HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events

  

  

MHFA LogoMental Health First Aid USA for Adults - 1 Day Workshop

Presenter:  Lori Duffy, Behavioral Health Specialist

Milestone HCQU West

Presenter:  Jenifer Baker, RN, HCQU Nurse

Milestone HCQU West

May 31, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clarion County MH/DD Administration

Human Service Complex Building

214 S. Seventh Avenue - Clarion, PA

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Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports.  This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.  The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.

Like CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person in crisis and connect the person with help.  First Aiders do not take on the role of professionals - they do not diagnose or provide any counseling or therapy.  Instead, the program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like, "What do I do?" and "Where can someone find help?"  Certified Mental Health First Aid instructors provide a list of community healthcare providers and national resources, support groups, and online tools for mental health addiction treatments and supports.  All trainees receive a program manual to compliment the course material.

**This class is limited to 20 participants.**

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NTG logoNTG Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia - 2 Day Workshop

Presenter:  Kelly Fisher, RN, Clinical Supervisor

Milestone HCQU West

Presenter:  Margie Fend, RN, HCQU Nurse

Milestone HCQU West

June 8 & 9, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.)

Hampton Inn Butler

610 Butler Crossing - Butler, PA

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In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding about characteristics and effects of aging, dementia, and intellectual disability (ID).  We will discuss the importance of specialized care and supports for adults with ID, including screening, working with health care providers, system challenges, daily health advocacy, and support management.  We will discuss how to implement practices of quality caregiving for adults with ID and Alzheimer's and related dementias.

**Lunch will be provided both days.**

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Nancy Richey pictureExpectations and Experiences:  Envisioning An Everyday Life For All

Presenter:  Nancy Richey, Supporting Families Statewide Initiative Coordinator

PA Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs

June 12, 2017

10 a.m. - Noon

Hampton Inn Butler

610 Butler Crossing - Butler, PA

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A vision of a good life, a life full of meaningful experiences and relationships, is something that all of us, regardless of disability, can and should have throughout all stages of life.  Pennsylvania is now a participating state in the National Community of Practice:  Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan.  As the foundation of this initiative, the LifeCourse Framework is a set of values and easy-to-use tools that guide conversations, visioning, exploring and planning for that "everyday life for all".  The overarching goal of the National Community of Practice is to support and strengthen families in ways that maximize their capacity to facilitate the achievement of self-determination, inclusion, and meaningful participation in all faces of community life for their families.

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