2018 Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference

Conference 2018: It Starts With You

The Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference: It Starts with You was held on April 25th – 27th, 2018 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO. This conference offered over 40 professional development workshops, along with networking opportunities for home visitors and supervisors of Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY).

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Main Topics Areas

  • Health & Safety
  • Home Visitor Best Practices
  • Parenting
  • Innovative Funding & Marketing Strategies

Keynote Speaker

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW is the quintessential American success story. Born to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 Ashley was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve.

Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.” Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes.

Now a New York Times and International Best Selling Author, Ashley is an internationally recognized speaker on foster care, adoption, education, child welfare, human rights, families, youth advocacy, women’s issues, and overcoming adversity. Her story, education, and personal experiences give Ashley a unique expertise on how we can improve outcomes for children, families, and youth. Similarly, Ashley is a tremendous inspiration because she has been able to turn her pain into power and productivity for herself and countless others.

2018 Award Winners

  • Thomas A. Fitzgerald PAT Parent Educator of the Year – Kristina Gorshe, Catholic Charities Pueblo
  • Bernice Frieder HIPPY Home Visitor of the Year – Sanaullah Abdur Rahim, Family Connects Greeley
  • Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon Affiliate – Catholic Charities Pueblo & Growing Home
  • Erin Binford Social Justice Award – Ida Rhodes, Catholic Charities Pueblo

Click here to view the 2018 Parent Possible Conference Program


2018 Presentations & Workshops

For an overview of the conference schedule, click here, and for a list of workshops and presenters click here

Wednesday April 25, 2018

Fostering Healthy Mealtime Environments and Relationships – Alexandra Lee & Heather Aguilar

Visit Tracker Tips & Tricks – Jen Kuchyt

Recursos y Experiencias Para Todo la Familia – Alberto Pellicer Ferrando

EMBRACE Yourself: A Mindful Approach to Wellbeing – Cathy McCarty & Kelsey Peterson-Hardie

Play is Serious Business: How Play Supports Early Development – Sarah McNeil

Speaking Up for Infants, Toddlers & Families! – Jacy Montoya Price & Christina Walker

Strengthening Families Protective Factors: Parental Resilience – Aaron Miller & Mary-Alice Cohen

Every Child Ready to Read – Brianna Austin

PICCOLO Panel Discussion – Marion Batayte

The Love & Logic Model – Amy Cobb

Thursday April 26, 2018

Engaging Father in Home Visiting: Lessons from Dads Matter – Jennifer Bellamy

Infants & Toddlers with Developmental Concerns: First Steps in Identification & Referral – Wayla Murrow

Promoting Attachment in Home Visits – Katherine Bair

Have a Conversation with a Book: Dialogic Reading – Lupita Ramos

Foundations of Early Childhood Social Emotional Development & Maternal Mental Health – Phuonglan Nguyen, Nancy Goodman & Rachelle Woods

Working from the Heart: How reflective practice supports who we are and what we do – Sarah McNamee

HIPPYCorps Getting Things Done! – Jackie Cordova

Using Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 in Your Practice – Teri Haymond

Planning Home Visits with Vroom – Andy Lubansky

Transitions Big & Small: Helping Families to Support Their Children During Change – Elaan Brudno & Arpita Kishen

Building Social Connections BETWEEN Families – Maria Soto & Jennifer Richardson

Family Financial Planning – Christine Fabian

Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process – Michele Provost

Friday April 27, 2018

Dads – What are They Good For? – Bert Singleton

Mommies, Babies & Moods, Oh My! – Alexandra M. Alfonso, Kelly Stainback-Tracy & Jennifer H. Paul

3 Keys to End Yelling, Demands & Disrespect – Mary Dravis-Parrish

Resources, Reminders & Networking for PAT Supervisors – Michele Provost

Speaking with One Voice: 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids – Emily Bash

Working with the Immigration Coalition to Calm Family Fears – Adriana Quintero & Lorena Mendoza

Importance of Movement – Lisa Dengerink

An Introduction to CoAIMH and the Infant Mental Health Endorsement – Jean Cimino & Ous Badwan

Dialogic Reading – Michaelle Manzanares & Colleen Karberg

Laugh for the Health of IT – Sharon Montes & Mary Dravis-Parrish

Tools for Parental Resilience – Jennifer Richardson

The Home Visitor’s Role in Toilet Training – Brenda Shover

MIECHV Data, Reporting & Budgeting: All Your Questions Answered – Rachel Breck, Julie Becker, Mary-Alice Cohen

Securing Vital Resources for Colorado Families – Jennifer Gremmert



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