Welcome Parents!

Be a Part of the Conversation understands the challenges of
parenting in today’s world.


This page features information about programs specifically for parents, grandparents, guardians and other caregivers. You’ll find recorded presentations and other supportive information.

You’ll find some of the presenters and panelists who have shared their expertise and experience at various programs listed below. Their contact information may be found by clicking on the “Learn More…” buttons.

Be a Part of the Conversation programs do not provide behavioral health advice and are for informational purposes only. Our programs are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding substance use disorders or related family needs. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read or seen in any Be a Part of the Conversation program or video.

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Parent Partnership meetings are facilitated by volunteers and are a branch of the nonprofit organization, Be a Part of the Conversation. We are not affiliated with any treatment providers. We are grateful to the agencies, organizations and other professionals who share information about Parent Partnership with families looking for support.

>> Learn more about Parent Partnership meetings.

The Family Recovery Course (FRC) is a three-part series of peer-led interactive educational trainings for parents or guardians whose child, at any stage of life, has struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Each course is led by two trained instructors who have personal experience with an addicted family member.

>> Learn more about the Family Recovery Course.

Parent Partnership meetings are facilitated by volunteers and are a branch of the nonprofit organization, Be a Part of the Conversation. We are not affiliated with any treatment providers. We are grateful to the agencies, organizations and other professionals who share information about Parent Partnership with families looking for support.

>> Learn more about Parent Partnership meetings.

The Family Recovery Course (FRC) is a three-part series of peer-led interactive educational trainings for parents or guardians whose child, at any stage of life, has struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Each course is led by two trained instructors who have personal experience with an addicted family member.

>> Learn more about the Family Recovery Course.

Parent Partnership meetings are facilitated by volunteers and are a branch of the nonprofit organization, Be a Part of the Conversation. We are not affiliated with any treatment providers. We are grateful to the agencies, organizations and other professionals who share information about Parent Partnership with families looking for support.

a>> Learn more about Parent Partnership meetings.

The Family Recovery Course (FRC) is a three-part series of peer-led interactive educational trainings for parents or guardians whose child, at any stage of life, has struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Each course is led by two trained instructors who have personal experience with an addicted family member.

>> Learn more about the Family Recovery Course.

“Preparing Your Child to Launch”

Whether our kids are just starting high school, planning for college, searching for their first job, or struggling to determine their next steps in life, we may find ourselves teetering on the parenthood fence. Are we still their caregiver? Their disciplinarian? Their problem solver? What are our boundaries?

This program helps parents and other caretakers to find the line between being supportive and loving, and being the rescuer/protector, and how that changes once they leave home.

Book mentioned by Lizzy Lopez, LPC:

Failure to Launch
by Mark McConville, PhD

How to Launch Well: 7 Things to do Now to Successfully Launch your Kids when it’s Time
MonicaSwanson.com

“The most beautiful sight in the world is a child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way.”
— Confucius

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
— Unknown

Meet Our Panelists

Below are the panelists who have shared their expertise and experience at “Preparing Your Child to Launch” programs.

Lizzy Lopez, LPC

Co-Founder & Chief Clinical Officer
Synergy Houses

 

Mike Harrington

Case Manager
Synergy Houses

Troy Jackson, MSS, LSW

Private Practice Clinician
Ethos Treatment, LLC

Daniel Rubenstein

Person in Recovery

Haydn Briggs, MSS

Private Practice Clinician

Pam Williams

Guidance Counselor
Hatboro-Horsham High School

For families impacted by a loved one’s substance use disorder:

with Patti Brennan, CFP®, CFS® President & CEO, Key Financial, Inc.

Recognized as a leading advisor in PA, Patti Brennan shared her expertise to help families navigate financial decision making through all stages of the recovery process with a loved one, whether struggling to make ends meet, or have significant wealth to protect. Patti comes from a long line of family members who have struggled with addiction, including as a mom of someone in recovery. She gets it!

Patti addressed:

• How to make sure you remain on track with your financial goals. (Hint: Don’t let guilt and shame sabotage your financial future, or that of your family).
• Action steps to use to protect your assets from predators — not only the consequences of drug and alcohol use, but also income and estate taxes, lawsuits, and unmanageable debt.
• Unique considerations for families with members who struggle with substances.
• Five mistakes people make over and over again The spirit of Patti’s approach is that we’re all in this together!

Securities offered through Osaic Wealth, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Key Financial Inc. Osaic Wealth, Inc. is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of Osaic Wealth Inc.

Patti Brennan’s website and contact information:

website:  https://keyfinancialinc.com/

email:  Patti@keyfinancialinc.com

For families impacted by a loved one’s substance use disorder:

navigating the holidays

“Navigating the Holidays”

The holiday season can be a joyful time, yet families impacted by addiction often struggle with dashed expectations, making excuses, and a minefield of drinking and other triggers. Perhaps we’re still feeling the pain of past family dramas.

