To increase mental health awareness and decrease the stigma of mental illness in the community.
Harvest Full of Hope began in 2001 in the Recreation Center at Allentown State Hospital. Allentown State Hospital closed in December 2010. A contest was held for the patients to name the event and "A Harvest Full of Hope" was the winning entry. In 2002, the event was taken out of Allentown State Hospital and mental health providers throughout the Lehigh Valley were included.
Harvest Full of Hope has been hosted in many locations throughout the Valley, such as St. Luke's Hospital, The Banana Factory, Sacred Heart Hospital, the Muhlenberg campus of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, and since 2010 the Four Points by Sheraton.
Harvest Full of Hope continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the community. We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting events that we are offering this year and experience first hand the pride we take in supporting our cause. By giving to this annual event you'll be supporting the Harvest Full of Hope Conference and helping us provide assistance to those in our community. We ask that you will consider a sponsorship donation of $ 1000.00. Your donation will be recognized at our event in several ways. As a sponsor, your name will be placed on all materials and banners that publicize the event as well as announced verbally at the event itself. Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size. Harvest Full of Hope can only achieve its goals with the assistance of generous donations from members of our community. Without these donations, serving those in our area would not be possible.
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Harvest Full Of Hope 2015 Conference Speakers:
Leland C. Stephan: over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to provide and direct a variety of services. Among these are; clinical work (individual group treatments) in outpatient settings for Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and traditional adult outpatient clinic clients. In partial hospital and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) settings, I have worked with SMI and addicted adult populations. My work in the crisis/triage setting has been with all populations, including the gamut of youth populations.
Jenn Stivers: graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2004 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. Jenn is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor. Jenn is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Jenn joined Community Hope as the Director of Supportive Services for Veteran Families in February 2012. Since the program’s inception, the program has grown from a $1 million project, to a $5 million project serving Veterans and their families in two states. Jenn is also a co-organizer of the Morristown Stand Down. Jenn is the recipient of the American Legion of NJ Homeless Veterans' Outreach Award 2013.
Craig Thatcher, guitarist, vocalist, song writer: guitarist and vocalist Craig Thatcher is a longtime Lehigh Valley favorite. His blues/rock group The Craig Thatcher Band has been performing for more than 20 years. Thatcher also has developed a series of popular tribute shows to his idols — Eric Clapton, Jim Hendrix and the Allman Brothers. Now Thatcher is adding a tribute to another legendary musician to his bio — the late Beatle George Harrison. He's using an adopted motto: "Nothing's Worse Than Ignorance," from George Harrison's song, "Brainwashed." My life has been personally affected by mental health issues. In turn, we’re helping individuals afflicted with mental health disorders.
Patrick D. Boyle, Psy.D: is the Clinical Director of the Chemical Dependency Program at Fairmount Behavioral Health System. Dr. Boyle received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in August 2012 from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He also received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from PCOM in May 2007 and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from PCOM in 2010. Dr. Boyle is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boyle has had significant experience treating and conducting research with individuals diagnosed with substance abuse disorders and individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Boyle worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and psychologist under the supervision of Aaron T. Beck, M.D., founder of Cognitive Therapy, at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Under Dr. Beck’s supervision, Dr. Boyle implemented treatment and disseminated research on the Cognitive Therapy treatment of Schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Boyle has also had years of experience implementing and training individuals in the Recovery Movement and Recovery principles. His doctoral dissertation focused on the link between cognitive insight and the principles of the recovery movement in individuals diagnosed with SMI. Dr. Boyle also has experience integrating clinical health psychology into medical settings, specifically to improve health and psychological outcomes for individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Boyle has experience working as a therapist and intern in inpatient psychiatric facilities, Assertive Community Treatment Teams, a medical hospital, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric rehabilitation clubhouses.
Mary Kate Brosnan: graduated from Drexel University in Spring of 2010 with a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapy. Currently, Mary Kate is working as a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and Case Manager at the Horsham Clinic partial hospitalization program. There she works with adults who are seeking support for emotional and behavioral needs. Using both verbal and non-verbal therapeutic techniques, Mary Kate helps patients increase self-concept, self-awareness and overall daily functioning skills. Her previous Dance/Movement Therapy experience includes working with adolescents and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Mary Kate is currently serving on the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association.
Roberta Kunkle, MS (Bobbi): holds a Master’s degree in social work from Marywood University. Bobbi supervises intensive case managers for Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems. “We assist people to form a goal plan that incorporates The 8 Dimensions of Wellness. Everyone can improve their feeling of well-being and happiness in life by being mindful of all 8 Dimensions.
Stacey Saleff MOTR/L,RYT: has practiced occupational therapy for over 8 years at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment; she works predominantly with people with Mood and Anxiety Disorders, people with Borderline Personality Disorder, and people with Eating Disorders. Her focus is on helping individuals find ways to create meaningful lives. She uses traditional occupational therapy treatment with focus on one’s personal values and roles to set immediate and long term goals. With a focus on wellness, Stacey incorporates Sensory Modulation and therapeutic Yoga to assist people in self-soothing and DBT philosophy to help clients balance self-acceptance with the need to change.
Laurence Karper, MD: Dr Karper is currently Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, PA. He is also the Medical Director for the Adult Inpatient Unit and Substance Abuse and Psychiatric and Emergency Services for the hospital.
Bill Leiner Jr., RN, MS, BC: is the Director of Wellness at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery. He oversees nursing and wellness for Mount Trexler Manor and Young Adult Services. He has responsibility for health and wellness trainings and programs. His responsibilities include ensuring that residents receive safe and proper health care. He also conducts staff training in medication administration and other health and wellness topics. Introducing cutting edge evidence-based concepts focused on the Recovery Model, trauma informed care is another responsibility of his. He is actively involved in ongoing efforts to ensure regulatory compliance. Having 33+ years working in behavioral health in a variety of positions ranging from direct patient care to nursing directorships, middle and senior leadership positions, Bill possesses a wealth of knowledge. His experience continuum includes group homes, crisis intervention, inpatient hospital leadership, and outpatient clinic leadership.
Now accepting nominations for the AAIK VAN MUNSTER AWARD “Seeing Greatness in Self and Others”. Our nominee will put an emphasis on nurturing body, mind and spirit. In addition to being truly passionate about Mental Health Wellness and Recovery, the nominee is someone who works to provide the best service available and to help people identify and attain their goals. He/She should recognize the greatness in all people and work to have them recognize it in themselves. Nomination deadline is August 1, 2016.