October 2023

26 October 2023
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Verbal De-Escalation for Non-Law Enforcement

Class is currently filled to capacity, please email dkerns@dvtrusts.com or call 215-706-0101 to be added to wait list. Thank you.

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT Members at no cost.

This course reviews verbal and non-verbal de-escalation techniques for non-law enforcement public entity employees including administration, public works, parks and recreation, and library personnel. It discusses the various physical and mental barriers to communication and possible alternative responses. Participants will learn verbal and non-verbal forms of communication and their impact on the de-escalation process.

Presented by Janine Paul, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety

Location: Delaware Valley Trusts Training Facility, 719 Dresher Rd, Horsham PA

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26 October 2023
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

DVHT Biometric Screening Information Session

Knowing your biometric numbers every year can help you track your health over time and understand your risk for certain health conditions. Health Trust enrollees and their covered spouses are eligible to earn a $150 incentive for completing a biometric screening annually. Join this session to learn about the Biometric Screening Incentive, how to navigate the My.QuestForHealth.com website, and what you can expect along the way. Bring your questions!

This virtual webinar is NOT eligible for the Delaware Valley Health Trust $100 Health Education Incentive, it is for informational purposes only.

Click the following link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oF9eFqPUT3qPdpo3yHBKCA 

November 2023

1 November 2023
9:00 am – 12:30 pm

DVWCT Claim Prevention and Legal Update

Open to DVWCT Members at no cost.

The Delaware Valley Workers’ Compensation Trust (DVWCT) is pleased to host this informative annual workshop. This year’s program focuses on the challenges of a compensable claim and the malingering injured employee as well as case studies on successful law enforcement officer physical fitness initiatives and a “teaser” preview for a new Safety Leadership Training for managers and supervisors. A detailed agenda follows.

We encourage DVWCT Risk Control Contacts, Managers, Police Chiefs and Command Staff as well as Department Heads and emerging Local Government Leadership to attend. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Introductions

9:05 a.m.         How to Overcome Challenges of the Malingering Injured Employee  The compensable claim is one where facts confirm how the injury occurred, confirmation of diagnoses, and expected disability time frames. Our speakers will discuss the engagement of the employer to stop the malingering employee and identify potential red flags including: “doctor shopping”, adding body parts to complaints, and non–compliance with orders from superiors when return to work has been ordered. This session will provide the anatomy of a winning case and the potential consequences for failure to return to work.

Presenters: Patrick Molloy, Chief of Police, Abington Township and Anthony Natale, Esq., Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin

10:15 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.      Successful Law Enforcement Officer Physical Fitness Initiatives  The International Association of Chiefs of Police facilitated a multi-agency study in 2012 that showed physically fit police officers were less likely to suffer a work-related injury.  Additionally, overweight officers were more likely to sustain serious injuries, miss more days from work when injured and require more rehabilitation. Unfortunately, encouraging employees who work 12-16 hours per day to exercise is challenging. In this segment, two member chiefs of police will discuss how they overcame institutional obstacles and were able to significantly improve physical fitness levels in their respective departments.

Presenters:  David Scirrotto, Chief of Police, Lower Moreland Township; Patrick Molloy, Chief of Police, Abington Township

11:30 a.m.       Safety Leadership Training for Managers and Supervisors   As with many aspects of workplace culture, those in charge can make or break an organization’s safety program. To answer the age-old question, “What can I do as a leader to keep my employees and volunteers safe?” the DVT Risk Control Department has compiled a new seminar which conveys the essential skills required for supervisors/managers to become safety leaders. In this segment we will provide a 45-minute preview of this compelling topic and highlight some of the powerful prevention skills covered in more depth during the full, half-day workshop.

Presenter: Michael Pacana, Sr. Risk Control Consultant, Delaware Valley Trusts

12:15 p.m.      Lunch

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2 November 2023
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Public Entity Risk Management – Core Course, Penn State Public Entity Leadership Certificate Program

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.

Leaders must know how to protect their employees and organizations from incidental losses. This program provides an overview of risks and best risk management practices for the major functional departments within the public sector.

Lunch will be provided.

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6 November 2023
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

DVHT Wellness Program Q&A Session

Whether you have participated in the Health Trust Wellness Program before or this is your first year to earn an incentive or reimbursement, the Wellness Team is here to answer your questions. Join this session to learn more about wellness incentives and reimbursements and ask your questions. Feel free to ask questions live during the session or submit them in advance to wellness@dvtrusts.com.

