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2021 PCCYFS Annual Conference

A Year of Resilience

September 29 & 30

The Conference

PCCYFS is excited to present an IN-PERSON conference for 2021!

The theme, “A Year of Resilience,” is one in which everyone can relate following the challenges of the pandemic. As we collectively look forward, we can be assured that we have grown stronger together as a result of those struggles.

The PCCYFS 2021 Conference includes two dynamic keynote speakers and 24 educational sessions on industry-relevant topics, including workforce development, research, LGBTQ issues, trauma-informed care, addiction issues, leadership, technology and more. We think you will find the well-crafted presentations useful and thought provoking.

Networking activities are available throughout the event as are opportunities to engage with our exhibitors.

The Venue

This year’s conference will again be held at the Best Western Premier located at 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17111. If you would like to make reservations online, you can do so right here.

If you’d prefer to make reservations over the phone, you may call 717-561-2800, choose option #4 and then option #1. Remember to ask for the PCCYFS discounted group rate!

Annual Business Meeting Notice

Don’t miss our Annual Business Meeting during lunch, Thursday, September 30 at noon.

Lark Eshleman, Ph.D.

AUTHOR, THERAPIST & EDUCATOR

Lark Eshleman came to her career in child healing through her own childhood family experiences, by parenting her own children, through her work as a children’s librarian, elementary school principal, school psychologist, and then dramatically through her overseas volunteer work with children traumatized in the war in the Balkans after their wars of independence from 1991 – 1995.

Lark is an author, therapist and educator whose expertise is working with children and teens who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse. She is Board Certified in Domestic Violence by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and is the creator of STAT™, Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy

RON L. JAMES

INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR & LIFE COACH

For more than 25 years, Ron L. James was in and out of prison because of choices. While in prison, he met a man who encouraged him to write his story. As he wrote, he realized he did not like the man he had become. It was then that he began intentionally making different choices.

In May of 2012, Ron was released from prison and has been a productive member of society ever since. He has been drug and alcohol-free for over fifteen years. He is passionate about helping others understand that they can avoid the mistakes he made. As a result of this passion, he now shares his message across the country as a Keynote speaker. His message about CHOICES continues to influence and inspire students, professionals and fellow entrepreneurs to “make their next choice their best choice.”

Wednesday, September 29

7:30-8:30

Registration & Hot Breakfast

7:30-5

Exhibit Booths Open

8:30-9

Welcoming Remarks

9-10

Keynote: Lark Eshlman
Lark is an author, therapist and educator whose expertise is working with children and teens who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and abuse. She is Board Certified in Domestic Violence by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and is the creator of STAT™, Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy.

(1.0 CEU credits)

10-10:30

Break, Please Visit Our Exhibitor Booths.

Session 1

10:30-12

Research/Systemic Challenges

Trauma Lens Paradigm Shift-4 Questions

Speakers: Faye Hall and Jeff Merkert/Connection Resources

Four questions are often asked about early trauma: How does early trauma occur? What are the neurological impairments? How does it affect the person? and How do I intervene? This session will answer each and give the audience opportunities to delve more deeply into the topic.

(1.5 CEU credits)

Clinical

Family Treatment Court & Family Group Decision Making: Partners in Recovery

Speakers: Carla Clark and Leslie Ward/Northumberland County Children & Youth

This presentation will discuss how Northumberland County Is utilizing Family Treatment Court in conjunction with FDGM to address addiction issues with parents and extended family.

The speakers will address how FTC and FGDM work hand-in-hand to educate extended family as well as help the individual and the family work through the recovery process. Case examples will be provided.

(1.5 CEU credits)

Technology

Improving Youth Outcomes Through Machine Learning

Speakers: Shawn Peck/Adelphoi Innovative Solutions

Matching a particular youth with a program that has a demonstrated ability to achieve a positive outcome is the most underleveraged variable in the success equation for youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. 

FirstMatch™ is a state-of-the-art software solution that uses predictive analytics to help providers and placement decision makers, identify the most appropriate program for a child, both out of home and in home services, significantly increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.  FirstMatch™ uses information that has been collected from various assessments from youth, their families, past records, and the courts, and compares this information to the historic results of providers. 

