Please join us for the 2016 PAPSA annual conference, which will be held April 13-15 at the beautiful Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. This year, the main sessions will be held on Thursday, April 14th and Friday, April 15th. There will be a special pre-conference seminar for those who wish to arrive early on Wednesday, April 13th, beginning at 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM.The two sessions will include Leisa Irwin on the topic of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Leisa is an administrator with the Paladin Career and Technical School in Blaine, Minnesota. As such, she implemented the very first school-wide Trauma Informed Care (TIC) program in the state. She has nearly twenty years of program development experience within public schools, including (1) project-based learning models creation and implementation, (2) new school development, (3) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) responsive programs, (4) software development and implementation to meet individualized and district-wide needs, and (5) TIC school-wide programs. Ms. Irwin is an avid writer and has had several articles published on the topics of ACEs and TIC. This past September she hosted the first international live chat dialogue with educational practitioners on the various topics related to addressing ACEs in school systems. She is currently working on a book with co-author Jim Sporleder on the subject of ACEs in education.

Following Leisa’s presentation, students and staff from the State College Area School District will describe a new program in their district entitled My Mental Health Matters. This will be preceded by the PAPSA Executive Board Meeting, beginning at 1:00 PM, which is open to the public.

Thursday will consist of two sessions in the morning; first staff from the Upper Darby School District will describe their involvement with the Relational Skills Coaching program, second Kevin Hines, a suicide prevention specialist will give a personal account of his experience with suicide. Kevin is a mental health advocate, award- winning global speaker, best-selling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, at 19 years of age, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.

Kevin’s story was featured in the 2006 critically- acclaimed film “The Bridge” by producer/director Eric Steel. His best-selling memoir “Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt” was published in 2013. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health.

These presentations will be followed by a buffet luncheon, during which the annual business meeting will be conducted and door prizes will be drawn. The final program of the afternoon will be a health services update by Beth Ann Bahn 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 15th 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 13 – 15, 2016, 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 were sent to all school entities over the Christmas holidays. A copy of the registration form is 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 2016-17 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 14, 2016. Single/double room rates will be $133.95. Persons requiring handicapped accommodations should notify the hotel staff at the time of registration.

This year there will be a special incentive for attending the PAPSA Conference. In an effort to increase attendance at the 2017 NAPSA Conference, scheduled for Pittsburgh on October 30 – November 2, persons who attend both of those conferences this year will be eligible for a drawing to earn a fully paid PAPSA membership for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Eligibility will require the person to have registered for both conferences prior to the deadline.

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.]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *