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Sunday Evening Keynote Address - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. Founder and President, Give an Hour

Topic: The Campaign to Change Direction: Healthy Habits for Student Success

Room:  President's Hall

Keynote Description: Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen is the Founder and President of Give an Hour and also launched The Campaign to Change Direction in 2015. Just as we all know the signs of a heart attack she believes we all need to learn the five signs of emotional suffering and the healthy habits of emotional well-being.

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME's 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president of Give an Hour™, a nonprofit she founded in 2005 to provide free mental health services to the military and veteran community. A licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Washington, D.C., she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991, her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1987, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from California State College in 1982. Give an Hour's 7,000 mental health professionals have given 233,208 hours of care, valued at over $23 million. Give an Hour also leads the Campaign to Change Direction, a national public health initiative to change the culture of mental health in America. She has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute in 2013. In 2014 she was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army. She also received the 2016 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala Public Service Award and was appointed in January 2017 to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition.

Sunday Plenary Session One: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Session 1A

Speaker(s): Stephen Sharp, Perri Rosen and Melissa Boas

Topic: 13 Reasons Why You Should Learn More About Universal Behavioral Screening 

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Workshop Description: 1 in 5 students, ages 13 and older, will be diagnosed and seek treatment for a mental health disorder. Suicide is a leading cause of death for adolescents in Pennsylvania and nationally. Universal screening is a key component to comprehensive school-based suicide prevention and promoting student health. Screening can also provide valuable data to drive programs and multi-tiered systems of support. 

Stephen Sharp is a school counselor in the Hempfield School District and served as president of the Lancaster County School Counselors Association and on the Board of the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association. He has over a decades experience working in acute behavioral health. Stephen is an Accredited National School Suicide Prevention Specialist and presents regularly on suicide prevention practices and programs.


 

 

Perri Rosen, PhD, is Project Director of the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention grant, a SAMHSA-funded grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) at the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This grant is focused on suicide prevention awareness, training, screening, and intervention for youth ages 10-24 throughout the Commonwealth. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a Pennsylvania certified Special Education teacher. Additionally, she sits on the Executive Board of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), and she is a trainer-of-trainers in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), as well as a certified trainer of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

Session 1B and 2B (Must Attend Both Sessions)

Speaker(s): Mallory Henry and Pamela Clark

Topic:
Understanding the Impact of Current Nicotine Trends on Adolescents, and How Project Connect: Adolescent Nicotine Cessation Curriculum Can Help 

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Workshop Description: Workshop participants will increase their knowledge of current adolescent nicotine trends and enhance small group facilitation skills. Project CONNECT, Caron Treatment Center’s nicotine cessation program, uses Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change theory to meet students in their current stage of readiness and help them to move closer to a nicotine-free lifestyle. This is accomplished through goal setting, stress management, healthy choices, positive decision making through hands on activities and lively discussions. This presentation will provide participants with the basic group facilitation skills needed to implement not only Project CONNECT, but any other psycho educational support group. Every participant will receive Caron Treatment Center’s Project CONNECT curriculum, as well as continued follow up and support if participants chose to utilize the curriculum within their agency or school district.

Mallory Henry is a Coordinator of Student Assistance Services for Caron Treatment Centers. Through her work at Caron she has worked directly with elementary, middle and high school students to deliver a variety of treatment programming including nicotine cessation, prevention services, psycho educational support groups, parent programming and large group presentations. Mallory holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Penn State University, and possesses a Pennsylvania secondary teaching certificate. Mallory is also certified as a Commonwealth approved trainer by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is a provider of SAP training.

