"Making A Difference -
One Student At A Time"





Association of
Student Assistance Professionals 

Log in

PASAP Conference 2020

February 23- 25, 2020
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, PA 16801



PASAP is proud to partner with Caron Treatment Centers for the PASAP Conference 2020

Caron Treatment Centers

Caron is an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment, research, prevention and medical education.

Sunday Evening Keynote 

Jim Sporleder, Featured Speaker

"Catching Kids Before They Fall"






11:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Registration and Exhibits Open Registration Desk/Lobby
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Refreshments Available First Floor Break Area
 Sponsor  Plenary Sessions Sponsored by: Highmark Blue Shield  Sponsor
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Plenary Session One
(Two Hour Session)

   1A: Building Resiliency and Relationships - Kelley Lyons and Christine Storm (Standard 4) Dean's Hall 1
   1B: BrainSTEPS & The Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams - Brenda Eagan-Johnson and Jean Miksch ( Standard 1) Room 107
   1C: Just Talk About It - Sheila Gillin and Andrew Onimus (Standard 4) Room 108
   1D: Youth Perspective: The Value of Educational Mentoring and a Discussion on Technology and Social Media - Ryan Klingensmith (Standard 4) Dean's Hall 2
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

 Nutrition Break

First Floor Break Area 

Nutrition Break Sponsored by:

The Nutrition Group and HSAO

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 Plenary Session Two
(Two Hour Session)

   2A: Restorative Practices Within SWPBIS - Shelly Egan, Beth Fisher & Heather Yeremsky (Standard 2)  Room 108
   2B: No Big Deal - Saltworks (Norma Alrutz) (Standard 4) Room 205
   2C: Vaping, Marijuana and Digital Resources for SAP Teams and Families - Mallory Henry and Gretchen Hagenbuch (Standard 4) Dean's Hall 1
   2D: Adherence to Best Practices & Legal Compliance to Promote School Safety & Emotional Wellness - Jessica Dirsmith and Rebecca Heaton Hall (Standard 1) Dean's Hall 2
  2E: Synergize: Alphabet Soup: Strategies for Braiding SAP, MTSS and TSS - Susan Tarasevich (Standard 1) Room 107 
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
 General Session: Conference Welcome, Dinner,  Awards and 
Keynote Speaker 
President's Hall   
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  SK1: Catching Kids Before They Fall - Jim Sporleder (Standard 4) President's Hall  
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM  Book Signing President's Hall 


Monday Morning Keynote

Dr. Alice Forrester, Featured Speaker

"RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope"

MONDAY SCHEDULE                                                                                                    Back to Top


 Monday Sessions Sponsored by:

Milton Hershey School & aSAP





7:30 AM - 5:00 PM  Registration and Exhibits Open Registration Desk/Lobby
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  MB1: Penn Stater Breakfast Buffet President's Hall 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  MK1: RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope - Dr. Alice Forrester (Standard 4) President's Hall 
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Visit Exhibitors/Vendors and Morning Beverage/Nutrition Break

Lobby/First & Second Floor Break Areas 

Nutrition Break Sponsored by:

Fraternal Order of Eagles & 13th Star VFW Post 7565, Somerset, PA

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 Session Three
(Two Hour Session)

 3A: SAP Maintenance-Mindfully Maintaining a Healthy SAP Team -  Christopher O'Reilly, Wendi Line & Jennifer Moyer (Standard 2 )

Room 105
   3B: Ensuring a Safe and Inclusive School Environment for LGBTQ Students - Michelle Nutter (Standard 3) Room 108
   3C: Healing Secondary Trauma Through Restorative and Protective Activities  - Beth Fisher, Heather Yeremsky, Shelly Egan (Standard 2) Room 106
   3D: "That Kid Doesn’t Belong Here!" – Providing Emotional Support in a Fully Inclusive Environment- Leigh Rusnak (Standard 4) Room 104
   3E: Understanding Trauma in Children - Paul Mancia and Polly Lamison (Standard 4) Room 208
   3F: Unpacking Privilege. Learning to acknowledge privilege to become a more effective teacher, co-worker and ally - Kizzy Nicholas (Standard 3) Room 107
  3G: Data Based Decision Making for School Programs and Interventions - Amy Nohe and Devin Moyer (Standard 2)Room 109
  3H: The Five Critical Steps to Becoming a Trauma Responsive School - Jim Sporleder (Standard 4)Room 207 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  ML: Tailgate Luncheon Buffet President's Hall 
12:50 PM - 1:10 PM   PASAP and Interagency Updates (PDE, DHS, DDAP)        President's Hall 
1:10 PM - 1:30 PM   Youth Presentation President's Hall 
1:40 PM - 2:40 PM Mindfulness Mini-Sessions 
  M1: Mindfulness through the Visual Arts - Amanda Haney (Standard 4)Room  203
  M2: Mindfulness Makes a Difference - Danielle Nuhfer (Standard 4)Room 109
  M3: Sensory Integration Activities for the Classroom - Amy Henry (Standard 4)Room 107
  M4: Yoga  & Mindfulness at School -  Hilary Steinberg (Standard 4)Room 202
  M5: Self-Care for Professionals Through Mindfulness - Christopher O'Reilly (Standard 2)Room 108
  M6: Paper Tigers Movie Screening - Tina George (Standard 4)Room  206
1:40 PM - 2:40 PM Liaison Meeting 
  4ML: SAP Liaison Research Practice Networking Meeting - Guy Diamond and Tita Atte (Standard 2)Room 208
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM   Visit Exhibitors/Vendors & Afternoon Nutrition Break Main Lobby/First & Second Floor Break Areas 
 Sponsor Nutrition Break Sponsored by: Somerset Trust Company, Somerset, PA Sponsor 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Session Four
(Two Hour Session)


