NameDescriptionDate 

Adult Mental Health First Aid
Trainers:
Candy Vazquez
&
Barb Saunders

Location: Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.
444 Liberty Ave.
Suite 240, Board Room
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour, evidence-based public education program that teaches people how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of common mental illness and substance use disorders among adults, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and drug and alcohol use. This course teaches skills you need to reach out to and provide initial support to someone who may be developing or experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, as well as help connect them to appropriate local and national resources and supports. During this course, you will be practicing what you learn through role playing and simulations.

You can learn more about this training at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

Food will be provided. Please list any relevant dietary restrictions.
12/10/2018
8:00am to 5:00pm

Register By:
Registration is closed

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $23.00


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:
Registration is closed

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00


Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services on ACT Teams
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This course is designed on the premise that “Recovery is Possible” and working ‘As If’ people can succeed in independent housing with supportive and treatment services based on the principles of consumer choice. Psychiatric rehabilitative services are client-centered, strength-based services designed to promote self-determination, skill development, and connection to resources that assist in the success of living independently. In this training, participants will discover the importance of identifying an individual’s learning style and how different learning styles translate to teaching psychiatric rehabilitative skills. They will also learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support clients’ success in the community. The course will conclude with opportunities to practice appropriate documentation in order to ensure that the treatment plan accurately reflects the systematic approach to providing psychiatric rehabilitative services on an ACT team.

*Required for all new ACT staff

1/7/2019
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Register By:
12/31/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

1/17/2019 to 1/18/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
1/10/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Fundamentals of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams
Trainers:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer
&
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


This 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, its 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

*Participants must attend all 3 days: February 4, 5, & 6

2/4/2019 to 2/6/2019
8:00am - 4:30pm

Register By:
1/28/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





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

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


Practice…Practice…Practice! This 4 hour workshop aims to consolidate learning, deepen skills acquisition, and increase understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in practice. It is designed for people who have attended both the Introductory and Advanced MI trainings previously. You should expect more demonstration and practice exercises, and less didactic material.

*Prerequisite: Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing (both are included in the 2-day Motivational Interviewing training)

2/15/2019
8:30am to 12:00pm

Register By:
2/8/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


The 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 this training, we will review the importance of; utilizing integrated treatment, understanding stages of change and stages of treatment, and developing stage-wise interventions. Additionally, we will review the role of the team member and delve into the details of Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists' role in implementing IDDT, specifically in the staging process and delivering stage-wise interventions.

*Required for Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leaders

3/1/2019
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
2/22/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





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

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
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 Teams. 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 play 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 Leaders

3/11/2019
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
3/4/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

3/14/2019 to 3/15/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
3/7/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Supported Employment: Benefits 101
Trainers:
Joy Smith - Certified Work Incentive Coordinator
&
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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.

*Required for all new ACT staff

3/18/2019
8:30am to 10:30am

Register By:
3/11/2019

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 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 employment specialist and team leader. Please contact Candy Vazquez at cvazquez@ahci.org to schedule.

3/18/2019
10:30am to 4:30pm

Register By:
3/11/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services on ACT Teams
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This course is designed on the premise that “Recovery is Possible” and working ‘As If’ people can succeed in independent housing with supportive and treatment services based on the principles of consumer choice. Psychiatric rehabilitative services are client-centered, strength-based services designed to promote self-determination, skill development, and connection to resources that assist in the success of living independently. In this training, participants will discover the importance of identifying an individual’s learning style and how different learning styles translate to teaching psychiatric rehabilitative skills. They will also learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support clients’ success in the community. The course will conclude with opportunities to practice appropriate documentation in order to ensure that the treatment plan accurately reflects the systematic approach to providing psychiatric rehabilitative services on an ACT team.

*Required for all new ACT staff

3/29/2019
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Register By:
3/22/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Wellness Coaching
Trainers:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer
&
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


This 3-day course will take place on April 1, 8, and 15. 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 Leaders

*Participants must attend all 3 days: April 1, 8, and 15

4/1/2019 to 4/15/2019
8:00am - 4:30pm

Register By:
3/25/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

5/2/2019 to 5/3/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
4/25/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Fundamentals of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams
Trainers:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer
&
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


This 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, its 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

*Participants must attend all 3 days: June 3, 4, & 5

6/3/2019 to 6/5/2019
8:00am - 4:30pm

Register By:
5/27/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


The 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 this training, we will review the importance of; utilizing integrated treatment, understanding stages of change and stages of treatment, and developing stage-wise interventions. Additionally, we will review the role of the team member and delve into the details of Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists' role in implementing IDDT, specifically in the staging process and delivering stage-wise interventions.

*Required for Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leaders

6/21/2019
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
6/14/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services on ACT Teams
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This course is designed on the premise that “Recovery is Possible” and working ‘As If’ people can succeed in independent housing with supportive and treatment services based on the principles of consumer choice. Psychiatric rehabilitative services are client-centered, strength-based services designed to promote self-determination, skill development, and connection to resources that assist in the success of living independently. In this training, participants will discover the importance of identifying an individual’s learning style and how different learning styles translate to teaching psychiatric rehabilitative skills. They will also learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support clients’ success in the community. The course will conclude with opportunities to practice appropriate documentation in order to ensure that the treatment plan accurately reflects the systematic approach to providing psychiatric rehabilitative services on an ACT team.

