Category Archives: Education

Understanding Ableism Within the Mental Health Field

FREE Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP®)

Youth Vaping Parent Presentation – October 20th

Lancaster County Joining Forces

September 2, 2022

Fall events and offerings from Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance (DSAA) in Mount Joy which include:

·         Yoga on Monday evenings

·         Grief Group – both online and in-person options

·         Game Night – First Friday of the month (ages 16 and older)

·         Family Support Group – online and in-person options

·         Volunteering – learn about opportunities available to volunteer for DSAA

Ø  RSVP today for the Fall Joining Forces Community Forum on Friday, September 30th. Additional details including agenda and RSVP instructions are on the invitation.

Ø  The Let’s Talk Lancaster Steering committee invites you to join us for a Fall Mental Health Summit on Wednesday, October 5th.  Additional details including agenda and RSVP instructions are on the invitation.

Ø  Don’t miss two family friendly opportunities!

·         Strengthening Families PREVIEW events at The Factory Ministries

·         Strengthening Families Sessions starting on October 4th

Free September Events

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High Tech + High Touch:
Sensi.Ai + Teepa Snow’s PAC

Live on Linkedin – September 6th at 2 pm EDT High Tech + High Touch: 

Early Detection and Care for Those Living with Cognitive Challenges

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
What happens when you combine Sensi.AI high-tech audio tracking of anomalies in level of cognition and care interactions with Teepa’s incredible high-touch support videos to explain why you might be seeing changes, what you can try differently, and where you can build more skills? Learn more about this new venture into high-tech with high-touch.
Register for the Free Live Webinar on Linkedin >>>Care Partner Support Series
Every Wednesday
September 7 – October 5, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (-4 GMT)
Seeing the GEMS Workbook Webinar with Teepa Snow
September 8, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)Seeing the GEMS Workbook
 expands on GEMS information and provides quizzes and exercises to reinforce your learning and grow your ability to recognize each GEMS State. The August Online Dementia Journal is now available!

This month we discussed Sexuality, Intimacy, and Dementia Care

Upcoming Courses and Certifications Browse Upcoming Certifications >>PAC Champion Courses 1-4
Wednesday, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)8 hours of training for only $175 USD Champion 1:
 Positive Physical Approach™ (PPA): Learn to make interactions more positive for all Champion 2: Hand-under-Hand® (HuH): Begin to appreciate the use of touch to close the loop on communication Champion 3: Adapt your approach for the different GEMS® States Champion 4: GEMS® State Recognition: Notice what skills remain at each step of this journey Register for all 4 Champion Courses >>Upcoming Free Events and Content Positive Approach to Care (PAC) offers FREE
dementia care events every week for care partners like you. View Calendar of FREE PAC EventsBrain Connection Café
Monday, September 5, 2022
Canceled Due to HolidayFREE activity open to anyone! Ask Teepa Anything
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (-4 GMT)FREE activity open to anyone!
Bingo with Creativity Café
Monday, September 12, 2022
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET (-4 GMT)FREE activity open to anyone! Have questions? We are happy to help!

Call us at 877-877-1671 ext 0 or email us at

Join PennCares for our free, multi-day Family RoadMap® virtual workshop.

Join PennCares for our free, multi-day Family RoadMap® virtual workshop.Upcoming Date: Session #3: Wednesday, August 3rd, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Missed the first & second sessions? No worries! Send us an email at and we will send you the recordings so you can get caught up.Please note that this is an interactive workshop. Active participation is greatly appreciated and encouraged.
Register for the final session to be entered to win a $25 gift card. *If minimum of ten participants is met.*
Register for Session #3
This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
Summary: The RoadMap Resource is the guiding star which will provide some meaningful direction and guidance to support families and help them navigate through systems in a 5 step process to include learning to highlight needs, identifying strengths, understanding professional/medical needs and gaining some tools to become an effective support for others and/or advocating for yourself. Participants will learn how to set achievable goals and understand the basics of several systems. The sessions are interactive with shared resources, useable information with simple, accessible tools. Participants will complete the 3 sessions with a hearty sense of establishing purposeful goals, tips to seeking support and learn some basic tips on how to build a toolkit of resources as your guide. Supplies will accompany these sessions and will be mailed to each participant upon completion of the series of trainings.
For a full list of upcoming webinars, please click the button below:
Upcoming Webinars
PennCares can bring this training to your area. We provide training services across the state of Pennsylvania. Contact us for pricing. Don’t see a topic you are looking for? Call or email us as we can customize your staffing needs. Please email us at:
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Lancaster Chamber – Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

July 28, 2022

It’s back-to-school time and we have many programs for you and your team to choose from, with something for everyone! Check out the upcoming professional development training, academies, and courses that we are offering this Fall!*NEW* Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Academy

We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2022 DE&I Academy in partnership with DAIS, Diversity + Inclusion Strategies! This is a new course offering from the Lancaster Chamber that will include four, 3-hour work sessions. Work sessions will include presentations on key Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion concepts, opportunities for self-discovery, and small discussion groups. Each session will end in the development of individual plans for next steps within their organization as well as homework to apply new learning to the organization.
New Manager Academy
We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2022 New Manager Academy, and the first in-person New Manager Academy since March of 2020! As companies and workers continue to adjust to our new normal – whether it’s in a totally virtual, partially virtual, or in-person work environment – good leaders are even more important. New Manager Academy attendees will have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their jobs and careers. Companies will benefit from more effective and engaged teams with the skills to effectively move into the future. The results will be greater job satisfaction, improved performance, increased sales, and a better bottom line. It’s a win-win formula for success!
*NEW* Emerging Leadership Development Training

