2019 Conference Information

The Crisis Intervention Association of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 2019 CIAP Annual Conference, “Trauma In Our Communities: Picking Up the Pieces”.

Communities are being wracked by traumatic events. It seems that we are seeing traumatic situations in the news occurring weekly. Mass causality incidents create trauma within our cities and neighborhoods affecting all populations. As a result of these traumas, crisis workers, first responders, law enforcement, and service-related providers are charged with returning those exposed to trauma back to a new normal, this often takes a great toll on those responding. Self-care is a critical practice before, during, and after a traumatic incident. This year’s conference will host national experts on trauma, self-care, and other topics relevant to the national crisis that we are facing.

This year’s conference will feature four keynote presenters:

Tara Hughes, LCSW-R is the President of Invicta Crisis Solutions, a nationwide consulting group that works with communities, organizations and universities to ensure strategic readiness, organized response and resilient recovery for families and victims directly impacted by mass casualty incidents. She is a mass violence consultant for the US Department of Justice and has a lengthy history of leadership roles in responding to natural and human caused disasters with the American Red Cross.
David Loveland, PhD is a Senior Program Director at Community Care with a focus on improving addiction treatment. His research has included implementing effective behavioral and cognitive behavioral techniques in applied settings. Dr. Loveland oversees several quality improvement projects at Community Care to enhance engagement, retention and the continuum of care for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). Ongoing projects include strategies to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), integrating MAT within all addiction treatment services, and developing value-based payment models to sustain a continuum of care for people with a SUD.
Ronald Roth, MD, FACEP FAEMS is a physician of emergency medicine at UPMC and currently serves as the Associate Director of the EMS fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and Medical Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety. Dr. Roth has been involved in Emergency Medical Services for over 35 years. He is a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, an Emergency Medicine consultant with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Medical Director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods – Pittsburgh Marathon.
LaVarr McBride, BS, MS is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Pennsylvania State University-Beaver Campus. He is an expert in working with trauma associated with violent crime specifically in homicide and sexual assault/abuse cases. Mr. McBride has consulted and advised at several mass shootings. He is also working as a consultant with the Pentagon, and with the Office of Military Commissions working on terrorism cases in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is currently working with survivors of Columbine High School in developing protocols for first responders, school administrators and parents in mass shootings.

To be held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA on November 13 and 14, 2019.

The conference brochure is now available here.

You can register online through this link.

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