CLARION (PRNewswire) -- In response to the growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and in the nation, Clarion University College of Health and Human Services announced today that it has developed an opioid treatment specialist certificate, which will be offered online, beginning this fall.
"The certificate was developed to educate treatment professionals in prevention and treatment of opioid abuse and addiction," said Dr. Ray Feroz, professor and chair of the department of human services, rehabilitation, health and sport sciences. "It is one way Clarion can aid in combating the statewide and nationwide opioid crisis."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania was fourth in the nation in drug overdose deaths in 2015 - an increase of 28 percent over 2014 statistics - and the epidemic continues to grow. Drug overdose has surpassed traffic accidents and gun deaths as the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses in 2015.
The Department of Health, in partnership with Pennsylvania System of Care, is holding Team UP For Families (TUFF) training for parents/caregivers of children with special health care needs. The training will be held on April 5, 2017 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Child Welfare Resource Center in Mechanicsburg, PA.
This six hour training is peer-lead and family centered. Families will learn to effectively communicate needs and concerns with providers. They will gain knowledge and skills to navigate service systems and decipher unfamiliar jargon. Families will also learn how to track a child’s treatment progress in daily life and also build a strong circle of support to meet ongoing challenges.
The parent/caregiver will be reimbursed for travel expenses and some child care. Hotel accommodations will be provided the evening of April 4, 2017, for those parent/caregivers traveling more than 50 miles to the training.
TUFF is especially recommended for families that are not well networked and are new to the system.
If you are aware of a parent/caregiver that would like to attend this training please contact Kim Wentzel by February 16, 2017.
Contact information for Kim Wentzel: 717-772-2763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PEAL Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and LEND are hosting an Institute for youth with disabilities to become empowered by embracing their disabilities and learning self-advocacy skills.
The Institute will be held Sunday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at 3535 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.
Youth with disability from southeastern Pennsylvania, ages 16-25, are encouraged to participate in a Youth Development Institute and to bring their experiences to the group. Exciting activities are planned for youth to network with other young leaders who are making a difference in their communities.
The Youth Development Institute works to promote the development of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-advocacy, and self-determination of youth with disabilities. The YDI is meant to develop confident youth who have the necessary skills to self-advocates. The YDI leaders are responsible for fostering an atmosphere of acceptance, tolerance, and fun.
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All applications are due by Feb 19. Space is limited.
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Person Centered Thinking is a core concept at the foundation of the services and supports provided to people with intellectual disabilities and autism in Pennsylvania. All stakeholders are invited to come and learn about Person Centered Thinking and how it can be used to enhance the quality of support for people with developmental disabilities.
A two-day professional development opportunity worth twelve credit hours will be offered at various locations across the Commonwealth in March and April. Participants must attend both days in order to complete the training and receive a certificate of attendance. Training hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no fee for the training or certificate.
This interactive training serves as a foundation for everyone involved in supporting people with developmental disabilities. During this training, participants will have the opportunity to develop their skills by completing a series of guided exercises. Participants will practice utilizing person-centered thinking resources and techniques. Information gathered using these skills can help teams develop meaningful Individual Support Plans that help people with disabilities achieve an Everyday Life.
Individuals, family members, Supports Coordinators (SCs), SC Supervisors, Provider Staff, Administrative Entity (AE) Staff and other interested parties are encouraged to register and attend.
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Drug Free Workplace PA announced the launch of their training and education services.
DFWPA has designed over 30 mental health and drug education lessons, all of which can be accessed via their website at DrugFreeWorkplacePA.org. All lessons are self-paced and most can be completed in less than twenty minutes. An additional feature of the online classes is their Family Education Program (FEP). The FEP is dedicated to teaching Pennsylvania families about the dynamics of drug addiction on the entire family unit.
DFWPA wants to see every Pennsylvania business implement a program that will keep it, its employees and their families, healthy and drug free. To achieve this goal, DFWPA provides customized policy creation, training and education to employers and employees, and offers a Family Education Program to educate folks on the dynamics, behaviors, and family roles of addiction.
All services provided completely free of charge and can be utilized in whole or in part as desired.