Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services


Workshop Schedule

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Tuesday 8:30am-11:45am

T1

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Part 1

Ellwyn Andres, MA, CPRP; Virginia Dikeman, Licensed Psychologist

Using materials from "Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk", a national curriculum from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, this workshop focuses on the knowledge and skills and attitudes that direct service workers will need to become aware of suicide risk and conduct interventions to prevent suicide.

T2

Ethics & Boundaries in Recovery-Oriented Services

Tricia Fisher, MS, CPRP

Recovery oriented service providers face ethical challenges almost on a daily basis. Ethical dilemmas put practitioners at risk to make unprofessional decisions that may negatively impact individuals served as well as jeopardize the integrity of the service system. Faced with increasingly demanding and complex situations, this institute will walk participants through an ethical decision-making process and the practical application of recovery oriented Codes of Ethics.

T3

PRS Principles, Values, & Practice Domains: Preparation for the CPRP Exam- Part  1

Rochelle Reimert, MA, CPRP

This course provides an overview of the core principles and values of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.  The principles are implemented through seven practice competency domains that define professionally delivered psychiatric rehabilitation services.  This course is intended to provide guidance and support for practitioners who seek a successful CPRP testing experience.

T4

Motivational Interviewing – Part 1

Karen Escovitz, MSS

This full day Institute will introduce Stages of Change as well as Motivational Interviewing core principles and methods. This institute will include a great deal of interactive discussion, as well as role play activities and video demonstration of effective use of MI techniques (with learners responding to videos).  Throughout the training, learners are invited to use their own experiences of and efforts to change as “food for thought” – this both informs practice and builds empathy for those receiving services.

 

Tuesday 1:15pm – 4:30pm

T5

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Part 2

Ellwyn Andres, MA, CPRP; Virginia Dikeman, Licensed Psychologist

Using materials from "Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk", a national curriculum from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, this workshop focuses on the knowledge and skills and attitudes that direct service workers will need to become aware of suicide risk and conduct interventions to prevent suicide.

T6

Assessment: Engagement & Collaboration in the Development of a Person-Centered Assessment

Elizabeth G. Ricker, CPRP, CFRP; Kelly Shuler, CPRP

This workshop will focus on the basic elements of the PRS individual assessment process. The content of this workshop will help PRS staff members engage with the individual and collaborate to learn what the individual wants, needs and expects to get out of his psych rehab experience. .

T7

PRS Principles, Values, & Practice Domains: Preparation for the CPRP Exam- Part 2

Rochelle Reimert, MA, CPRP

This course provides an overview of the core principles and values of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.  The principles are implemented through seven practice competency domains that define professionally delivered psychiatric rehabilitation services.  This course is intended to provide guidance and support for practitioners who seek a successful CPRP testing experience.

 

 

 

 

T8       

Motivational Interviewing – Part 2

Karen Escovitz, MSS

This full day Institute will introduce Stages of Change as well as Motivational Interviewing core principles and methods. This institute will include a great deal of interactive discussion, as well as role play activities and video demonstration of effective use of MI techniques (with learners responding to videos).  Throughout the training, learners are invited to use their own experiences of and efforts to change as “food for thought” – this both informs practice and builds empathy for those receiving services.

 

Wednesday 8:30am – 10:00am

Keynote

The Hand That I Was Dealt

J. Danée Sergeant, Mental Health Advocate, Active Minds Speaker

J. Danée Sergeant speaks candidly about her mental health journey and the incredible odds she overcame starting in 4th grade. Danée will share that it’s not how you perceive a situation – it’s what you do to turn it around. She reminds us that if we’re going to help others, we must care for ourselves first.

 

Wednesday 10:30am – 12:00pm

W1

Spoken Word – Accept Da’ Flow Not Defeat

J. Danée Sergeant, Mental Health Advocate, Active Minds Speaker

By using some of her own work as examples, Danée shows participants the power associated with embarking on a journey through the rhythmic use of words. Each attendee is encouraged to create a unique and meaningful spoken word piece that expresses a significant feeling or emotion that may otherwise remain hidden and unexplored.

W2

“TIPping” Forward Helping Youth Transition into Young Adulthood

Mark Boorse, MA; David Eckert, CPRP

The TIP Model is an evidence supported model for helping transition age youth develop the skills, support systems, and personal capacities they need to begin the adult lives they choose in the community. Join us as we explore how this approach is complementary to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Values.

W3

Supervision That Works

Victoria Craig, Kim Maldonado

Supervision That Works is all about providing excellent, supportive supervision that prevents most problems from arising at all. The workshop covers topics from hiring to developing supportive polices and ways to model recovery concept as a program. Participants are encouraged to share their own successes and brainstorm ways to prevent challenges.

W4

Recovery and Occupation: The Power of “Doing”

Christine Linkie, MS, OTR/L, CPRP

We need to do! Humans need “occupation,” which means meaningful activity (not just jobs). This workshop shares a bit of science and Scooby Doo to explore how occupations help us to improve resilience, stress tolerance, brain development, well-being, and quality of life.

