Keeping Kids Safe 2017

Join us on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, for the 2017 Keeping Kids Safe SymposiumNavigating Gender Identity Issues – Equity for All Students, at Berks County Intermediate Unit Main Office from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Our intended audiences are school teams of administrators, counselors, psychologists, nurses, plus mental health and community partners. This is a free seminar. Educators may earn 3 Act 48 hours.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Dr. Jill Hackman, Executive Director, BCIU
Dr. Ed Michalik, Administrator, Berks County Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) Program

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Liz Bradbury, Director of Training
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Legal Overview
Shannon Pierce, Esq.
Fox Rothschild, LLP

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel Discussion: “Berks County Resources for LGBTQ Youth”
Moderator: Sheila Bressler, Berks County CASSP Coordinator, MH/DD

  • Liz Bradbury – Training Institute Director, Bradbury-Sullivan Center
  • Atticus Ranck – Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager, Bradbury-Sullivan Center
  • Heather Kramer Almquist – Psychotherapist/Executive Director, Sanctuary Counseling
  • Jocelyn Young – President, The LGBT Center of Greater Reading
  • Bethany Bower – Adjunct Instructor at Reading Area Community College; Board Member, The LGBT Center of Greater Reading; and The Spectrum
  • Benedict Renkus – Vice President, The LGBT Center of Greater Reading; and President, Reading Pride Celebration

Q & A

11:00 a.m.
Closing Remarks
Dan Richards, Director, BCIU
Connie Skipper, Assistant Director, BCIU


If you are an educator, please use Frontline Education (formerly My Learning Plan) to register and earn Act 48 hours.* If you are not an educator, register by contacting Lori Gerber at 610-987-8421 or by email at If registering by email please include your name, business or affiliation, and phone number. Registration Deadline is Monday, September 25, 2017.

*Please see Frontline Education for further details on out-of-county fees; and ADA, cancellation, and inclement weather policies. 

Sponsored by Berks County Intermediate Unit and the Berks County MH/DD Program.

Keeping Kids Safe 2017