Accepting and Supporting Our Children’s Differences: Building Resilient Families

Saturday, October 18th, 2014  9am–3pm
Saint Joseph’s University 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

2014 Community of Hope Award Recipients: Evan Kaplan and Daughter Charlotte Kaplan of Child and Family Connections and Keynote Speaker: Andrew Solomon, best selling author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.

Conference Schedule

8:30 am Registration Opens

  • Sib Shop: Crissy Auger

9:20 am

  • Welcome – Bob Kreider, President and CEO, Devereux

9:30 am

  • Keynote: Andrew Solomon: “Our Differences Unite Us”
  • Q&A

11:00 am

  • Book Signing by Andrew Solomon/Visit Exhibitor Tables/Break

11:30 am Workshops:

  • Legal Issues (Estate Planning) – Ira M. Fingles, Esq.
  • The Medication Maze: Working with Physicians & Navigating Brand vs. Generic Names – Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D.<
  • Supporting Families with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Concerns: Dr. Caroline Smith (Deputy Director, MHIDD Services, Chester County)
  • IEPs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Tanya A. Alvarado, Esq., McAndrews Law Offices, PC
  • Transition Planning: Preparing for Adulthood (include employment & housing) – Maggie Haag, LSW, CBIS
  • Supporting LGBT Individuals, Their Families and Friends – Ann Marie Panarello, Psy.D., M.A., M.S. and Chris Bartlett, Executive Director, William Way LGBT Community Center

12:45 pm

  • Luncheon and Family Networking/Visit Exhibitor Tables

1:45 pm

  • Parent Panel – Impact of Family – Amy Kelly, Paul LeBuffe, Amy Millar
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Caring for Yourself
  • Coping Strategies

2:45 pm

  • Meet & Greet with Speakers