HCQU West Guest Speakers & Special Events






Thyme in your kitchen picCooking Class & Healthy Food Choices (for Self-Advocates)

Presenter:  Chef Garron

Chef/Instructor, Thyme In Your Kitchen


Presenter:  Margie Fend, RN

HCQU Nurse, Milestone HCQU West

October 1, 2019

10 a.m. - Noon

Thyme In Your Kitchen

79 East State Street - Sharon, PA

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In this hands on cooking class, the goal is to help participants become self-confident cooks, look at healthy food choices, spark creativity, and most of all have fun in an interactive environment.  The participants will cook a complete meal from start to finish.  Each recipe is demonstrated by a chef instructor.  When the dishes are ready, the class will sit down to enjoy the meal and best of all no clean up!  The menu includes:  beef stew, salad, apple crisp, coffee, and bottled water.

*This course is limited to 10 participants.  Each self-advocate must have a staff member available to help.*

To enroll in this class, please call our office at 724-283-0990.



Bev Frantz picWEBINAR:  Look at the Forrest and Not the Trees:  Differentiating Between Challenging, Problematic, and Criminal Sexual Behaviors in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Presenter:  Bev Frantz, Ph. D.

Criminal Justice Project Director, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

October 16, 2019

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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Persons with intellectual disabilities who become involved with the criminal justice system experience a variety a disadvantages compared to persons without disabilities.  This webinar will discuss the assessment and treatment of persons with intellectual disabilities identified as having challenging, problematic, and/or criminal sexual behaviors.  The importance of understanding how persons with intellectual disabilities experience life, the risk posed by lack of comprehensive sex education, and the mixed socio-sexual messages they receive from staff, allied professional, and family members place them at a higher risk for sexual mistakes and sexual offending behaviors.

To enroll, click here.



Connie Romer-Quirin picWEBINAR:  Putting It All Together:  Part 4 - The Effect of Resources on Words, Patterns, and Choice

Presenter:  Constance Romer-Quirin, M.S.

Psychologist, Ironwood Business Center

October 29, 2019

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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"Putting It All Together" is a four part series integrating practical applications of relevant applied social science and cognitive behavior therapy concepts to support strategies for individuals with cognitive, emotional, and social differences in home or residential placement in the community.

Part 4 of this series discusses resources.  Resources determine how well we benefit from words, patterns, and choice.  Cognitive, financial, and social resources vary over time and across individuals and groups.  Resources influence each other.  This presentation explores how changes in one type of resource can stress another.  Understanding the connection between resources and words, patterns, and choice allows treatment teams to predict a better match of treatment strategies with the individual.  This presentation attempts to unify the concepts presented in Parts 1-3 into a conceptualization for treatment that reduces distress between an individual and his/her environment, by increasing the adaptive capability and understanding of the fundamental elements of human responses to words, patterns, and choice making.

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Seizures picSeizures

Through this webinar, participants will gain a basic understanding into seizure disorder diagnosis, also known as epilepsy.  We will discuss the new classifications for seizures, signs and symptoms, available treatments, as well as how to best support someone with seizures.

 September 19, 2019  10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Click here to register.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Click here to register.
September 25, 2019  11 a.m. - Noon Click here to register.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Click here to register.




As many as 1 in 5 people suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.  One of the most commonly recognized symptoms is heartburn, but there are many more that people may be surprised by.  Through this webinar we will explore those signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment available for management, as well as associated conditions.

 October 9, 2019  9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Click here to register.
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.



Pica picPica

Cigarette butts, hair, laundry detergent, soap, dirt, and ice, can you imagine craving these?  Pica is a disorder in which people eat non edible items.  We will discuss symptoms, complications, and treatment through this webinar.

 October 17, 2019  10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Click here to register.
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Click here to register.
October 28, 2019  11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Click here to register.
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.



Joy of Life picThe Joy of Life and the Pain of Loss

This training is meant to explore the various types of loss that individuals may experience in life.  Through this exploration, we will identify the effect it can have on the individual and methods for learning to heal from the pain that loss can bring.

 November 5, 2019  10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Click here to register.
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.
 November 20, 2019  9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Click here to register.
 Noon - 12:30 p.m. Click here to register.



 Aspiration Pneumonia picAspiration Pneumonia

This webinar is designed to offer a basic understanding of Aspiration Pneumonia.  During this webinar participants will gain an understanding of how Aspiration plays a part in the Fatal Four, and how to take steps to reduce the risks of aspiration.  Participants will gain knowledge about "silent" aspiration and aspiration pneumonia, risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment, and support.

 November 13, 2019  11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Click here to register.
 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Click here to register.






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