HCQU NW Special Speakers & Events

Special Speakers

Our 2018 Speaker of the Month Series at the Warren State Hospital will begin in April. 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.

To register for any of our Speaker of the Month trainings, please contact Lisa Brocious at 814.728.9400 ext 200, or lbrocious@MilestonePA.org.

 

Please join us April 18, 2018, for Cheryl Parker's informative and interactive training on The Practice of Being Person Driven. This training will expand on the information presented by Guy Légaré in August 2017 on Creating Person-Driven Systems of Support.  (Note: Guy's training is NOT a prerequisite to Cheryl's training).

In Cheryl's follow-up training, participants will have an opportunity to practice the three helping habits associated with being person driven. Please see this flier for more information on Cheryl's training.

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Mark your calendars for May 16 and June 20, also!

Carol Hoover, of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, will be here May 16 to talk about brain injuries. Some of the topics Carol will cover include:

  • levels of severity of brain injury and functional outcomes
  • common effects of brain injury
  • strategies for dealing with the effects of brain injury
  • screening for undiagnosed brain injuries
  • overview of types, causes and mechanisms of brain injury
  • brain injury prevalence and incidence
  • concussion: an often overlooked brain injury
  • resources for individuals with brain injuries and their families

 

Bob Sofranko's topic for June 20 will be "Reduce and Eliminate...A Hands-Off Approach to Crisis Management."

A philosophy and approach to reducing and eliminating restraints and/or eliminating aggressive behaviors, reducing anxiety and promoting a successful and positive staff individual relationship. This training centers around understanding the person as a whole and not focusing on the negative or the behavior. An emphasis is also placed on medical issues, medications, diagnosis (person specific), trauma and anxiety and how each person is affected differently. Emphasis is placed on building relationships and having an open line of communication between staff and the ladies and gentlemen we are fortunate to help lead a productive and fulfilling life.

Bob Sofranko is the Quality Compliance Manager for Passavant Memorial Homes. He began working in the field after volunteering as a swim instructor for United Cerebral while at Slippery Rock University. Bob began working for the former Laurel Highlands Foundation INC. in 1992 and transitioned over to Passavant when the two merged in 2012. Bob’s role with Passavant includes developing and implementing staff and consumer trainings, working closely with Residential and Vocational Staff to promote a positive and successful environment, reviewing and entering reportable Incidents into EIM. He is an ODP certified investigator, Chairman of the PMH Restrictive Procedure Committee and is the lead Certified Crisis Management Trainer at PMH. He is ODP Quality Management certified, Certified UPMC CCM Trainer and has 26 years of experience working in the Intellectual Disabilities field.

Stay tuned for more information on these trainings. 

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Special Events

A Day in the Park

Our 14th Annual Day in the Park event is scheduled for June 15 at Wildcat Park in Ludlow and it's already shaping up to be our best ever!  Stay tuned for more details in the near future. Meanwhile...

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!

 

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