Expo 2019 Session Descriptions

A      Bridges Out of Poverty– Jodi Pfarr, BA, aha!

This is a follow up session to her Keynote Presentation.  This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty.  Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.  Participants will review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language.

B      Transference and Countertransference in Our Clinical Lives- Hollie Browning, MS, NCC, LPC

Session will define transference and countertransference as well as some helpful ways of understanding transference in a clinical setting. I will also be discussing how transference can impact the work place. Finally, a discussion of how to use transference successfully instead of thinking it is bad or wrong.

C      Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – the Impact of Opioid Use and the Community Resources that are available to Help Mothers- Mary Weaver, RN, Geisinger Women’s Health System OUD, Dr. Neff Bulger, Medical Director GMC Newborn Nursery Pediatric Clerkship Director, Central Campus GCSOM, Loreen Comstock, MSN/RN, Geisinger Free2BMom Program Manager & Ann Jones, BSN/RN, MS, Maternal and Family Health Services, Nurse-Family Partnership Program Manager

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) can occur during fetal development in the womb if the child is exposed to addictive opiate drugs. This presentation will discuss the effects of maternal opioid use on infants, ways for mothers to take care of their NAS child and community resources that are available to assist moms and their babies.  Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome will be reviewed including: – The impact of maternal opioid use on neonates, both short and long-term effects – Markers and treatment options for NAS – Ways for women with opioid use disorder to prepare themselves to care for their infants – Community resources that are available to assist mothers throughout their pregnancy and as their child grows including Medicated Assisted Treatment.

D      Older Adult Protective Services – Brian McAdarra, Protective Services Supervisor, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties AAA

Understanding Protective Services. How you can help protect an older individual from all forms of abuse, neglect, financial exploitation.

E       Set your Expectations High for a Good Life – Marie Craven, Supervisor Department of Human Services/Office of Developmental Programs Northeast Regional Office & Francine Hogan Program Manager/Family Advisor PA Family Network Vision for Equality

The LifeCourse Framework helps people to have a vision for the future. Having a vision sets the dream, the positive expectation for the future. This session will focus on the LifeCourse principles that help people develop a clear picture of what a good life would look like. This session will review the framework and discuss how to use the LifeCourse tools to develop a Personal profile and Trajectory representing the Good Life.

F       Homeless Children in Education – Jeff Zimmerman, Regional Coordinator for Homeless Children

This session will discuss the definition of homelessness in education and how many children are impacted. The definition of homelessness in education is very different than the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition. Some people associate homelessness with urban areas, but in this session, we will discuss the impact homelessness is having on suburban and rural communities. During this time, they would also learn about the legislation school districts must follow for homeless children, the effects of homelessness on children, and how the homeless program, along with districts, are trying to help homeless students and their families.

G      Growing Simple Interactions Through Practice – Dana M. Winters, Ph.D., Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College

How do we encourage, enhance, and empower the human relationships around children and youth? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in simple, everyday moments. In this workshop session, we apply an approach to understand practice, program, and policy. We rely on capturing and learning from every day, “simple interactions,” in a variety of settings, including orphanages, youth development, and child care providers. We explore how this approach may complement and support the larger work of professional development and system change. By capturing and learning from what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments, we can grow practice, nurture intuition into intention, and plant the seeds for sustainable systems change. 

H      Operation S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Training –  Adalberto Morales Sr. MSW, LCSW

The participants will learn about the seriousness of Suicide Prevention within the Veteran Population. They will also learn how to best approach an individual who may be suicide or at risk for suicide, how to get them help, understanding the extent of suicide within the United States and resources that can be utilized to get the individual help with their stressors, medical and mental health issues.

I        Employment and Transition Services for individuals with Autism – Misericordia University, Joan Kleinman, Director of Autism for Lifelong Learning & Katy Kranson, Coordinator of Autism for Lifelong Learning

Participants will learn about the employment and transition services that we can provide and the process of getting connected with our program.  The Autism for Lifelong Learning (ALL) Program at Misericordia University is dedicated to providing successful supported employment services in the context of community integration and self-determination. The ALL Program believes that adults who are diagnosed with Autism, or are dually diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities, can be successful in the workplace with proper assessments and supports.

J       Northeastern PA Health Care Quality Program featuring a Live Demonstration on Dysphagia Diets food preparation – Dr. Sharon Falzone RN, Director Northeastern PA HCQU

An overview of the Northeastern PA Health Care Quality Program will be provided. A special live feature will include dysphagia diets and food preparation with interactive stations demonstrating food processed and modified to avoid choking risks. Identifying choking risk is one of the fatal four challenges facing individuals with intellectual disabilities. HCQU nursing and behavioral professionals will be available for consultation on all HCQU service referrals.