By use of artificial intelligence, it compares the predictive factors of the referral to the historical outcomes achieved by unique programs for clients that presented with the same or similar predictive factors.  A trained algorithm is utilized to determine which program has the highest likelihood of producing the desired outcomes from this specific youth.  As part of the FirstMatch™ model, a report is provided to the courts or decision maker identifying each youth’s likelihood of program completion and remain-out-of-care, along with other desired outcomes.  Implementing FirstMatch™ could benefit the child welfare and juvenile justice systems by making the decision making process less subjective and more scientific by use of machine learning and data that is specific to the particular needs of a youth.

Additionally, it has the capability to incorporate all readily available information that has been collected over the years but never formally analyzed.

Leadership

What Does the Future Hold for Behavioral Heath Services & Supports for Our Children Youth & Families?

Speaker: Joan Erney

This presentation will provide a national and state update on innovations and best practices in meeting children, youth and families behavioral health needs.  In our post COVID world, increasing access to and assuring high quality behavioral health treatment services is imperative, irrespective of setting or family situation. 

We will look at state policies and current practices; and forge new ideas for family driven, youth guided, cross system strategies to impact long term outcomes for those we serve.  We will review barriers and opportunities to influence state and local policies to address the challenges that agencies face in delivering quality care.  We will also discuss financial strategies, including Value Based and braided funding across systems. 

12-1

Networking Luncheon

Session 2

1-2:30

Research/Systemic Challenges

Best Practices to Avoid Abuse at a Provider Agency

Speaker: Lisa Bellis, Brown/Brown

Has your Abuse & Molestation coverage been non-renewed recently?  Maybe the premium sky-rocketed or the retention increased?  When was the last time your employees received training on abuse prevention?  Do you have a formalized program and are all employees actively part of the implementation?  

As a Certified Praesidium Guardian, Lisa Bellis utilizes The Praesidium Safety Equation® as the foundation for this one hour discussion.  By the end of the course attendees will be educated on prevention practices for abuse and molestation, including:  the development of abuse prevention policies, screening & selection, employee training, monitoring & supervision, internal feedback & communication, consumer participation, responding to an incident, and administrative practices. 

She will review Brown & Brown’s exclusive RAAMP It UP™ program, which is provided to all Brown & Brown clients with abuse exposure.  This course will help you to begin to identify gaps in your prevention program and provide thoughtful, practical solutions. 

Clinical

Equine-Assisted Therapy: Building an Innovative Practice

Speakers: Heather Girvin, Abigail Wilson, Katie Linebarger, and Sarah Primak/Lone Oak

Founded by Dr. Heather Girvin, Lone Oak is a equine-assisted therapeutic program that provides various services with various populations across all age groups to address complex social and mental health needs.

As a new and innovative program, Lone Oak was created to fill a gap in services in a Lancaster County community. Programming was thoughtfully combined to meet client’s needs while building a community. This presentation will review the creation of a non-profit, creation of an innovative program, and the theoretical framework utilized. It will also describe equine-assisted therapeutic services and the benefit to clients.

(1.5 CEU credits)    

Technology

Engaging Your Community Through Social Media Strategies

Speaker: Emily Ferguson/Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center

As organizations serving children and youth, we not only have a responsibility to educate our clients and families, but also the communities where we exist. This presentation will discuss how social media can aide your organization to reach its goals.

This presentation will address the use of social media for non-profit organizations, and how to utilize different platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more) to engage and educate your audience about your mission, values, and services.

We will discuss the ways different departments can collaborate to help achieve mutual success in addition to using resources in the company and community. This presentation will assist organizations in creating a plan leveraging the resources they already possess to effectively utilize a variety of social media platforms.

Leadership

9 Transformational Competencies Needed by Today’s Nonprofit Leaders

Speaker: Dennis C. Miller

This is an engaging, interactive and motivational presentation on the new nine competencies needed by today’s nonprofit leaders. The nine competencies are: visionary thinking, emotional intelligence, relationship building, entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, CEO’s role in philanthropy, collaborator, succession planner, becoming a positive brand builder and inspirational motivator for your entire organization.

