Events

To celebrate the launch of Housing First University, we're inviting you to join us for a series of free Coffee Break Webinars.

These are short, 30-minute trainings focused on skill-building for topics related to Housing First, harm reduction, and service delivery. Our Coffee Break Webinars are open to all and may be of particular interest to housing providers, case managers, therapists, medical professionals, and other direct service workers. Explore the upcoming sessions below.

 


Recovering from Homelessness 

Presenters: Rob Wetherington, MA & Kenneth Wilson, CPS
Thursday, January 30th at 1:30 pm est
Free Webinar 

   

Homelessness ends once a person is housed, but the hardest work is in helping folks reclaim their lives. By slowly building trusting relationships and fostering meaningful connection, Pathways to Housing PA staff encourage our program participants to take an active role in their treatment. In this webinar, long-time Pathways staff members will discuss how they have partnered with participants to envision a new life, develop goals that match this vision, and support individuals in achieving personal milestones.
 
This webinar is best suited for those working directly with individuals who have previously or are currently experiencing homelessness— including case managers, behavioral health professionals, peer specialists, outreach workers, and/or supervisors of such workers. 
 
Rob Wetherington, MA joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2012 to develop art programming to foster connections between staff and participants. Having spent more than fifteen years in homeless services both as an employee and volunteer, Rob’s emphasis has been to help people re-imagine their lives through the arts, peer support, and clinical services. Rob has helped to build the Community Inclusion and Advocacy Department at Pathways, which acts as a conduit to community resources and strives to support participants living in the community like everyone else. Partnering with the clinical teams, the department assesses activities participants want to explore and bridges participants to the community. Rob earned a BFA in Art Education from Old Dominion University and an MA in Urban Studies at Eastern University.
 
Kenneth Wilson is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) and Disabled Veteran who has worked with dually diagnosed participants for over six years. Ken began working at Pathways to Housing PA in May of 2013. As a Certified Peer Specialist, he provides peer support, serves as an advocate, and promotes participant community integration.

 

Strategies for Supporting Clients with Accessing Medical Care: A Person-Centered Approach 

Presenter: Elana Sorrin, MSW
Tuesday, February 4th at 12:00 pm est
Free Webinar


 
This webinar will explore case management approaches to supporting individuals with chronic mental illness and/or substance use disorders in accessing and receiving comprehensive medical care. Topics covered include advocating for person-centered care in medical settings and discussing harm reduction with medical providers.
 
This webinar is best suited for those working directly with individuals managing complex medical needs or individuals who would benefit from advocacy in medical settings— including case managers, peer specialists, and/or supervisors of such workers. This webinar may also benefit nurses, physicians, and other medical professionals interested in harm reduction and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
 
Elana Sorrin has worked at Pathways to Housing PA since 2016, with much of her experience consisting of medical case management. She earned her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Temple University in 2016 and 2019 respectively. Elana is experienced in advocacy for culturally competent medical care on an individual scale and working within the team framework to holistically support medically fragile participants.
 

After Recurrence of Use: Harm Reduction and the Therapeutic Alliance 

Presenters: Jeffrey Jackson, MA & Matt Tice, LCSW
Thursday, February 6th at 12:00 pm est
Free Webinar

   
 
From a safety perspective, workers practicing harm reduction based-care need to encourage open, nonjudgmental dialogue with individuals navigating substance use. In this session, experts will share concrete strategies for fostering and encouraging a therapeutic alliance that collaboratively defines a path following a recurrence of use.   
 
This webinar is best suited for those working directly with individuals managing substance use— including behavioral health professionals, case managers, peer specialists, and/or supervisors of such workers. 
 
Jeffrey Jackson joined Pathways to Housing PA in April 2017 as an Assistant Team Leader. After helping to establish best practices for the agency’s first clinical team dedicated to serving individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD), Jeffrey became a Team Leader and has been a vital asset in expanding Pathways’ OUD clinical services. Jeffrey has over 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience in the behavioral health field. He received his Master of Arts from Alvernia University in 2005, where he concentrated in Counseling and Addiction Studies. Jeffrey is passionate about fair affordable housing, ending homelessness, HIV & its cure, and advocating for the dignity and respect of all human beings.

Since 2012, Matt Tice has held the role of Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, and Clinical Director at Pathways to Housing PA, and now serves as the agency’s first Behavioral Health Therapist, working in conjunction with the Integrated Care team. Spending face-to-face time with participants and staff at multiple levels every day informs his constantly evolving practice. Matt is a passionate champion for the models of Housing First, harm reduction, and holistic integrated care. His ultimate goal is to join together with the amazing partners, advocates, fighters, and survivors across the city for the eradication of homelessness in Philadelphia. Matt provides webinars for both national and local providers as well as smaller community groups, faith-based groups, and social service agencies.
 

Medical Outreach: Tips for Healthcare Providers Working in the Community 

Presenter: Kate Gleason-Bachman, RN
Wednesday, February 12th at 1:00 pm est
Free Webinar

 
Attendees of this webinar will explore the purpose of medical outreach, how to conduct triage and care referrals, and the importance of relationship building and linking back to primary care.  
 
This webinar is best suited for nurses and health care providers in community settings caring for individuals managing psychiatric disabilities, substance use, and/or chronic medical conditions. This webinar may also benefit physicians, EMTs, first responders, healthcare clinic staff, case managers, outreach workers, or others interested in harm reduction and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
 
Kate Gleason-Bachman is a Philadelphia-based nurse that has worked in community health for the past twelve years.  Her nursing career has been focused on serving people experiencing homelessness and her current interest areas include substance use disorders, medication assisted treatment, food access and nutrition, and wound care. Kate’s team at Pathways to Housing PA specifically serves individuals with opioid use disorder.  She supports patients in the home and community with acute, chronic, and preventive health care needs and helps people experiencing opioid use disorder re-integrate into health care settings. Kate has a BA in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College and a Bachelor’s of Nursing from Columbia University.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health at Temple University and will receive her degree in 2020.
 

Services for Sex Workers and Harm Reduction Principles 

Presenter: Jocelyn Bookman, MSW & Christina Jackson, RN
Friday, February 14th at 1:00 pm est
Free Webinar

   
 
This webinar 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 webinar 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. 

Jocelyn received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While there, she completed research on behalf of the needle exchange program, Intercambios Puerto Rico, to expand and improve their services for sex workers in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Prior to her role as Assistant Team Leader at Pathways to Housing PA, Jocelyn worked in San Diego as an outpatient therapist, where she increased her firsthand experience providing counseling to sex workers and people with severe and persistent mental illness. Jocelyn is an advocate for the decriminalization of sex work and is passionate about harm reduction practice.
 
Christina Jackson, RN, is a Nurse/Service Coordinator at Pathways to Housing PA, working with people who have a history of homelessness and collaborating with them to pursue their personal and health-oriented goals. She is passionate about providing empathetic service to her communities and advocating for people to move through life with agency. Christina has eight years of direct service with people working in the sex trade. In 2015, the New York Women’s Foundation awarded her with a grant for The Door: Center for Alternatives to provide services for young people impacted by the sex trade. Christina is a Registered Nurse with a BS in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA double majoring in Japanese and Comparative Studies, with a focus on Ethnic & American Studies, from The Ohio State University.