2020 Workshops

Workshop Descriptions & Highlights

See below for detailed workshop descriptions. Participants will receive a certificate for each workshop attended.

Some workshop capacities are limited, so register early. Selections are not guaranteed.

Service Area Key:
MH Mental Health
CF Children & Families
DA Addictions
G General Interest
ID Intellectual Disabilities
PD Professional Development
ADV Advocacy

Session A


A-1  Is It Safe? Trauma-Informed Understanding of Problematic Sexual Behaviors

Elizabeth Johnson, Psy.D., Horizon House

The presenter will address common myths,
introduce dynamic risk factors, and explore
trauma-informed supports for those who have
engaged in problematic sexual behaviors.
Explore how to incorporate the emotional
regulation model, dynamic risk factors, and
personal choice into team decision making.
MH, ID, D/A, C/F


A-2  Relationship Between Mental Health and
Opiate Use Disorder

Charmaine Ensinger, LMFT, and Brian Gadinski,MS,
Wedge Recovery Center

Beginning with a discussion of the symptoms
and behaviors of opiate use disorder upon
entering treatment, the presenter then discusses
how co-occurring mental health challenges can
lead to a continued cycle of addiction. MH,


A-3  High Quality Connections

Elizabeth Stenson, MS, MSW, BHTEN

The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate
how cultivating and growing a network of
collaboration will positively impact individuals,
teams, and organizations. The presenter will
detail the four pathways to building high quality
connections. G


A-4   Proactive Planning to Enhance
Community-Based Services

Chelsea Lutts, M.Ed., Toni Hinkle, CTRS, and
Laura Silsby, M.Ed., SPIN

Come to this presentation if you are interested
in proven strategies to take community
participation and employment services to the
next level. Fill your toolbox with new strategies
to consistently plan meaningful activities and
find right-fit employment opportunities. ID


A-5  Thinking Differently About Trauma

Jennifer Williams, SPIN

This workshop will provide a guided walkthrough of the tenants of trauma and the
critical impact that trauma plays in our lives and
services. Discussion will also include a variety
of trauma-informed care approaches that have
been shown to lessen the impact of trauma.


A-6  Early Psychosis Intervention

R. Marie Wenzel, MSW, LSW, Horizon House, Inc.

Attendees will leave with an understanding
of the benefits of an effective Early Psychosis
Service as compared to traditional interventions.
The symptoms and course of psychosis will be
described with an emphasis on the importance
of decreasing the duration of untreated
psychosis. MH


A-7  Beyond Pronouns: Meeting the Needs
of Low-Income Transgender Community

Abigail Gardner, MSW, LSW, Wedge Medical

Low-income people of transgender experience
are one of most vulnerable and underserved
populations in Philadelphia. The presenter starts
with a brief introduction to transgender issues
before delving into the complexities of postincarceration, community supports, and barriers
to treatment, employment and trauma. MH


A-8  What Happens to the Brain/Body
from Trauma?

Craig Strickland, Ph.D., Horizon House,

This workshop overviews specific
symptoms of trauma that are associated
with changes in the brain and body.
Learn about memory dysfunction and
the “fight or flight” response in persons
diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder. G


A-9  The Power of Teamwork

Pam Frebowitz, MS and Amy Gruszka,
MA, Kaleidoscope Family Solutions

Find out how to foster teamwork with
your clients, leaders, peers and family
members. This interactive presentation
uses real-life experiences to illustrate how
powerful teamwork is when utilized in
the workplace. Attendees will engage in
exercises to see teamwork in action. G


A-10  Traumictions…What Are We Really Treating?

Mike Brill, LPC, MS, NCC, CCPT, Self Help
Movement, Inc.

The presenter defines trauma and
substance use disorder with an emphasis
on substance use disorder treatment
that takes into account a person’s
trauma background. We will discuss
education, language, and interventions
that empower the client to build positive

Session B


B-1  Twisted Sisters- Mama Mia Here We
Go Again

Karan Steele, Beacon Health Options and
Pennsylvania Care Partnership, Dianna
Brocious, and Crystal Karenchak,
Pennsylvania Care Partnership

Three, storytelling friends capture your
attention as they tell stories about their
children “with a diagnosis”. Journey with
them as they will walk you through their
highs and lows as their children grew into
adults. Listen and laugh as they take you
down the rabbit hole of emotions. ID, CF

B-2  The 3 R’s of Trauma Transformation
in Working with Children

Julie Lennon, MSW, LSW, The MENTOR

This workshop highlights the need to
change from a traditional, neuro-typical
approach to understanding children to
one rooted in a trauma-sensitive mindset.
The presenter introduces the three R’s of
trauma transformation, together with the
strategies to use when interacting with
children. C/F


B-3  Back to the Old School – Examining
Male Gender Schemas

Chris Owens, MA, LPC, CCTP, Drexel

Some of the messages that boys learn
about gender roles may lead to difficulties
as adults in the twenty-first century. Many
contributing factors will be considered in
this workshop, including hip hop music
as a strong influence on the evolution of
what it means to “be a man”. G

B-4  Family Matters -— Fresh Skills
for DSP Professional Development

Scott Johnson, M.Ed., Mental Health

This workshop addresses interaction with
individuals’ family members, both from a
DSP point of view and the family member’s
perspective. The presenter will demonstrate
specialized talking and listening skills that
are useful in problem solving with family
members. G


