HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events






Terrence Brown photoActive Threat Scenario (ATS) and Active Shooter Preparation Training (ASPT)

Presenter:  Terrence Brown

Owner and Founder, Safety Security Consultants, LLC

April 24, 2019

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hampton Inn Butler

610 Butler Crossing - Butler, PA

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Active Threat Scenario Training (ATST) provides an educational program for participants which teaches individuals and organizations how to properly respond in an ATS.  This training is an interactive program encouraging individuals to engage with the instructor to master current protocols of the U.S. Homeland Security Department and your local SWAT team.  The curriculum is adapted from the teachings of LT. Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.), U.S. Homeland Security Department, Pittsburgh SWAT, and the University of Central Florida.  The information presented acts as a guide for employees and administrators who may find themselves involuntarily in an active threat or active shooter situation.

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Thyme In Your Kitchen photoCooking Class & Healthy Food Choices (for self-advocates)

Presenter:  Chef Garron

Chef/Instructor, Thyme In Your Kitchen

Presenter:  Margie Fend, RN

HCQU Nurse, Milestone HCQU West

April 25, 2019

10 a.m. - Noon

Thyme In Your Kitchen

79 East State Street - Sharon, PA

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In this hands-on cooking class, the goal is to help participants become self-confident cooks, look at healthy food choices, spark creativity, and most of all have fun in an interactive environment.  The participants will cook a complete meal from start to finish.  Each recipe is demonstrated by a chef instructor.  When the dishes are ready, the class will sit down to enjoy the meal and best of all no clean up!  The menu includes:  chicken fettucine alfredo with broccoli, fresh fruit salad, coffee, and bottled water.

**This course is limited to 10 participants.  Each participant must have a staff member available to help.**

To enroll, please call our office at 724-283-0990.



Andrew Seubert photoThe Faces of Trauma and Its Treatment in Clients with Intellectual Disabilities

Presenter:  Andrew Seubert, LMHC, NCC

ClearPath Healing Arts Center

May 3, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

203 North Duffy Road - Butler, PA

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This one-day course will address the ways in which trauma and PTSD manifest in clients with ID.  Treatment approaches, including creative art therapies and eye movement desensitization, will be examined as to their usefulness and need for adaptation.  We will also explore the potential of early trauma (Critical incident) interventions and neurofeedback in helping this population to heal.

**There will be a 1 hour lunch break, which will be on your own, and will not count toward your credit hours.**

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Connie Romer-Quirin photoWEBINAR:  Putting It All Together:  Part 3 - The Power and Risk of Choice

Presenter:  Constance Romer-Quirin, M.S.

Psychologist, Ironwood Business Center

June 11, 2019

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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"Putting It All Together" is a four part series integrating practical applications of relevant applied social science and cognitive behavior therapy concepts to support strategies for individuals with cognitive, emotional, and social differences in home or residential placement in the community.

Part 3 of this series discusses choices.  Choice is a thought process.  It can be conscious or unconscious.  Human beings exercise choice based on a risk-benefit analysis.  This webinar will discuss the process of choice in terms of behavior support strategies for individuals with cognitive, emotional, and social differences.  It will describe ways to influence choice-making to promote a good fit with the environment and to avoid choice hazards that increase risk and cause conflict with the social group.

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Phil Little photoOlder Adult Bullying:  "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (for self-advocates)

Presenter:  Phil Little

Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Office of Public Engagement

June 20, 2019

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Milestone HCQU West

1777 North Main Street Ext. - Butler, PA

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Bullying does not stop at any age.  While we grow older, we do not necessarily "grow up."  This interactive program is designed to educate individuals on senior bullying and includes:  types of bullying, why people bully, and what an individual can do to help themselves or others in a bullying situation.  This program will help any individual that is involved in a bullying situation to find the confidence within them to report the problem.  This program will also help caregivers recognize bullying issues in the senior population.

**Each participant must have a staff member present.**

To enroll, please call our office at 724-283-0990.



