HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events




Terrence Brown photoActive Threat Scenario (ATS) and Active Shooter Preparation Training (ASPT)

Presenter:  Terrence Brown

Founder & CEO, Safety & Security Consultants LLC

July 27, 2018

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania

Jack D. Robinette Conference Center

Copeland Room

500 Commonwealth Drive - Warrendale, PA

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Active Threat Scenario Training (ATST) provides an educational program for participants which teaches individuals and organizations how to properly respond in an ATS.  This training is an interactive program encouraging individuals to engage with the instructor to master current protocols of the U.S. Homeland Security Department and your local SWAT team.  The curriculum is adapted from the teachings of LT. Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.), U.S. Homeland Security Department, Pittsburgh SWAT, and the University of Central Florida.  The information presented acts as a guide for employees and administrators who may find themselves involuntarily in an active threat or active shooter situation.

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IJim Donovan Photontroduction to Drumming & Disabilities

(for staff and Self-advocates)

Presenter:  Jim Donovan, M.Ed.

Professional Musician & Assistant Professor, Saint Francis University

September 7, 2018

10 a.m. - Noon

Succop Theater

Butler County Community College (BC3)

107 College Drive - Butler, PA

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ASD/IDD professionals face many challenges when working with those whom they serve.  Fortunately, rhythm can be an effective strategy that these professionals can use to meet some of these challenges.  This session will explore how to use rhythm to meet goals such as: (1) increased attention to task, (2) socialization, and (3) stress reduction for individuals on the Autism spectrum and other disabilities.  Musical experience is not required.  Beginners are warmly welcomed, and percussion instruments are provided for all participants to use during the program.

*This class is limited to 30 participants.  Each self-advocate must have a staff member present.*

To enroll, please call our office at 724-283-0990.



Thyme in Your Kitchen logoCooking Class & Healthy Food Choices

(for self-advocates)

Presenter:  Chef from Thyme In Your Kitchen

Presenter:  Margie Fend, RN

HCQU Nurse, Milestone HCQU West

September 18, 2018

10 a.m. - Noon

Thyme In Your Kitchen

79 East State Street - Sharon, PA

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In this hands-on cooking class, the goal is to help participants become self-confident cooks, look at healthy food choices, spark creativity, and most of all have fun in an interactive environment.  The participants will cook a complete meal from start to finish.  Each recipe is demonstrated by a chef instructor.  When the dishes are ready, the class will sit down to enjoy the meal and best of all no clean up!  The menu includes:  bruschetta chicken, rice pilaf, tossed salad with homemade dressing, dessert, coffee, and bottled water.

*This class is limited to 10 participants.  Each self-advocate must have a staff member available to help*

To enroll, please call our office at 724-283-0990.

DISCLAIMER:  Participation in cooking classes at Thyme In Your Kitchen places you in a typical cooking environment with inherent risk.  By registering for one of their events, you agree to release Thyme In Your Kitchen and its staff from all liability arising form direct or indirect damages or injury.  Closed toe shoes are recommended for all hands-on classes.  Dangling or excessive jewelry, as well as loose hanging clothing, is not recommended.



Andrew Seubert photoThe Faces of Trauma and Its Treatment in Clients with Intellectual Disabilities

Presenter:  Andrew Seubert, LMHC, NCC

EMDRIA Approved Consultant/Trainer, ClearPath Healing Arts Center

November 16, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Butler

203 North Duffy Road - Butler, PA

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This one-day course will address the ways in which trauma and PTSD manifest in clients with ID.  Treatment approaches, including creative art therapies and eye movement desensitization, will be examined as to their usefulness and need for adaptation.  We will also explore the potential of early trauma (critical incident) interventions and neurofeedback in helping this population to heal.

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