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Our parenting conference includes a keynote presentation; workshops; and resources and opportunities for parents and caregivers to increase their skills and knowledge about parenting children and teens.


This year CARE’s Parenting Conference will offer “areas of focus” that may be of interest to participants. Conference participants can choose to attend all of the workshops in that particular area of focus or only one or two.
Behavior Management Focus:
Taking Your Power Back: Principled Parenting for Principled Children
Dr. Bernie Les
Positive Strategies for Calming the Chaos
Katherine Reynolds-Lewis, Keynote
4-1-1 Parent Panel
Joe Gulino, Jennifer Crooks, Jennifer Korzeniowski, Paul Sarris, and Theresa Mlinarcik
Raising Nonviolent Children
Carrie Conrad
Healthy Eating/Nutrition Focus:
Tasty Dishes that are Healthy and Cost Effective
Chef Paul K. Penney
Eating Disorder Prevention: Giving parents and teachers the tools they need to raise body confident kids!
Dana Suchow
Emotional Wellness Focus:
Parent Yourself First
Joe Gulino
How to Keep Your Relationship Loving and Passionate While Raising Children
Dr. Terri Orbuch
Emotional Wellness from Pregnancy to Parenthood
Dr. Kristen Ghersi Hurrell
Current Issues Focus:
T3 Panel: Vaping & Marijuana
Tiffany Jameson and Dunya Barash
Teen Depression & Suicide Prevention: Helping Teen in Darkness Discover the Light
Angela T. Moore
Emotional Cost of Bullying
Crystal Mitchell
What Parents Need to Know About Juvenile Justice
John Ange, Chief of Juvenile Unit/Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office
Special Needs Focus:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Amy Miller & Kristy Hudson
ADHD & Sensory Workshop
Dr. Melonie Schoenherr and Dr. Kathleen Olvera
Autism, Motivation, & Overcoming Life Stressors
Ron Sandison
Stand Alone presentations:
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge (Grief support for children)
Michelle Borst Polino

I’m So Angry I Could Just Scream
Lisa Kaplan
Raising a Financially Literate Family
Colleen Godfrey, Michigan Schools & Government Credit Union
Building Strong Connections: Social emotional interaction between the parent and child
Catheryn Smith and Erinn Alderman Rowland

Registration and Exhibitor Information

Registration starts December 1, 2018. Early Bird rate $30/person until Jan 31, 2019. $40/person on February 1,  2019. If you do not receive a confirmation email shortly after you submit registration and payment, please call 586-541-CARE. CARE has a limited number of scholarships available to support attendance fees. Call for qualifying details.