HCQU NW Special Speakers & Events

Special Speakers

Summer is finally here and our Speaker of the Month Series at the Warren State Hospital just keeps getting hotter! These trainings take place the third Wednesday of each month, from April through October in the auditorium at the Israel Building, 677 Hospital Drive, North Warren, Pennsylvania.

Upcoming topics include:

Locating Autism Trainings and Resources

Lindy Mishler, Bureau of Autism Services (BAS)

July 19, 2017

9:30am - 11:30am

Our July Speaker of the Month is Lindy Mishler, Clinical Consultant for the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS). She will be sharing a variety of resources and trainings that have been developed by BAS as well as their ASERT collaboratives. Recently, all BAS trainings and resources have been changed over to the new MyODP, which other programs have the capabilities to access. However, a lack of navigation training has discouraged users to utilize these resources.
The outcome of this training is to help users learn to navigate both the MyODP and ASERT websites when searching for a necessary and/or needed autism resource/training for themselves as well as individuals they work with. A lot of the information you are searching for is already developed…come learn how to locate it!

To register for this free event, please contact Lisa Brocious at Milestone HCQU Northwest, by phone at (814) 728-9400 or email lbrocious@MilestonePA.org.  You may also fax a registration form to (814) 728-8887. 


Creating Person-Driven Systems of Support

Guy  Légaré, Executive Director, Person Driven Clinical Solutions LLC

August 16, 2017

9:30am - 11:30am

For many years Guy worked as the Associate Clinical Director for the OMR Statewide Training and technical Assistance Initiative in Pennsylvania. In that role he collaborated with a variety of providers and counties to build local capacity and offered / co-faciliated a variety of trainings across Pennsylvania, including Positive Approaches and EveryDay Lives, dual diagnosis, and how to work more effectively with a psychiatrist.


Navigating Sexuality

Shawn McGill,

September 20, 2017

9:30am - 11:30am

Shawn began providing direct support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who communicated via challenging behaviors. She began her own consulting group in 2012, specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, problematic sexual behaviors, and trauma informed care, among other things.

Shawn’s topic will be Navigating Sexuality. This training aids parents and professionals who are supporting people with disabilities to address sexuality in a healthy, safe, and useful way rather than dismiss or ignore it.


Dimentia Live!

October 18, 2017

9:30am - 11:30am

Dementia Live at the Rouse Estate. Dementia Live™ is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change. (Taken from https://ageucate.com/index.php?main_page=dementia_live)


Aging/IDD Conference

Topic To Be Announced

Karen Vandino


September 13, 2017

9:30am - 2:30pm (Registration begins at 9:00)J

Johnsonburg Firehall


Motivational speaker. Comedian. Consultant. Trainer. These are all words that have been used to describe Karen Vandino, who will be the presenter at our fall 2017 Aging/IDD conference. Karen has spent more than 30 years in the human services field, much of it in the field of chemical dependency. She has been a nationally recognized speaker for the past 20 years, and has a unique, humorous take on life and work. We are not sure of Karen’s topic yet, but whatever it is, we are sure she will make it fun and informative!


Special Events

A Day in the Park

Our 14th Annual Day in the Park event took place June 16 at Wildcat Park in Ludlow. After some heavy rains the previous evening, things were a little soggy in spots, but that didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

Once again the Elcam Band entertained with singing and dancing, MLW Stables provided horses for riding, as well as a pony pulling a cart, and a super-friendly donkey. The Kane Lions Club was on hand making yummy sno-cones to help cool us off (thankfully, because it was rather HOT in the afternoon). The new photo booth was a hit - as was Officer Rooke from the Pennsylvania State Police, who was asked to pose for many photos with people.  We also had flower planting with former HCQU employee Beth Lorenzo, face painting by Community Links, fingernail painting by the Bradford YWCA, blood pressure readings by members of the Mt. Jewett Ambulance crew (who also brought an ambulance for everyone to check out) and lots of information from NHS, the Special Kids Network, and the HCQU to help us stay healthy. Members of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department were also on hand with one of their fire trucks for everyone to check out. After lunch, which was prepared by Warren State Hospital's Keystone Cafe, people enjoyed playing BINGO or outdoor games for a chance to win some cool prizes. Miss Kane High 2017, MacKenzie Witherell, was also on hand to help us out wherever we needed her.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this one of our best events ever!

We are already thinking of ways to make next year's event even better, so stay tuned!  If you can think of anything you would enjoy seeing or doing at this event, please email Lynn at lcarnahan@MilestonePA.org with your suggestions, as this event is for YOU. We hope to see you there June 15, 2018!