NameDescriptionDate 

Value-Based Contracting: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started (Session for Executive Leadership)
Trainer:
Brandi M. Phillips - CEO, Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh - Green Tree
500 Mansfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205


In this 90 minute educational session, we will address the evolution and key elements of a value-based payment model. We will also discuss the importance of social determinants and review the data elements and metrics you should be collecting and analyzing to successfully navigate these changes.

Breakfast & Check-In will begin at 8:30am

Program will run 9:30am to 11:00am

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
3/14/2018
8:30am to 11:00am

Register By:
3/5/2018

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County





Value-Based Contracting: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started (Session for Executive Leadership)
Trainer:
Brandi M. Phillips - CEO, Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh - Green Tree
500 Mansfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205


In this 90 minute educational session, we will address the evolution and key elements of a value-based payment model. We will also discuss the importance of social determinants and review the data elements and metrics you should be collecting and analyzing to successfully navigate these changes.

Lunch & Check-In will begin at 12pm

Program will run 1pm to 2:30pm

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
3/20/2018
12:00pm to 2:30pm

Register By:
3/12/2018

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County





Value-Based Contracting: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started (Session for Board Members & CFOs)
Trainer:
Brandi M. Phillips - CEO, Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh - Green Tree
500 Mansfield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205


In this 90 minute educational session, we will address the evolution and key elements of a value-based payment model. We will also discuss the importance of social determinants and review the data elements and metrics you should be collecting and analyzing to successfully navigate these changes.

Breakfast & Check-In will begin at 8:30am

Program will run 9:30am to 11:00am

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
4/17/2018
8:30am to 11:00am

Register By:
4/9/2018

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County





Adult Mental Health First Aid
Trainers:
Matt Koren
&
Melissa Zirwas

Location: Department of Human Services - Office of Behavioral Health
1 Smithfield Street
Liberty Conference Room
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour, evidence-based public education program that improves people's knowledge and understanding of mental health problems. This program teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

MHFA builds our understanding of the impact of health concerns, teaches you an action plan and provides you with appropriate local and national resources and supports. In it you will both learn and participate, using role playing and simulations to practice how to recognize a problem, offer initial help and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. You can learn more about this training at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Sign up today!

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
2/28/2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

Register By:
Registration is closed

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County


Allegheny County Naloxone Pay for Performance (P4P) Train the Trainer



Location: CLASS - Community Living And Support Services
1400 South Braddock Avenue
Conference Rooms A & B
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


As part of the Allegheny County Naloxone Pay for Performance (P4P) initiative, blended service coordination, residential (LTSR/CRR), and community treatment team staff are invited to a Train the Trainer event. Come and learn the signs of an overdose, what to do when you encounter someone who has overdosed, and how to use Naloxone (Narcan). Providers are required to send a minimum of two staff to one of the trainings in order to qualify for the P4P.

Training information will be distributed at the event either on USB or CD. Please indicate your preference when registering.

3/6/2018
9:00am to 12:00pm

Register By:
3/2/2018

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County





Allegheny County Naloxone Pay for Performance (P4P) Train the Trainer



Location: CLASS - Community Living And Support Services
1400 South Braddock Avenue
Conference Rooms A & B
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


As part of the Allegheny County Naloxone Pay for Performance (P4P) initiative, blended service coordination, residential (LTSR/CRR), and community treatment team staff are invited to a Train the Trainer event. Come and learn the signs of an overdose, what to do when you encounter someone who has overdosed, and how to use Naloxone (Narcan). Providers are required to send a minimum of two staff to one of the trainings in order to qualify for the P4P.

Training information will be distributed at the event either on USB or CD. Please indicate your preference when registering.

3/9/2018
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Register By:
3/2/2018

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County





Supported Employment: Tools of the Trade
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


In this training, participants will be introduced to the full range of documents required to implement high-fidelity Supported Employment on ACT. Maximizing the use of information in all stages of Supported Employment will be the primary focus. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups and use role plays to enhance skills critical to engaging consumers in the idea of work through the final stage of developing a follow-along plan. Finally, participants will develop person centered goals, objectives, and interventions specific to employment.

