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National Family Week: 9th Annual Educational Conference

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Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center

77 East Market Street

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

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9th Annual National Family Week Conference: A Community Built to Conquer Opioid Addiction

A Conference for Individuals, Families and Service Providers

A David & Lillian Thalenfeld Family Life Program of Family Service Association of NEPA Celebrating National Family Week


  • To understand core issues regarding opioid addiction.

  • To support civic engagement efforts to strengthen family relationships in celebration of National Family Week.

  • To ensure that families and community organizations obtain basic knowledge of the availability and accessibility of resources and to facilitate links between families and service providers.

  • To ensure that families and community organizations have the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and develop new skills.

Continuing Education Credits Available:

  • Act 48: 6 hours (free)
  • LSW-LCSW LMFT-LPC 6 hours (additional $10)
  • CLE's: 5.5 hours (additional $10)
  • CADC's 6 hours (free)
  • CLEE's: 5.5 hours (free)


8:00am-8:45am: Registration, Continental Breakfast, Resource Tables Open

8:45am-9:00am: Welcome

9:00am-10:15am: "From Penn State to the State Penn" with Alexis Johnson, Certified Recovery Specialist and Trained Interventionist, Harrisburg, PA

10:30am - 11:45am Concurrent Sessions (please choose one of the following workshops at check out)

A.) "Addressing the Rise in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Treating & Transitioning the Patient from an In Patient to an Out Patient Setting" with Lauren C. Kresge, MSW, MBA, ACM, Operations Manager, Care Management, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA; Dr. Gary Stoner, MD. FACOG, OB/GYN Physician, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA; and Kim Selig, RNC-NIC

B.) "Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) in the Workplace and Beyond" with Cathy Ryzner, Certified Recovery Specialist, WVADS, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, PA and Edward Cortazar, ASW, CRS, CPS Advocate for Recovery, Robinson Counseling Center, Tunkhannock, PA, plus panel of moderators

C.) "Use of Narcan for Emergency Responders" with Eugene J. Dziak, Emergency Management Coordinator of Wyoming County, Tunkhannock, PA

D.) "How can I manage my pain without becoming addicted to drugs?" with Dominick P. Trombetta, Pharm.D, BCPS, FASCP, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

12:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch and Keynote Address: "The Current Status of the Opioid Issue in Pennsylvania" with Dr. Rachel Levine, MD, Secretary for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, Harrisburg, PA

1:45pm - 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions (please choose one of the following workshops at check out)

E.) "Fentanyl - The Seventh Infinity Stone?" with Thomas Franko, Phar.D., BCACP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

F.) "The Opioid Epidemic's Toll on At-Risk Kids and Families" with Liz Wagenseller, Chief of Staff to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Harrisburg, PA

G.) "Reducing Stigma & Discrimination in Medicated Assisted Treatment" with Ricardo Horn, LMSW, Executive Director at Pyramid Healthcare, Dallas, PA

H.) "Family Do's and Don'ts - The Forgotten" with Kori V. Britton, BS, Counselor, Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, PA

3:15pm - 4:30pm Concurrent Sessions (please choose one of the following workshops at check out)

I.) "Stepping Up Educational Resources in Schools - Awareness and Warning Signs for Educators" with Joseph V. DeLucca, Jr., MS in School Counseling, Dir. of Federal, State & Nonpublic Programs for the LIU 18, Kingston, PA and Jason Harlen, MA-Org. Management, CADC, CEO of WVADS, Inc. Wilkes-Barre, PA

J.) "Opiates: What We Need to Know" with Janene Holter, PhD, Senior Supervisory Special Agent, PA Office of Attorney General, Wilkes-Barre, PA

K.) "I'm Hurting" with Tee Simpkins, CEO of Graniteville House of Recovery, Sweet Valley, PA

L.) "Family Recovery" with Stephanie Hastings, BA, Recovery Services Community Coordinator, Sr. Project Coordinator, Harrisburg, PA

In Partnership with:

  • CASA of Luzerne County
  • Community Care Behavorial Health Organization
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
  • Luzerne & Wyoming Counties
  • Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium
  • Times Leader
  • Trion Industries, Inc.
  • WVIA Public Media
  • Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc.

Sponsored By:

  • Thalenfeld Family Charitable Trust
  • The DA State Drug Forfeiture Fund
  • The Angeline Elizabeth Kirby Memorial Health Center
  • The Fund for Luzerne County of The Luzerne Foundation
  • The Meadows Psychiatric Center
  • Toni Cisowski
  • Community Care Behavioral Health
  • Highmark
  • Times Leader
  • WVIA Public Media
  • Eyewitness News
  • The Wright Center
  • CleanSlate
  • Geisinger
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