We’re launching a brand-new leadership training opportunity in partnership with Laura Schanz Consulting Associates. 
We recognize the value in investing in the next generation of Lancaster’s leadership and are thrilled to offer this professional development series to employees launching their careers. There’s no better time than now to develop the early to mid-career professionals in your organization! The Emerging Leadership Development Training will prepare the next generation to be collaborative leaders and effective business professionals shaping the future of our community.
Sales Growth Academy

It’s a 6-week academy all about equipping you with better tools to manage yourself, your resources, and your relationships in order to meet your business development and revenue goals. Using the Sandler methodology, this course prepares salespeople to competently and effectively navigate the sales arena in the most effective and efficient manner, using tested, proven, and up-to-date strategies and skills. In a supportive yet mentally-challenging environment, this program transforms salespeople’s attitudes (and corresponding beliefs, judgments, and actions) to more fully support the outcomes needed to achieve corporate, department, and personal goals. These new attitudes and skills are then turned into defined and measurable actions that bring about successful and sustainable results.


Selling Series
Just when we think we have things figured out, a curve ball gets thrown our way. The good news is that some of the same tactics and strategies that may have been used in the past can help us in the future. 
The Selling Series explores the key steps in establishing a prospecting process and creating a system to identify opportunities regardless of the environment.  LEARN MORE
Etown Edge
We’re proud to partner with Elizabethtown College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies to offer exclusive educational opportunities for professional development to our members, such as HR Hot Topic: Recruiting Multi-Generational EmployeesCybersecurity for Human Resources Professionals, and Assessing Diversity and InclusionLEARN MORELeadership AcceleratorAgain and again, communication is identified as an area that needs improvement within organizations. This session with North Group Consultants is designed to address challenges to organizational clarity and team cohesion, and identify how you can communicate effectively within your organization, across departments, and amidst differing perspectives.
  1. Open a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome).
  2. Go to You will now be on the TRAIN PA homepage.
  3. Log in to TRAIN PA by entering your log in name and password and click
    the “Login” button.
    Find Course and Register
  4. Enter the keyword “PA-EBH” in the Keyword or Course ID field located
    in the upper right-hand portion of the screen.
  5. Click the search icon button. You will be taken to the course search results page.
  6. Click on the name of a course — “PA-EBH: FY21/22 2022 PA CARES
    Training Summit (4.0 Hours) — Virtual”
  7. From the Course Details page, select the registration tab and follow
    the instructions to register for this course.
    PLEASE NOTE: You must check the box to “OPT IN” to receive email, and then verify your
    email address through the automatically generated message when registering in TRAINPA
    in order to receive ZOOM Link, training materials, and any potential changes or information
    related to the May 24 PA CARES program.
    If you are unable to attend after you register, please cancel your registration to
    promote others attending via registration. Persons must be registered to attend


The next two weeks of May are full of exciting and educational training webinars presented by PennCares. Take a look below at the trainings that will be rounding out the month of May!

For more information and to register, click on each title of the trainings which will take you to its registration page. Visit our website, often to see the most up-to-date list of trainings.
Healthy Thoughts in Older Adulthood: Recognizing & Treating Anxiety & Depression
May 18, 2022 This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Preparing Families for Raising Grandchildren from Diverse Generational Lenses
(1st of 2 Part Series) May 18, 2022 (1st Session)

Sept. 19, 2022 (2nd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
Family Road Map
(3 Part Series)
Must attend all Sessions to Receive books and Certificate of Attendance May 19, 2022 (1st Session)

July 11, 2022 (2nd Session)

 August 3, 2022 (3rd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
Isolation in Older Adults:
 Managing Adjustments after the Losses of the Pandemic
May 24, 2022
This webinar is made possible through a generous grant from the Memorial Health Fund
Take a Moment to Breathe: Kids Yoga and Mindfulness ClassesWednesdays – April 27, May 4,
May 18, and May 25, 2022 
This is program is made possible through a grant from the York County Community Foundation

Lancaster Chamber News

The Lancaster Chamber’s Pro-Business Agenda focuses on workforce policies in three areas: meeting workforce demands, strengthening the future workforce, and expanding workforce opportunities. Similarly, ReadyNation has leveraged the experience, influence, and expertise of business executives to promote public policies and programs that build a stronger workforce and economy. At this Wake Up, attendees will hear from panelists on effective investments in education and students as the future workforce and the impacts those investments can have.
PANELISTS:Dr. Edith Gallagher, Ph.D., School Director, School District of LancasterRobert KrasneCEO, Steinman CommunicationsAdam HoseyChief Equity Officer, YWCA of LancasterSam KreiserCEO, The Dahlia Group at LancLiving Realty, President/Founder, PA Real Estate Anti-Racism CoalitionDonna CooperExecutive Director, Children FirstSteve DosterPA State Director, ReadyNation
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Important Information for the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday, May 17th!
The May 17th primary election is approaching, and if you’re not sure where to vote, the polling place search tool can help.

Enter your address information in the drop-down menus and the tool will locate your polling place. It can also provide directions from your residence to the site.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mail ballots must be received by your county board of elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

To learn more about the Primary Elections in Pennsylvania, click below.