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”

↓View the Powerpoint that was presented.↓

Use the arrows to scroll through.

Several of the images will take you to a link for further information if you click on them.

Special Thanks!

Kim Porter, CFRS
Latest posts by Kim Porter, CFRS (see all)