Parent Training Calendar

At the end of the 15–16 school year, the PACS Special Education team surveyed students receiving Special Education services and their parents concerning areas of the Special Education process and related topics of interest to support students with special needs.  While trainings were designed for that specific population, any PACS student or parent are welcome to attend as well as any PACS student’s larger support system (ie. Relatives or close family friends who help support PACS students).

September 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM–12:30 PM and  March 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM–4:30 PM

Ages and Stages: This training concentrates on developmental milestones for children from infancy to five years of age along with behavior management techniques appropriate for young parents. The speaker will include information concerning early communication skills, cognitive skills, adaptive behavior, motor skills and social/emotional skills. The training will also highlight locally available early childhood intervention services. This training will be provided by Patrick Lambert, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.

February 7, 2017 at 3:30–4:30 PM

Post-Secondary Transition – This training focuses on assistance provided through special education and outside agencies to assist students in the transition process. This training will provide an overview of the transition process and highlight available resources for adults with disabilities. This training is provided by Pennsylvania’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

September 21–October 26, 2016: Every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Stress Management: This training encompasses a 6 sessions and will be provided by Dr. Bruce Rabin.

Bruce Rabin, MD, PhD

  • ​Professor of pathology, psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Healthy Lifestyle Program

Dr. Rabin, a recognized authority in the effects of stress on the human immune system,  has been quoted extensively on the topic by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also been featured in national magazines including, Prevention, Self, First for Women, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour. In addition, he has been interviewed by KDKA-TV, WPXI-TV and WTAE-TV.

His research focuses on quality of health as he recognizes the importance of finding ways to contribute to maintaining the health of healthy people during the aging process. One of the primary reasons that human beings become susceptible to illness is that the immune system fails to properly do its job. Thus, it is a logical step to focus upon factors that alter the function of the immune system during aging.

Dr. Rabin established a major stress and immune system research program at the Brain, Behavior, and Immunity Center at the UPMC. He has studied the effect of stress on the immune system and the pathways of communication between the brain and the immune system.

October 13, 2016 11:30 AM–12:30 PM

Student Support System: This training provides parents ideas on how to support their child’s learning. It will also focus on methods in which parents and other stakeholders in a child’s life can work together to provide a fully functioning support system to ensure their child graduates and successfully transitions into higher education, vocational/technical training or directly into the workplace. This training will be presented by Early King, Interim Head of School for PACS.

January 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM–4:30 PM

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): This training focuses on Federal requirements and the IEP process.  It provides a full explanation of the process from assessment to determination of eligibility and finally, creation and implementation of an initial IEP. This training incorporates a review and Q&A concerning procedural safeguards. The training will be provided by HHPACS staff.