author writing a guide book for... Read More →


Thursday October 24, 2013 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Room 321 - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057
 
Friday, October 25
 

8:40am

Protecting Assests, Preserving Eligibilities, Enriching Lives
Limited Capacity seats available

Through a 1 ½ hour PowerPoint presentation and printed materials, Christy Lewis, Director of the Arc of Washington, in collaboration with Life Enrichment Trust’s Administrator, Timothy Pawol, Esq. will present important information regarding one of the most under publicized financial advantages that exist for individuals living with disabilities:  Supplemental Needs Trusts.  Additional materials will be available that will enable attendees to establish appropriate types of trusts to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities, especially children and their families.   

Christy Lewis will address the benefits received from creating and/or preserving eligibility for an individual with disabilities, including:

  • Access to medical coverage and care, including prescription programs
  • Access to services that support the individual or their family such as Supports Coordination services, residential group care, home and community services, day programs, employment training, and BHRS services, all offered through various waiver programs.

Because asset limits are imposed on individuals with disabilities to allow them to qualify for government benefit programs which pay for their basic needs, care must be taken so that once created, eligibility to receive these valuable benefits is never lost.  Christy will share specific examples of individuals who became ineligible due to the accrual of excess assets and were then not able to receive needed services.  Loss of benefits places additional stress on families and caregivers:

  • Loss of essential medical care and prescription coverage leads to a lack of preventive care and increased rates of illness
  • Loss of access to additional services and supports, like employment training and residential care, can result in underemployment or unemployment.  In extreme cases, an individual may even become homeless.

As a means of protecting assets while creating or preserving eligibility for individuals with disabilities, Life Enrichment Trust (LET) offers legal options for using funds from estate planning, legal settlements, and other forms of income to allow an individual to have funds available that would have been spent down or surrendered to reach the extremely low, government-imposed limitations.  Tim Pawol will discuss how establishing one of the three types of supplemental needs trusts allows an individual to access their own funds to purchase goods and services that would otherwise have been out-of-pocket expenses paid by relatives or friends.  LET works with individuals, families, caregivers, and providers to determine which trust, or combination of trusts, will best suit an individual’s needs.

Of special note, and current interest, Tim’s section of the presentation will include:

  • Information regarding Lewis v Alexander, a Pennsylvania court case about supplemental needs trusts
  • The ability of parents and grandparents to make contributions to supplemental needs trusts under certain circumstances without incurring a look-back period
  • The purchase of large ticket items like homes and cars through supplemental needs trusts

Presenting as “Champions Lighting the Way”, Christy and Tim will share both experience and expertise with “Champions Who Impact Community/Legal Decision Making”.  The ultimate goal of both presenters and attendees is the increased ability to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities.

 


Friday October 25, 2013 8:40am - 10:10am
Room 321 - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057

8:40am

Sensory Processing
Limited Capacity seats available

An Overview of Sensory Integration Dysfunction

 This presentation includes an overview of sensory integration, the basic neurological components underlying it, an explanation of each sensory system, and how the organization or lack of organization of these systems can contribute to a person’s ability to function at home, in school, and in society. A child with sensory integration dysfunction has difficulty with taking in and processing sensory stimulation and producing an appropriate response to it. This may result in a child having difficulties such as problems transitioning between situations, being easily overstimulated, frequent tantrums during which it is difficult to calm them, and many more issues which interfere with their ability to function throughout their daily routines.  They are often misdiagnosed as having behavioral problems, ADHD, psychological, or social disorders. The intent of this presentation is to help people to better understand the signs of sensory integration dysfunction so that it may be identified more quickly in children. Early identification and treatment of sensory integration dysfunction can result in a child being able to participate in daily routines with more ease and comfort.

 


Moderators
GB

Gina Bautti

Bright Beginnings & Beyond

Speakers

10:20am

PTSD Military
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will consist of a review of social issues facing military families during deployment and upon returning home. 

Dr. Niebauer, VA Clinical Psychologist, and Mr. Cress, VA Clinical Social Worker will give a clinical presentation of mental health issues that are prominent with returning combat Veterans, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and suicide risks. 

The presentation will also include barriers and challenges regarding providing treatment to this population. The presentation will also consist of a panel discussion that will include two Iraq/Afghanistan combat Veterans, who will openly share their personal stories and answer questions from the audience.   

This presentation will provide a first-hand account of the day to day lives and the challenges faced by our retuning combat Veterans and family members.


Speakers
BC

Bill Cress

VISN 4 OEF/OIF/OND Program Coordinator, VA Healthcare (Butler)
I have worked in the field of social work for approximately 20 years, specializing in mental health. I began my career at the VA in 2007, where I currently work with returning Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as homeless Veterans. I am a 1995 graduate of the Slippery... Read More →
MJ

Mary Jane Niebauer

Psychologist, VA Healthcare (Butler)
I am Lead Psychologist at VA Butler Healthcare. I am also PTSD treatment team leader. I am passionate about helping veterans improve the quality of their lives.


Friday October 25, 2013 10:20am - 11:50am
Room 321 - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057

12:50pm

Suicide Risk Management Training for Clinicians
Limited Capacity seats available

The intent of this presentation is to provide non-behavioral health clinicians with evidence-based practices and the information necessary to recognize and bring into treatment Veterans who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.  There are approximately 25 million Veterans in the United States and 5 million Veterans who receive care within the Veterans Health Administration.  Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate suicide rates among men between the ages of 20 and 65 at approximately 22 per 100,000 persons per year. Veterans Health Administration mental health officials estimate 6,400 suicides per year among Veterans, and 1,600 to 1,800 among Veterans receiving health care from the Veterans Health Administration.

Goals of the presentation:

 1)    Understand the prevalence and scope of suicide in our society and among the Veteran population.

2)    Understand the assessment of potentially suicidal Veteran.

3)    Recognize warning signs and make necessary referrals.

4)    Become familiar with risks related to suicide in patient presenting with other medical and psychiatric concerns.

5)    Learn about systemic and environment risks related to treating suicidal Veterans.

6)    Recognize the importance of what is termed “means restriction”.

7)    Understand the basic concepts of formulating a safety plan for the Veteran identified as at high risk for suicide.

The presenter will be Peter Albert, MSN, RN the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at VA Butler Healthcare and the Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for VA’s VISN 4.  The format of the presentation will be a power point presentation to address the goals stated above. The presenter will review the power point presentation with the participants while providing relevant clinical examples to reinforce the information presented.  Additional handouts and information on the Department of Veterans Affair’s suicide prevention program will be made available to all participants.

Speakers
PA

Peter Albert

VA Butler Healthcare (Butler)
Peter is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at VA Butler Healthcare and the Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for VA's VISN 4.