Mental Health Issues in Schools

10/20/2020 , 9:15 am - 11:00 am

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020  

Location: Virtual 

Time: Sign in begins at 9:15 AM/ Program begins at 9:30/ Wrap up 11:00 AM 

Hosted by Geneva College 


This event is supported by Magellan Health and Belmont Pines Hospital 

This event is designed to meet the needs of Counselors, Administrators, Teachers,  Health Care Providers, College Professors and everyone who is interested in students being successful. 


Meet the Presenter: 

Mark Matta, D.O.

CEO, Psych Med Associates

Medical Director, Magellan Health 

Mark Matta, D.O. is a native of New Castle and is a graduate of Neshannock High School. He attended Allegheny College and received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a dual minor in Classical History and Chemistry. After graduating from Allegheny, he went on to attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Matta completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon completion of the residency program, Dr. Matta joined his father, Shoukry Matta, M.D., in private practice at Psych Med Associates in 2007. He successfully completed and received his board certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 2008 and remains board certified to this day.  Presently, Dr. M. Matta is the CEO of Psych Med Associates, P.C. He is also the medical director of Magellan Health in Cambria County and is on staff at Sharon Regional Hospital.   

Presentation:  Anxiety- The Silent Bully

Participants will 

  • Understand what anxiety is and how it is manifested in children/adolescents 
  • Learn how to identify potential signs and triggers of anxiety 
  • Know how to help alleviate anxiety in youth 

Meet the Presenter: 

Joseph Farris, MD

Belmont Pines Hospital

Associate Medical Director

Joseph Farris, MD is native of Youngstown and a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.  He attended John Carroll University and received a BS in Biology.  Upon graduation from college Dr. Farris attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he received his Doctorate of Medicine.  Dr. Farris completed his residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He completed and received board certification in psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry in 2008 from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and has continued to maintain this status.  He has been employed at Belmont Pines since 2006 and is currently the Associate Medical Director.

Participants will:

  • Understand the role of adults in modeling appropriate anxiety control to children
  • Be able to discuss anxiety from personal experiences with children 


An ALL STAR PANEL: Dr. Lou Parrott, Medical Director Behavioral Health Operations Magellan Health/Dr. Farris/Dr. Matta

Questions to be asked by moderators 

Sample questions: 

  • What will some of the post COVID-19 issues be and how should they be addressed? 
  • What are symptoms of stress in children and teens and how should it be addressed? 
  • What causes anxiety disorders? 
  • Anxiety among staff members and what should administrators know and do? 
  • How can anxiety disorders be prevented or can they? 
  • Will children be psychologically affected more than adults by the pandemic of COVID-19? 

Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Questions must be submitted no later than October 15Email them to hhevents@zoominternet.net  By submitting questions you will help design the agenda. We want to meet your needs. 

If you have difficulty registering on line simply answer the questions and email them to hhevents@zoominternet.net or call Herb Hunt at 724.494.0968 Register early the number of participants may be limited.  

You will be notified that your registration has been received. 

This is a timely topic and is designed to be participant friendly. One of the goals of all events is to “Build Partnerships for Student Success”. 

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Dr. Keith Dils, Dean, College of Education Slippery Rock University

How Prepared are Students for the World after High School
Industry Based Learning Indicators of the Future Ready PA Index

Hosted by Slippery Rock University January 16, 2020

Highlights of the Event:

140 Participants Registered that included administrators, counselors, business, community leaders.
75 school districts, organizations and businesses were represented.
95 % completing the evaluation rated the event as EXCELLENT
A presentation by: Ms. Laura Fridirici PDE and Mr. Nick Paolini IU 5/The Industry-Based Learning Indicators
A presentation by: Mr. Michael Vatter, CEO/ Career Readiness a Businessman’s Perspective
A presentation by: Margaret Rich/ Stacey Spanenburg/How MHS Prepares Students for the World of Work
A presentation by: Dr. Harvey-Smith, President PTC/Importance of Partnerships for Enhancing Career Readiness

