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Professional Development

Taking part in a training session is an excellent way to learn more about the human services arena and obtain answers to your questions. Whether you are looking for more general information or are interested in a specific program or service offered by DHS, please check out the offerings below for additional information.

General Training

General DHS information 
The Department of Human Services offers trainings to individuals or groups interested in learning more about the general services DHS provides. For more information on these trainings, please contact: Samantha Murphy, 412-350-2441, samantha.murphy@alleghenycounty.us  

Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW)
Offered through the DHS Office of Community Services, this training program is designed for persons who work directly with individuals and families.

 Behavioral Health  

Information on services for children and young adults with serious emotional disorders
The DHS OBH Bureau of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services Children’s Team Liaisons offer trainings to anyone interested in acquiring additional information on services like the Student Assistance Program (SAP), Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs or on special education legislation and regulations for DHS and provider agencies serving children in Allegheny County Schools. For more information on trainings, please contact: Ruth Ann Koss: 412-350-3374, ruthann.koss@alleghenycounty.us 

Service Coordination Trainings and Certificates
Offered through the DHS Office of Behavioral Health and the University of Pittsburgh, these certificates are required of all individuals who currently provide services coordination services for persons with a mental health disorder.


World Wide Web Icon Mandated Reporter Training
Pa. Family Support Alliance provides this training on-site or via webinar.  It is available free to agencies and schools in Pennsylvania. It is currently the only Pa. DHS -certified training on the subject.PDF Icon Details re: Act 126 of 2012;  Act 126 of 2012 

 Training Materials 

 Pennsylvania’s General and Special Education/Disability Accommodation Screen 

Trainings (7) for educators of children involved with human services and juvenile justice systems
These seven trainings were developed through the cooperative effort of DHS and the Education Law Center with the goal of improving educational outcomes for children in these high-risk categories.

For questions about any of the above training materials, the Education Screen or other DHS education-related training opportunities, contact:

Samantha Murphy
Resource Services Manager/Education Liaison
Email: Samantha.Murphy@alleghenycounty.us  
Phone: 412-350-2441

Intellectual Disability (MR)

The DHS Office of Intellectual Disability offers trainings about the ID System, especially in Allegheny County, and regarding OID specifically. These trainings are tailored for each audience.  Presentations that have a specific focus on transition planning and / or employment are available. For more information, reach Mary Figlar at 412-253-1251 or mfiglar@alleghenycounty.us.