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February 17, 2024

Diocese of Arlington, VA

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, invites all to a full day conference that seeks to bring together individuals involved in all aspects of parish life and equip them with the tools necessary to make inclusive communities that are accessible to all.

 

This conference seeks to bring together mental health professionals and advocates to discuss meaningful ways our community can better serve persons with disabilities. During the keynote presentation and breakout sessions, families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will learn practical ways to identify and utilize support systems within the local community to help them overcome mental health struggles.

access to all recordings

Your registration gives you access to all the recordings.

To check out the presenters, bios and topics, check out the Conference Program

If you have registered but have issues accessing the sessions, please email us at: gwilliamson@portocharities.org

2024 Presenters

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Keynote
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"Disability and Human Flourishing: Challenges and Solutions in the Body of Christ"

Mark Bradford

Fellow for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Word on Fire

Diane Monnig

Director of Programs

The Arc of Northern Virginia

Fr. Matthew Schneider

Priest

The Legionaries of Christ

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Dr. Jane Barbin, LCP

Founder

Behavioral Directions, LLC.

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Sarah Schmitt, M.Ed

Director

Witness to Dignity

Charleen Katra

Executive Director

National Catholic Partnership

on Disability

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Christina Eppink

BCBA, M.Ed

Social Grace

Dr. Patrick Graveline

Psy.D., BCBA-D

Joyce Kelly

SPRED Coordinator

Nativity Church

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Christine Fowler

Employment Chair

Porto Charities

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Dr. Frank Moncher

Clinical Psychologist

Diocese of Arlington

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Jessica Roberts

Business Relationship Manager

NCEA

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Laura MacDonald

Director of Professional Learning

NCEA

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Kelly Mantoan

Founder and Director

Accepting the Gift

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Christian Bentley

Council on Mental Illness and Wellness

NCPD

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Lincoln Snyder

President/CEO

NCEA

Conference Presentations

Building Social Connections to Promote

Self-Esteem and Protect Mental Health

How to Support Executive Functioning

Skills When Stress Takes Over

Autistic Prayer


Future Planning: Navigating Resources and

Supports for Your Child's Postsecondary Life

Casting Our Nets into the Sea of Mental Illness

Cultivating Growth: 50 Minutes to

Empower Your Child’s Mindset

Fostering Opportunities to Learn, Work, and Recreate

Why Work? The Porto Experience: Building Inclusive Communities through Inclusive Work

Panel presentation -

Establishing Communities of Belonging:

Challenges and Successes

The Power of TEAM: Partnering

with your Child’s School for Success

Managing Family Dynamics and Developmental Transitions

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“Welcoming people with disabilities and responding to their needs is a duty of the civil and ecclesial communities"

Pope Francis

Share our flyer with your community. Encourage your Parish/School to spread the word about our conference

Check out our 1st conference
"From Inclusion to Belonging: Embracing Disability as part of the Church" hosted in 2022 at Bishop O'Connell HS

Presented by:

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In Partnership with:

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