This virtual webinar is NOT eligible for the Delaware Valley Health Trust $100 Health Education Incentive, it is for informational purposes only.

Click the following link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WqxfrD3mSE6s78Q9ZFdJLg

7 November 2023
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Slow Cooker Recipes – Eligible for Health Education Incentive

Eligible for the Delaware Valley Health Trust $100 Health Education Incentive.

Open to Delaware Valley Health Trust Members at no cost.

Join this presentation to explore the benefits of slow cooker meals and how they are a great healthy alternative to unhealthy eating trends.

This virtual webinar is eligible for the Delaware Valley Health Trust $100 Health Education Incentive. This session is presented in partnership with Main Line Health.


For more information on Health Trust Wellness incentives and reimbursements, click here (login required) or contact the Wellness Team at wellness@dvtrusts.com or call 267-803-5721.


14 November 2023
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Safety Training for Leaders

Open to DVWCT (Workers’ Comp) and DVPLT (Property & Liability) members at no cost.

This seminar is designed to provide managers and supervisors with an understanding of the characteristics of safety leadership and how to build a strong safety culture in their organization. This is accomplished using effective communication skills to positively influence personal levels of acceptable risk, attitudes and behaviors.

Participants will learn communication skills to foster engagement, how to implement the elements of a strong safety system, build operational defenses to prevent injuries, and how best to respond after an incident occurs to identify proper corrective actions to prevent their reoccurrence. The key learnings are conveyed through examples, best practices, hands-on demonstrations, and group problem solving.

Delaware Valley Trusts, 719 Dresher Road, Horsham PA  19044 Tuesday, November 14, 2023       9:00 am to 12:00 pm                 A light breakfast will be provided.

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15 November 2023
8:00 am

Tactical Medicine Instructor

The Delaware Valley Workers’ Compensation Trust (DVWCT) is pleased to offer up to 10 scholarships of $200 each (limit one scholarship per member entity) for the following course:

Tactical Medicine Instructor

November 15 – 17, 2023 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Location:  Centre Square Park 1527 Yost Rd, Blue Bell PA  19426

Description: This three-day course is designed to equip Law Enforcement, Tactical EMS, and RTF-trained Fire/EMS professionals on how to deliver training in the basics of tactical medical care at a level appropriate for non-medically trained personnel, as well as implement a tactical medicine training program or improve an existing one. The class provides for a review of foundational tactical medical techniques and concepts but is not designed to be the student’s first exposure to the material.

You must register directly with RS Functional Solutions (info@rsfsolutions.com). Lunch is not included.

How to Claim a DVWCT Scholarship:

Workers’ Compensation Trust (DVWCT) members should first contact the Trust to confirm availability and reserve your scholarship by emailing cbigham@dvtrusts.com or calling 267-803-5720.

Register directly by emailing info@rsfsolutions.com. After completing the course, forward proof of completion and payment to cbigham@dvtrusts.com. Upon approval, the Trusts will issue a reimbursement check for a $200 scholarship (max 10, one per member entity).

Scholarship questions? Please email cbigham@dvtrusts.com or call 267-803-5720.

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15 November 2023
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Business Communications – Elective Course, Penn State Public Entity Leadership Certificate Program

Class is currently filled. Please call 215-706-0101 or email dkerns@dvtrusts.com to be added to our wait list. Thank you.

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.

The morning workshop, Effective Writing, will explore methods and tools to interact and communicate successfully with others, both verbally and in writing. It will review strategies and techniques for writing letters, memos and emails effectively. In the afternoon, the Presentation Skills workshop will introduce the tools and concepts for developing a Presentation Plan for managers. Additional topics will include strategies for dealing with presentation stress, effective use of audio-visual aids and responding to inquiry/conflict.

Lunch will be provided.

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16 November 2023
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Confined Space Entry

Open to DVWCT and DVPLT members at no cost.

OSHA defines “permit-required confined spaces” as a confined space that has one or more of the following characteristics:

(1) Contains or has a potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere; (2) Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant; (3) Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section; or (4) Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

This seminar discusses what constitutes a confined space, reviews potential hazards that could be contained and details best practices for protecting public employees required to work in such environments. This seminar is approved for 3 Pa. DEP water/wastewater operator contact hours.

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