W5

Getting Ready to Work: It’s All in the Community

Arlene Solomon, MS, CRC, CPRP

Work is essential for many people; it is often a central part of who we are and how other people think about us.  Unfortunately, the number of people with mental health conditions who work continues to be well below the general population.  One reason is that individuals often cannot visualize a life that includes work. They are often discouraged after years of receiving messages like "you will never be able to work," and they are unaware of available resources. This interactive workshop will outline the steps necessary to make work a reality using a 5 step DREAM approach.

 

Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm

P1

Stand Up for Mental Health

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M.

What’s so funny about Mental Health? As far as Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH) is concerned—everything! Founded by award winning counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer who himself experiences depression, SMH teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. This session takes a hilarious look at the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system, and features David and a group of PAPRS conference attendees that he has trained to perform with him.

 

Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm

W6

Wellness Coaching Overview

Lisa Basci; MA, LPC; Jennifer McLaughlin, CPRP

This workshop will provide an overview of Dr. Peggy Swarbrick’s Wellness Coaching Training. Wellness coaching offers key ideas and concepts including the 8 dimensions of wellness, wellness planning, coaching skills, and health literacy. We will discuss why wellness is a critical issue for people with behavioral health issues.

W7     

Emerging Issues in the Promotion of Competitive Employment

Richard C. Baron, MA

This workshop reviews relevant research and invites discussion of emerging issues:  the centrality of competitive employment to community inclusion; the need to enhance access to more-than-entry-level jobs; the challenges of confronting employer discrimination; the roles of peer specialists in promoting employment; and the challenges of disclosure.

W8

Development of PR Services for Youth and Young Adults

Elizabeth G. Ricker, CPRP, CFRP

This workshop will focus on the basic elements of PRS program development. The content of this workshop will help PRS agencies interested in serving youth and young adults to make informed decisions about how to develop PRS according to the updated regulatory requirements.

W9

Supporting Individuals with Autism and Psychiatric Disabilities in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs

Sara Mays, CPRP; Ryan Cramer, LSW; John McGonigle, PhD; Kelly Shuler, CPRP

We will provide an overview of the learning processing needs of a person with Autism that often may present as challenging to service providers. A description of the ASAP team as a pilot PR program specializing in supporting adults with Autism will be reviewed. Participants will leave with leave with knowledge and strategies for supporting individuals with Autism in PR.

W10

Creating Drama: Community Connections using the Arts

Tracy Carney, CPRP; Donna Jenkins, CPS

Join us on an interactive workshop that shares the experience of starting an anti-stigma drama club within a clubhouse setting. Listen to the stories of those who participate and the ways it helps to build confidence, create friendships and make community connections. Learn how to start a drama club, what it takes in time, talent and money.

 

Wednesday 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

W11

Healing Voices Documentary & Discussion

Tricia Fisher, MS, CPRP; Rita Kraus, CPRP

 

Thursday 8:30am – 10:00am

Keynote

Blackout Girl

Jennifer Storm, Commonwealth Victim Advocate

A riveting memoir of what happens to a teenage girl whose life is awash in alcohol, drugs, and the trauma of rape. At age six, Jennifer Storm was stealing sips of her mother's cocktails. By age 13, she was binge drinking and well on her way to regular cocaine and LSD use. Her young life was awash in alcohol, drugs, and the trauma of rape. She anesthetized herself to many of the harsh realities of her young life--including her own misunderstandings about her sexual orientation--, which made her even more vulnerable to victimization. Blackout Girl is Storm's tender and gritty memoir, revealing the depths of her addiction and her eventual path to a life of accomplishment and joy.

 

Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm

TH1

Supervision with Inclusive Vision

Ellwyn Andres, MA, CPRP; Paul Snyder, BA, CPRP

Keeping an eye on the target of Recovery and Community Inclusion can be difficult when supervising programs and employees often requires managing details and meeting multiple demands.  This workshop will explore ways that supervisors can promote recovery and community integration using concepts of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

TH2

Understanding and Supporting Peer Staff

Karen Escovitz, MSS; Jim Klasen, CPS

In this workshop, we will explore the unique and not so unique support needs of Peer staff members in service settings. Intended for supervisors, manager and program administrators to augment staff support, retention and recovery.

TH3

Using Self-Direction to Empower and Connect

Kim MacDonald-Wilson, CPRP; Tracy Carney, CPRP

Self-Directed Care (SDC) in PA provides the opportunity for individuals to direct their services funds to goods and services that support their recovery. This workshop will describe ways to use self-direction in psychiatric rehabilitation to facilitate empowerment and connection in communities of choice.