*Required for Employment Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leads

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
3/14/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
3/7/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Dual Disorder Specialist Training (IDDT)
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model is an evidence-based practice that improves the quality of life for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

In the last training (Fundamentals of ACT), you learned the importance of; utilizing integrated treatment, understanding stages of change and stages of treatment, and developing stage-wise interventions. Additionally, we reviewed the role of the team member in implementing IDDT, specifically in the staging process and delivering stage-wise interventions.

In this training, Dual Disorder Specialists will delve into the details of their role within the team and in treatment with consumers. First, Specialists will gain a comprehensive understanding of the process to complete the Dual Disorder Assessment Tool (Part 3) and the Staging Tool. Next, the training will focus on reinforcing a deep understanding of stage-wise interventions. Finally, participants will work in teams to develop person-centered goals, objectives, interventions and progress notes specific to IDDT.

Specialists will have the opportunity to work in groups and use role play to enhance skills critical to the implementation of IDDT.

*Required for Dual Disorder Specialists

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
3/20/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
3/13/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Adult Mental Health First Aid
Trainers:
Matt Koren
&
Melissa Zirwas

Location: Department of Human Services - Office of Behavioral Health
1 Smithfield Street
Homestead Grays Conference Room
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour, evidence-based public education program that improves people's knowledge and understanding of mental health problems. This program teaches common risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

MHFA builds our understanding of the impact of health concerns, teaches you an action plan and provides you with appropriate local and national resources and supports. In it you will both learn and participate, using role playing and simulations to practice how to recognize a problem, offer initial help and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. You can learn more about this training at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org. Sign up today!

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
3/21/2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

Register By:
3/14/2018

Cost
No Fee
Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County





Job Development: Adaptations for Assertive Community Treatment
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This training will focus on the key elements of effective Job Development. To engage in effective Job Development, employment specialists must use the entire ACT team to ensure a good job match. First, using the Career profile, specialists will learn to engage the ITT to identify individual strengths and barriers to employment. Specialists will then learn how to use the entire team to identify a stream of potential employers that match the consumer's preferences. Through role play, participants will practice engaging and developing relationships with employers through planned, in-person contacts that lead to competitive employment. Additionally, specialists will strategize ways to address workplace adjustments for individual consumers.

*Required for Employment Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leaders

Note: Field Coaching is the next required phase of training for employment specialists. Field Coaching is done on-site with the specialists and team leader.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
3/22/2018
10:30am to 4:30pm

Register By:
3/15/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Supported Employment - Benefits 101
Trainer:
Joy Smith - Community Work Incentive Coordinator, AHEDD

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


It is important for individuals to know how their jobs (earned income) might impact benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and other subsidies. In order to help people make informed choices about their financial futures, employment specialists and other staff members learn the basics of benefits information. They also will help individuals understand benefits requirements (rules) and other regulations related to benefits & employment, as well as, assist in connecting them to benefits counselors, who calculate the impact that income from employment will have upon various benefits. Staff may also assist with reporting of income to Social Security Administration.

3/22/2018
8:30am to 10:30am

Register By:
3/15/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Wellness Coaching
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: CLASS
1400 S. Braddock Ave.
Conference Room B
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


Offered Mondays, this course is scheduled 4/2, 4/9, & 4/16. Wellness Coaching is designed to help people identify and pursue a change they would like to make in one dimension of wellness, with particular emphasis in the physical wellness domain. A Wellness Coach works collaboratively with the coachee (person wanting to make a change, or health improvement )to help him/her through a systematic process. The coach brings expertise in the steps of wellness coaching, skill in allying with and communicating with the coachee. The coachee brings knowledge and experience of his/her own strengths and the desire to change. During this brief 6-8 week intervention, coachees build the habits, routines, and self-accountability needed to sustain wellness, with the overall goal of decreasing disparities in health and wellness between those who have mental health diagnoses and those who do not.

*Required for all Peer Specialists, Nurses, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leads.

*Participants must sign up for and attend all 3 days (4/2, 4/9, 4/16).

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
4/2/2018 to 4/16/2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
3/26/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. MI is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques that pays specific attention to the language of change, elicits and strengthens a person's own motivation for change, and explores a person's own reasons for change. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to: understand and feel the 'Spirit' of MI, understand the four processes of how an MI conversation unfolds over time, learn and practice the person-centered foundational skills of MI using open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing skills (OARS), all within the context of clinician acceptance and compassion.