*Required for all new ACT staff

6/21/2019
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Register By:
6/14/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





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

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
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 Teams. 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 play 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 Leaders

7/2/2019
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
6/24/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Supported Employment: Benefits 101
Trainers:
Joy Smith - Certified Work Incentive Coordinator
&
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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.

*Required for all new ACT staff

7/16/2019
8:30am to 10:30am

Register By:
7/9/2019

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 employment specialist and team leader. Please contact Candy Vazquez at cvazquez@ahci.org to schedule.

7/16/2019
10:30am to 4:30pm

Register By:
7/9/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

7/18/2019 to 7/19/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
7/11/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Wellness Coaching
Trainers:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer
&
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


This 3-day course will take place on August 6, 13, and 20. 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 Leaders

*Participants must attend all 3 days: August 6, 13, & 20

8/6/2019 to 8/20/2019
8:00am - 4:30pm

Register By:
7/30/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





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

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Practice…Practice…Practice! This 4 hour workshop aims to consolidate learning, deepen skills acquisition, and increase understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in practice. It is designed for people who have attended both the Introductory and Advanced MI trainings previously. You should expect more demonstration and practice exercises, and less didactic material.

*Prerequisite: Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing (both are included in the 2-day Motivational Interviewing training)

8/16/2019
8:30am to 12:00pm

Register By:
8/9/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

8/29/2019 to 8/30/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
8/22/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Psychiatric Rehabilitative Services on ACT Teams
Trainer:
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


This course is designed on the premise that “Recovery is Possible” and working ‘As If’ people can succeed in independent housing with supportive and treatment services based on the principles of consumer choice. Psychiatric rehabilitative services are client-centered, strength-based services designed to promote self-determination, skill development, and connection to resources that assist in the success of living independently. In this training, participants will discover the importance of identifying an individual’s learning style and how different learning styles translate to teaching psychiatric rehabilitative skills. They will also learn the step-by-step processes of assessing both housing and psychiatric rehabilitation skill building needs and developing an individualized plan to support clients’ success in the community. The course will conclude with opportunities to practice appropriate documentation in order to ensure that the treatment plan accurately reflects the systematic approach to providing psychiatric rehabilitative services on an ACT team.

*Required for all new ACT staff

9/23/2019
12:30pm to 4:30pm

Register By:
9/16/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

9/26/2019 to 9/27/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
8/19/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





Fundamentals of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams
Trainers:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer
&
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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


This 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, its 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

*Participants must attend all 3 days: September 30, October 1, & October 2

9/30/2019 to 10/2/2019
8:00am - 4:30pm

Register By:
9/23/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $270.00





Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment
Trainer:
Kelly Burda - OTR - Program Consultant & Trainer

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 231
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


The 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 this training, we will review the importance of; utilizing integrated treatment, understanding stages of change and stages of treatment, and developing stage-wise interventions. Additionally, we will review the role of the team member and delve into the details of Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists' role in implementing IDDT, specifically in the staging process and delivering stage-wise interventions.

*Required for Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists, Team Leaders, and Clinical Leaders

10/18/2019
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
10/11/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





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

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


Practice…Practice…Practice! This 4 hour workshop aims to consolidate learning, deepen skills acquisition, and increase understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in practice. It is designed for people who have attended both the Introductory and Advanced MI trainings previously. You should expect more demonstration and practice exercises, and less didactic material.

*Prerequisite: Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing (both are included in the 2-day Motivational Interviewing training)

10/25/2019
8:30am to 12:00pm

Register By:
10/18/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





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 Teams. 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 play 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 Leaders

11/6/2019
8:30am to 4:00pm

Register By:
10/30/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





Supported Employment: Benefits 101
Trainers:
Joy Smith - Certified Work Incentive Coordinator
&
Candy Vazquez - Program Consultant & Trainer

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.

*Required for all new ACT staff

11/18/2019
8:30am to 10:30am

Register By:
11/11/2019

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 employment specialist and team leader. Please contact Candy Vazquez at cvazquez@ahci.org to schedule.

11/18/2019
10:30am to 4:30pm

Register By:
11/11/2019

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 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


This 2-day course includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered communication approach, which enhances intrinsic motivation for making behavior changes by exploring and resolving ambivalence. 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, compassion, and empathy. Participants will also learn how to recognize, respond to, and strengthen ‘Change Talk’ which can then lead to the clients’ commitment and development of a change plan.

This two day workshop will help participants learn and understand MI philosophy, principles and skills. Participants will learn to apply MI in an interactive learning environment while discovering new perspectives on ways to interact with clients to enhance their confidence, motivation and commitment to change.

*Required for all new ACT staff

*Participants must attend both days (includes Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing)

11/21/2019 to 11/22/2019
8:30am - 4:00pm

Register By:
11/14/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $90.00





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

Location: Mercy Behavioral Health
249 S. 9th Street
Building 4, Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Practice…Practice…Practice! This 4 hour workshop aims to consolidate learning, deepen skills acquisition, and increase understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in practice. It is designed for people who have attended both the Introductory and Advanced MI trainings previously. You should expect more demonstration and practice exercises, and less didactic material.

*Prerequisite: Introductory and Advanced Motivational Interviewing (both are included in the 2-day Motivational Interviewing training)

12/13/2019
8:30am to 12:00pm

Register By:
12/6/2019

Cost
Allegheny County: Paid for by AHCI and Allegheny County

Non-Allegheny County: $45.00





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