As we navigate the unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, Be a Part of the Conversation is committed to keeping vital conversations going!

Visit this page often to learn about upcoming Online Programs, as well as finding links to recently-recorded programs.

Our next online program:

Join us on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
from 7 to 8:30 pm for

Chester County Recovers!

Bringing Together the Chester County Recovery Community

Be a Part of the Conversation is honored to enter our first year of partnership with the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

This program will feature representatives from the community, including service providers, clinicians, people in recovery and family members. Please join us for a panel discussion that will shine a light on the many opportunities to find treatment, support, and hope for long-term recovery!

Meet Our Panelists

Kathy Collier

Prevention Program Director
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Learn more about Kathy Collier

Kate Genthert-Siolek

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Learn more about Kate Genthert-Siolek

Tim Roberts

Person in Recovery

Learn more about Tim Roberts

Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW

Co-Founder
Ethos Treatment, LLC

Learn more about Michael Blanche

Marti Phillips

West Chester Caron Parent Support Group

Learn more about Marti Phillips

Luis Tovar

President
Kacie’s Cause

Learn more about Luis Tovar

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director
Be a Part of the Conversation

Learn more about Kim Porter

Additional Panelist information coming soon!

Register for the September 15 Online Program, “Chester County Recovers!”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program.

Coming Up!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 7 pm

“Parenting in a Pandemic”

With regular routines disrupted and families facing a variety of stressors, this is a challenging time for parents. In this interactive webinar, Liz Jorgensen, CADC, will discuss practical tools for parents to help manage their own emotions and to help their child not only survive, but grow from current stress.

Register for “Parenting During a Pandemic” on September 29, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7 pm

“Finding a Path to Recovery through a Pandemic and Epidemic”

We’ll be joined by a treatment professional, a healthcare prescriber, a Montgomery County official, and people in recovery. Join us as we navigate the convergence of the opioid epidemic with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register for “Finding a Path to Recovery through a Pandemic and Epidemic” on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 7 pm

“A Conversation with Sandy Swenson”

The mother of two sons, one of whom struggles with addiction, Sandy Swenson is the author of The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction, Tending Dandelions, and her most recent and soon to be released book Just Dandy: Living with Heartache and Wishes

Sandy will be sharing some selected readings from Tending Dandelions, and will open a discussion based on the thoughts and emotions evoked by those readings. We’ll also have an open Q&A with Sandy.

Register for “A Conversation with Sandy Swenson” on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7 pm

“When It’s Chronic: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Manage Anxiety and Worry” with Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD

Dr. Dahlsgaard will discuss and model specific, evidence-based strategies to help you help your child (and you!) manage chronic anxiety and stress, including as it relates to COVID-19, as well as outline common pitfalls to avoid.

Register for “When It’s Chronic: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Manage Anxiety and Worry” on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 7 pm

“Cannabis (it’s complicated, especially for kids!)”

What was once a relatively simple plant, cannabis (marijuana) has inspired everything from fear to fierce loyalty. We’ll have a conversation about the science of today’s marijuana and its impact on young people’s developing brains. We need to learn all we can about this evolving substance, which bears little resemblance to a plant. Our presenters will address the effects of increased THC levels, social norms, availability, and the impact on a young, developing brain.

Register for “Cannabis (it’s complicated, especially for kids!)” on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Follow Up on Past Online Programs (Most recent are at the top.)

We occasionally record our online programs. You can find those recordings, along with other helpful information by visiting the links listed below.

“Pathways to Recovery” from July 28, 2020

Visit our Pathways page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways to Recovery” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Navigating the Maze of Addiction & Mental Health” from July 14, 2020

Visit our Navigating the Maze page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Navigating the Maze” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Pathways to Recovery” from June 30, 2020

Visit our Pathways page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Being LGBTQ2IA+ and Healing from Recovery” from June 23, 2020

Visit our LGBT page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “LGBTQ2IA+” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Clearing the Air:  Vaping, Nicotine & Marijuana” from June 16, 2020

Visit our Vaping page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Vaping” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Preparing Your Child to Launch” from June 9, 2020

Visit our Parents page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Parents” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Addiction 101” from May 12, 2020

Visit our Addiction 101 page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Addiction 101” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Cannabis (it’s complicated)” with Ben Cort, from May 19, 2020

Visit our Cannabis (it’s complicated) page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Cannabis (it’s complicated)” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Parenting On Your Feet” from May 5, 2020

Visit our Parents page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Parents” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Pathways to Recovery” from April 28, 2020

Visit our Pathways page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Coping with COVID:  Embracing Isolation” from April 21, 2020

Visit our Isolation page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Isolation” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Parents & Our Boundaries During a Pandemic” from April 14, 2020

Visit our Parents page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Parents” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Transitioning Technology 2B Healthy” from April 7, 2020

Visit our Technology page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Technology” page.

View the recorded presentation.

“Pathways to Recovery” from March 31, 2020

Visit our Pathways to Recovery page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways to Recovery” page.

View the recorded presentation.

Stay Connected Now!

The COVID-19 pandemic has us all trying to navigate uncharted territory with regard to “Social Distancing.” Many of us rely on community connections that are not currently available.

We might be physically separated, but we have options for staying connected! Visit this page to learn about remote meetings of mutual-aid organizations and other support groups.