Category Archives: Education

Apply for Mental Health First Aid USA Doctoral Student Grants

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is proud to announce applications are open for the 2022 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA Doctoral Student Grants. These grants represent a commitment by the National Council to grow the research behind and evaluation of all MHFA programs. Each year, the grant provides a one-time award of $5,000 to four outstanding full-time doctoral students who demonstrate significant potential as researchers in their fields of study and who are interested in evaluating the outcomes of MHFA trainings in the U.S.

The application for this year’s grants is due May 27, 2022. If you know a student who might be interested in this opportunity, please pass this message along. 

Learn More about the MHFA Doctoral Student Grants:

MHFA is an evidence-based training course that teaches participants to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges and crises. Participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and substance use challenges, strategies for helping someone in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The program is built on a strong foundation of international research. The National Council has trained more than 2.7 million people nationwide, in all 50 states and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam.

Qualified grant applicants will:

  • Be full-time doctoral student pursuing a degree in psychology, public health, or related field of study.
  • Have previous evaluation experience and demonstrated ability to document findings through publications and/or presentations.
  • Have documented experience with MHFA (e.g., as an MHFA Instructor or Coordinator) and/or strong interest in MHFA.

Understanding & Supporting Children with Complex Emotional & Sensory Needs: A TRAINING PROGRAM

LAST CALL: Submit Your Presentation for the 2022 PPennsylvania Health Care Association Convention + Trade Show LIVE and IN PERSON!

Last Call!
Throughout the past two years, as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted – and transformed – nearly every facet of our daily operations, industry leaders are compelled to ask: what will the future of long-term care and senior living look like? 

As we look to the months and years ahead, long-term care and senior living providers will be forced to change old habits, innovate toward a better future, face new challenges head-on with a fresh perspective, and take action to revolutionize the care they provide to their residents.
We’re thrilled to invite you to submit an educational session proposal for the 2022 PHCA Annual Convention + Trade Show!
The PHCA Education Committee is seeking innovative and creative educational sessions relevant to the entire continuum of long-term care and senior living.

This year, the PHCA Education Committee has identified several areas of interest including, but not limited to:employee retention programsmoving past the COVID-19 pandemictackling workforce challengesplanning for the future of long-term carepreparing for the Baby Boomer generationorganizational leadershipcensus rebuilding and recoverydiversity and inclusionquality initiativesThis is a terrific opportunity as we come back together following two years of completely virtual educational offerings to share your proven strategies and expertise with conference attendees from across Pennsylvania who are working to meet the growing challenges and demands of our growing senior population living and thriving in nursing homes, assisted living residence and personal care homes.

Want to learn more or submit a session for consideration? Just click the button below.
Learn More About Our 2022 Call for Presenters
All proposals must be submitted online before Wednesday, April 27 to be considered.Selected speakers will be notified mid to late May 2022.PHCA reserves the right to request modifications to a session title and description before final selections are made.All session handouts must be provided to PHCA no later than Friday, August 19.And don’t forget: we’re taking our annual convention and trade show to new heights and an all-new location – Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains – and we can’t wait to see you in-person for two full days of education, networking and fun!
Stay tuned.

More information about sponsorship and exhibitor
opportunities for this year’s annual convention + trade show
will hit your inbox in May!

Conversations About OUR Community: Building Credit & Wealth – United Way Lancaster

Please join us on Friday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Zoom for another installment of our community conversation series entitled “Conversations About OUR Community: Building Credit & Wealth. The virtual event is free, open to the public, and will be moderated by Kevin Ressler, President & CEO of United Way of Lancaster County.
The conversation will focus around financial literacy and management resources available to our Lancaster County community, with a presentation on Lancaster’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program by Michelle Ingham, Director of VITA at United Way of Lancaster County.
Participating panelists include the following, with more expected in the coming days:
Allyson Davis, Family Services Manager, Lancaster-Lebanon Habitat for HumanityMichelle Ingham, Director of VITA, United Way of Lancaster County
Register Here
 If you have questions about the day or issues registering, please email

The 6th Annual Symposium on Child Well-Being!

Welcome reception from 5:00 – 8:00 and the Symposium on April 28th and 29th
Pittsburgh PA
You can view “5th Annual SOC Symposium 2021 Understanding Pennsylvania’s Child Support Services and Program Initiatives Program Booklet Final Document.pdf” at:
The 6th Annual Symposium on Child Well-Being is coming up in less than a month! I look forward to seeing everyone in Pittsburgh on April 27th.

Welcome reception from 5:00 – 8:00 and the Symposium on April 28th and 29th.If you haven’t already registered, please do so since we have a limit on registrations this year. There are many exciting announcements that will be made and discussed at this year’s symposium. See you in April 2022!

