Our expert staff and trainers are keeping busy, presenting at a variety of virtual events all over the U.S. Click through below to learn about where you can find us!

October 2020

Supporting Behavioral Health in LGBTQ+ Communities

Presenter: Andrew Spiers, LSW – Director of Training & Technical Assistance​ 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

2020 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium

The history of queer liberation is intrinsically linked to the health and wellness of the queer community. LGBTQ+ folks have always created resources where none existed. So why are queer folks still disproportionately impacted by poverty, mental health challenges, substance use, and barriers to care? How are service providers failing the LGBTQ+ community despite good intentions? In this workshop, attendees will learn strategies for supporting the holistic wellness of LGBTQ+ individuals. The presentation will include discussion of social and political issues impacting queer communities, strategies for countering marginalization and trauma, and best practices for inclusive and affirming service provision.

Services for Sex Workers and Harm Reduction Principles

Presenters: Jocelyn Bookman, MSW – Assistant Team Leader, Team 3
& Christina Jackson, RN – Service Coordinator/Registered Nurse, Team 1
Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM EST

2020 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium


This session will review the ways in which harm reduction, as an ideology, aligns with service provision for individuals engaging in sex work or transactional sex—a historically marginalized population. Attendees will explore how to challenge stigmas around sex work and discover ways to mitigate the harms associated with it. This session is best suited for those working directly with individuals who have previously or are currently engaged in sex work— including case managers, behavioral health professionals, peer specialists, outreach workers, nurses, healthcare professionals, and/or supervisors of such workers.

2020 PA Community Alliance Summit
Housing & Disabilities (Multi-Agency Presentation and Interactive Group Discussion)
Monday, October 5, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST

Michelle Farren - the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Justin Eden - the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Danielle Rudy - the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Jamie Ray-Leonetti - Temple Institute on Disabilities
Marian Frattarola-Saulino - Values Into Action
Andrew Spiers, LSW – Pathways to Housing PA

Register for the 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit

Join the panelists to discuss the many paths and avenues to housing for people with disabilities and those with mental health considerations.


Housing First: How and Why It Works

Presenter: Andrew Spiers, LSW – Director of Training & Technical Assistance
Friday, November 20, 2020 from 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST

Temple University School of Social Work Continuing Education Program
Interactive, Live Webinar held via Zoom

The Housing First model has been in use in the United States since the late 1980’s, yet many still regard it as a radical and high-risk intervention. Common misconceptions of Housing First as an “anything goes” approach have prevented more widespread adoption of this evidence-based innovation in addressing homelessness for those with psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders. In this course, attendees will learn about the philosophy and guiding principles of the Housing First model, as well as the overlap with harm reduction and other evidence-based practices. Attendees will follow the path of an individual from street engagement to permanent supportive housing, exploring the importance of interdisciplinary staff, trouble-shooting common behavioral concerns, and learning about the importance of advocating for housing as a human right as a member of the social work profession.


“I thoroughly enjoyed the first webinar – it was really helpful to hear from folk who are on the ground working with people.  I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series and to sharing the content with my colleagues.” – “Recovering from Homelessness” Webinar Attendee