Please join us for the 2017 PAPSA annual conference, which will be held April 19-21 at the beautiful Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. This year, the main sessions will be held on Thursday, April 20th and Friday, April 21st. There will be a special pre-conference seminar for those who wish to arrive early on Wednesday, April 19th, beginning at 3:00 PM until 6:30 PM.

The theme for this year’s conference will be Pupil Services: Avoiding the Potholes on the Road to Resiliency. Each of the programs described below will focus on that overall theme.

On Wednesday, there will be three sessions, each of which will be approximately one hour in length. Session1 – Dennis Gillan, a survivor of suicide loss, will address the topic “A Story of Loss and Perseverance x2”. He will discuss how he dealt with the death by suicide of two brothers and how he overcame his desire to commit suicide as well.
Session 2 – The staff of Compass Mark, a drug prevention agency, will examine the availability of “Drug and Alcohol Services” for school-age children and youth.
Session 3 – The staff of N.O.P.E. will describe their programs and services in a presentation entitled “Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education.”

On Thursday morning, Christian Moore, nationally known speaker and author, will address “The Resilience Breakthrough”, including 27 strategies for developing resilience. This program will be followed by a buffet luncheon, during which the annual business meeting will be conducted and door prizes will be drawn. After lunch, the staff from Highmark Caring Place will direct your attention to “The Grieving Child in the Classroom.” The final program of the afternoon will be a health services update by staff from the PA Department of Health’s Division of School Health Services.

On Friday, the conference will feature the acclaimed Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar with attorneys Sharon Montanye and Jane Williams, along with their Associates from the law firm of Sweet, Stevens, Katz and Williams, who will address legal issues impacting special education during the morning session. Following lunch, their afternoon session will concentrate on pupil services-related legal issues. This is your opportunity to update your knowledge of recent court decisions that may influence the conduct of your programs and services. The seminar is in its 16th year and is considered to be the highlight of the Conference program.

Both the Thursday and Friday programs will begin at 8:30 AM and registration will open one hour prior to that time.

Please join us this April for three days of networking, up-to-date information, and good company with your Pupil Services colleagues from across the state. And while you’re at it, why not plan to add a day or two and explore what Lancaster County has to offer? There are many attractions for adults and children alike. The Amish farms, music theaters, outlet malls, fresh produce markets, amusement parks, antique railroads, craft shops and other fascinating activities are available as you travel the highways and back roads throughout the Lancaster region, all within a few minutes of the Conference site. Lancaster County is a national and world-wide destination for entertainment and culture, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This is an opportunity to combine a vacation with the exceptional professional development that the PAPSA Conference offers.

A maximum of approximately 13.5 hours of training will be available. Please note that PAPSA will no longer serve as an approved Act 48 provider. For those who are unable to enter their hours, PAPSA has made arrangements through another agency to enter the hours, however, PAPSA takes no responsibility for the entry or acceptance of these hours.

In Mid-April, the weather in Lancaster is beautiful and the outlet malls are in their full glory so mark your calendars for April 19 – 21, 2017, and join your PAPSA colleagues at the conference. There is plenty to interest spouses and children in the immediate area as well, including Hershey Park and Gardens, Zoo America, Strasburg Railroad, Dutch Wonderland, an Amish Farm, and many other attractions.

Registration forms will be sent to all school entities over the Christmas holidays. A copy of the registration form will be available for downloaded on this site. If you have difficulty opening the form, which appears beneath this paragraph, e-mail the Executive Director and he will fax or e-mail you a copy. You will also be able to bundle your 2017-18 membership dues with your conference registration. You can begin to schedule your room for the conference through the Eden Resort. Be sure to mention that you are attending the PAPSA Conference to obtain the best rate. The cutoff date for the special room rate is March 19, 2017. Single/double room rates will be $133.95. Persons requiring handicapped accommodations should notify the hotel staff at the time of registration.

Conference Registration Form

Eden Resort

Hotel Reservations: 866-890-2339 Toll-free
Hotel Direct: 717-569-6444
Fax: 717-569-4208
Mailing Address: The Eden Resort Inn and Suites
222 Eden Road (Routes 30 & 272)
Lancaster, PA 17601

[Alert! 2016 NAPSA Conference: The annual conference of the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators will be held in Pittsburgh, October 30-November 2, 2016. The Sheraton Station Square will be the venue. Further information will be posted on NAPSA’s web site and will appear in the PAPSA News as well. This is a rare opportunity to attend a national conference without leaving the state.]

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