The traditional leadership competencies of being mission driven, community relationships, grant writer and program and services provider are still crucial. But in today’s challenging times, successful nonprofit organizations seek leaders with the nine leadership competencies.

2-3

Exhibitor Networking Ice Cream Social

Session 3

3-4:30

Research/Systemic Challenges

An Appreciative Approach to Staff Retention

Speaker: Stacy Taylor/Hoffman Homes for Youth

The presentation will cover information discovered during dissertation research along with anecdotal experiences regarding experienced success with staff retention.

Clinical

Autism & the Juvenile Justice System: How & Where to Intervene & Support

Speakers: Kate Hooven, Lindy Mishler/ASERT Collaborative

From 2009 to 2014, the Pennsylvania Autism Census found that the number of Pennsylvanians with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receiving services increased from nearly 20,000 individuals to over 55,000 individuals. The number of individuals with autism who had contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems also has increased.

The location, the circumstance and the outcomes are different in each case, but, there is an underlying theme in each incident-a call for training for law enforcement, corrections, justice system professionals and providers on how to identify, interact and support individuals with autism in the juvenile and criminal justice system.

Technology

Measuring What Matters Most: The Power of Business Intelligence

Speaker: Scott Bachik/enkompas BI, LLC

The presentation will provide a foundation of Business Intelligence (BI), how it works, and highlight case studies of how Human Service Providers leveraged the power of BI to organize cross-functional data, visualize and communicate that data, and create insight and knowledge to drive transformational change and growth. 

The presentation will outline the Provider journey from their initial state through the transformation to having a functional decision support system with timely information. It will highlight what worked, what did not work, and outline the keys to success in implementing BI. The presentation will also review how to leverage BI to create automation and eliminate manual data management.

Leadership

Communicating Trust: A Strategic Approach to Reputation Management

Speaker: Tracy Pawelski/PPO&S

Trust is an essential part of any organization’s success. But almost daily, reputational issues make headlines, eroding trust with key stakeholders. This is especially relevant for PCCYFS where trust and reputation go to the very heart of your relationship with your members, children and families, policymakers and the media. This training leaves participants with concrete steps to proactively communicate your mission at the same time you are preparing for the challenges ahead.

5-6

PCCYFS Board Meeting

6

Dinner On Your Own But Not Alone.

Join a group of your choice.

6:30-8:30

Networking Event

8:30-11

Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Brown & Brown

Thursday, September 30

8-9

Registration & Hot Breakfast

8-4:30

Exhibit Booths Open

8:45-9

Welcoming Remarks

9-10

Keynote: Ron James

Ron is a passionate person who is always looking for ways to help others. After spending 25 years in and out of prison, he learned that choices have the power to change lives. Now, as he reflect on his path through life and the chain of events that eventually led to his downward spiral, he is committed to share the freedom he came to know by encouraging and empowering others to learn from his mistakes.

As the Founder and Director of Programs at Your Choice Foundation, Ron is continually brainstorming new ways to address the needs of schools, churches, community organizations, law enforcement and more; delivering a message of hope, love and faith that always inspires and motivates others.

10-10:30

Break, Please Visit Our Exhibitor Booths.

Session 1

10:30-12

Research/Systemic Challenges

The Effectiveness of Pre-Adjudicatory Diversion Panels in Pennsylvania

Speakers: Joe Abraham and Courtney Wagaman/The IMPACT Project

Pre-adjudication diversion can occur at various decision-making points in the juvenile justice system. It can provide alternatives for youth who have not yet entered the juvenile justice system but who are at imminent risk of being charged with a delinquent act, and can also channel youth who have been alleged to be delinquent away from formal court processing that could result in an adjudication of delinquency. Pre-adjudication diversion can occur at the school, law enforcement, magisterial district judge, and juvenile court levels.

The IMPACT Project has operated, two distinct, pre-adjudicatory diversion programs in Lehigh County, in partnership with Lehigh County Juvenile Probation since 1999.  This training will provide and understanding of pre-adjudicatory diversion and the recidivism outcomes of a 13 year, 5 year, and another 5 year longitudinal study that demonstrates the effectiveness of Justice Panels in a variety of measures.