On November 9, 2023, we were joined by Rick Shugart, MFT, a Family Therapist specializing in addiction treatment for individuals, couples and families. He has been in private practice for twenty-five years. Currently, Rick is in private practice full time and lectures and presents at psychotherapy conferences.


We also heard from a family member who shared their experience and what they have learned about navigating the holidays.

For parents of adolescents and young adults:

“Healthy Boundaries, Healthy Family”

Many parents struggle with finding balance in their relationships with their kids. What does having healthy boundaries mean? We want to have a close connection, but are we trying to be their friend? We know we need to keep an eye on their behaviors, but are we invading their privacy?

This program helps us to prepare our children for healthy independence and tools for establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries with our kids.

Our special guest on March 7, 2023 was Lex Remillard, MSW, LCSW, a licensed therapist from Therapeutic Alliance who works with adolescents, young adults and their families. Also on are panel were Sarah Brooks, LPC from Downingtown Area School District, and Christine Dziembowski, MPH and Bethann Cinelli, D.Ed. from Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown.

Thank you to our Community Partners: Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown and the Downingtown Area School District.

This program was funded by the Chester County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

“Stress, Anxiety & Teens”

Stress and anxiety present challenges for many high school students. We are still learning the effects of the COVID pandemic on adolescent mental health. Join us to learn tools that will help you to support your kids as they manage stress, anxiety, and other challenges.

This program was hosted by the Hatboro-Horsham School District & funded by the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation.

Lizzy Lopez, MA, LPC, NCC, Outpatient Clinician at Ethos Treatment, LLC
Lizzy is an experienced clinician who has experience with working in primarily mental health programs. Lizzy has a variety of experience with people in different developmental stages including working with adolescents and young adults.

Pam Herman

Hatboro-Horsham High School Guidance Counselor
email:  phermann@hatboro-horsham.org

Dawn Tucker, MA

HHSD Coordinator of Special Services

Michael NG

Owner & Operator of Mulberry House

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation

“Parenting On Your Feet”

What are the challenges you are facing as parents, caregivers and educators? We’ll provide tools for talking with teens that will lay the foundation for healthy behaviors.

Our presenters address risk and protective factors, changes in behavior and other warning signs, substances frequently used by teens and emerging adults, and more.

We often begin with a tour of our “Mock Teen Bedroom,” which helps adults to identify signs of substance use, and trends in the use of cannabis, vaping and alcohol that put kids at risk.

Together, we’ll develop helpful tools to support our youth!

“Healthy Boundaries for Family Recovery”

When someone we love becomes addicted to drugs, alcohol or certain behaviors, parents and other family members can be impacted in profound ways. We often isolate, or become consumed by fear or frustration, no longer recognizing our life as we once knew it.

We’ll explore strategies for creating healthy boundaries that benefit the entire family, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of addiction, and the possibilities for family recovery.

Keys to Family Recovery

Many family members who love someone with a substance use disorder (addiction) have experienced pain, frustration, fear, or trauma. Isolation due to stigma and a feeling that no one understands can erode family well-being. This program explores family recovery and shares healthy strategies for healing.

Panels include Rick Shugart, MFT, along with family members who have been impacted by addiction.

Meet Our Presenters!

Rick Shugart, MFT

Family Therapist

Pam & Bill Roberts

Family Members

“A Conversation with Madeleine Dean & Harry Cunnane”

Special thanks to U.S. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and her son,Harry Cunnane, for joining us to discuss their book, Under Our Roof: A Son’s Battle for Recovery, a Mother’s Battle for Her Son.

Those interested in reading Under Our Roof might consider purchasing from a local independent bookstore such as Main Point Books. The title can also be found on Amazon for those who prefer Audiobooks and Kindle.

Madeleine and Harry also published a children’s book, You Are Always Loved: A Story of Hope.

Meet Our Presenters!

Madeleine Dean

Representative, United States Congress
& Author, Under Our Roof

Harry Cunnane

Regional Vice President, Caron Treatment Center
& Author, Under Our Roof

“Parents & Our Boundaries During a Pandemic”

Being a parent, grandparent, guardian or any kind of caregiver has its challenges. When we are concerned about substance use or addiction, the challenges are greater. And now that our world has been faced with an historic pandemic that requires isolation, either with our loved one, or further away from them, the challenges can be greater still.

This program helps us to recognize unhealthy patterns we may be experiencing with our child, whether they are living at home, or are grown and moved away. We explore opportunities to create healthy boundaries with our child that help parents to feel emotionally safe, and exhibit appropriate support for our child.

Meet Our Presenters!

Lisa Silk, LCSW

Adam Lush, MPH

Pam & Bill Roberts