December 2, 2015

Compassion Fatigue: When the Distress of Others Becomes Contagious

Presenter: Amy Moritz, Youth Development Program Coordinator, Center for Schools and Communities 

Compassion fatigue is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often coupled with increased cynicism and feelings of professional ineffectiveness. It happens slowly over time when helping professionals are exposed to the traumatic stories of their clients. Education about compassion fatigue is a protective factor and early detection can prevent symptoms from reaching incapacitating levels. Participants in this webinar will explore the signs and symptoms of the onset of compassion fatigue and will learn about prevention techniques and self-care strategies.

Session Recording

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Handout 1: Self-Care Plan (Word)

Handout 2: Standards of Self-Care (Word)

Handout 3: Self-Care Examples (Word)

Mandatory CWDS Training for ELECT Programs

On July 1, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services moved the ELECT Initiative from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to the Office of Income Maintenance (OIM). At the grantees' meeting in April, 2015 some of you had questions about whether or not the data collection system Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) would be used by the ELECT sites. At the time it seemed possible to operate ELECT without the system, but after further discussion it was determined that ELECT sites should enter some basic information in CWDS for each participant.

From August 10 through August 20, six identical online trainings were held regarding CWDS.

Session Recording

Reference Documents for the Training Sessions (PDF) 

Presentation Slides

Family Works Application

User Agreement

Management Directive

May 8, 2015

Helping Young Parents Handle Grief and Loss

It is never easy helping someone who experienced a miscarriage, still birth or death of an infant. Most often pregnancy is a time of celebration and anticipation, even for young parents, and suddenly the future unexpectedly changes. This webinar will provide ELECT case managers with an understanding of the implications of parental grief after the death of an infant and how best to provide support to the grieving parent. The better the understanding of the grief process, the better equipped ELECT staff will be to help participants experiencing the loss of child.

Presentation Slides (PDF) 

February 13, 2015

Dating and Violence Should Never be a Couple

Presenter Rhonda Hendrickson, Director of Violence Intervention and Prevention at the YMCA of Greater Harrisburg will help participants understand teen dating violence and how to identify teen dating violence situations. She will review bystander intervention skills for assisting and supporting someone who may be involved in an abuse relationship. The session will also include healthier approaches to dating relationships and conflicts that you can share with your ELECT participants.  


January 12, 2015

Influences and Identifiers of Youth Gang Involvement

Presented by Michelle Gwinn Nutter, Safe and Supportive Schools Program Manager, Center for Safe Schools

Understanding how gangs develop and what they offer members is critical in order to create effective intervention and prevention strategies. This session will provide information to heighten attendees' awareness of identifiers indicative of possible gang involvement. Attendees will gain insight into the societal influencers and community, family and individual risk factors that increase the likelihood of youth participation in the gang lifestyle. The session will conclude with best practices for schools, parents and communities to respond to gang -involved youth.

Presentation Slides (PDF)