The Office of Educational Resources and Planning

The conferences coordinated by the Mental Health Conference Planning arm of the Office of Educational Resources and Planning (OERP) feature the top faculty and staff of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, as well as noted experts from throughout the world.  Our programs attract a regional, national and international audience. There is typically a registration fee charged to all participants, although there may be scholarships or discounts available.  See the individual program description for further details.   

2019 Conferences

"3rd Annual Pittsburgh Behavioral Health and Pediatric Primary Care Conference (TiPS) – March 22, 2019

Presentation handouts will not be available at the conference. Please print the presentations you'd like to have.

SBIRT Wrap-Up:
Presentation Information - FLO - Brief Intervention/Role Play; Follow-Up

SMART Choices Learning Collaborative Kick-Off:
Presentation Information - Introduction - FLO - Brief Intervention/Role Play

TiPS - Behavioral Health and Pediatric Primary Care:

Keynote - Presentation Information - PowerPoint
Tic Disorders - Presentation Information - PowerPoint 
Motivational Interviewing - Presentation Information - PowerPoint
Use of SSRIs in Primary Care for the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression - Presentation Information - PowerPoint
Eating Disorders - Presentation Information - PowerPoint
Sleep - Presentation Information - PowerPoint
Parent/Care Coordination Panel - Presentation Information - PowerPoint

"The North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) Annual Conference"(need not be a member of the society to attend) – April 11-13, 2019

STAR-Center Conference - "Students, Sleep and Safety: Evidence-Based Approaches to Reducing Teen Suicide Risk" – May 10, 2019


"Getting Beyond Us and Them: Mental Health and Community Wellbeing" - June 17, 2019

"Becoming a Trans Knowledgeable Provider" - August 12, 2019

"9th Annual Behavioral Health and Aging Conference:  The Cutting Edge of Depression - Treatment in Late Life" - September 19, 2019

"Pediatric Bipolar Spectrum Disorders... Gazing into the Crystal Ball: What You Can See and What You Can Do"
October 3, 2019      

"36th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference" - November 15, 2019

"Healing the Divide... A Social and Psychological Response to the Tree of Life Shooting" - November 5, 2019

"Showcasing the Value of Psychology in Medical Settings at UPMC" - December 7, 2019


OERP is approved to provide continuing education credits for the following, among others:

  •     National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
    UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors/Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals (CADC/CCDP)
  • **Licensed Social Worker/Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT)
    Through co-sponsorship with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the Council on Social Work Education. Also approved through UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's Office of Educational Resources and Planning, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education in accordance with all the applicable educational and professional standards of the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist.
  •  Psychologists (through the American Psychological Association)
  • Act 48 (when applicable)
  • General CEU (Nurses and Peer Specialists)*

*Note (1/2/19): FOR CURRENT CPSs-IMPORTANT INFORMATION-TIME SENSITIVE Certified Peer Specialists Recognized with Full Certification Process  To more formally recognize the value of peers in the workforce, Pennsylvania is moving to a new full peer certification offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). This new formal certification will be necessary to provide Medicaid billable peer support services. To make this transition as easy as possible for current Pennsylvania Peer Specialists, there will be a time-limited grandparenting process for those who wish to obtain the new full certification during the grandparenting period.T

he grandparenting period began March 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2019. The requirements for the grandparenting process must be met but no additional exam will be required.The requirements to become grandparented are:

  • You must have completed the two-week peer specialist training from one of the recognized training vendors. Those two vendors are the Institute for Recovery and Community Integration and RI Consulting.
  • Complete the CPS Grandparenting Application and sign and date a Peer-specific code of ethical conduct.
  • Signed and notarized release form.

There is no initial cost to peers for obtaining the credential as the grandparenting fee is being underwritten by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS).The new CPS certification will be valid for two years. To avoid a lapse in certification, recertification should occur before the end of the two-year certification period. Recertification requires obtaining 36 hours of CEUs (may have fees) every two years and a $50 two-year recertification fee. This new formal certification through the PCB is designed to help strengthen the profession and give CPSs a stronger voice, while maintaining the essence of peer support in delivering recovery oriented services. We urge you to complete the process now, during the grandparenting period, to ensure you can continue to do the great work that you do.

REMEMBER: This new formal certification will be necessary to provide Medicaid billable peer support services. The CPS Grandparenting Application can be found at the following link:

Requests for paper applications and/or questions should be addressed to: Mail: PCB, 298 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109Phone: 717-540-4455Email:

The following organizations participated in the development of the new certification process: Pennsylvania Peer Specialist WorkgroupPennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA)Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC)Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB)

**Attention LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT License Holders!
License Renewal is Quickly Approaching!

LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT licenses expire on February 28, 2019. All licensees must complete the following mandatory courses: two hours of a board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting; three hours related to ethical issues; and one hour in suicide prevention (Act 74). Twenty continuing education credits are allowed through home study. Initial licenses require three hours in child abuse recognition and reporting (Act 31).

Act 74 of 2016 requires all Pennsylvania social workers and psychologists to complete one hour of
continuing education in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks as a portion of the total continuing education clock hours/credits required for license renewal.

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