The 18th 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 18th Annual Conference for Direct Service Professionals on Friday, April 24th, 2020 from 8am-4pm at the Hilton City Avenue.

More than 500 DSPs joined us at the Hilton on City Line Avenue to celebrate their incredible contribution to Human Services and the people they serve. It was a joyful day filled with learning, reflection, and rejuvenation. Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this day possible.


Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson

Josh Robinson is a professional Percussionist, teaching artist, and drum facilitator. His website reads “Nourishing Inner Peace Through Hitting Things” which speaks to  how drumming has helped him heal from loss, process challenges, and express himself beyond the limits of words. For the past 17 years he has used his skills, expertise, and life experience to share drumming and the many gifts it brings with thousands of people each year around the country.  His approach is personal, passionate, creative, and intentional. He has an ability to connect with a wide range of audiences, put them at ease, and engage and unify them through rhythm. Josh has said “Yes!” to working with a broad range of communities over the years including “at-risk” youth populations, addiction/recovery, cancer patients, grieving children and families and many more.  Through these experiences he has learned how his work connects and resonates with a variety of ages, backgrounds, cultures, and environments.  

Josh was invited to be the Jefferson University inaugural artist-in–residence where he has taught a Humanities course to medical students for the past 3 years and he recently received a “Community Hero Award” from The Uplift Center For Grieving Children in Philadelphia, and a “Service Award” from Rutgers University “Future Scholars” program for at-risk youth in Camden NJ. He was invited to the Google headquarters in CA to work with staff for an employee wellness workshop, presented at BuzzFeed in LA, and has been a keynote speaker for organizations working with bereavement, cancer, addiction/recovery, and various school groups.  Josh is grateful to be on a heart-led path of helping people use drumming as a tool for self- expression, community building, and emotional release while sharing his passion. 


7:30-8:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

8:30-8:45 am

David T. Jones
Commissioner, DBHIDS

8:45-10:00 am

Josh Robinson

10:15-11:30 am

Session A

 11:45-1:00 pm

Session B

1:00-2:30 pm

Luncheon & Award Ceremony


2:45-4:00 pm

Session C – Health & Wellness Workshops

Event sponsor

Luncheon sponsor

Keynote sponsor


Award sponsors


Parking sponsor


Casmir Care Services
Fairmount Behavioral Health
JEVS Human Services
KenCrest Services
Kirkbride Center
Programs Employing People
Step By Step
Supportive Behavioral Resources

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