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Keynote Speaker
Barbara Orr

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-Barbara OrrBiography:
Barbara Orr has thirty-five years of experience working with juveniles and their families as an inpatient counselor, juvenile probation officer, outpatient therapist, family therapist, and supervisor of juvenile justice programs. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from Shippensburg University and a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University, and received training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic in family systems work. She is an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Millersville University. She currently trains and consults full-time with agencies, facilities, and organizations that provide services to children, adolescents, and families, as well as to private businesses. She is mother to three adult children, and resides in Lancaster County, PA.

Presentation: Connecting with Adolescents

  • Developmental happenings of adolescents
  • Central needs of adolescence
  • Forming a meaningful rapport - what to say or ask/not say or ask!
  • Gaining trust
  • Earning the right to influence an adolescent
  • The unique things that adolescents have to offer

Conference Presenters

Abby Keiser

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Abby Keiser is COBYS Director of Family Life Services. She was previously in private practice as a mental health therapist at Psychological Health Affiliates. For several years she provided therapy for COBYS foster children as an employee of Philhaven. Prior to completing her Masters in Clinical Counseling at Millersville University, she was an ordained pastor in the Church of the Nazarene as well as the Director of Kinder Haus Nursery Day Care in New Holland. In addition to her experience as a child and adolescent therapist, Abby and her husband, Darryl have been married for 29 years and have also served as foster parents. They have two adult children, Courtney and Corbin serving in the US Navy and the Coast Guard and a chocolate lab named Halligan.

Presentation: Five Love Languages of Adolescents

  • To discover the teenager's primary and secondary love language.
  • Love Language and how it relates to independence
  • Love Language and anger, how to decrease anger through love language

Dannyelle Austin

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Dannyelle Austin continues to take the lessons from her own-childhood and use those lessons to transform the lives of young people across the region.
Growing up in a single parent home in inner city Philadelphia first sparked Dannyelle’s interest in helping other youth rise above their circumstances and become something greater than society’s expectations. From an early age she knew that she wanted to spend her life dedicated to helping young adults develop and achieve their dreams.
After graduating from high school in Philadelphia, Dannyelle attended Franklin & Marshall College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies. She completed her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Development and Affairs at Drexel University in September 2012.
Dannyelle’s extensive experience working with Philadelphia youth has given her renowned expertise in youth development, GED preparation, college readiness, and most importantly, the integration of trauma informed methodologies throughout youth development practice. At Hopeworks, Dannyelle continues to be a transformative leader, achieving the best ever youth development outcomes in the 16 year history of the organization.

"Roses in Concrete”
Through the use of trauma informed tools, individuals will learn effective strategies to help chip away at the concrete and create opportunities for the roses to bloom. Many of the youth that we work with have been labeled as hopeless, troubled, and even failures. But we as passionate youth development professionals know that roses grow in concrete.

Jack Sodak

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Director of Outpatient Services for Retreat at Lancaster County in Akron, Pennsylvania.
Jack is a substance abuse professional with over 27 years of experience implementing programs and providing direct care to individuals and families. A licensed professional counselor, certified addiction counselor, and certified clinical supervisor, Jack has established specialty programs in inpatient and outpatient settings. He has worked with specific populations such as impaired professionals, adolescents, young adults, co-occurring disorders, couples and families.
He has had a private practice, consulted with local schools and county probation departments, served on student assistance teams, provides public speaking and trainings for other substance abuse professionals, and has trained many addictions professionals in the field over his career. Lastly, Jack currently has established a growing outpatient facility for Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers that provides partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment for individuals and families affected by substance abuse.

Presentation: “Adolescent Substance Abuse”
The objective of this presentation is to deliver a better understanding on the vulnerabilities of substance abuse. Another aspect is to explain the difference between substance use, abuse, and dependence. This will also show how family and professionals in the community can help a teen struggling with substance use. Concluding the presentation will be treatment options and the levels of care matrix.

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