Pamela Clark is a Student Assistance Specialist for Caron Treatment Center working with K-12 students and teachers in prevention programming, primarily implementing Project CONNECT. Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Lock Haven University, a Master’s degree in Public Health (Community Health Education) from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and Certified Prevention Specialist. She is the New Jersey State Contact for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and is a founding member of the National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving

Session 1C

Speaker: Margaret Rich & Kathy Smith

Topic: 
Ready For Work, Ready For Life

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Workshop Description:  Preparing students to enter the world of work and self-sufficiency is an important task for educators and critically important for students in poverty.  This workshop explores the consequences and cost of poverty and how effective Career Technical Programs and social emotional learning programs can improve outcomes.  Best practices from around the country as well as Milton Hershey School’s program will be highlighted.

 

 

 

 Margaret Rich earned her BA in Behavioral Science from Messiah College. She is currently employed by Milton Hershey School as an admissions counselor and has been since 2012. Kathy's past experience includes work at Penn State University as a Research Assistant for the following studies: Reaching Early Achievement for Students in Harrisburg, Early Growth and Development Studies, Classroom Ecologies Project, Strengthening Families Project, Paths to Success.  She has also served on Family Advisory Counsel and Quality Assurance Committee at Hershey Medical Center. 

Kathy Smith earned here B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Penn State University and a M. Ed. in School Counseling from Shippensburg University.  She has teaching certificates in K-12 Heath and Physical Education, Elementary School Counseling and Secondary School Counseling.  Kathy has completed graduate work in Human Development with an emphasis on Instructional Leadership at Marywood University.  Her professional experience includes 15 years teaching experience at Harrisburg Academy and Milton Hershey School.  She is responsible for Elementary Career Development Curriculum and is Coordinator of Admissions Marketing and Recruitment at Milton Hershey School.  Kathy obtained certified training for Dr. Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty and has served as a board member on Pennsylvania Head Start Association.

Sunday Plenary Session Two: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 2A:

Speaker: Erin Gilsbach, Esq.

Topic: A Legal Perspective on Two Hot Topics: Truancy Prevention and Transgender Students

Room: Dean's Hall 1 & 2

Workshop Description: This session will provide an in-depth look at the law regarding two important legal issues: truancy prevention and transgender student rights. With regards to truancy prevention, Atty. Gilsbach will review the legal obligations of schools in handling truant students. She will discuss the difference, in Pennsylvania law, between chronically absent students and technically truant students, and she will provide tips and best practice tools for each. She will also discuss how truancy can often lead to potential liability for schools, particularly in the area of special education. Finally, she will provide an introductory discussion of the use of youth courts to effectively and lawfully combat truancy in schools. In her discussion regarding the issue of transgender student rights under the law, Atty. Gilsbach will discuss the current status of the law with regards to Title IX rights and other legal rights. She will provide a brief history of the extensive litigation surrounding this issue and will identify best practices for ensuring legal compliance. She will address such specific issues as handling requests for school recognition of a name and gender pronoun preference, navigating instances of parent/child disagreement of gender preferences, addressing concerns from other parents/students about transgender issues in school, protecting individual student dignity throughout contentious legal struggles, and more.

Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., Executive Director of EdLaw Interactive (edlawinteractive.com) and practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp, is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics.  She provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations.  She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as trending legal issues regarding school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and a variety of other school law topics.  A former high school English teacher who served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel, Atty. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for the past 5 years, and the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education has recognized her as its “Distinguished Speaker” for 2018.  She currently services as the President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association, and she is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for the National School Boards Association (NSBA), NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the Education Law Association (ELA), and the National Business Institute (NBI).

 

Session 1B and 2B (Must Attend Both Sessions)

Speaker(s): Mallory Henry and Pamela Clark

Topic:
Understanding the Impact of Current Nicotine Trends on Adolescents, and How Project Connect: Adolescent Nicotine Cessation Curriculum Can Help 

Room:

Workshop Description: Workshop participants will increase their knowledge of current adolescent nicotine trends and enhance small group facilitation skills. Project CONNECT, Caron Treatment Center’s nicotine cessation program, uses Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change theory to meet students in their current stage of readiness and help them to move closer to a nicotine-free lifestyle. This is accomplished through goal setting, stress management, healthy choices, positive decision making through hands on activities and lively discussions. This presentation will provide participants with the basic group facilitation skills needed to implement not only Project CONNECT, but any other psycho educational support group. Every participant will receive Caron Treatment Center’s Project CONNECT curriculum, as well as continued follow up and support if participants chose to utilize the curriculum within their agency or school district.