Two Focus Groups shared their expertise on Preparing Students for the World after High School

Some comments made by participants:

HH Events, as always, professionally done, interesting, time well spent. The PA Future Ready Index as discussed was very informational—Brad Meehan, Principal Mohawk Schools

Quality presenters today. Clear information was presented. I didn’t leave more confused or overwhelmed but rather energized and with thoughts and ideas to really support our students—Amy Switzer, Counselor Redbank Valley High School

I appreciated the clarification on Industry Based Learning—Amy Lutz, Counselor Mohawk School District

I thought the Reality Fair was a great idea and I would like to implement this in our district—Alissa Pyle, Counselor Villa Maria Academy

I will take back this information and work within our faculty to implement career based credentials into our current curriculum—Andrew Carlson, Administrator Valley Grove School District

Michael Vatter’s financial literacy comments were very striking—Anne Conti, Intermediate Unit 5

I enjoyed the stats that were shared and hearing about what members of the industry had to say about employability. This was a day well spent—Tiffany Vanasco, Teacher Lawrence Co Career Tech School

The Industry Based Standards are not as challenging to meet as originally thought—Cara Gadley, Counselor Fort LeBoeuf High School

The requirements of Industry Based Standards must be done multiple ways to meet these standards based on student’s needs and interest—Michelle Dvorchak, Counselor Ringgold School District

Found interesting the partnerships with business and industry and post-secondary schools to prepare students for careers—Brian Keyser, Administrator Jamestown School District

The lengthy list of Industry Recognized Credentials that can be used for Industry Learning Based requirements, I was unaware there were so many. Looking forward to reviewing this to help our students that struggle to meet this standard through other established pathways—Toni Baldanzi, Administrator West Allegheny School District

Dispositions among employees is the number one reason why employees are let go. Social and Emotional Learning should be one of the top priorities we want our kids to know when they graduate—Laura Montecalvo, Counselor West Allegheny School District

I’m looking forward to using the Industry Standards to help students explore career readiness opportunities—Bill Deal, Administrator Freedom School District

I was very impressed by the Milton Hershey School presentation. It leads me to ponder why are all high schools not providing a similar approach—Diane Papa, Slippery Rock University

The Focus Group was very informative and provided a platform for discussions and follow up questions. Excellent Event—Kris Miller, Teacher Burgettstown School District

Great tips, worth doing every year—Scott McCurdy, Administrator Crawford Central School District

All of this happened from 10 AM to 2PM. It was an amazing 4 hours of information, reflection and active participation—Herb Hunt

The following people helped to make this event happen and are awarded a “GOLD STAR”
Mr. Nick Paolini, Assistant Director at Intermediate Unit 5
Ms. Laura Fridirici, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Mr. Michael Vatter, CEO First Choice Federal Credit Union
Ms. Margaret Rich and Ms. Stacey Spanenburg, Counselors, Milton Hershey School
Dr. Harvey-Smith, President, Pittsburgh Technical College
Mr. Vince Gratteri, Admissions, Pittsburgh Technical College
Dr. Keith Dils, Dean College of Education Slippery Rock University
Dr. Jane Hale, Associate Professor Department of Counseling and Development Slippery Rock University
Focus Group 1—Len Rich, Rob Eggleston, Laura Fridirici, Tony Miller, Ryan Jared
Focus Group 2—Michael Vatter, John Rindy, Ryan Graves, Julie Lander, Eileen Steffan
SRU Counseling Students: Emily Shaffer, Lauryn Greggs, Jonathan Saxman, Jessica Slupe, Hannah Buckley
Thank you to Slippery Rock University for hosting and supporting
Thank you to Pittsburgh Technical College for supporting
Thank you to First Choice Federal Credit Union for supporting
Thank you to Milton Hershey School for supporting