Expo 2018 Session Descriptions

 A – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Howard Grossman, AICP, Fundraising Director for the Pittston Memorial Library

The focus of this session will discuss the current supports available to grandparents within the community, the growing needs of this population, the movements in legislature along with an opportunity to network with others with shared interests.  The NEPA Intergenerational Coalition which has been in existence for about 12 years will describe how they work with support groups and advocate for more groups to be formed.  A Q&A segment will be available.

B  – Self-Medicating Our Way to an Addiction – Betsy Grella, BS, and Eric Pollick, BS

The focus of this session will be to take a look at self-medication as a contributing factor to addiction.  This program will take a brief look at what self-medication is, why it happens, and how, if left untreated, can lead to a life of addiction.  Lastly, an effort will be made to look at what needs to occur in order for a person to begin the healing and recovery process.

C  – Targeting Health Disparities in Individuals with Serious Mental Illness.  An Introduction to Community Care’s Behavioral Health Home Plus Model – Melissa Michael, R.N., Community Care Behavioral Health

Participants will learn about the components of the Behavioral Health Home Plus model and how it has helped individuals with serious mental illness in their recovery.  This session will understand the importance of integrating physical health care along with behavioral health care. 

D –  The Power of Peer Support – Tracy Carney, CPS, CPRP, Senior Recovery/ Resiliency Specialist focusing on Peer Support and Member Involvement at Community Care Behavioral Health, Ryan Thompson CPS/CRS, First Hospital and Lindsey Lohmann, CRS, Trehab

Peer Support is one of the fastest growing professions in mental health services today. Peer support has been shown to increase hopefulness and reduce the need for more expensive behavioral health services like crisis and inpatient treatment. Hear from individuals who work in this growing field and from those whose lives have been helped by peer support.

E – Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – Richard R. Silbert, M.D., DLFAPA, Senior Medical Director, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, The Commonwealth Medical College

During this session, the history and rationale for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) will be reviewed.  The descriptions of the three types of MAT for Opioid Use Disorder will be given and emphasized.  MAT for both nicotine and alcohol use disorders will also be reviewed.

F – Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know – Jennifer M. Buckwash, Psy.D., LPC

It is estimated that 30 million men and women in the US struggle with eating disorders. This number skyrockets to almost 50 million when we take into account those who are dissatisfied with their bodies and use potentially dangerous means to control their weight. This session will debunk myths about eating disorders, discuss warnings signs for eating disordered behavior, offer ideas on how to talk to a loved one you might be concerned about, and provide general resources.

G – Opioid Epidemic/Naloxone Training – Rachael Wydra, BSN, RN, PA Dept. of Health- Population Health Nurse/Behavioral Health Nurse Consultant

Naloxone is a narcotic blocker.  It is used to treat narcotic drug overdose.  It is used to temporarily reverse the effects of opioid medications.  This medication has no effect in people who are not taking opioid medicines.  Naloxone is a regulated medication and must be administered properly.  The outcome of this session is to provide an overview on how to administer Naloxone to an individual who has experienced an overdose.

H – Understanding Trauma and PTSD – Marc Calica & Paula Wolner, Lakeside Global Institute

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common diagnostic category used to describe symptoms arising from emotionally traumatic experiences. (Dr. David Baldwin).  In this break-out session we will take a look at the categories of trauma and how various emotionally or relationally traumatic experiences can result in PTSD for adults and children.  Knowing this information makes it important to think about what approach we will take at home and in our communities when a person is unable to respond appropriately because of a dysregulated brain state.

I – Gender Identity and Affectional Orientation: Did You Just Assume My Gender? – Kenneth Tong, B.S., Salisbury Behavioral Health & Lee Piechota, System of Care -Youth/Young Adult

In this session, we will look at the current accepted language and the harsh common stigmas LGBTQ+ individuals face. The outcome from this session is to facilitate a discussion and ultimately have individuals identify “safe spaces” within their own settings (homes, offices, community areas, etc.) for the inclusion of all individuals regardless of affectional orientation and/or gender identity.

J and K  – Minding Your Mind – Jordon Burnham   (2 sessions)

Jordan Burnham is a public speaker who discusses the mental health issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He is a survivor of a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school and shares his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery.

Jordan is a nationally recognized mental health advocate. In 2008 he addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the “Best of Philly” for his work in public speaking and advocacy. In 2012 he was honored with an Emerging Humanitarian Award from retired San Francisco 49ers player Nmadi (Nam-DEE) Asomugha (Awesome-Wah) and the Asomugha Foundation.

He has been featured in People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. Jordan has appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, as well as Dr. Phil, The Ricki Lake Show, CNN, the Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been featured in three documentaries and his piece, “Unbreakable” with E:60 was nominated for an Emmy. Most recently, you might have seen Jordan at the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health, hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Jordan has been speaking on his story and mental health all over the country for the last 8 years. He’s spoken in 32 different states and 3 different countries. His presentation is meant to inspire, educate and allow others to know they’re not alone.

L – Navigating Service Systems – John Alunni, Luzerne County Office of Human Services, Kristen Grebey, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Family Connections, and Jim Spencer, NBHCC

This breakout session will allow members of the Community and their Families the opportunity to voice their opinion on topics such as; service area gaps, areas of need within the local service area, and suggestions on how to improve the access to, and engagement of services in our community. 

M – The Power and Importance of Self-Regulation – Marc Calica & Paula Wolner, Lakeside Global Institute

As part of life, people are exposed to events and experiences, some of which may be frightening or upsetting.  Emotional and behavioral self-regulation is the ability to control our own feelings and behaviors, allowing us to become more skilled in relationships with others, pay attention, learn new things and deal better with the normal stresses and disappointments of daily life.  In this break-out session participants will utilize drums as a tool to help brain regulation.

N – Understanding the Signs of a Crisis – Dana M. Fortunato, MS, NCC, The Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation

This family/community session is an interactive presentation that provides psychoeducation on mental health and wellness, common mental illnesses, and coping mechanisms to improve mental health.  An overview of mental illness and diagnoses, emotional expression, bullying, suicidal ideation will all be discussed.  Furthermore, participants will be given an overview on warning signs and risk factors and how to support their child’s wellness.

O –  Childhood Development: Normal Kids Do Weird Stuff! – Priscilla Zorichak, NCC, LPC, Children’s Service Center

Participants in this “parenting session” can expect to learn the normal behaviors associated with each stage of development for ages 6-12 years of age.  Questions about what is typical, fun and challenging at each age will be discussed.

P – Fathers: The Missing Link in Systems of Care – George Fleming – Allegheny Family Network 

In systems of care we use the word family frequently, but seldom do we mention fathers in the context of our families. Involved fathers can have positive effects on the well-being of children and youth.  Conversely, research also indicates that the absences of a father in the home can lead to an increase in negative risk factors for children.


%d bloggers like this: