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Children's Services

Engagement: The Biggest Predictor of Success
Christopher M. Owens, MA, LPC, CCTP, C-DBT
March 7, 2024
1:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA

Research clearly demonstrates that the single biggest predictor of therapeutic success is the strength of the clinical relationship. The helper’s ongoing focus on engagement is central to this alliance. Awareness of the importance of engagement, however, does not mitigate the myriad obstacles that interfere with developing and maintaining rapport. This course will define the concept of engagement and highlight its significance in clinical settings. Additionally, barriers will be discussed from the practitioner’s perspective. Strategies will also be provided to assist helpers in improving engagement with those they serve.

Register on the BHE website.


The BHE Toolkit 2: Specific Practices for the Art of Helping People With Anxiety
Christopher M. Owens, MA, LPC, CCTP, C-DBT
March 8, 2024
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA

This course focuses on specific interventions of use to the professional helper when providing therapeutic services in behavioral healthcare. The aim of this workshop is to add to the helper’s “bag of tricks” or “toolkit” pertaining to assisting people with anxiety. Participants engage in didactic and experiential learning related to several anxiety-specific interventions. Participants also dialogue in small groups to share creative and effective interventions they have used in their various practice settings.

Register on the BHE website.

Thursday, April 11, 2024
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CDT;
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MDT; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Register Here

Please join us as IPRC hosts Terrence Carolan from CARF International to share the new Concussion Rehabilitation Program Standards.

Terrence Carolan 
Terrence Carolan is the current Managing Director of Medical Rehabilitation and Aging Services for CARF International after having been a CARF surveyor for 10 years. Prior to his role as Managing Director, Terrence worked at Select Medical and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation for 20 years as a physical therapist, clinical manager, Director of Education, and Assistant Vice President of Program Development and Education for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Division.

Objectives: At the end of this session, the learner will:

  • Describe the interdisciplinary approach to care in Concussion Rehabilitation Programs;
  • Define how field-driven Concussion Rehabilitation Program standards can be used to create, support, and maintain the team approach to care; and
  • Demonstrate how peer-led surveys can support the growth and development of Concussion Rehab Programs.

Audience: This webinar is intended for all interested members of the rehabilitation team; attendees do not need to be CARF Accredited in order to attend.

Level: Intermediate

Certificate of Attendance: Certificates of attendance are available for all attendees. No CEs are provided for this course.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Mental Health Planning Council (MHPC) will host its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. The meeting will feature committee meetings for adults, older adults, and children, as well as a joint session. Details for accessing each session remotely are provided below:

  • Children’s Committee:
    • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Access Code: 2631 909 4263
    • Webex Link
    • Password: fnQK8Tvb2w4
    • Phone: 1-415-655-0001
  • Adult Committee:
    • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Access Code: 2633 120 2679
    • Webex Link
    • Password: q7NFKxgYp72
    • Phone: 1-415-655-0001
  • Older Adult Committee:
    • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Access Code: 2631 734 4409
    • Webex Link
    • Password: ASnju542NBg
    • Phone: 1-415-655-0001
  • Networking Lunch:
    • Time: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    • Note: Each Committee Session meeting (Older Adult, Adult, and Children’s) will remain open until 12:45 pm for optional networking. Please note, OMHSAS staff may not be available consistently throughout the entire networking time.
  • Joint Session:
    • Time: 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Access Code: 2634 353 5963
    • Webex Link
    • Password: BJjxPx6FP53
    • Phone: 1-415-655-0001

Attendees are not required to pre-register or create an account to attend the MHPC meetings. However, it’s recommended to test the Webex program prior to the meeting and log in 10 minutes early. Phone-only participants can use *6 to mute/unmute and *9 to “raise their hand” to speak. For any questions, please email OMHSAS. If you have additional questions, please contact RCPA Policy Director Jim Sharp.

Join RCPA as we host the 2024 Annual Conference Embracing Challenges, Empowering Success from September 24 – 27 at the Hershey Lodge. The event is a highlight for the Pennsylvania behavioral health, brain injury, children’s, intellectual and developmental disabilities, medical rehabilitation, and physical disabilities and aging provider communities. RCPA staff and the Conference Committee are excited to release this year’s Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertiser Brochure, which features new opportunities to get in on the action and network with providers. Booth self-selection will also be available for exhibitors and exhibiting sponsors. In order to be considered for self-selection, a completed contract with payment must be submitted.

Network and Compete in Connections Hall!
Connections Hall activities take place during the two busiest days of the conference, and many networking opportunities are available throughout the event. You’ll also be able to compete and have a chance to win “Best of Show!”

Exciting New Sponsorship Opportunities!
RCPA is privileged to have the backing of the finest organizations in the field for our conference. Through the use of sponsorship circles, RCPA is able to honor all supporting organizations.

Sign Up Now!
Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers who wish to be listed on the website, the mobile app, and in the conference program must submit all materials by August 23. The association looks forward to welcoming you at the conference! Space and opportunities are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservation is considered complete without payment. If questions remain, please contact Carol Ferenz, Conference Coordinator.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) requests your assistance to complete, and further disseminate, a survey that will assist the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC) and PCCD gather relevant information related to current resources and gaps in local diversion policy, practices, and programming. The utilization of diversion policies, practices, and programs, in appropriate cases, can reduce the impact of formal involvement with the juvenile justice system for youth who commit minor offenses, while ensuring balanced and restorative justice.

PCCD recognizes the importance of capturing feedback from their stakeholders. Please complete the below survey and feel free to forward the survey link to any stakeholder you deem appropriate. This survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is extremely important, as results from the survey will help shape effective strategies and drive positive change in our approach to diversion. The information collected through this survey may also be used to make future funding and policy recommendations to the JJDPC.

The survey link can be found here. The survey will remain open until the close of business on February 29, 2024. Please contact PCCD staff, Teresa Wilcox, via email with any questions or assistance in completing the survey.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. PCCD looks forward to receiving your important feedback.