K      Navigating the Substance-Use Disorder Treatment System – Ryan Hogan, Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Drug & Alcohol Program

The presentation will explain the drug and alcohol treatment system, local treatment service providers and how to overcome barriers to accessing treatment.  The presentation will walk the audience through the screening and assessment process, including understanding timeframes and priority populations, and what to expect once engaged in treatment services.  We will discuss treatment barriers, including funding, bed availability, co-occurring services and other client treatment needs.  Lastly, the presentation will include a brief description of a few specialty programs implemented by the Luzerne/Wyoming Co. Drug and Alcohol Program.  By the end of the presentation, the audience should feel more comfortable accessing treatment services and better-informed on where to seek treatment or information related to treatment.

L       Transgender Culture – Kenneth Tong, B.S., Salisbury Behavioral Health & Lee Piechota, Youth Advocacy Squad

This session will expand on the training we did last year on Safe Space for the LGBTQ+ community, and dive more into the transgender community. We will expand on the subculture, as well as talk about how to be culturally aware/sensitive to the topic of gender as it relates to the transgender population.

M      Your Response Matters – Tammi Burke, Manager of Community Services, Victims Resource Center

We all know someone who has been affected by sexual violence. It is not easy to know what to say when someone tells you that they have been victims of sexual assault regardless if it is an acquaintance, a friend, or a family member. Research has shown that a survivor’s well-being can be affected by the type of responses received from support sources during and following disclosure. This workshop will include an overview of sexual assault and the impact it has on victims of sexual violence. The majority of the workshop will focus on changing how society responds to sexual assault disclosures, which will help to improve the outcomes for survivors. We will discuss tips on how to respond sensitively to someone who has shared their experience and information on services available to victims of sexual assault.

N      Enhancing Fidelity with Medicated Assisted Treatment(MAT) – Jessy Miller, M.S., Children’s Service Center

When used in conjunction with quality therapy, medication has shown to produce positive outcomes for those struggling with a substance use disorder.  However, developing this fidelity has been difficult process, but one that is attainable.  The goal of this brief session will be to highlight the success of incorporating a fidelity model for MAT services while providing an update on the current medications being utilized, and those on the horizon. 

O      The Community Cost of Poverty – Mandy Chapman, Regional Manager for CarePortal of Luzerne County

Presentation will discuss the positive and negative impacts of poverty in our community. The session will highlight the efforts of the faith community along with the ongoing challenges to effectively serve this large population. Included will be a brief overview on the Cost of Poverty (COPE), a poverty simulation that CarePortal, System of Care and Luzerne County Human Services Division will continue to offer our community on an ongoing basis.

P       Healthy Relationships– Chandra Breese, Domestic Violence Service Center

This presentation is on teen dating violence/healthy relationships. Research has shown dating abuse and violence begins as early as 6th grade, with one in four teens experiencing some form of dating abuse during the school year and college years. This presentation will discuss warning signs/red flags to look for, identifying different types of abuse that can occur, understanding how technology can be used to control a partner, safety planning, and know how and where to get help if they or someone they know is in an unhealthy relationship. This program will explain how helping teens manage conflict in the real world takes skill. This program will not only teach practical skills for handling conflict, but address the many underlying issues that influence how a teen approaches each situation. Subject matter will include: understanding conflict, responding to conflict, gaining control over their own emotions, constructive communication, and the value of empathy. Staff will discuss DVSC services available to the community.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

Q      Understanding the Needs of Single Mom Families living in the GAP -Donna Nelson, BS Psychology Holistic Empowerment Coach & Organizational Well-Being Consultant, Founder, Adopt a Single Mom Project

Learn and develop a greater understanding of those in our community living in the Gap. The real-life struggles, realities of vulnerability and needs of those living in the gap – particularly working single moms in NE Pennsylvania. You will hear stories from working single moms in our community. Demonstration of the financial scenarios that perpetuate the challenges, and the importance of advocates and community leaders to have a sense of urgency and commitment to provide 21st century solutions to the issues affecting this under recognized and underserved population and how it’s impacting us all. The two primary solutions needed to create better outcomes for our families to thrive and make a positive impact on our community.

R      Combating Challenges with Healthy Coping (A Youth-Centered Session) – Rose Daniels & Lee Piechota, Youth Advocacy Squad

Participants will learn varieties of healthy coping mechanisms, while learning about youth advocacy squad and what we can do to aid them. Participants will also see how healthy coping can aid in recovery and overall well-being.  Learn about healthy coping skills and youth advocacy by participating in an interactive story-telling session.