“Have You Had the Conversation?”

“Have You Had the Conversation?”

Following Up

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, we partnered with the North Penn School District to talk with parents about having meaningful conversations with young children in an effort to deter substance use.

Thank you for being a part of the Conversation, North Penn!

“We got lots of good ideas and mostly confidence that we can have dialogues with our sons.”

“Parents need to start talking about drugs and alcohol. We need to talk at their level and be honest.”

“Keep it up! We loved it.”

“I liked that the young adult in recovery shared her thoughts. She looked like the girl next door, which surprised me.”

Our Panelists

Thank you to our wonderful Panelists for providing their expertise and insight:

  • Nicole Yetter, Ed.D. – Chair, North Penn High School Guidance Department  

  • Tori Rubbo – Knapp Elementary School Counselor 

  • Jill Adams, SWF – Director of Adolescent Partial Programming – Onward Behavioral Health

    Supervisor of Adolescent Services – Rehab After School and The Light Program

    Addictions Therapist – Rehab After Work, Lansdale  

  • Emma Buschmann – North Penn Alumnus, Hedwig House


  • Kim Ferris Rubenstein, CRS – Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation 

Helpful Information

6 Parenting Practices:  Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
from the Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Prevention Tips for Every Age
Partnership for Drug-free Kids

Talk! They Hear You.
Underage drinking prevention.

Marijuana Talk Kit
from the Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Making Yourself Ready to Start the Conversation:  Guidelines for Parents & Guardians

Top 8 Reasons why Teens Try Alcohol and Drugs
from “How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can’t,” by Dr. Neil I. Bernstein

This Study Could Unlock the Mysteries of Teen Brain Development
By Nora D. Volkow and George F. Koob; January 5, 2017

Underage Drinking
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Help Your Child to be Tobacco Free
from “Right Decisions Right Now”

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Special Thanks!

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Kim Porter, CFRS
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    Linda Smithson May 4, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Thank you for an awesome presentation. I wish the Norristown Area School District would be a part of this. I especially loved the handouts and meeting info for families of people in addiction. I am currently raising my 11-year old grandson and wish I would have had these resources years ago- I will share these with friends of mine who are in similar circumstances.

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