TH4

Closing the Digital Divide: Overcoming Barriers to Access Technology

Martina Buffington, CPRP; Julie Bloss, CPRP

The incredible importance for all members of society to be able to utilize technology and access the internet grows exponentially each and every day.  Conversely, those who have a disability and/or live in poverty become more and more isolated as the divide between those who utilize technology and have opportunities to advance their knowledge and recovery and those who do not/cannot grows larger by the minute. This session will present opportunities in a psychiatric rehabilitation and clubhouse setting to increase technology exposure to program participants with the goal of decreasing user anxiety.

TH5

Disaster Preparation for Individuals and Providers

Virginia Dikeman, Licensed Psychologist; Elizabeth G. Ricker, CPRP, CFRP

Every licensed facility, as well as individuals, need to have an appropriate disaster plan for all contingencies.  These may include winter storms, terrorism, active shooters, hazardous material incidents, nuclear facilities accidents, hurricanes, floods and tornados. This workshop will help guide you in the construction of your preparedness plans to ensure the health and safety of all individuals.

 

Thursday 1:15pm -2:45pm

TH6

My Recovery Story

Jeremy Berquist, PhD, CPS

This interactive workshop introduces the poetry as a vehicle for recovery. The presenter shares his own recovery experience and how poetry—reading, reciting, and writing—has fit into it.  Come and share a creative experience exploring the power of poetry and its part in the journey toward recovery.

TH7

Successes and Ongoing Barriers of a Transitional Age Psychiatric Rehabilitation Clubhouse

Alyssa A. Newmoyer, BS, CPRP, CFRP; Jonathan Rivera; Linda Groff, MS

As an update to last year’s presentation, a brief history of the transitional-aged clubhouse will be reviewed, including the recent transition from grant funding to MCO funding. Strengths and barriers in relation to programmatic operations, member progress and goals, and service coordination will be shared. Attendees will hear the experiences of a clubhouse member, as well.

TH8

Approaching and Engaging the Voice Hearing Experience

David Son; Mary Fala, MA, CPS

Hearing voices is a meaningful experience. Many current treatments and interventions often fail to recognize the experience this way, opting to deny their meaning and invalidate the person. This workshop will challenge old assumptions and present a new context to engage people who hear voices. Through compassionate relationships emphasizing mutuality and trust, we can support individuals to find acceptance and meaning in the voice hearing experience.

TH9

Building a Better Team: Skills in Action!

Jessica Griffith, CPRP; Suzan Schwarz, CPRP; Tess Zakrzwski, CPRP

Leaders often struggle with how to build, sustain, and grow their teams. In this highly interactive workshop designed for program leaders, participants will engage with three different team building activities, each one geared towards developing a different skill set within a team. Come prepared to experience team building in action!

 

 

TH10

Living the Fundamental Concepts of Community Integration

Ellwyn Andres, MA, CPRP; Kathyann Corl, MA, CPRP; Linda Thomas,  Peer Leader, Kim Morrison, Peer Leader, Dana Carl, Peer Leader

Keystone Leadership Council collaborated with TU Community Integration to learn to identify these principles. Members will share how they have used these principles in their lives. Panel members will discuss what motivated them to create community connections.

 

Thursday 3:00pm – 4:30pm

TH11

Compensatory Cognitive Training (CCT)

David Loveland, PhD

CCT is a collection of techniques that help people adapt to new regimens, e.g., taking new medications, remembering to attend appointments, or triggering healthy habits. CCT helps people use their existing skills, habits and living environment to improve memory. Case studies will be used to highlight these simple techniques.

TH12

Health & Wellbeing A Roadmap to Connecting with Your Community

Leslie Washington; Gwendolyn DeYoung, CPRP; Betsy Benelli, BSN

Health and wellness is critical to all life domains. As behavioral health providers, we address many needs, but sometimes basic health needs are overlooked. Focusing on the health skills necessary for both the service provider and the program participant, this workshop will discuss how an organization can integrate health and wellness into their program

TH13

Experience Connection through Sound Improvisation

David Ford – Sonic Sandbox

Sonic Sandbox inspires play, creativity and connection through sound. Everyone can play, no matter what musical experience they have. We play with sound collaboratively, creating a safe, supportive play-space where we share our individual personalities and stories using sound. We listen differently, and in the sonic sandbox, we all flourish.

TH14

Busting Stigma in Mental Health

Amy Carr; John Echenoz; Darla Dodds, LPC, CPRP

This presentation is going to focus on stigma in the medical field with individuals that have mental illness. Developing ways to educate those in the medical field as well as the public on mental illness. Stigma is like carrying books to lighten the load; you must eliminate some books.

 

TH15

Cultural Awareness in Mental Health

Dalilah Jusino, CPRP; Jennifer Stine, CPRP

Cultural competence has played an imperative role on the mental health population of America. Discussion will encourage participants to reflect upon the relativity of an individual’s personal values and beliefs, which will lead into the psycho-social aspects of how culture affects the quality of interactions between consumers and providers.