43rd Annual Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association Conference
October 17-18, 2019
Thursday October 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
It Takes a Lot To Fill a Tank: More Than $50

This training is based on Dr. Gary Chapman’s books: Five Love Languages (Children and Teens). There are five primary ways to communicate love. Each individual has one or two primary “Love Languages.” This practical hands-on training is designed to help foster/adoptive parents and child welfare professionals learn the five languages of love and discover their own “love language” as well as the children they serve. Participants will also learn to communicate their love to others in a way the other person can accept. Finally, this training will address the particular challenges of filling a traumatized child’s “love tank” and how a traumatized child may not be able to accept some of the traditional forms of love expressions.

Presented by: Karen Knodel, MSW, LSW, Keri Dacry, OCMI Recruiter

Finding Hope in Addiction & Recovery Through FGDM

This workshop will focus on the importance of engaging families at each step of the way and the benefits of building a lifetime network of support. Additionally while learning about the process, participants will also hear from a parent who participated in FCDM conferences and about her experiences at each of those steps. We will be exploring engagement strategies with special consideration and discussion regarding the work with parents who experience substance abuse issues which include the family dynamic and safety planning before during and after the conferences.

Presented by: Eliza White, Felicia Matriccino

The 3 C’s Communication Collaboration Confidence

This powerful breakout is highly interactive and participative, daring attendees to rethink how we structure the exploration of language and the power of ideas. You will learn first-hand how to use specific exercises to increase confidence and meaningful communication with a series of collaborative take-home strategies.

Presented by: Tim Clue

Friday October 18, 2019
8:30 AM- 11:30 PM
Taking Care of Yourself: Managing Your Exposure to Traumatic Stress

Exposure to traumatic stress is recognized as an occupational hazard in the field of child welfare. It is also a main contributor to the high turnover rate in the child welfare profession. In this workshop, participants will compare the traumatic stress exposed to child welfare professionals to the traumatic stress exposed to the resource parent. Participants will recognize the importance of recognizing and responding to their own exposure to traumatic stress. In addition, participants will explore the strategy of maintaining resiliency to support the demands of resource parenting. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to practice self-care techniques to successfully manage the inevitable exposure to traumatic stress.

Presented by: CWRC

Reactive Attachment Disorder: Parenting and Therapeutic Interventions

This workshop defines and describes the diagnosis of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and related disorders, and the behaviors children with these disorders commonly exhibit. The major emphasis of this workshop focuses on parenting strategies to facilitate attachment, collaboration techniques to work as a team with the professionals providing services, and application of the workshop’s core principles through case vignettes.

Presented by: CWRC

Preventing Youth from Experiencing Opioids and Addiction

During this three-hour workshop, participants will receive information about indicators of opioid use and addiction. Participants will discuss and identify the impacts opioid use and addictions have on the development of children. Additionally, participants will recognize the resource parent’s role in preventing opioid use and identify strategies to engage youth in meaningful conversations.

Presented by: CWRC

Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention

Resource families have an important role in recognizing suicidal behavior in the youth in their care. The extent to which these children receive services may require advocacy on the part of the resource caregivers. Understanding behavior and actions, as well as intervention options, will help provide safety, permanence, and well-being for the youth who present suicidal behaviors. The purpose of this 3-hour training is to give participants an overview of suicidal ideation and behavior. This workshop will enable resource families to reinforce their basic knowledge about suicide while challenging commonly held myths and replacing them with substantiated facts.

Presented by: CWRC

Friday October 18, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Foster Parent Caucus

During this session we will share, discuss and explore what is working for resource parents as we share our lives with the children and families in our lives. We will also hear from participants of areas in which they need help to be successful in raising their children to become healthy productive adults! Please come prepared to share with other participants and go away with ideas to continue our journey.

Presented by: Patricia Feaster, PSRFA board acting Vice-President, Barbara Forshey

Improving Our Parenting With Self-Care and Wellness Strategies

Foster parents face numerous challenges and conflicts. How they managing these and other life events becomes the model for children in their care. Explore ways to be a more successful role model-and take better care of yourself.

Presented by: Faye Hall BS, MA and Jeff Merkert

Lost On an Island

Resource families can feel as though they are out on an island, isolated from any support. Some families feel they have been shipped to the island, where others have placed themselves there without knowing it. This workshop will look at attachment issues between resource families and their agency as well as how to establish an effective, stable support network. The upcoming changes that from the Family First Preservation Act will also be incorporated.

Presented by: Colleen Slebodnik and Annette Gross