Addressing Mental Health in Schools:
What to Look for and What Can I Do?
October 4th 2018
Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports, Inc. (WCSI)
770 E Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601
7:30-8:00am: Arrival and Check in
8:00-8:15am: Welcome, Agenda Setting and Introductions: Carolyn Welshonce & Terry Kerr
8:15-9:45am: Ryan Klingensmith, LPC, NCC- Youth Technology, Social Media and Mental Health Trends
Life for a teenager is vastly different than it was ten years ago. Kids today have unlimited access
to information, apps and websites that can be wonderfully helpful, but also lead to concerning
behaviors if adults don’t have the knowledge to teach young people how to behave responsible
in this new cyber-playground. Kids have the knowledge to use technology, but sometimes lack
the wisdom to use it responsibly. Adults have the wisdom to be responsible users, but
sometimes lack the knowledge to use technology. My goal is to connect knowledge with
|Define three technology and social media platform trends that are popular with youth.|
Identify three topics of mental health on social media including self-injury, eating
disorders and suicide.
Describe three intervention and prevention practices and how to engage and teach
youth as a parent, educator or provider.
10:00-11:30am: Continued: Youth Technology, Social Media and Mental Health Trends
11:30-12:45pm: Lunch (on your own)
12:45-1:45pm: Dr. Gary Cuccia: Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
In August of 2007, Demi Brae Cuccia was brutally stabbed to death by her former boyfriend just
one day after celebrating her 16th birthday. Demi was an exceptionally beautiful young lady with
a contagious smile, charming personality and a compassionate, spiritual soul. In response to her
death, Demi’s father, Dr. Gary Cuccia, established the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization
(DBCAO) in 2009. The Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization whose mission is to provide education and awareness to youth, parents, and
communities on the real dangers associated with teen dating violence and abuse. By sharing
Demi’s story, the DBCAO is committed to inspiring teens, parents, educators, and communities
to build healthier relationships in the hopes that many young people and their families will not
experience such tragedy.
|Define three red flags for abusive relationships that may go unnoticed.|
Identify techniques for youth to empower themselves to identify and intervene in
Describe strategies for adults to help identify and engage with youth whom may
potentially be in an abusive relationship.
|2:00-4:00pm:||Sherri Klingensmith, LPC, NCC: The Role of School Based Outpatient Therapy in Suicide|
Intervention and Prevention
Mental health struggles are entering the hallways and classrooms of schools in Pennsylvania and
across the country. Teachers, school counselors and school administrators are often on the front
line of students struggling with mental health issues. Schools must adapt to the students needs
in all areas, academic and emotional. School based therapy is an option that many schools are
adopting to help provide emotional support to students in need.
|?||Define what school-based outpatient therapy is and identify how the service can benefit|
your school district.
Identify how school-based outpatient agency can be a collaborative part of your schools’
Learn ways that school-based outpatient therapist can help in crisis situations such as
suicidality training and in-school suicide assessments.
4:00pm: Closing Remarks: Carolyn Welshonce & Terry Kerr
Please go to www.pasap.org to pre-register. The cost of this year’s workshop is $25 for PASAP members and $75
for non-members. To become a member of PASAP and receive the membership registration rate click here
www.pasap.org/join. Membership must be paid prior to registering for the workshop.
Continuing Education Credits
PASAP is an Act 48 Approved Provider. Participants can earn up to 6 hours of Act 48 credit (full workshop attendance).
(Morning Session Only: 3 hours, Afternoon Session Only: 3 hours). Participants must provide their Professional Personnel
ID (PPID) number when registering and must be present at each session in its entirety to receive credit. Additionally, 6
hours of social work credits will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh. A $10 fee for the social work credits will
be added at the time of pre-registration.
About Our Speakers:
Ryan Klingensmith, LPC, NCC: Ryan has been working with children and teenagers with mental health concerns since
1994. He has held roles such as therapist, supervisor and clinical director in several residential and outpatient settings. He
is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). He currently works as an outpatient
therapist and a Prevention Specialist. He is the co-founder of Shape The Sky (www.shapethesky.org ), a training agency
dedicated to helping parents, educators and counseling professionals learn to effectively communicate and educate youth
to be digitally responsible citizens.
Dr. Gary Cuccia: Founder & Executive Director, Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization Dr. Cuccia serves as the
founder and Executive Director of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization. Following the tragic murder of his 16
year old daughter, Demi Brae Cuccia, who was killed in August 2007 as a result of Teen Dating Violence/Abuse, Dr. Cuccia
founded the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization (www.demibrae.com). Dr. Cuccia’s passion and activism
surrounding TDV has gained national recognition. Dr. Cuccia believes that had he and Demi been educated about how to
recognize the signs of Teen Dating Violence/Abuse then she would be alive today, and if her story and his advocacy saves
one life, it is well worth the effort. Dr. Cuccia is a 1993 graduate of Life Chiropractic College and has been practicing as an
independent chiropractor in New Alexandria, PA for the past 25 years.
Sherri Klingensmith: Sherri is the Program Director for the Family Counseling Center through Pressley Ridge.
(www.pressleyridge.org ). She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in PA, with 18 years
of professional experience working in the mental health field. She has experience with children, adolescents and families
within a partial hospital setting, residential program, and through outpatient counseling. Sherri has provided individual,
group and family counseling for individuals who have struggled with grief/loss, abuse, post-traumatic stress, self-injury,
anxiety, depression, anger, social awareness, attention deficits, self-esteem regulation, parenting and many other life
stressors. She has extensive experience treating individuals with autism disorders as well as those dually diagnosed with a
mental health disorder and development disorder. She enjoys helping people find strength to cope with stressful life