B-5  Advocacy Through Trauma Awareness

Andrea October, MSS, DBHIDS

After reviewing basic trauma concepts,
the impact of trauma on individuals, and
how stigma negatively impacts recovery,
the presenter will then identify three
ways service professionals can advocate
for individuals within communities and
organizations. MH, ID, C/F


B-6  Building Compassion and Empathy

Alice Thornewill, MS, JD, Kelsey Dailey, MS,
SarahCaverly, MS, Michelle Desbki-Doctoral
Interns in Clinical Psychology at Intercommunity Action

This workshop demonstrates the
importance of building compassion
and empathy for challenging clients.
Discussions include creating safe spaces,
meeting clients where they are, and helping
clinicians learn to manage their own
emotional reactions. MH, ID


B-7  The Art of Healing: The Use of Art

Susan Krisch, MS, Wedge Medical Center

Art Therapy uses creative expression to
access and express our inner conflicts or
life challenges. Art therapy is also used to
prevent burnout and combat secondary
trauma. The presenter offers simple art
processing techniques for use by the direct
support professional. MH, ID, D/A, CF


B-8  Same Day Pay Initiative and the
Kensington Storefront Initiative

Nerrissa Mixon, MA and Kenneth Briggs,

These programs use Certified Peer Specials
to work with chronic homeless and those
individuals who are dealing with the opioid
crisis to form relationships, provide hope
and connect to services which include
treatment and housing options. MH, DA


B-9  Why Cybersecurity Matters to DSP’s

Scott Gingold, Lehigh Valley Technology

Thanks to social media and increased
mobility, we are all a constant target
to thieves looking to steal our private
information and identity. The presenter
will describe how DSP’s can better protect
themselves personally from online hackers,
social media threats, email scams, text
message intrusions, and other phishing
attempts. G


B-10  Addressing the Opioid Crisis:
Medication Assisted Treatment

Alicia Jennings, MSW, Wedge Recovery

Attendees at this workshop will hear an
overview of the fundamental challenges
faced, and highlight the successes
achieved, within an outpatient Center of
Excellence Medication Assisted Treatment
program addressing the opioid crisis in a
metropolitan area. MH, D/A

Session C


C-1  Mind your Senses

Gina Manson MA, CMT, JEM Homecare Solutions

When we work so hard to take care of others,
we often forget to take care of ourselves.
Attendees at this interactive session will
practice Tai Chi, meditation and mindful
breathing, as well as learn about aromatherapy,
body sticks, weighted blankets, and more. G


C-2  Funky Yoga Dance

Mary “Mare Bear” DiMeglio, Mishana Yoga
& Wellness

Here is your chance to join one of the most
lively ways to exercise for wellness. Yoga Dance
is playful movement practice that combines
guided dance moves and classic yoga poses.
Get into rhythm with great music that will
inspire you to get moving! No experience is
necessary. This is the Yoga Dance for “every


C-3  Where Do You Want to Go? How Do DSPs

Andrew Spiers, MSS, LSW, Alicia Bond, MSW,
Maurice Clark, BA, Oksana Kazharova, MSW,
LCSW, LCADC, and Fallin Young, MSW,
Pathways to Housing PA

Planning to move up within your current
agency or pursue additional education? This
workshop opens with a moderated panel
discussion who provide insight into how the
professional development process works and
concludes with an opportunity for attendees to
ask questions or seek advice. G


C-4  You Matter: Self-Care for Human
Service Professionals

Pascale Vallee, BA, Monique Myers, and
Nicole Ellis, Liberty Resources

Attendees at this workshop will receive the
self-care tools you need for stress reduction,
maintaining healthy relationships, and
combating compassion fatigue. G


C-5  Level up in Your Career with a
Certificate or College Degree

Suzanne Felix, MS, Community College of
Philadelphia, Jerry Howard, Horizon House, Inc.

Explore methods to achieve your educational
goals, as well as become familiar with various
payment options. The workshop highlights
education programs that support direct service
professionals who want to pursue a higher
education. Meet other DSP’s who have earned
a college degree or who are currently enrolled
in a college program. PD


C-6  Avoiding Caregiver Burnout: Self Care
for Givers

Janet McDonald, BA, LMT, CPS, Project
Serenity, Hazel Spears, Ph.D., Cheyney

Through interactive activities and discussions,
the presenter examines the signs and dangers
of caregiver burnout, as well as how to avoid
or recover from it. Leave this workshop with
practical tools that can help you create a
regular, nurturing self-care routine. G


C-7  Tips for Building a Quality of Life Through
Organization, Self-Care, and Interactions

Susan Troyu, CCWS, CBIZ Wellbeing Solutions-CBIZ

Join this fun, interactive workshop led by a
certified corporate wellness specialist. Through
audience participation and lively exercises, the
presenter will share tips that encompass your
whole life. For example, learn how to ask the
right questions; discern the difference between
listening to win vs. listening to understand;
and staying on schedule by organizing your
calendar. G


C-8  Leadership Development through Assertive Communication

Renee Cavallaro MSS, LCSW, CAADC, HOPE (How Organizations Promote Excellence)

Successful leaders use their communication
skills to build and sustain strong relationships.
This session will identify the difference between
assertiveness and aggression, and participants
will take away concrete steps to communicate
in an assertive manner. PD


C-9  Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies to
Promote Adult Resilience

Susan Damico, MA, Devereux Center for
Resilient Children

Participants will be introduced to the Devereux
Adult Resilience Survey which provides
information about personal strengths related to
relationships, internal beliefs, initiative and selfcontrol. With the help of this tool, participants
can make the connection between their own
resilience and the resilience of the individuals
in their care. G

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