Mental Health Issues in Schools

Topic: What Experts say are Current Mental Health Issues in Schools

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021


Time: Begin sign in at 8:35 AM/Meeting Start 8:45 AM/Wrap up by 11:15 AM

Hosted by Slippery Rock University College of Education


ACT 48 Credit

NBCC Continuing Education Credits for Counselors

This virtual event is supported by Magellan Behavioral Health, Clarion Psychiatric Center and Slippery Rock University

This event is designed to meet the needs of Counselors, Administrators, Teachers,  College Professors and everyone who is interested in students being successful.


Meet the Presenters:

David Delvaux, Clinical Liaison, Clarion Psychiatric Center

David Delvaux, M.S, I began my career at The Watson Institute as their coordinator of Community Based Instruction/Education consultant where I provided them with 12 years of service.  During this time I went on to get my Masters in rehab counseling at Clarion University. I was employed by Paoletta Counseling Services for 14 years providing counseling to kid, adolescents and adults.  I am currently employed by Clarion Psychiatric Center as their Clinical Liaison for the last 6 years where I provided 14 different Mental Health Trainings throughout the state of PA and cover over 14 counties in pa in helping our patients and providers understand the services CPC provides.

 Presentation: Teen Suicide

Following the presentation participants will know: Warning Signs of Suicide/Risk Factors/What to Do

Tara Karbiner, Director of Clinical Services, Magellan Behavioral Health

Tara Karbiner, MSW, LCSW graduated from Temple University in 1999 with a Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has worked at Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania since 2001, beginning her career there as Children’s Care Manager, promoted to Director of Child and Family Resiliency (2002-2020) and most recently promoted to Director of Clinical Services in 2020.  Tara oversees the Utilization Management and Care Coordination activities for PA MA enrolled members in six PA Counties.  Prior to her work at Magellan, Tara worked at a Community Mental Health Center in Philadelphia as a Case Manager, EPSDT Specialist and Outpatient therapist for children and families.

Presentation: Supporting Students Returning to School Post COVID- 19

Following the presentation participants will know: How to Identify Stressors for Children Returning/How to Create a School Environment that Supports the Child/Implement Strategies to Support Students/Provide Solutions for Caregivers (Parents) to use at Home to Support the Child.


A conversation between Dr. Keith Dils Dean College of Education and Dr. Mark Matta about good communication and how to communicate frequently with families in a culturally sensitive manner.

Mark Matta, D.O. CEO, Psych Med Associates

Mark Matta, D.O. is a native of New Castle and is a graduate of Neshannock High School. He attended Allegheny College and received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a dual minor in Classical History and Chemistry. After graduating from Allegheny, he went on to attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Matta completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon completion of the residency program, Dr. Matta joined his father, Shoukry Matta, M.D., in private practice at Psych Med Associates in 2007. He successfully completed and received his board certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in 2008 and remains board certified to this day.  Presently, Dr. M. Matta is the CEO of Psych Med Associates, P.C. He is on staff at Sharon Regional Hospital.

Part 3


Moderator: Mark Matta


  • David Delvaux, Clarion Psychiatric Center
  • Tracy Shultz, M.S. is Director of Operations for Magellan Behavioral Health of PA, responsible for operations in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Tracy was graduated from Geneva College with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and her undergraduate degree is in Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh. Tracy has 25 years of experience in the human services field including experienced leadership in project management, program development, grant writing and facilitating training programs.
  • Matt Pertile graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Chemistry and from Chatham University with a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, Matt began his professional work at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  He worked with adults diagnosed with schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders.  Following this work, Matt provided mental health crisis support through Resolve Crisis Network out of Pittsburgh.  Matt has spent the last 10 years working for the Laurel School District as the junior / senior high school counselor and is certified as a K-12 Principal.  He also works with teens & adults at Angelus Therapeutic Services in New Castle as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
  • Jane V. Hale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Development at Slippery Rock University where she coordinates the School Counseling Program and teaches in both the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs.  Dr. Hale has an extensive resume of practitioner experience in both the mental health and school counseling fields.  She has worked as a therapist in a family-based program, started a private practice specializing in the treatment of adolescents and families, was a professional school counselor at the elementary school level, and provided counseling services to students in a public special education school.  Dr. Hale holds certification as a k-12 school counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania.


  • Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Questions must be submitted no later than September 23 Email them to By submitting questions you will help design the agenda. We want to meet your needs.
  • If you have difficulty registering on line simply answer the questions and email them to or call Herb Hunt at 724.494.0968 Register early the number of participants may be limited.
  • You will be notified that your registration has been received.
  • This is a timely topic and is designed to be participant friendly. One of the goals of all events is to “Build Partnerships for Student Success”.
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