*Required for all ACT staff.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
4/4/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
3/28/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Advanced Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) covered: the Spirit (partnership, acceptance, evocation, and compassion) of MI; how the MI conversation unfolds (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning); and, person-centered interviewing skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing (OARS)).

Advanced Motivational Interviewing will enhance the participants' foundational MI skills through learning how to: recognize Change Talk, respond to Change Talk, strengthen Change Talk, and develop a Change Plan.

*Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing prior to taking this course.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
4/11/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
4/4/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Supporting People in the Community
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Housing is fundamental to survival and meets the basic human needs of refuge and safety. Traditional or Continuum of Care approaches believe that clients must first demonstrate housing readiness before they can succeed in independent housing. It has also been believed that those with severe psychiatric illnesses and/or substance use disorders need to live in residences requiring around-the-clock supervision. "Recovery is Possible" is our belief, and working "as if" people can succeed in independent housing with supportive services and treatment services based on principles of consumer choice, individualized planning and skill building. At the conclusion of this training, participants will learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support their success in the community.

4/30/2018 to 4/30/2048
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Register By:
4/23/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. MI is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques that pays specific attention to the language of change, elicits and strengthens a person's own motivation for change, and explores a person's own reasons for change. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to: understand and feel the 'Spirit' of MI, understand the four processes of how an MI conversation unfolds over time, learn and practice the person-centered foundational skills of MI using open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing skills (OARS), all within the context of clinician acceptance and compassion.

*Required for all ACT staff.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
5/9/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
5/2/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00

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Advanced Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) covered: the Spirit (partnership, acceptance, evocation, and compassion) of MI; how the MI conversation unfolds (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning); and, person-centered interviewing skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing (OARS)).

Advanced Motivational Interviewing will enhance the participants' foundational MI skills through learning how to: recognize Change Talk, respond to Change Talk, strengthen Change Talk, and develop a Change Plan.

*Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing prior to taking this course.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
5/22/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
5/15/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Fundamentals of Assertive Community Treatment Teams
Trainer:
ACT Training Team

Location: CLASS
1400 S. Braddock Ave
Conference Room B
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


This three (3) day training offers an all-inclusive exploration into the fundamentals of ACT. We start off with a conversation about why a recovery-oriented approach is the foundation of our work. Next, we immerse ourselves in the who, why, what, and how of ACT, it's history and key components. Then we get up close and personal with what it takes to support an individual in the community by reviewing treatment and rehabilitative interventions that develop from the following evidence-based practices: Permanent Supportive Housing, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Supported Employment, Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, and Wellness Coaching. Tying it all together, we review the essentials of Person-Centered Planning and documentation.

*Required for all new ACT staff.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
6/18/2018 to 6/20/2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
6/11/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





Supported Employment: Tools of the Trade
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


In this training, participants will be introduced to the full range of documents required to implement high-fidelity Supported Employment on ACT. Maximizing the use of information in all stages of Supported Employment will be the primary focus. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups and use role plays to enhance skills critical to engaging consumers in the idea of work through the final stage of developing a follow-along plan. Finally, participants will develop person centered goals, objectives, and interventions specific to employment.

*Required for Employment Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leads

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
7/10/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
7/3/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Dual Disorder Specialist Training (IDDT)
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model is an evidence-based practice that improves the quality of life for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

In the last training (Fundamentals of ACT), you learned the importance of; utilizing integrated treatment, understanding stages of change and stages of treatment, and developing stage-wise interventions. Additionally, we reviewed the role of the team member in implementing IDDT, specifically in the staging process and delivering stage-wise interventions.

In this training, Dual Disorder Specialists will delve into the details of their role within the team and in treatment with consumers. First, Specialists will gain a comprehensive understanding of the process to complete the Dual Disorder Assessment Tool (Part 3) and the Staging Tool. Next, the training will focus on reinforcing a deep understanding of stage-wise interventions. Finally, participants will work in teams to develop person-centered goals, objectives, interventions and progress notes specific to IDDT.

Specialists will have the opportunity to work in groups and use role play to enhance skills critical to the implementation of IDDT.

*Required for Dual Disorder Specialists

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
7/17/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
7/10/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Supported Employment - Benefits 101
Trainer:
Joy Smith - Community Work Incentive Coordinator, AHEDD

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


It is important for individuals to know how their jobs (earned income) might impact benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI), and other subsidies. In order to help people make informed choices about their financial futures, employment specialists and other staff members learn the basics of benefits information. They also will help individuals understand benefits requirements (rules) and other regulations related to benefits & employment, as well as, assist in connecting them to benefits counselors, who calculate the impact that income from employment will have upon various benefits. Staff may also assist with reporting of income to Social Security Administration.

