HCQU NW Special Speakers & Events

Special Speakers

It's that time of year again!  Our Speaker of the Month Series at the Warren State Hospital will resume May 15 with an interactive training on Food Consistency [see below].  

These trainings take place the third Wednesday of each month, from April through October in the auditorium at the Israel Building, 677 Hospital Drive, North Warren, Pennsylvania.

For more information or to register for any of our Speaker of the Month trainings, please visit our Learning Center at http://northwesthcqu.learnupon.com.




Speaker of the Month Series

May 15, 2019, 9:00 - noon

Food Consistency

presented by Julie Goff, MS, CCC-SLP and Heather Peterson, RDN/LDN

Julie Goff and Heather Peterson will provide an educational program on altered food consistencies - what are they, why are they needed and how do you make them??? After a short in-service there will be an opportunity to break up into small group and practice what was learned. For more information, please see the Food Consistency flier.



Aging/IDD Conference

June 12, 2019, Johnsonburg Fire Hall (sponsored by LINK)

9:30AM - 2:30PM ($10.00 - lunch included)

Morning Session: Sexuality and Dementia

Description: It is important to understand that older adults continue to be sexual beings with the need for love and affection.  When mind and behavior are altered by dementia, and normal abilities decline, sexual desire, the need for intimacy, and the need for companionship may exist well after the loss of normal abilities.

This presentation will also focus on both the reasons and possible triggers for “sexually inappropriate behaviors” in persons with dementia and on effective caregiver interventions.

Afternoon Session: Communication  & Behavioral Challenges of Dementia 

Description: With dementia, communication challenges and behavioral challenges are often two sides of the same coin. This interactive workshop will initially focus on how individuals with dementia communicate their needs and wants at the various stages of their disease process. Professional caregivers, family, and friends will learn how to effectively interpret and respond to their needs and wants in ways that are caring and dignified.

With behavioral challenges, participants will learn that: all behavior has meaning and that behavior is communication. Understanding the difference between typical behaviors for individuals with dementia and those that may present challenges will be emphasized. Effective responses to behavioral challenges will include real life examples and will emphasize the importance of safety for everyone.

presented by PennCares


Special Speakers

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

9:30AM - 3:30PM both days (lunch noon - 1:00pm on your own)

Dan Dubovsky, MSW, LSW, FASD Specialist

Wednesday, June 6 @ Blasco Library, Hirt Auditorium, 160 East Front Street, Erie PA

Thursday, June 6 @ Penn-State DuBois Hiller Auditorium, 1 College Place, DuBois PA

Dan Dubovsky has more than 40 years' experience in the mental health and developmental disabilities fields, and has been involved in the FASD field for more than 25 years. Come hear Dan talk about people who have both FASD and a co-occurring mental health condition, and how treatment for those individuals need to be modified to effect positive outcomes.  Please see this flier for more information. You can register for this event at our Learning Center (http://northwesthcqu.learnupon.com).


Special Events

A Day in the Park

Save the Date:  Our 16th Annual Day in the Park event is scheduled for June 21 at Wildcat Park in Ludlow. 

We are looking forward to Sno-Cones from Kane Lions Club, and information and fun activities from vendors including: Kane Fire Department, Mt Jewett Ambulance Crew, Pennsylvania State Police, Elcam, Bradford YWCA, Community Links and MLW Stables. 

Please see our flier for more information.

Pictures from the 2018 event:

Day in the Park 2018   Sneezy Sam Day in the Park 2018   Day in the Park 2018 Elcam Band   Day in the Park 2018 Forest Service

Trooper and Friend

If you can think of anything you would enjoy seeing or doing at future events, please email us at HCQUNW@MilestonePA.org with your suggestions, as this event is for YOU. We hope to see you there June 21!


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