 4A: Implementing SBIRT in Schools - Cory Trevena (Standard 2 )

Room 104
   4B: Advancing as Culturally Responsive Educators - Michelle Nutter (Standard 3) Room 105
 4C: SECD-Social, Emotional and Character Development: A Fundamental Foundation - Patrick Turnpaugh and Stacey Spangenburg (Standard 4)
Room 107

 4D: Suicide and Mental Health Screening in SAP: A School-Based Model - Tita Atte, Guy Diamond, Melissa Groden, &  Christy Unger     (Standard 4)
Room 208

 4E: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques for Teachers/Counselors As Tier 1 & 2 SAP Program Recommendations - David Skowronski (Standard 4) Room 108

 4F: Respond - Maria Ronneburger (Standard 4)
Room 106
   4G: Tech Tools to Design Decision Data - Stephen Sharp (Standard 2) Room 109

 4H: We are Ignitors of Hope; SEL is the Fuel! - Michelle Trujillo (Standard 3)

Room 207
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM  Wellness Activity 

 W1: Sundown Restorative Yoga with Lori WiederRoom 202
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner on Your Own (Be sure to return for the Social at 8:00 PM!!) 

 Ice Cream Sundae Bar Sponsored by:

Penn State Hospitality Services

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

 MS: Monday Night Social

 8:00 - 9:00 PM: Team Trivia and Creamery Ice Cream Sundae Bar (Creamery ice cream sponsored by: Penn State Hospitality Services) 

9:00 - 11:00 PM:  Tommy "the Piano Man" Wareham

 *Conference Raffle
 **Cash Bar Available

Dean's Hall 1 & 2


Tuesday Morning Keynote

Featured Speaker Michelle Trujillo

"Start with the Heart: We are Ignitors of HOPE!"

TUESDAY SCHEDULE                                                                                               

Sponsor Tuesday Sessions Sponsored by: First National Bank, Somerset, PASponsor 
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM   Registration and Exhibits Open Registration Desk/Main Lobby 
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  TB: Chef's Pancake Breakfast Buffet President's Hall  
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Exhibitor/Vendor RafflePresident's Hall 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  TK1: Start with the Heart: We are Ignitors of HOPE! - Michelle Trujillo (Standard 3) President's Hall  
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM  Nutrition Break  First and Second Floor Break Areas 
 SponsorNutrition Break Sponsored by: Knepper Insurance, Somerset, PA  Sponsor
10:15 AM - 12:15 AM
 Session Five 
(Two Hour Sessions)

 5A: Impact of Substance Use Disorder on Families - Christina Getz and Traci Wojciechowski (Standard 4)

Room 108
   5B: Utilizing an Integrated SAP Approach - Incorporating ChildFind and Strategic Health Partners to Support Students - Leigh Rusnak, Claire Hogan & Regina Blizzard (Standard 1) Room 106

 5C: What is ECYEH? How to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness - Andrea Shessley (Standard 3)

Room 104
   5D: Using Circles in Response to a Traumatic Event at School - Susan Marshall & Jeanne Knouse (Standard 4) Room 205
  5E: Moved to Session 2E
   5F: Understanding Our Transgender and Non-Binary Youth - Tyler Titus (Standard 4) Room 107
   5G: Trauma from the Inside Out: Brain Development and Practical Strategies for School Teams - Dana Milakovic and Stacie Molnar-Main (Standard 4) Room 207
12:15 PM
 End of Conference

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals
PO Box 1254
State College, Pennsylvania 16804 

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software