7/25/2018
8:30am to 10:30am

Register By:
7/18/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Job Development: Adaptations for Assertive Community Treatment
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This training will focus on the key elements of effective Job Development. To engage in effective Job Development, employment specialists must use the entire ACT team to ensure a good job match. First, using the Career profile, specialists will learn to engage the ITT to identify individual strengths and barriers to employment. Specialists will then learn how to use the entire team to identify a stream of potential employers that match the consumer's preferences. Through role play, participants will practice engaging and developing relationships with employers through planned, in-person contacts that lead to competitive employment. Additionally, specialists will strategize ways to address workplace adjustments for individual consumers.

*Required for Employment Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leaders

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
7/25/2018
10:30am to 4:30pm

Register By:
7/18/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Supporting People in the Community
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Housing is fundamental to survival and meets the basic human needs of refuge and safety. Traditional or Continuum of Care approaches believe that clients must first demonstrate housing readiness before they can succeed in independent housing. It has also been believed that those with severe psychiatric illnesses and/or substance use disorders need to live in residences requiring around-the-clock supervision. "Recovery is Possible" is our belief, and working "as if" people can succeed in independent housing with supportive services and treatment services based on principles of consumer choice, individualized planning and skill building. At the conclusion of this training, participants will learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support their success in the community.

8/15/2018
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Register By:
8/8/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. MI is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques that pays specific attention to the language of change, elicits and strengthens a person's own motivation for change, and explores a person's own reasons for change. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to: understand and feel the 'Spirit' of MI, understand the four processes of how an MI conversation unfolds over time, learn and practice the person-centered foundational skills of MI using open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing skills (OARS), all within the context of clinician acceptance and compassion.

*Required for all ACT staff.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
9/6/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
8/30/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Advanced Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) covered: the Spirit (partnership, acceptance, evocation, and compassion) of MI; how the MI conversation unfolds (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning); and, person-centered interviewing skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing (OARS)).

Advanced Motivational Interviewing will enhance the participants' foundational MI skills through learning how to: recognize Change Talk, respond to Change Talk, strengthen Change Talk, and develop a Change Plan.

*Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing prior to taking this course.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
9/19/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
9/12/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Fundamentals of Assertive Community Treatment Teams
Trainer:
ACT Training Team

Location: CLASS
1400 S. Braddock Ave.
Conference Room B
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


This three (3) day training offers an all-inclusive exploration into the fundamentals of ACT. We start off with a conversation about why a recovery-oriented approach is the foundation of our work. Next, we immerse ourselves in the who, why, what, and how of ACT, it's history and key components. Then we get up close and personal with what it takes to support an individual in the community by reviewing treatment and rehabilitative interventions that develop from the following evidence-based practices: Permanent Supportive Housing, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Supported Employment, Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, and Wellness Coaching. Tying it all together, we review the essentials of Person-Centered Planning and documentation.

*Required for all new ACT staff.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
10/1/2018 to 10/3/2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
9/24/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





Wellness Coaching (3-day)
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: CLASS
1400 S. Braddock Ave.
Conference Room B
Pittsburgh, PA 15218


Offered Tuesdays, this course is scheduled 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23. Wellness Coaching is designed to help people identify and pursue a change they would like to make in one dimension of wellness, with particular emphasis in the physical wellness domain. A Wellness Coach works collaboratively with the coachee (person wanting to make a change, or health improvement) to help him/her through a systematic process. The coach brings expertise in the steps of wellness coaching, skill in allying with and communicating with the coachee. The coachee brings knowledge and experience of his/her own strengths and the desire to change. During this brief 6-8 week intervention, coachees build the habits, routines, and self-accountability needed to sustain wellness, with the overall goal of decreasing disparities in health and wellness between those who have mental health diagnoses and those who do not.

*Required for all Peer Specialists, Nurses, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leads.

*Participants must sign up for and attend all 3 days (10/9, 10/16, & 10/23).

