HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events



Constance Romer-Quirin pictureWEBINAR:  Borderline Personality Disorder

Presenter:  Constance Romer-Quirin, M.S.

Psychologist, Ironwood Business Center

October 20, 2017

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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This program presents an in-depth introduction to the characteristics of borderline personality disorder as they are defined in the DSM-IV and as they may appear in individuals who also have developmental disabilities.  It includes specific suggestions to family and supporters for environmental, behavioral, and interpersonal therapeutic strategies.

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Beth Barol pictureWEBINAR:  The Role of the Social Therapist in Accompanying A Person Healing from Trauma

Presenter:  Beth Barol, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Associate Dean and Director, Widener University Center for Social Work Education

October 24, 2017

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Despite our best attempts, figuring out how to better support some people with dual diagnosis and challenging behaviors eludes us.  Supporters burnout, service providers throw up their hands in surrender, and treatment approaches become increasingly restrictive.  People claim that people with a dual diagnosis behave the way that they do because it is "just the way they are", or "they are just trying to manipulate us".  We respond by being overly controlling, resorting to over-sedation, and emotional abandonment among other futile approaches.  All the while, the individual continues to struggle in vain in an attempt to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.  During this session, we will touch on trauma as the root causes of a person's challenging behaviors and then explore the rich array of therapeutic opportunities available in everyday life as well as through more formal modalities.  We will also touch on ways the direct supporters, in the role of social therapists, can create a life style that will be supportive for themselves as well.

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Overview of Brain Injury

Presenter:  Carol Hoover, MEd, BCBA, CBIST, SLP

Education and Training Coordinator,

Brain Injury Association of PA

October 31, 2017

 9 a.m. - Noon

 Hampton Inn Butler

 610 Butler Crossing - Butler, PA 16001

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This presentation is an overview of brain injury aimed at increasing participants' knowledge and understanding of brain injury.  Topics discussed include what brain injury is, types, causes, prevalence, special populations most effected by brain injury, common effects, strategies for dealing with the effects of brain injury, and resources for individuals with brain injuries and their families.  Information on concussion and screening for brain injury is also presented.

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WEBINAR:  Reconceptualizing What We Know About Autism Through Experience, Data, and Research

Presenter:  Stacy Nonnemacher, Ph.D.

Clinical Director Department of Human Services, ODP, Bureau of Autism Services

November 14, 2017

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

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As systems evolve and we learn more about supporting people with autism, our understanding of best practices and approaches to support evolves as well.  Experiences in administering two adult autism programs in Pennsylvania and engaging with other systems will be shared in an effort to shape what we know about autism and how to best support someone with autism.  Where applicable, data and research will also be presented to support concepts and experiences.

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