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Project ECHO at Penn State College of Medicine

ASERT and the Penn State College of Medicine invites direct support staff and their supervisors to register for a no-cost, training-hour eligible continuing education course. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence based approach to continuing education and tele-mentoring that leverages the power of sharing knowledge across miles and across disciplines. The next series is titled Project Reassure: Fostering Resilience for Neurodiverse Communities.  

Training Description:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed all Pennsylvanians to unprecedented levels of stress and uncertainty. For neurodiverse Pennsylvanians and their caregivers, this stress and anxiety may be particularly high. This population, which is already at high risk for abuse and unpleasant life events, may have experienced trauma directly related to the pandemic and social distancing measures. Additionally, the continuing uncertainty about safe and gradual re-entry into community activities may be another source of significant stress. Direct service professionals are able to help the neurodiverse individuals and their caregivers build resilience in the face of this stress and anxiety.

The eight-session Project Reassure ECHO series will launch on April 14, 2023 from 7:45-9 a.m. This series will provide participants with strategies in supporting neurodiverse individuals struggling with anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic and building resilience. The curriculum will cover the basics of recognizing trauma, stress, and anxiety, fostering resilience building skills, crisis prevention, dealing with uncertainty, and changes in the neurodiverse brain. Professionals serving neurodiverse individuals including clinical supervisors of direct support professionals, group home managers, behavior specialists and program coordinators are encouraged to register and actively participate.

See the attached flyer for more information.