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
10/9/2018 to 10/23/2018
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
10/2/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





Dual Disorder Specialist Training (IDDT)
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model is an evidence-based practice that improves the quality of life for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

In the last training (Fundamentals of ACT), you learned the importance of; utilizing integrated treatment, understanding stages of change and stages of treatment, and developing stage-wise interventions. Additionally, we reviewed the role of the team member in implementing IDDT, specifically in the staging process and delivering stage-wise interventions.

In this training, Dual Disorder Specialists will delve into the details of their role within the team and in treatment with consumers. First, Specialists will gain a comprehensive understanding of the process to complete the Dual Disorder Assessment Tool (Part 3) and the Staging Tool. Next, the training will focus on reinforcing a deep understanding of stage-wise interventions. Finally, participants will work in teams to develop person-centered goals, objectives, interventions and progress notes specific to IDDT.

Specialists will have the opportunity to work in groups and use role play to enhance skills critical to the implementation of IDDT.

*Required for Dual Disorder Specialists

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
11/7/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
10/31/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Supported Employment: Tools of the Trade
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


In this training, participants will be introduced to the full range of documents required to implement high-fidelity Supported Employment on ACT. Maximizing the use of information in all stages of Supported Employment will be the primary focus. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups and use role plays to enhance skills critical to engaging consumers in the idea of work through the final stage of developing a follow-along plan. Finally, participants will develop person centered goals, objectives, and interventions specific to employment.

*Required for Employment Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leads

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
11/12/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
11/5/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Supporting People in the Community
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Housing is fundamental to survival and meets the basic human needs of refuge and safety. Traditional or Continuum of Care approaches believe that clients must first demonstrate housing readiness before they can succeed in independent housing. It has also been believed that those with severe psychiatric illnesses and/or substance use disorders need to live in residences requiring around-the-clock supervision. "Recovery is Possible" is our belief, and working "as if" people can succeed in independent housing with supportive services and treatment services based on principles of consumer choice, individualized planning and skill building. At the conclusion of this training, participants will learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support their success in the community.

11/14/2018
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Register By:
11/7/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Supported Employment - Benefits 101
Trainer:
Joy Smith - Community Work Incentive Coordinator, AHEDD

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


It is important for individuals to know how their jobs (earned income) might impact benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and other subsidies. In order to help people make informed choices about their financial futures, employment specialists and other staff members learn the basics of benefits information. They also will help individuals understand benefits requirements (rules) and other regulations related to benefits & employment, as well as, assist in connecting them to benefits counselors, who calculate the impact that income from employment will have upon various benefits. Staff may also assist with reporting of income to Social Security Administration.

11/19/2018
8:30am to 10:30am

Register By:
11/12/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Job Development: Adaptations for Assertive Community Treatment
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This training will focus on the key elements of effective Job Development. To engage in effective Job Development, employment specialists must use the entire ACT team to ensure a good job match. First, using the Career profile, specialists will learn to engage the ITT to identify individual strengths and barriers to employment. Specialists will then learn how to use the entire team to identify a stream of potential employers that match the consumer's preferences. Through role play, participants will practice engaging and developing relationships with employers through planned, in-person contacts that lead to competitive employment. Additionally, specialists will strategize ways to address workplace adjustments for individual consumers.

*Required for Employment Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leaders

Note: Field Coaching is the next required phase of training for employment specialists. Field Coaching is done on-site with the specialists and team leader.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
11/19/2018
10:30am to 4:30pm

Register By:
11/12/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered conversation style for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. MI is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques that pays specific attention to the language of change, elicits and strengthens a person's own motivation for change, and explores a person's own reasons for change. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to: understand and feel the 'Spirit' of MI, understand the four processes of how an MI conversation unfolds over time, learn and practice the person-centered foundational skills of MI using open ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing skills (OARS), all within the context of clinician acceptance and compassion.

*Required for all ACT staff.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
12/5/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
11/28/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Advanced Motivational Interviewing
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Motivational Interviewing (MI) covered: the Spirit (partnership, acceptance, evocation, and compassion) of MI; how the MI conversation unfolds (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning); and, person-centered interviewing skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing (OARS)).

Advanced Motivational Interviewing will enhance the participants' foundational MI skills through learning how to: recognize Change Talk, respond to Change Talk, strengthen Change Talk, and develop a Change Plan.

*Participants must complete Motivational Interviewing prior to taking this course.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
12/11/2018
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
12/4/2018

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County
Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





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