Dr. Lynch and I wanted to share with you the final version of last year’s Program Booklet, see the link for the document.

Go to Eventbrite to register for the symposium by scanning the QR code below or by clicking on the link:

The host hotel and welcome reception on Wednesday night, April 27, will be held at the Courtyard Pittsburgh West Homestead, 401 W Waterfront Drive, West Homestead, PA 15120.Hotel rooms can be booked at the following link for $129/night plus tax.

The hotel is a 10-minute walk to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit or a short 2-minute drive, with free parking.

PHCA Quality Symposium

2022 PHCA Quality Symposium:
Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 18
During the two-week PHCA Quality Symposium, subject matter experts will be presenting on quality, operational, and clinical practices/processes that greatly benefit skilled nursing, assisted living, and personal care providers to improve their quality, efficiency, outcomes, and improve lives, not just today, but in the future.  

Attendees can receive up to 10 continuing education credits for attending the Symposium’s ten live and on-demand sessions.

Given the success of the 2021 virtual Quality Symposium, this year’s Symposium will be held virtually from May 4 to May 18, 2022, on the Event Attendee Hub platform.    

Why Sponsor?
ACCESS to more than 150 of Pennsylvania’s directors of nursing, quality assurance and  improvement directors, nursing home administrators and more. 

AWARENESS to ensure quality control leaders in the senior living sector remember your company’s name and products by keeping your name and products in front of them at all times. 
To learn more and to confirm your sponsorship, contact Michelle Wescott at 301-850-1043 or via email at

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

PennCares Webinar – Dimentia

Fluctuations in Working with Families of Individuals with Dementia Webinar
Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost: $102.00 Social Work CEUs available
This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.To register or learn more about the webinar, please click on the image below.
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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:

Suicide Prevention

Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)

What is ABFT? Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is the only manualized, empirically supported family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. To learn more about ABFT, click here.

What is included in the training? There are three levels to ABFT training with the final level culminating in certification; however, the training program offered through ASPIRE will only cover Level I and Level II. Level I consists of a 1 day and 3-day Introductory workshop. Level II consists of 22 weeks of supervision and a 3-day advanced workshop. Level III consists of tape review leading to certification. To learn more about the ABFT Training Program and what is involved in the process, click here.

When is the training? The Level I portion of the training will be split into 6 virtual half-day sessions and allow you to choose either the morning track (9am-12:45pm ET) or the afternoon track (1pm-4:45pm ET). The dates for Level I trainings are April 21 & 22, April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6. The 3-day advanced workshop in Level II will be scheduled at a later date, likely in early Spring 2023.

Coping with Change and Loss



This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life Grant
from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
 Register Today!

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Zoom Webinar

Audio is available either
by computer or phone.

The link to the webinar will be sent to you within 48 hours
 COST: $10**Special Discount Code**The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is committed to providing opportunities to individuals with paralysis. In keeping with their mission, webinar scholarships are available for those living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers. If you or a family member is living with paralysis, please enter the following code at check-out to receive a scholarship.  Code: Superman 2.0 Social Word CEUs Available
“NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop.  NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.” Description
As aging seniors go through landmark ages, 60, 70, 80, change and loss is inevitable. Those experiences can bring about feelings of fear, anxiety, and anger. It is imperative that support staff are able to help bring balance between the losses and joy.
This training will discuss support an understanding of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The below objectives will be covered in through supportive information and a video. The 5 Stages of Grief is a process that helps aging adults to acknowledge, process and express their experiences of loss. The Five Stages of Grief will be examined through a common loss of mobility. Families and staff will be provided with strategies to help aging adults cope with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Objectives Understanding dementia and Alzheimer’s Defining communication Exploring change and loss in aging patients Grieving loss The 5 stages of grief Impact of COVID pandemic Coping strategies for change during COVID Identify the increased adverse affects with communication and the influence of  Social Determinants of Health to persons with motor impairments, as a result of Covid-19Review ways to create a disability-inclusive response during the pandemic Target Audience
This training is for older adults, and those living with paralysis, as well as those who provide care to individuals living with paralysis. In addition, this training is also for those who work in community settings such as aging care managers, housing staff, nurses, social workers, counselors, acute care and long-term care staff, substance abuse and mental health providers, as well as family members. Tuesday
April 5 REGISTER NOW  For a full list of upcoming webinars, please click the button below: Webinar Information PennCares can bring this training to your area. We provide training services across the state of Pennsylvania.  Call or email us for pricing information. Don’t see a topic you are looking for? Call or email us as we can customize your staffing needs.  Contact or 717-632-5552, Ext. 1000FRIEND ON FACEBOOKVISIT OUR PAGE Copyright © *2022* PennCares Support Services, All rights reserved.
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