23rd Annual Cumberland Valley Women's Conference (CVWC) Agenda

23rd Annual Cumberland Valley Women's Conference (CVWC) Agenda

7:45 AM  -  8:30 AM

Registration

8:45 AM  -  9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Corrine Caldwell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Educational Leadership, Temple University

9:30 AM  -  10:20 AM

Adding Years to Your Life & Life to Your Years!

Sherry Goertz, Penn State
Consider the ‘Blue Zone’ approach to living longer and healthier lives. Blue Zones are places in the world where people live to be over 100 and continue to thrive with little medication or disability. Discover how to alter your lifestyle and dramatically improve longevity, health and happiness.

History & Current Trends in Therapeutic Modalities for the Upper Extremity

Olivia Hammond, Penn State
The Penn State OTA program is celebrating 25 years of education, service, and a steady flow of OTA practitioners into the Cumberland Valley. In that spirit, we will explore historical and current treatment trends and modalities for the upper extremity. Practical application will be combined with evidence to explore current developments in upper extremity rehabilitation.

Introduction to TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)

Rachel Keener, Trauma Recovery Alliance
TRE is a series of simple movements that turn on our body’s natural rebalancing process- typically providing an immediate experience of relaxation. NOTE: Yoga mats (available for minimum purchase) or towels are needed.

The Art & Science of Conversations: Join us for Conversational Cocktails

Cheryl Piper-Snyder, Alchemy Holistic Life Coach
Improve your business and personal communication skills by unlocking the secrets to successful conversational communications. Everything happens from conversation.

Who Has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Anne Devney, Penn State
Living life to its fullest can be challenging to those who have had a traumatic or near-death experience. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not limited to members of the armed forces. Individuals who have survived traumatic events such as a motor vehicle accident, fire, flood, or assault are also susceptible to PTSD. How would you know if the individuals you are working with, taking care of, or whom you simply know have PTSD? What kind of techniques should you use around this person and what resources are available?

10:30 AM  -  11:20 AM

Advancing Women’s Leadership: Recognizing Unconscious Gender Bias

Amy Diehl, Shippensburg University
In today’s workplace, unexamined assumptions and double standards, as well as invisible barriers embedded in organizational cultures, constrain opportunities for women. Join us to learn to identify bias that makes it challenging for women to contribute fully to the work and goals of the organization.

The Power of the Pause: Exploring it from a PEOP Perspective

Angela Hissong, Penn State
Pause. PEOP. Person. Environment. Occupation. Performance. The evidence supports that when we take a moment – a beat – a balance break – our productively increases immediately. This session will assist you in setting an intention and a routine of pausing as a meaningful occupation. We will explore methods and modalities to access clarity and peace along your journey.

Using Evidence to Support School-Based OT Practice: Past, Present & Future

Carolyn Doncheski & Melanie Wheeler, Lincoln Intermediate Unit
AOTA is celebrating 100 years; POTA is celebrating 40 years; Penn State OTA is celebrating 25 years. This presentation will begin from a historical perspective of evidence within school-based OT practice dovetailed with the ever-changing skills and knowledge of the OT practitioner. Practical application of the use of evidence will be explored & discussed for various student needs in the school setting.

Watercolor Silk Scarf

Andrea Finch, afinchsong creation
Let your creativity flow! You will create a quick and easy beautiful watercolor scarf using permanent markers. Can’t draw? Don’t worry; I will have some ‘coloring book’ designs for you to use. Everyone will walk out with a beautiful finished scarf. $10 material fee.

What Fashion Does To Us

Alice Royer, Penn State
Does what we put on our faces, our feet, and everything in between enhance or harm? Various items that promise beauty will be presented for all to discuss and evaluate as Wow!, Maybe, In a Pinch, or Not On Your Life!

11:30 AM  -  12:45 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM

Let's put ACTIVITY back into our activities of daily living.

Kelly Sprenkle, Penn State
This workshop is designed to encourage women through ACTIVE participation. Let's talk about how to keep up with the demands of daily life and still make time for ACTIVITY, what works & and what doesn't work, and how to create REALISTIC goals. And let's do this while we learn some cool new exercises that can be done anywhere and anytime. Wear sneakers, shorts, or pants although anyone is welcome to come to listen, learn, and engage with the group.

Introduction to TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)

Rachel Keener, Trauma Recovery Alliance
TRE is a series of simple movements that turn on our body’s natural rebalancing process- typically providing an immediate experience of relaxation. NOTE: Yoga mats (available for minimum purchase) or towels are needed.

Reading & Writing: How to Clear Our Minds

Miranda Buckheit, Penn State
The written word releases everyday stress. When we read books, newspapers, or articles, we are immersing ourselves into something much greater than just a distraction. Reading and writing are sources of solace and relaxation as well as keeping our minds healthy and sharp.

The Deep Roots of Racism about African American Women

Melinda Schwenk-Borrell, University of Maryland
Why does racism persist in this country? We’ll examine the deep roots of racism against African Americans, focusing on the negative portrayals of black women in the media from 1865 to today.

Use of Integrative Medicine Techniques in Occupational Therapy

Cheryl Deal, Penn State
The current trend in U.S. health care is moving towards a more integrative medicine approach to target concept of patient centered care. Integrative Medicine focuses to address physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. This presentation will offer experiential learning for audience participation to include techniques for tapping into mind-body-spirit connection and health promotion as using complementary therapy approaches.

2:00 PM  -  2:50 PM

Calming Fear with Imagery

Rochelle Plummer, 180 Me, LLC
The disruption of fear in one’s life can be immobilizing. Fears stem from thoughts; thoughts come from the mind; minds are instruments, and instruments can be played. Play with your mind by utilizing it to envision scenes that bring peace and joy. Participants will learn how to use their minds to imagine the outcome they want.

I’ve Fallen and I Can Get Up!

Nancy Norwood, Donna Norwood & Jackie Kriner
Getting up from a fall is essential to our physical well-being and our outlook on life. Using the Feldenkrais Method Awareness Through Movement techniques, we will learn that getting up and down will initiate change in how we feel about the ground, falling, and about ourselves.

Watercolor Silk Scarf

Andrea Finch, afinchsong creation
Let your creativity flow! You will create a quick and easy beautiful watercolor scarf using permanent markers. Can’t draw? Don’t worry; I will have some ‘coloring book’ designs for you to use. Everyone will walk out with a beautiful finished scarf. $10 material fee.

Who has Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Anne Devney, Penn State
Living life to its fullest can be challenging to those who have had a traumatic or near-death experience. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not limited to members of the armed forces. Individuals who have survived traumatic events such as a motor vehicle accident, fire, flood, or assault. How would you know if the individuals you are working with, taking care of, or whom you simply know have PTSD? What kind of techniques should you use around this person and what resources are available?

Yoga

Kim Crider, Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa
This all levels class will allow the veterans and the beginners to participate in the same class. It includes a warm-up, the main class, a cool down, a meditation period and breathing techniques. Bring mats or mats will be available at a minimum price.

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Conference Wrap Up & Door Prizes in the Gym