(1.5 CEU credits)

Clinical

Stuck on Resiliency: A Paradigm Shift

Speaker: Evette Clarke/EquityWorksBest LLC

In our society, under-served and marginalized (e.g. black and brown) children and families often are overexposed to trauma and hardship. This extreme exposure compels them to constantly employ resiliency efforts to survive and maintain their life chances, goals and desires.

The cognitive approach to serving and allocating valuable resources to these communities must consider the historic past and lack of equitable resources and treatment in order to improve outcomes for these deserving communities. We will explore these factors and discuss the value of equity in human services programming.  

Technology

Precision Analytics & Machine Learning to Improve Mental Health Services for Children & Teens

Speakers: Kristen E. M. Gay, Pete York and Kate Ryan/Gemma Services

Gemma Services will share how the organization is utilizing past and current client data to improve outcomes for youth in their Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program (PRTF). The presentation will outline steps the team took to develop and implement what they call the Insight Generator. During this presentation, participants will see how Gemma is using precision analytics and machine learning as a part of comprehensive treatment planning. A case study will be shared that demonstrates how the Insight Generator is used in the PRTF.  

Leadership

How Green is Your Program Resiliency?

Speaker: Andrea Richardson/Info-Matrix

Frustrated by program evaluation results that are beyond your control? In 2020, we learned that resiliency matters. Creating the structure within your program that supports reporting the effectiveness of the services is crucial to today’s private provider collaboration with county/state agencies.


Using collaboration and data-based decision making as a foundation of our discussion, participants will look at how educational standards and program outcomes can help measure program effectiveness and bridge crucial conversations with county/state agencies.

Participants will review effective strategies from collaborative initiatives that will support productive collaboration around system gaps that will ensure better qualified referrals for your program and better outcomes for children and families.

 

12-1:15

Networking Lunch, Annual Membership Business Meeting, Raffle

Session 2

1:15-2:45

Research/Systemic Challenges

Enhancing Provider-County Continuous Quality Improvement Under FFPSA

Speakers: Kristine Creavey and Andy Grimm/PA Child Welfare Resource Center

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) emphasizes the use of program-level data to monitor program implementation and outcomes to refine and improve practices.

This continuous quality improvement (CQI) process will be explored not only in terms of best practices at the provider agency and program levels, but also in terms of how best to wield this data-driven process to monitor every eligible child’s safety, permanency, and well-being. Participants will be encouraged to consider how they might expand the reach of their CQI process to include county agencies.

In the spirit of enhanced collaboration and teaming, we will end the session by providing tips and tricks for providers to use so that their communication of data to agencies and other stakeholders can be as appropriate and effective as possible.

Clinical

Where Transgender and Trauma Intersect

Speakers: Lisa Fritz/Lancaster General Hospital

The presentation will address the multiple traumas encountered by transgender individuals throughout their lifetime. This will include microaggressions, traumas related to daily encounters and brain/body incongruence, and trauma related to systems in which the individuals live. The presentation will, also, address the larger traumas encountered in the forms of transphobia, abuse, and discrimination.

(1.5 CEU credits)

Technology

Better Outcomes for Children In and Out of Homecare with CaseAIM

Speakers: Jennifer Brumer and Morgan Ryan/Children’s Home of South Florida

Children are entitled to safe and timely permanency while in State custody.  Recognizing the risk, associated with workload and turnover by direct case managers, CaseAIM was developed as a countermeasure to ensure the needs of every child are met timely.

The CaseAIM support team is comprised of people, process and technology to create efficiencies to support case management and provide timely services to the clients served. Children’s Home Society of Florida is the only organization to develop, in collaboration with tech giants, the innovative solution CaseAIM. This workshop will review how CHS utilized CaseAIM as a countermeasure to lower turnover and decrease the length of stay for children in an out-of home placement, core elements of the program, and what the organization has learned from the implementation. 

(1.5 CEU credits)

Leadership

Promoting a Team Culture of Resilience

Speaker: Susan Damico/Devereux Center for Resilient Children

Leading teams can be difficult and leading teams during times of crisis can feel overwhelming. The science of resilience helps us to understand what skills, behaviors and attitudes are essential to navigate challenges and lead in ways that help our teams “bounce back” and move forward. As we navigate the current climate, leading with a resilience mindset is essential. In this workshop, participants will learn a holistic framework for promoting resilience within themselves, their staff and ultimately within the children and families served by the organization.