Mallory Henry is a Coordinator of Student Assistance Services for Caron Treatment Centers. Through her work at Caron she has worked directly with elementary, middle and high school students to deliver a variety of treatment programming including nicotine cessation, prevention services, psycho educational support groups, parent programming and large group presentations. Mallory holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Penn State University, and possesses a Pennsylvania secondary teaching certificate. Mallory is also certified as a Commonwealth approved trainer by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is a provider of SAP training.

Pamela Clark is a Student Assistance Specialist for Caron Treatment Center working with K-12 students and teachers in prevention programming, primarily implementing Project CONNECT. Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Lock Haven University, a Master’s degree in Public Health (Community Health Education) from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and Certified Prevention Specialist. She is the New Jersey State Contact for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and is a founding member of the National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving

 

Session 2C

Speaker: Wynne Kinder

Topic:
Mindful, Trauma-Informed Practices for School Professionals 

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Workshop Description:  We, as teachers, SAP professionals, counselors, mental/healthcare workers, and caregivers are tasked with creating safe places and healthy connections to help others grow and thrive. But challenges abound, resistance happens. A single word or well-intended gesture can trigger shutdowns. Even the mildest disconnections or confrontations can bring on hurtful behaviors. One cause for these outcomes is trauma. We need to assume there is trauma in the room, and act based on that. Most trauma occurred in a choice-less moment - when an event overwhelmed one’s own inner resources. A mindful strategy for guiding, supporting, teaching those living with trauma is based on re-inviting choice into their lives, safely – through awareness, attention and movement. We will explore approaches that fit the classroom, group circle, the counselor's office, the SAP meeting space and beyond. These practices also can prepare us for the more challenging interactions, help us manage them with care and soothe ourselves afterward – managing our own compassion fatigue. Wellness Works believes that mindfulness fortifies our natural human capacity for awareness, regulation and self-care. Our abilities to pay attention, learn, connect, manage ourselves, rest and be resilient all lead to success and healing in a trauma-informed environment.

Wynne Kinder, M. Ed. Wynne’s teaching career spans 28 years in private and public schools, most recently including 12 years bringing mindfulness into regular, special (autistic & emotional support) and alternative education (including incarceration) settings. As owner of Kinder Associates LLC and trainer for Wellness Works in Schools (preK-12 classrooms & teacher training), she creates programming and teaching tools that address: mindful awareness, diverse learning needs, trauma in the classroom, healthy connection, social emotional skills, engagement & participation, and guiding behavior. Her work is informed by training with: Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Institute, the Trauma Center - Justice Resource Institute and UMass Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. Trainings and publications include: Peace Work – Mindful Lessons for the Early Years, Mindful Choices - a mindful, SEL curriculum for grades 6-8, a chapter in Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens, GoNoodle.com’s digital brain breaks (mindful SEL themes in FLOW, Think About It, Maximo, BLAZER Fresh), & audio practices at MindfullyADD.com.

Session 2D:

Speaker: Stephen Paesani

Topic: What is Going On?...The Behavioral Health of Children & Adolescents

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Workshop Description: There is no doubt that young people today live with a great deal of stress in their lives...from the drive to do well in school to the challenges presented by social media to the changes of modern family life and all the rest. It comes as no surprise then that our young people need extra are and support so they can grow into healthy, productive and contented adults...unfortunately, that help and support is not always evident. This presentation will look at the challenges faced by today's youth and the impact of those challenge, both positive and negative, on their behavioral health and overall development. Potential strategies for creating healthy and supportive environments will also be discussed.

Stephen Paesani serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.   

 

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