Behavioral Mental Health Conference

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

One of the greatest unmet needs most counties across the nation are facing is the shortage of behavioral healthcare practitioners. This one-day conference will identify factors contributing to this shortage, ways to address it, and what the current workforce can do to respond to the urgent needs of our most vulnerable groups. 

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  • Program at a Glance
    Wednesday, May 18th

    Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:00am 

    Welcome and Conference Overview: 8:45 to 9:00am

    • Dr. Gail Gasparich, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

    Opening Speaker: 9:00 to 9:45am

    • Topic: Framing the Behavioral Health Workforce Challenge (with Q&A following presentation) 
    • Caroline Barnhart, Director of Behavioral Health, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

    Session A:  10am to 11am

    • Topic: Focus on retaining clinicians and preventing burnout/vicarious trauma, self-care practices, resilience-building 
    • Speaker: Mary LeVasseur Dorman, Manages the Lancaster County BH Coalition

    Session B:  11:15am to 12:15pm 

    • Topic: Diversifying the workforce with more BIPOC and LGBTQ+ practitioners.  
    • Speakers: MK Strohman, LSW and Talisa Ramos, LSW

    Luncheon and Networking: 12:15 to 1:00

    • Table top breakouts with interesting topics for group discussion 

    Session C: 1:15pm to 2:15pm

    • Topic: Workforce Data on what factors retain employees to BH, school to career pipelines, workforce development initiatives
    • Speaker: Valerie Ferri - Director of Workforce Development, Philadelphia Connections

    Wrap Up Confab - 2:30 to 3:15pm

    • Topic: Workforce Data on what factors retain employees to BH, school to career pipelines, workforce development initiatives
    • Facilitator: Heather Strohman, LCSW-MU

    • Panel: Jostalynn Parry, MSW- MU PRIME, Stephen Burghardt, MSW, Ph.D.- Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College-CUNY, Caroline Barnhart-Penn Medicine LGH, Olivia Walters-Vice President of Programs-The Steinman Foundation, Shanece Bowman, Program Manager-Touchstone Foundation
  • Registration/Event Tickets
    Register for the Event

    Cost of the Conference (which includes continental breakfast and lunch)

    • Free of charge (both in person and virtual attendees) 
    • $20 for conference participation and CEUs issued by Millersville University

    Tickets can be purchased at the link below:

  • Venue / Parking
    Logistics on Location and Parking

    The Ware Center – Millersville University
    42 N. Prince St.
    Lancaster, PA 17603
    717 871-7018

    Millersville University's Ware Center is Lancaster’s premier performing arts center. Located on Lancaster’s famous Gallery Row, our mission is to foster creativity, learning, and understanding in our great community.

    Parking:  Event parking at the Ware Center can be found at the Prince Street Garage (corner of Prince and Orange) or the Hager surface lot, both of which are within a block of our facility.

  • Sponsors and Partners
    Thanks for your support and advocacy!

    Conference Sponsors:

    • The Learning Institute 
    • Office of the President
    • Office of Community Engagement, Governemental and Economic Development
    Program and Event Committee:
    • Dr. Karen Rice
    • Dr. Debra Vredenburg
    • Dr. Amber Nicole Pfannenstiel
    • Ms. Jocelyn Parry
    • Ms. Heather Strohman
    • Dr. Victor DeSantis
    • Ms. Madelyn Matias
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