(1.5 CEU credits)

2:45-3

Break. Please visit our exhibitor booths.

Session 3

3-4:30

Research/Systemic Challenges

2021 Employment Law Compliance Issues & Trends

Speakers: Sarah Ivy, Richard Calabrese, Rick Hackman/Saxton & Stump

Human Resources Professionals and Benefits Administrators have been presented with a new set of challenges due to the change in Administration. From new requirements related to employee benefits and subsidies, implementation of new employment laws and increased enforcement of existing regulations, and COVID-19 return to work issues, employers have been confronted with an onslaught of changes, hurdles and obstacles with respect to protecting employee rights, limiting employer liability and maintaining a safe workplace.

Saxton & Stump attorneys Richard Hackman, Sarah Ivy and Richard Calabrese will identify the timely issues of which you should be aware and how to confront these issues from both a proactive and reactive standpoint.

Clinical

Current Drug Adolescent Trends

Speaker: Matthew Null/Gaudenzia

Today’s students are not just drinking beer and smoking a little weed. Are you aware of what waxing, boofing, and robotriping are? If you see writing on the bathroom stall from a student looking for Molly, they are not looking for a girl named Molly. If you were a student looking for drugs where would you try to get them?


Learn what’s new based on the speaker’s years in the drug and alcohol field and working with students in treatment.

(1.5 CEU credits)

Technology

Cyber Security: Things That Keep You Up at Night

Speakers: Mark Fahnestock and Rex Johnson/CAI

Hackers, Ransomware, and Bears, Oh My!  Cyber fraud and abuse is a growing concern for many agencies, small and large alike.  As technology evolves, the opportunity for cyber threats increases exponentially without taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself, your agency, and your client and staff data. 

Learn about ongoing threats happening in the world today, as well as precautions and considerations you should be thinking about to help protect yourself and your agency.  This session will help give you the tools and thoughts to advance your cybersecurity protections so you can go back to having a good night sleep.

Leadership

Competitive Recruiting Strategies for 2021

Speakers: Nick Hill and Calyn Brewer/Bethany Children’s Home

If you were asked what the main concern of most employers today, you would probably say “staffing!” This session provides effective strategies for recruiting the ideal candidates. In addition to recruiting, we all know it is equally important to retain those ideal candidates. With so many changes in the nonprofit sector over the past year, it is crucial to adapt and create an engaging environment to increase staff retention. Join this brainstorming session to learn and share effective ideas in recruitment and retention.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the PCCYFS 2021 Annual Conference are now available! For more than 45 years, PCCYFS has focused on supporting the critically important efforts of private providers as they work to meet the needs of vulnerable children, youth and their families. As a true membership driven organization, PCCYFS has remained diligent in efforts to raise awareness and influence state leadership around the areas that impact the private provider community.


We’ve streamlined all the marketing opportunities, print, online and exhibit tables into simple, yet comprehensive, opportunities for maximum brand exposure via sponsorship packages. We are only offering 15 exhibit tables, as we’re focusing on quality of attendee engagement. All the tables are in the main areas of attendee congregation, where non-conference attendees at the hotel will also be able to see your table.

 
We expect hundreds of human service providers and staff working for private agencies offering foster care, adoption, juvenile justice, mental health and education services statewide. Additionally, many government departments participate in the conference. These include the PA Department of Human Services, PA Department of Health, Office of Children Youth and Families, Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services, PA Department of Education and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning – just to name a few! 


If none of the sponsorship packages appeal to you, we hope you might consider making a donation to support our efforts. 


Thank you very much for considering sponsoring our event and supporting the professionals who aid and encourage thousands of disadvantaged children in PA.


To sponsor or for more information contact Kim Yakowski, PCCYFS Communications Director at kimberlyy@pccyfs.org or 717-460-6813.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors! 

Click on the logos to learn more about them.

Early Bird Registration – NOW AVAILABLE!

Special Student Rate Offer!

You can now register for the 2021 conference. Take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing which can save as much as $50 per ticket.