Yasmin Pena photo

Epilepsy, Seizures, and the Epilepsy Association of Western/Central PA

Presenter:  Yasmin Pena

Community Education Coordinator, Epilepsy Association of

Western/Central PA

June 26, 2019

10 a.m. - Noon

Milestone HCQU West

1777 North Main Street Ext. - Butler, PA

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This presentation will include information about the Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA's programs and services, seizure recognition, and first aid and social implications of having epilepsy.

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Bowel Management thumbnailBowel Management:  How to Support a Person Towards Bowel Health

Through this webinar, participants will explore the basics of bowel management including the anatomy of the GI system, healthy bowel movements, conditions affecting the bowel, and the importance of supporting people to have healthy bowel function.


March 20, 2019  9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Click here to enroll.
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Click here to enroll.



What Do Genes Have To Do With It thumbnailWhat Do Genes Have To Do With It?

This webinar will identify physical and behavioral characteristics associated with specific Genetic Disorders such as Down Syndrome, Prader Willi, Rubenstien-Taybi, and FASD.  Many Genetic Disorders have specific behavioral phenotypes, meaning their behavior is driven by their genetic disorder.  Discussion will include how different genetic phenotypes may effect someone and why behavioral plans may not work for this person.  By understanding this, participants can make accommodations that are specific to behavioral phenotypes and respond accordingly.

 March 26, 2019  11 a.m. - Noon Click here to enroll.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to enroll.



DysphDysphagia photoagia and Associated Concerns

This webinar provides greater insight into recognizing and understanding dysphagia.  It highlights signs and symptoms to watch for and stresses when following up with a healthcare professional is a necessity.  Lastly, it examines how following a health care professional's recommendations can even decrease adverse effects of the disorder.

April 11, 2019 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Click here to enroll.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Click here to enroll.
April 30, 2019 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Click here to enroll.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to enroll.



Navigating Intellectual Disability and CriminNavigating ID and Criminality photoality

If you have ever supported a person who has had exposure to the criminal justice system, you know that it can be a challenging situation to navigate.  In this webinar, we will discuss the different types of encounters with the criminal justice system, how we can help the people we support stay safe within the community, how to educate individuals on their rights, and how to navigate the criminal justice system effectively.

April 17, 2019 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Click here to enroll.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Click here to enroll.




Helping to Heal photoHelping to Heal:  How Trauma Effects Your Everyday Life

This webinar will help support staff define and attempt to understand trauma and how it could effect a person's everday life.  Unfortunately trauma is wide spread within the people who choose our services so it is important we remember that when working along side of them day to day.  As support staff, we need to come from a trauma informed way of thinking and weave it into how we are supporting the individuals.  Trauma can effect relationships, mood, behavior, and simple day to day routines.  We must make sure to put ourselves in their shoes and try to understand their unique trauma better in order to serve them better.

May 15, 2019  10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Click here to enroll.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to enroll.



Why do you do that photoWhy Do You Do That?

Executive function refers to brain functions that activate, organize, integrate, and manage other functions.  It allows us "to see down the path" of our actions to understand the consequences.  It helps us to focus and shift to other tasks.  Family members and caregivers can often become frustrated when a person struggles with their executive functioning skills.  This training will help us understand the struggles and what adaptations we can make to improve the quality of a person's life.

May 16, 2019 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Click here to enroll.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Click here to enroll.
May 28, 2019 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Click here to enroll.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to enroll.



MetabolMetabolic Syndrome photoic Syndrome:  Who Is At Risk?

Are you, or the person you are supporting, at risk?  By participating in this informative webinar, you will learn the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment for Metabolic Syndrome.

June 5, 2019 11 a.m. - Noon Click here to enroll.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Click here to enroll.
June 27, 2019 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Click here to enroll.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Click here to enroll



Fatal Four photoThe Fatal Four

There are four top health concerns that are the leading causes of often PREVENTABLE death in people with intellectual disabilities.  Through this webinar we will look at these four conditions and what we, as supporters, can do to reduce risk and possibly save lives.

June 19, 2019 11 a.m. - Noon Click here to enroll.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Click here to enroll.