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  Office of Educational Resources and Planning (OERP)
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

 

 

The Office of Educational Resources and Planning (previously Office of Education and Regional Programming) or OERP is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art training and technical assistance to mental health service providers throughout western Pennsylvania and beyond. Utilizing the knowledge and expertise of staff and faculty who are leaders in clinical care and research, the OERP strives to assist providers in achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality standards in the services provided to mental health consumers and family members.

 

If you need to get in touch with OERP, or you have questions, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at barkowitzdh@upmc.edu. Please do not use the 'Contact OERP' Link. Thank you!

 

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Services

Act 74 for Psychologists and Social Workers

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OERP Newsletters
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Videoconference Series

Archived Videoconferences

Mental Health Conference Planning
PA State Approved Case Management/Service Coordination Training

 

 

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Accreditation

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.

 

The 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: www.pacertboard.org/cps

 

Requests for paper applications and/or questions should be addressed to:

Mail: PCB, 298 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109

Phone: 717-540-4455

Email: info@pacertboard.org

 

The following organizations participated in the development of the new certification process:

Pennsylvania Peer Specialist Workgroup

Pennsylvania 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)

 

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.

 

**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).

***Psychologist licenses expire on November 30th, 2019.  The renewal period is opened approximately 60 days prior to the expiration date.

 

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Partnerships:


Crisis and Disaster Training Institute - Information on this Institute can be found at http://www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/western-psychiatric/training-education/crisis-training/Pages/default.aspx
 

Family Based Mental Health Training Institute - Information on this Institute can be found at

http://www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/western-psychiatric/Pages/default.aspx


The Center for Public Service Psychiatry/Fellowship and educational offerings: click here.

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Mental Health Conference Planning

To discuss conference planning, or if you have questions, please contact Doreen H. Barkowitz at barkowitzdh@upmc.edu.

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