Simply select your one or two day ticket based on your member, non-member, or full-time student status. Click the “+” sign next to each ticket to identify how many of each ticket you would like to purchase, and then click the blue “Get Tickets” button at the bottom of the page.

To complete the ticket purchase, you will need each individual’s name, e-mail, organization, and title (for their conference name tag). You will select each person’s sessions for the conference days, however you will be able to change your mind later. Counts for each session are important for assuring large enough rooms are allocated at the conference.

At the end of the checkout, you can select to pay via PAYPAL, or you can select INVOICE ME to have an invoice sent to you. Note: you do NOT need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal. PayPal allows use of a credit card to complete the purchase without a PayPal account. If you select PayPal, you will be taken to their secure website to complete the transaction.

Tickets

The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Non-member - Sept 29 Only - Early Bird
$ 175.00
Unlimited
Member - Two Day Pass - Early Bird
$ 250.00
Unlimited
Member - Sept 29 Only - Early Bird
$ 145.00
Unlimited
Member - Sept 30 Only - Early Bird
$ 145.00
Unlimited
Non-member - Two Day Pass - Early Bird
$ 300.00
Unlimited
Non-member - Sept 30 Only - Early Bird
$ 175.00
Unlimited
Student - Two Day Pass - Early Bird
Must be a full-time student to be eligible.
$ 100.00
Unlimited
Student - Sept 29 Only - Early Bird
Must be a full-time student to be eligible.
$ 50.00
Unlimited
Student - Sept 30 Only - Early Bird
Must be a full-time student to be eligible.
$ 50.00
Unlimited
Is the conference in-person? Where is it being held?

 

We are pleased to offer the PCCYFS 2021 Conference in-person at the Best Western, 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA  17111. Virtual options are unavailable.

 

How do I access the group room rate information?

Make your reservations online here.

Or call 717-561-2800, choose option #4 and then option #1. Then ask for the PCCYFS group rate.

Where can I reserve a room if the hotel is full?

The Hampton Inn at 4230 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Their number is 717-545-9595.

Do I have to preregister for the event?

Yes, it’s necessary to preregister. You can do so on the PCCYFS website after July 1 here.

Do I have to be a PCCYFS member to register?

Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend the conference.

Where do I direct questions about my registration and the track I selected?

Questions can be emailed to hbgoffice@pccyfs.org. During the event, you may also stop by registration and PCCYFS staff will help you.

What is the registration fee?

The registration fees vary. Find them here.

What methods of payment do you accept?

You may make your reservation using a credit card, PayPal or request to be invoiced. You do NOT need to create a PayPal account to use a credit card.

Are the sessions eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

Yes, many of our sessions are eligible for CEUs. Their eligibility is indicated by the course description online and in the printed program. Credits are $10 per day and must be requested online here. 

Are there any networking events?

Yes, this year’s conference offers many opportunities for networking. Wednesday, September 29 from 2 to 3 pm, there will be an Ice Cream Social for all attendees to enjoy a sweet treat while talking to fellow attendees and exhibitors. The event will be held in the area by registration.

From 6:30 to 8:30 that evening, there will be another networking event. This mixer allows attendees a relaxed atmosphere to talk to other attendees and visit with exhibitors. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

And 8:30 to 11 pm Wednesday, attendees can stop by the Brown u0026amp; Brown Hospitality Suite.

On Thursday, September 30, there will be a networking luncheon from noon to 1:15 pm, the Annual Membership Business Meeting will also take place.

What restaurants are nearby?

Find a list here.

How do I cancel my registration?

All requests for cancelling registrations must be e-mailed to HbgOffice@PCCYS.org by the end of the day on Thursday September 23.  All non-cancelled no-shows will not be eligible for a refund. 

How can I sponsor the 2021 Conference?

 

 

How do I become a member of PCCYFS?
Will PCCYFS be taking any COVID-19 precautions?

The COVID-19 health and safety protocols listed are recommended for attendance at the PCCYFS Annual Conference. These protocols are subject to change and will be updated as we receive new information. 

PCCYFS is pleased to be moving forward with an in-person conference September 29 & 30, 2021 at the Best Western Premier, Harrisburg. PCCYFS continues to monitor hotel, local, state and federal restrictions, mandates, guidelines and protocols.  

