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Strengthening Families Through Collaboration-A Carolina Connection

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Brookland Baptist Convention Center

1066 Sunset Boulevard

West Columbia, SC 29169

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Day 1 Conference Schedule (October 10, 2017)



12:00PM-1:00PM KEYNOTE (My Will, My Heart, My Story)

Christy Roberts, Consultant, Parents as Teachers National

1:10PM-2:40PM BREAK-OUT SESSION 1 (Choose one)

  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences--- Abby Wilson & Amber Schrenkel
  • Mindfulness: How to Make YOU a Better You!--- Birley Wright
  • Getting the Most Out of Reflective Supervision Part I ---Allison LaMont & Robin Roberts (Must take Part I and Part II to get credit)
  • Learning to Screen with the ASQ-3---Alicia Turner

2:45PM-4:15PM BREAK-OUT SESSION 2 (Choose one)

  • Motivational Interviewing Skills: An Introduction---Nicole S. Deems
  • Getting the Most Out of Reflective Supervision Part II ---Allison LaMont & Robin Roberts (Must take Part I and Part II to get credit)
  • Talk Saves Lives---Vanessa Riley
  • Learning to Screen with the ASQ SE-2-Alicia Turner
  • The Struggle is Real: Working with Fathers---Marc Himes


Day 2 Conference Schedule (October 11, 2017)



9:15AM-10:15AM KEYNOTE (One Book Many Lessons)

Julian Gooding, Media Producer/Nerd Whisperer/Teller of Tales

10:25AM–11:40AM BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 3 (Choose One)

  • A Simple Piece of Fabric---Julian Gooding
  • Developmental Promotion Continuum: Monitoring, Screening, and Linkage to Services---Lorraine Cragen-Sullivan
  • Wired to Resist: Goal Setting Challenges and Strategies---Robin Roberts
  • Quality Endorsement Process Panel---Facilitators: Allison LaMont & Christy Roberts Panel: Judy Sanders-Bull, Bleasha Carroll, Patricia Sullivan & Abbey Mills
  • One Size Does Not Fit All---Patti Learman

11:40AM– 1:15PM LUNCH

Special Performance; Season 12 American Idol Winner, Candice Glover Recognition, Celebration of Parent Educators/Home Visitation Staff

1:15PM-2:30PM BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 4 (Choose One)

  • Penelope for Supervisors---Pilar Perez
  • Mandated Reporting: What You Need to Know---Michelle Greco
  • Addressing Sensitive Issues with Families---Allison Lamont
  • Engaging Families: Neuroscience of Partner, Facilitate and Reflect---Robin Roberts
  • Assessing and Addressing Early Child Social and Emotional Development---Julie Toppen & Tricia Sutphin

2:40PM-3:55PM BREAK-OUT SESSIONS 5 (Choose One)

  • Safe Sleep: Environment and Risk Factors---Amy Moseley
  • Home Visitor Safety---Christy Roberts
  • Playing Around: Why Imaginative Play is So Beneficial for Child Development---Chris Boggiano
  • Mental Health First Aid---Tori West & Karen Waataja
  • Talk Saves Lives, But We Have to Listen---Vanessa Riley



Conference registration is open August 21, 2017 through October 11, 2017

How do I register?

You will need to go to green button that says "Tickets". Then choose one of the three options for dates that you would like to attend: 1) Day One, Oct. 10 only, 2) Day Two, Oct. 11 only or 3) Both Days which includes Oct. 10 and 11). Then go to drop down button to choose payment option-- either credit card or by check. Once you've made your selection it should take you directly to the registration area.

How much are registration fees?

Note that conference fees are $35.00 one-day attendance or $55.00 two-day attendance

How do I pay for conference registration?

Pay by credit card (Preferred method) or Pay offline (Send check to...see note below)

Online credit card payments are encouraged. If you are paying by check please note registration is not complete until payment is received. All checks need to be made payable to: Lexington County First Steps, Attn: Jim Riddle, 101 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg, SC 29006...memo line should read Parenting Conference registration.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send any questions regarding conference registration to Betty Washington at bjw1steps@hargray.com subject line: parenting conference.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a copy of your ticket available during registration; your ticket will serve as your admission to each session attending.

What is the refund policy?

No refund will be given after October 6, 2017, please contact conference organizer directly to request refund.

Are there hotels recommended for conference participants who will be attending both days?

Yes, there will be several options of nearby hotels that may also offer special block rates for participants.

Link to Embassy Suites to get discounted rate for Parenting Conference: Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbia Greystone link opens in a new tab.

200 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, South Carolina, 29210, USA +1-803-252-8700 Includes free WiFi, free breakfast and evening managers reception with drinks and food.
Hotel Details | Change hotel

Last day to book for discount: 09/26/2017

Here is the reservation link you can use to make online reservations at Columbia Marriott:

Book your group rate for SC First Steps Parenting Programming

SC First Steps Parenting Programming

Columbia Marriott for 101 USD per night –includes free parking and free wifi

Start date: 10/9/17
End date: 10/12/17
Last day to book: 9/15/17

  • Candice Glover

    Candice Glover

    Candicane Productions

    Artist, American Idol Season 12 Winner

  • Julian Gooding

    Julian Gooding

    Media Producer, Nerd Whisperer, Teller of Tales

  • Christy Roberts

    Christy Roberts

    Parents as Teachers National


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