The 15th Annual Conference for Direct Service Professionals

Advancing in the Human Services Field: It’s not just a job, it’s a profession!

Welcome to all who provide services to individuals with intellectual disabilities, behavioral health needs and/or addiction

The Alliance of Community Service Providers invites you to attend our 15th Annual Conference for Direct Service Professionals on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at the Hilton City Avenue.


Hegeman String Band

Hegeman String Band

Opening Act

10-time champion string band brings a unique style and sound to Broad Street on New Year’s Day and to performances year round. With over 40 members, Hegeman is committed to bringing music and entertainment to people of all ages. Hegeman is proud to carry on our 90+ year tradition of being a family-oriented organization.
Sharon T. Wise, M.H.S., C.P.S

Sharon T. Wise, M.H.S., C.P.S

Keynote Presentation

Sharon calls herself a “Surviving Spirit” whose life has been riddled with trials and a difficult childhood. Those tragedies have led to changes in laws and policies all over the country as well as the inclusion of trauma informed care training and practices in a diversity of services and organizations.

Sharon travels nationally and internationally sharing lessons learned and her personal story in hopes that lives will be transformed. She is a trauma expert and lead consultant whose clients include federal and private organizations. Sharon is a Certified Whole Health and Peer Specialist, WRAP Facilitator and holds a Masters Degree in Human Services. She volunteers facilitating local and national workshops that integrate art and the environment.

Sharon is the recipient of multiple awards including 2013 Community Service Award for Leadership and 2016 Charles Willis Award for her contributions to Peer leadership. She has written several plays including the award-winning hits “Meet me on the Moon”, “Dinner at Tuesdays” and “I Wish”. Sharon also self-published a collection of eleven children’s books entitled “S. Dillan Collection” about a dog with bi-polar and a trauma history.

15th Annual Award Ceremony

15th Annual Award Ceremony

Luncheon Presentation

Four special awards will be presented to Direct Service Professionals for outstanding performance.

Leadership Award — Sponsored by Staffing Plus

Positive Impact Award — Sponsored by Resources for Human Development

Embracing Diversity Award — Sponsored by Wedge Recovery Centers

Team Spirit Award — Sponsored by U.S. Medical Staffing


7:30-8:30 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits

8:30-8:45 am

David T. Jones, Acting Commissioner, DBHIDS

8:45-9:00 am

Hegeman String Band

9:00-10:00 am


10:15-11:30 am

Session A

11:45-1:00 pm

Luncheon, Awards Ceremony

1:15-2:30 pm

Session B

2:45-4:00 pm

Session C

Event sponsor

15th Anniversary sponsor

Keynote sponsor


Award sponsors


Parking sponsor

Benefactor Plus


Barber National Institute
Carelink Community Support Services
FMA Professional Resources
Friends Hospital
Horizon House
Kirkbride Center
Lamb Insurance
Mental Health Association of SE PA
NorthEast Treatment Centers
Pathways to Housing
Programs Employing People
Public Health Management Corporation
Quality Care Options
Re-Enter Inc.
Shop and Carry Pharmacy
Step by Step
Supportive Behavioral Resources

Hilton Philadelphia, City Avenue

Hilton Philadelphia, City Avenue

4200 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131


Directions by Car:
From Center City, I-76 West towards Valley Forge to Exit 339 on I-76 City Ave.

Bear right off the exit, pass the 3rd light and look for Stout Rd. on left just beyond PCOM.

Turn left with reservoir on right.

A parking lot is available just beyond the hotel on Stout Road, on the right.

Use SEPTA Bus Routes 44 or 65

Register for Workshops as an Individual or for a Group

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