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 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), 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. 

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC 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.


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Upcoming Fall Conferences:


September 14, 2018

“7th Annual Conference on ADHD and Executive Function”

Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe / Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Continuing education credits for other professionals, including Act 48, are also available.

For additional information, please go to: Registration is closed but walk-ins are welcome.
Handouts will not be available at the conference. Please print off the handouts you'd like to bring to the conference with you. These will be available until 9/24/18.

KEYNOTE 1: Friendship Difficulties Among Children and Adolescents with ADHD: Why They

Occur and How Parents and Teachers Can Address Them     Amori Mikami, PhD

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KEYNOTE 2: Adult ADHD :  Assessment and Nonpharmacologic Treatment with Special

Consideration of the College Student Population         Kevin Antshel, PhD

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Breakout Session 1:


A.      Helping Teens with ADHD Socially Navigate in the Digital World Amori Mikami, PhD     

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B.      Assessing and Treating ADHD in College Students Kevin Antshel, PhD

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C.      Issues in Medication Management John Carter Brooks, MD; Heather Joseph, DO; Gautami Veeragandham, MD              

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D.      Sleep and ADHD  Brant Hasler, PhD  

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Breakout Session 2:

E.       Disentangling and Treating ADHD and Anxiety  Oscar Bukstein, MD; Andrew Potash, PsyD

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 F.       Neurobiological Aspects of ADHD   Neil Jones, PhD

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 G.      The Coaching/Therapy Continuum  Aaron Jennings, LCSW; Kiler Dillon, MEd, LPC; Jenna Weidner, MSW, LCSW; Susan Lieber, CAOC, PCC

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 H.      Strategies for ADHD in the Classroom  Heidi Kipp, MEd, LPC

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November 5, 2018


"Modern Day Ethics: Guns, Social Media and Clinical Dilemmas"
A three-hour ethics course
1:00 p.m. until 4:15 PM
(registration begins at 12:15 PM)

UPMC Herberman Conference Center, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232
The Gun Talk: Assessing access to firearms is an essential part of any clinical assessment of suicide and violence risk yet it is a topic where most mental health professionals lack formal training. The Gun Talk provides a basic framework for firearm safety counseling. It is particularly tailored to recognize and adapt to possible differences in the values between professionals and patients and how to navigate those potential conflicts.
Risky Connections: Since inception, the internet has provided capacity for near-complete anonymity contrasted with incredibly intimate and detailed collections of personal information either accumulated by data mining systems or willingly shared through social media. the modern clinician must be aware of the risks and opportunities of connected care.

John “J” Rozel, MD, MSL

Medical Director, resolve Crisis Services
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Adjunct Professor of Law
Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rozel has been working in emergency mental health for over 25 years and has been the medical director of resolve Crisis Services since 2010.  He is the President-Elect of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, the leading national organization dedicated to the improvement of compassionate, evidence based care for people with psychiatric emergencies.  As the medical director of resolve Crisis Services, he leads a team of 150 crisis professionals who deliver over 130,000 services every year to the residents of Allegheny County through phone, mobile, walk-in and overnight programs delivered through a person centered, recovery oriented model.  Dr. Rozel trains and consults with teams across UPMC and the country on projects related to violence and threat management, staff injury prevention, and firearm injury prevention.  He is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.  Dr. Rozel is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a 2018 recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Rozel, along with his colleague Dr. Layla Soliman, runs the @ViolenceWonks feed on Twitter, providing short summaries of new violence research. 

Additional Information and registration can be found at:

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.



We are working on additional fall/winter conferences so please stay tuned. But in case you want to have it on your calendar, here you go:
  • November 16, 2018 – “35th Annual Pittsburgh Schizophrenia Conference” - Sheraton Station Square
  • December 1, 2018  – “Pain Management in Integrative Medicine" - Herberman Conference Center

And, our spring conference season is looking great. We'll keep you updated!


  • “3rd Annual Pittsburgh TiPS/SBIRT Conference” – March 22, 2019
  • "Essential Psychiatric Overview for Advanced Practice Providers" (great for nurse practitioners and physician assistants) – April 6, 2019
  • "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
  • "2019 UPMC Psychosomatic Medicine Conference" – April 13, 2019
  • “STAR-Center Conference” – May 2019
  • "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Conference - October 10, 2019

Other Important Conferences and Trainings!

CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TRAINING (CISM) - October 29-31, 2018. For additional information and/or to register, please go to  Questions? Please contact Dan Lichok at

Nurse-Led Care Conference 2018: Transforming Practice, Defining Practice – October 16-18, 2018

2018 RECOVERY CONFERENCE - “Hope on the Horizon:  Healing & Connection During Challenging Times” - Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Wyndham Grand, Downtown Pittsburgh -