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The 2023 RCPA Conference, A Decade of Unity; Enhancing Lives and Shaping the Future, is being held in person at the Hershey Lodge October 10 – 13, 2023. Registration is now open, and we are offering early bird registration rates through September 8.

This year’s conference features several exciting Human Resources (HR) sessions. The full program will offer access to over 90 continuing education credits. The HR track includes:

Tuesday, October 10

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Workshop Session A

W01 | Moral Injury: Reframing and Repair
Presenter: Wendy Dean, MD, The Moral Injury of Healthcare

W02 | Milieu Therapist Residency Program
Taylor Wellman, OTD, OTR/L, UPMC Western Behavioral Health
Michael Barfield, EdD, LSW, UPMC Western Behavioral Health
Jennifer Beckjord, PsyD, UPMC Western Behavioral Health

W04 | Becoming a Data-Driven Provider: 10 Steps to Creating a Data-Driven Culture
Jodie Esper, BSBA, MSA, Mainstay Life Services
Scott Bachik, BSIM, MAS, Enkompas BI

W05 | Devereux Ascend Career Accelerator Program
Presenter(s):   Michael Ernst, MA, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Kathy E. Marks, SPHR, MEd, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health 

11:00 am – 11:45 am | Keynote Session

K01 | State of the State
Presenter: Secretary Valerie A. Arkoosh, MD, MPH

1:30 am – 3:00 pm | Workshop Session B

W10 | Purpose and Growth: Engaging and Retaining Your Teams in Challenging Times
Presenter: Lisa Friscia, SHRM-SCP, Co-Active Coach, MSL, Consulting for Human Services

W16 | Condition Support: Addressing Escalated Situations in the Health Care Setting
Jeffrey Magill, MS, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Camellia Herisko, DNP, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CRNP, UPMC Western Psychiatric
David Heckman, UPMC

3:15 pm – 4:45 am | Plenary Session

P01 | Become a Destination Employer
Presenter: Michael S. Cohen, Esquire, Duane Morris, LLP

Wednesday, October 11

9:00 am – 10:30 am | Plenary Session

P02 | Addressing the Workforce Crisis: Strategy and Policy Learnings from Four Organizations
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, Woods Services, Inc.
Brian Hancock, JD, Bancroft
Rita Gardner, MPH, LABA, BCBA, CDE, Melmark
Marco Giordano, CPA, Resources for Human Development

10:45 am – 12:15 pm | Workshop Session C

W18 | Make Difficult People Disappear: How to Reduce Stress and Eliminate Conflict in the Workplace
Presenter: Monica L. Wofford, CSP, Contagious Companies, Inc.

W22 | Subpoenas, Court Orders, and Requests for PHI: Obligations Under HIPAA, the MHPA, and Other Statutes
Presenter: Jeffrey J. Worley, Esq, Gibbel Kraybill & Hess

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm | Workshop Session D

W26 | Recruitment and Retention of Front Line Workers
Teresa Hewitt, MSW, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources
Shawna Mitcheltree, BA, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources

3:30 pm – 5:00 am | Keynote Session

K02 | Beyond Accessibility: Diversity and Inclusion in the Disability Community
Presenter: Chaz Kellem, MA, DEI Professional

Thursday, October 13

9:00 am – 10:15 am | Keynote Session

K03 | Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health: It’s Way Past Time
Presenter: John T. Broderick, Jr., Juris Doctor

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Workshop Session E

W34 | Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace
Presenter: Stacey Nybeck, MBA, Secure Rehabilitation and Vocational Enterprises, Inc.

W35 | Transforming Organizational Wellness and Self-Advocacy Through an Evidenced-Based Practice: Improving the Lives of Employees and Individuals in Our Care
Lynn A. Miller, MEd, Advocates for Human Potential
Lesley Corey, EdD, Step By Step, Inc

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Workshop Session F

W44 | Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent: Mitigating Bias in Hiring, From Sourcing Through Onboarding
Presenter: Lisa Friscia, SHRM-SCP, Co-Active Coach, MSL, Consulting for Human Services

Krystal Hultberg, Pareto Health
Rob Lord, Imagine360
Jennifer Johnson, Liviniti
Greg A. Robick, Corporate Benefits Consultants, Inc. 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Workshop Session G

W54 | Applying Augmented Intelligence to Workforce Challenges and Care Delivery
Andrew Schmitt, MSW, Gaudenzia
Denny Morrison, PhD, Morrison Consulting
Dror Zaide, MBA, Eleos Health

W56 | Termination Without Litigation
Presenter: Michael S. Pepperman, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Friday, October 14

10:45 am – 12:15 pm | Plenary Session

P03 | National Update From Our Association Partners
Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Donna Martin, MEd, ANCOR

We encourage you to review the full program of sessions offered and look forward to your participation in these sessions, along with other Plenary and Keynote sessions, social gatherings, Connections Hall, and more. For additional information, please contact Carol Ferenz.

Relias Presents:

Webinar: Rapid Fire Retention Strategies: How to Improve Behavioral Healthcare Provider Retention

  • Campaign: Organizational Development
  • Webinar Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Target Audience:
    • All titles in BH, CH, CYF, Social Services, Substance Use Disorder
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Factors that affect behavioral health provider retention;
    • Strategies to improve recruitment and increase retention; and
    • Stories of organizations that have successfully retained long-term staff.

Register here to participate.