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  • 7th Annual PA Early Psychosis Conference

    Welcome to the PA Early Psychosis Conference!

    The 2022 HeadsUp Annual Conference, designed for professionals and practitioners treating early psychosis, offers educational opportunities in early psychosis treatment and services.  It offers a chance to strengthen skill sets, share best practices with peers, and implement new strategies, research and trends into practice.

    Week 1: November 14-18 focusing on FEP CSC

    Week 2: December 5-9 focusing on CT-R.

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    Conference Learning Objectives

    Through our robust learning program offering varying levels and content tracks, and together with our thought leaders, we seek to:

    • Promote the development of innovative and responsive services in coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs
    • Improve the overall quality of services delivered and increase the competencies of clinicians and CSC team members
    • Assist organizations and practitioners with the vision, knowledge and skills needed to shape new and emerging CSC teams, as well as support our mission
    • Educate and increase the competencies of clinicians on the use of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R)
    • Enhance understanding and supported use of research obtained from the CSC teams and participants

    Special Needs Statement

    If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this meeting, please contact Crystal Vatza, Education and Telehealth Manager, at or (267) 292–8324 no later than two weeks prior to the activity date.

    Non-Discrimination Statement

    The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities, admission policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic or other administered programs or employment.  Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action, Franklin Building, 4th Floor, Room 421, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or 215-898-7803 (TDD).


    Agenda & Session Descriptions

    Each week our training offers dynamic session options to choose from based on your professional experience and role.

    Take a look at our Conference Brochure for details about sessions and speakers.


    Registration is now closed. 

    WEEK 1 Registration, November 14-18

    WEEK 2 Registration, December 5-9


    PLEASE NOTE: All registered conference attendees will need to create a Zoom Events account.

    For information or questions regarding speaker financial relationships, special needs requests, or nondiscrimination state, please contact event coordinator, Crystal Vatza, at

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    Cancellation Policy

    The Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to any unforeseen circumstances.  In the event of cancellation or postponement, the Department of Psychiatry will refund any registration fee but it is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or any expenses to participants, including cancellation costs incurred by airlines/travel agencies.

    In order to process refunds for course withdrawals, written notification of cancellation must be received two weeks prior to the lecture (subject to a service fee).  No refunds will be granted thereafter.

    CE & CME Credits

    HeadsUp will be offering continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) credits for approved presentations through multiple professional organizations.

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    To receive credits for approved educational sessions at the Annual Pennsylvania Early Psychosis Conference, attendees must be present for the full length of any live-streamed presentations. Attendees must also complete an evaluation form for the presentation online within 30 days of the conference’s conclusion. CE and CME credits are awarded on a cumulative attendance basis with full attendance required for each presentation.  CE/CME’s will not be available for recorded viewing.

    Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information

    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by HeadsUp and Penn Medicine. Penn Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

    CMEs are free to the following medical team staff who attend the full duration of chosen sessions:

    Continuing Education (CE) information: 

    The Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 40 CE credit(s) will be awarded for this program. CE cost for all non-PA FEP & non-PA VA attendees requesting APA/ SW/ LPC/ LMFT CEs is $25 due 1/31/2023. Required CE payments are one time for up to 40 hours (both weeks) of attended content.

    We encourage all non-Pennsylvania licensed professional counselors to review APA approval with their state board.

    Checks or money orders payable to: Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

    Mail to: Mr. Stace L. Moore III

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    3400 Spruce Street

    10th Floor Gates Pavilion, Office GA10048

    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Email an image copy of the payment to Crystal Vatza, HeadsUp Education and Telehealth Manager

    Travel and Lodging

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will once again be hosting our annual training virtually.  While it is disappointing we will not be able to meet in person this year, we are doing everything we can to offer dynamic, multi-faceted virtual training. 

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    To  meet our goal of increasing engagement and to offer a new level of virtual training, our sessions focus on clinical case reviews, engaging activities, interactive polls and feedback, and much more! 

    We will be using the Zoom Events platform and encourage all attendees to keep their cameras on and participate with full engagement in break-out sessions, practice skills, and role plays to increase all competencies presented.


    Meet the Presenters

    Bobbi Bair

    Family Peer Specialist, HOPE

    Emily Becker-Haimes, PhD

    Fidelity Advisor, HeadsUp

    Melanie Bennett, PhD

    Division Director for the Division of Psychiatric Research Services (DPSR), University of Maryland

    May Booth, BA

    Education Specialist, Mazzoni Center

    Andrea Bowen, MD

    Psychiatrist, PEACE

    Aaron P. Brinen, PsyD

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Psychotherapy Training Psychiatry Residency Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Monica Calkins, PhD

    Co-Director, HeadsUp

    George Corona, LSW, CPRP

    Team Leader, ENGAGE

    Adam DiBattista, MS, LSW

    Team Lead, Connect 2 Empower

    Ashleigh Hillard, CPS

    Certified Peer Specialist, HOPE

    Katherine Hutcheson, MSW, LSW

    Therapist, CAPSTONE

    Meredith Jacoby, BA

    Outreach Coordinator, HeadsUp

    Megan Jumper, MS

    Data Analyst, HeadsUp

    Christian Kohler, MD

    Co-Director, HeadsUp

    Dennis Laughery, CPS

    Certified Peer Specialist, Wesley Family Services

    Amanda McKinney, MSW, LSW

    Therapist, CAPSTONE

    Elisa Nelson, PhD

    Psychologist, Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center, PERC

    Elijah Nnaeto

    Certified Peer Specialist, CAPSTONE

    Bette Stewart, BS

    FamilyPsychoeducation Consultant and Trainer, University of Maryland

    Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, MS, LPC, NCC, CPSS, CPRP

    Senior Manager of Recovery and Resiliency, Wesley Family Services

    Jerome Taylor, MD

    Co-Director and Psychiatrist, CHOP FEP

    Elizabeth Thomas, PhD

    Assistant Professor, College of Public Health at Temple University

    Crystal Vatza, MS

    Education and Tele-Health Manager, HeadsUp

    R. Marie Wenzel, MSW, LSW

    Director, PEACE

    Kris Wright, LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Clinical Supervisor

    Melanie Yabs, PharmD, MS, BCPP

    Clinical Pharmacist, STEP

    Sarah Zagorac, OTD, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, PEACE

    Thank you to our sponsors and collaborators!

    This training was made possible through a Community Mental Health Services Block Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant Award Number: SM063411-01. © 2021 HeadsUp. All Rights Reserved.