HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events



Terrence Brown photoSafety in the Community for Human Services

Presenter:  Terrence Brown

Founder and CEO, Safety & Security Consultants LLC

April 5, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania

Jack D. Robinette Conference Center

Copeland Room

500 Commonwealth Drive - Warrendale, PA

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Social Workers, crisis workers, case managers, community support workers, and visiting nurses routinely find themselves in difficult and potentially dangerous situations.  Your jobs require that you work with clients in neighborhoods that are not always the most glamorous.  Not to mention, that you are often working with individuals who are at their most vulnerable points in their lives!

In my 20 years of working with Mental Health Professionals, I have noticed one common occurrence amongst providers:  that you often care so much for your clients that sometimes you neglect your own personal welfare!  The purpose of this training is to provide you, the Mental Health Professional, with safety skills that will help you identify, prevent, and respond to safety concerns that may arise when you are providing services in the community.

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Shawn McGill photoRestrictive Procedures

Presenter:  Shawn McGill, MSW, LSW

Shawn McGill, MSW Consulting, Inc.

April 18, 2018

10 a.m. - Noon

Hampton Inn Butler

610 Butler Crossing - Butler, PA

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This training reviews the Office of Developmental Programs' (ODP) regulations specific to what constitutes a restrictive procedure and a rights violation.  The training provides a comprehensive overview between what interventions and strategies are considered to be restrictive, and those that warrant the use of a Restrictive Procedure Plan (RPP).  The training reviews the required development and review of an RPP.  This is a suitable training for any agency that is concerned about the rights of those they serve, or those that work within the scope of ODP.

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ASERT PhotoWEBINAR:  Effective Strategies for Enhancing Social Skills in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Presenter:  Michael Murray, MD

Director, Central Region ASERT

May 4, 2018

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Your internet-connected computer


Dr. Murray will share effective and real world strategies for improving social skills based on the current evidence base including his own research with adolescents and adults with ASD.  Information on how to assess social skills proficiency, strategies for choosing target skills, empirically based instructional methods, and suggestions on how to measure progress will be covered.  Dr. Murray will supplement his presentation with case examples.

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S. Modell Picture

Interviewing Victims with Disabilities

Presenter:  Scott J. Modell, Ph.D.

President, Modell Consulting Group, LLC

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (Registration begins at 8 a.m.)

Multiple dates and locations are listed below.


Studies have long established that children with disabilities suffer a higher risk of becoming victims to sexual violence and other crimes.  The rate of violence is almost triple the rate compared to children without disabilities.  Children with disabilities are more likely to experience physical abuse resulting in bodily injury and to experience serious sexual offenses.  A number of factors are related to children with disabilities susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system.  Significant barriers limit investigation and prosecution of these cases.  Understanding and communicating effectively with these children who come in contact with the criminal justice system are necessary skills for child protective services, law enforcement, children's advocacy center staff, and other social service personnel.  Participants will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities and new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating.  Video clips of real individuals with disabilities are integrated into the presentation to maximize the effectiveness of the training.

**Note:  A 1.5 hour lunch will be on your own, and will not count toward your credit hours.**


May 14, 2018

New Beginnings Church of God

13226 Leslie Road

Meadville, PA  16335

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May 15, 2018

Succop Theater

Butler County Community College

107 College Drive

Butler, PA  16002

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May 16, 2018

Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

711 Pratt Drive

Indiana, PA  15705

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May 17, 2018

Scottish Rite Cathedral

East Dining Room

110 E. Lincoln Avenue, #1

New Castle, PA  16101

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