The 19th 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 the 19th Annual Conference for Direct Service Professionals at the Hilton Hotel located at 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131 on October 21, 2022, from 7:30am-4pm.

A parking lot is available just beyond the hotel down Stout Road. A shuttle will be available from the parking lot entrance. 

DSPs will be joining us at the Hilton, City Avenue to celebrate their incredible contribution to Human Services and the people they serve.  It will be 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. 


7:30-8:45 am

Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 am

Cherie Brummans, Executive Director, The Alliance Community Service Providers

Jill Bowen, Ph.D., DBHIDS, Commissioner, City of Philadelphia

9:00-10:00 am

Josh Robinson

10:15-11:30 am

Session A Workshops

 11:45-1:00 pm

Session B Workshops

1:15-2:30 pm

Luncheon & Award Ceremony


2:45-4:00 pm

Session C Workshops

Event sponsor


Award sponsors



Keynote sponsor


Parking sponsor



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. A shuttle will be available from the parking lot entrance.

Use SEPTA Bus Routes 44 or 65

Register for Workshops as an Individual or for a Group