Sessions & Schedule

2019 Philadelphia

Keynote Sessions

Keynote speakers at the 25th Annual Case Management Conference, Supporting the Journey to Independence, include the following nationally acclaimed speakers. Click on each picture for biographical sketch of keynote speaker. For biographical sketches of all the presenters please visit Sessions & Schedule: Speaker & Faculty List page.

Opening Address
It Takes a Village


Senator Vincent Hughes
Philadelphia, PA

To properly address the mental health and behavioral health needs of all citizens, we must form a collaborative relationship between care professionals, community leaders, policy makers, and families. The availability of community support services has grown over the past decade, but we must work together to connect individuals with these critical supports, especially those currently suffering in silence. 
Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ways to increase support for community-based services.
  2. Describe ways to work with community leaders and families to break down barriers.
  3. Recognizing support services cannot take a “one size fits all” approach.

Plenary Address
Using Knowledge from Neuroscience in Helping


Nancy Thaler, MPA
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Tunkhannock, PA

Recent advances in brain science are opening doors to understanding behavior and human development. The impact of disability, multi-generational poverty, trauma, and social stresses affect brain development and functioning which in turn affects skill attainment, behavior, mood, the ability to engage in higher order thinking as well as physical and mental health. Knowing “the why” behind the challenges that people face does two things: it enhances our empathy and it makes us more effective in helping them succeed in life.  
Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how parent/child bonding influences brain development.
  2. Describe the impact of trauma on brain development and behavior. 
  3. Describe how knowledge about brain development can be incorporated into helping practices.

Closing Address
From Dreamers to Doers


Caitlin Crommett
DreamCatchers Foundation/GenerationWhat? Academy
Marina del Rey, CA

Caitlin started a nonprofit foundation at the young age of 15 years old.  She never had plans for it to become a national organization, yet it is now operating in 16 states with over 50 chapters across the country.  DreamCatchers, which serves to fulfill the end-of-life dreams of hospice patients through student chapters in local communities, has changed lives of the old and young, and it all started with a singular dream.  So many dreams are abandoned because of timing, circumstance, or excuses.  Don't let that be your dream.  Find out how easy it can be to change the world and become motivated to take action right away.  Become a Doer...now. 
Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify steps to take action right away in their communities.
  2. Recognize that their dreams are within reach.
  3. List actions that lead to becoming a Doer.

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