Inclusive Families Conference will celebrate all families

The first annual Inclusive Families Conference will be held at Rowland Hall-St. Marks on Friday, October 11. The free conference celebrates all families and will include workshops, art experiences and presentations to highlight ways family members can better understand, love, and empathize with each other.

The theme for this first event is “Strengthening Families = No Empty Chairs.”


Friday, October 11
7:00 – 8:30
Panel discussion, moderated by Dr. David Parker:
Navigating Change: Family Stories of Challenge, Hope and Love

Panelists include: Michael Adam Ferguson, Chloe Michael Cai, Sherri Park,Berta Marquez, Kendall Wilcox, Kathy Carlston

Following: Creating family centered art with Mary Stanley, Artist in Residence

Saturday, October 12

8:45 – 9:00 Gathering and Welcome

9:00 – 9:50 Workshops

Jeanne Wines-Reed, JWR Enterprises
No Empty Chairs – Techniques for Working with At-Risk Youth

Rachel Heller, OUTreach Trans Support
Trans* Supportive Families

Bonnie Owens, Utah Safe Schools and Planned Parenthood Assocation of Utah:
Family Involvement in Creating Safe Schools

10:00 – 10:50 Workshops

Cappy Shapiro, Utah Pride Center:
Gender Friendly Families

Jania Sommers, Jewish Family Service:
Moving From Grief to Joy

Cai Noble, Operation Shine America and
Rachel Peterson, OUTreach Resource Centers:
Homeless Youth Culture (Part 1)

11:00 – 11:50 Workshops

Berta Marquez , I’ll Walk With You
Inclusive LDS Families

Cai Noble, Operation Shine America and
Rachel Peterson, OUTreach Resource Centers
Homeless Youth Culture (continued)

Mary Stanley, MPS, ATR-BC, ACMHC, The Healing Group and Tracy Bodrero
Raising Rainbows: Fostering Family Safety and Security for All Family Members

Bring your own or buy from the on site food trucks.

1:00 – 1:50 Workshops

Marian Edmonds Allen, Family Acceptance Project
Techniques for Community and Family Prevention of LGBT Youth Homelessness and Suicide in Utah

Kathy Carlston, Resilient Hope
Healing and Thriving after Trauma

Michael Ferguson, DigniTEA and Jenny Morrow, LMFT
Navigating Spirituality and Faith within Family Systems

2:00 – 2:50 Workshops

Sherri Park, Mormons Building Bridges
Sit With Me Sunday – Building Inclusive LDS Wards

Kendall Wilcox, Empathy First Initiative
Navigating Family Conversations

Anna Tremonte, OUTreach Resource Centers
Safe Zone Training, Part 1

3:00 – 3:50 Workshops

Anna Tremonte, OUTreach Resource Centers
Safe Zone Training (continued)

Curtis and Melody Linton Supportive Adoptive Families

Berta Marquez and Kendall Wilcox
Speaking Up While Staying Safe

4:00 – 5:00 Community Meeting: Planning for the 2015 Conference

The event is sponsored by the Family Acceptance Project, Jewish Family Service, Rowland Hall, DigniTEA and The Healing Group.

Free tickets are available at Eventbrite.

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