Your continued support, flexibility, cooperation and understanding is appreciated as we move forward to present a safe and successful event. Working together, we can provide a healthy and productive environment for the association and its attendees, staff and partners. At this time, PCCYFS is implementing the following COVID-19 protocols and recommendations to maintain a safe environment for all attendees, staff, vendors, partners, as well as hotel guests, visitors, staff and families back at home.

Failure to abide by the PCCYFS and/or hotel protocols may result in removal from the meeting and/or hotel.

  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in any activity that you did before the pandemic.
  • If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission in your area.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze or cough, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Honor other attendees’ personal choices regarding masks, distance and personal contact.
  • Abide by all hotel and convention center rules/policies including any mask mandates in place upon your arrival.
  • Abide by all federal, state and local regulations.
How can I offer feedback or ask a specific question?

Email the PCCYFS office at hbgoffice@pccyfs.org or call 717-651-1725

Can I use social media at the conference?

Yes.

Social media guidelines and best practices

We welcome social media use at PCCYFS’ Annual Conference, including live tweeting. Use includes all public settings such as the exhibit hall and receptions, and presentations and keynotes.

Use the appropriate meeting hashtag, e.g. #PCCYFSCon2021 for PCCYFS Annual Conference 2021.

Employ commonly used hashtags that relate to the content to increase engagement.

Treat all participants, attendees, staff, and vendors with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.

Credit (identify) presenters by name.

Do not take or share photographs of individuals under 18 on social media without explicit verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian.

Photography guidelines and best practices

Photography by individuals for personal use and for social media is allowed at social events, in the Exhibit Hall and in public spaces throughout the PCCYFS Annual Conference is permitted.  

The presenter must be identified by name when a photograph of the presenter, presenter’s slides, or poster is shared on social media or elsewhere.

Attendees should be respectful and considerate of others. Do not use flash, block attendees view of presenters when capturing photos, or otherwise disrupt presentations.

Do not photograph individuals under 18 years of age without explicit verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian. If in doubt, ask.

 

 

Social media guidelines and best practices

We welcome social media use on your accounts at PCCYFS’ Annual Conference, including live tweeting. Use includes all public settings such as the exhibit hall and receptions, and presentations and keynotes.

Use the appropriate meeting hashtag, e.g. #PCCYFSCon2021 for PCCYFS Annual Conference 2021.

Employ commonly used hashtags that relate to the content to increase engagement.

Treat all participants, attendees, staff, and vendors with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.

Credit (identify) presenters by name.

Do not take or share photographs of individuals under 18 on social media without explicit verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian.

Photography guidelines and best practices

Photography by individuals for personal use and for social media is permitted at social events, in the Exhibit Hall and in public spaces throughout the PCCYFS Annual Conference.  

The presenter must be identified by name when a photograph of the presenter, presenter’s slides, or poster is shared on social media or elsewhere.

Attendees should be respectful and considerate of others. Do not use flash, block attendees view of presenters when capturing photos, or otherwise disrupt presentations.

Do not photograph individuals under 18 years of age without explicit verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian. If in doubt, ask.

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Brummer/ Children’s Home Society

Jennifer Brumer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Criminal Justice for the University of Central Florida and has over 20 years of child welfare experience in the State of Florida.  She is originally from Ft Lauderdale where she began her career working with youth through the Jewish Community Center. She began working with at risk youth in the Child Welfare system in 2002.  Jennifer began her career with at risk children as a Dependency Support Worker for 2 years to a Dependency Case Manager/ Dependency Specialist for 5 years and went to become a Dependency Case Manager Supervisor for 6 years.

In 2015 Jennifer changed paths and became a Quality Manager for the Orange County Dependency Program. During this time, Jennifer learned big picture planning to help improve the program and child welfare system. Jennifer is currently a Senior Director for Child Welfare Quality and Practice with Children’s Home Society and she currently provides supervision and oversees the Quality team members and the CaseAIM support program for Children’s Home Society throughout the State of Florida.   Jennifer and her team of child welfare professionals create big system improvements throughout the State that focuses on improving outcomes for the children and families served.