Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

2019 Conference

PAPRS Annual Conference: Opening the Door to Wellness: Inclusive Practices in Recovery

April 16-18, 2019

Presented by PAPRS in partnership with:


The 2019 PAPRS Annual Conference returns to State College at the Penn Stater Hotel and Convention Center; home of the Penn State Creamery, the Nittany Lions and the PAPRS Annual Conference.  We are working diligently to plan an action packed, educational event targeted for Psychiatric rehabilitation professionals, agencies, practitioners, Certified Peer Specialists, families, persons living with psychiatric disabilities, psychiatric rehabilitation educators and researchers, and government entities dedicated to improving outcomes for people with psychiatric disabilities​.

Whether you are a first time attendee or a veteran at the conference, you will benefit from state-of-the-art educational workshops, have numerous networking opportunities, as well as the availability to visit our exhibit area and discuss with our vendors the services that they have to offer.

Announcing the 2019

Keynote Speakers






Maggie Bertram

Maggie is a life-long educator who has spent the last decade educating audiences about mental health and wellness through storytelling and workshops. Her passion for this work was born of her recovery from anorexia nervosa in the years following her college graduation and grew as she worked in wellness and residence life on several college campuses. Maggie spent six years at Active Minds, a non-profit dedicated to mental health work, as Associate Director of Training and Education, where she developed and led several programmatic initiatives and trainings that impacted hundreds of thousands of students nationwide. Maggie was also a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau from 2010 through 2018, delivering presentations and workshops for dozens of audiences and training new speakers. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and University of Connecticut, Maggie is now a Learning Experience Designer at HubSpot, a CRM platform company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She lives just outside of Boston with her partner, Rachel, and continues to share her stories with audiences across the country, lead workshops, and train other professional advocates to share their stories.



Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark


Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark, Ph.D., BCBA is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Child & Family Studies, Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida and is the Director of the National Network on Youth Transition (NNYT).  Dr. Clark has developed and researched various innovative programs and has published extensively, with 5 books and more than 130 professional publications to his credit.  He is the lead-editor of the book entitled: Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook.  His commitment to young people and their parents is reflected in his having them serve as co-authors for each of the chapters.  Dr. Clark is also the lead researcher and developer of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model.  He served as the Lead Guest Editor for a Special Issue on Transition to Adulthood Research, published in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.  He also recently published an invited chapter illustrating how Implementation Science is guiding his team’s collaboration with communities throughout North American in TIP Model implementation and sustainability.    



Teressa Ruspi-Stann

The LRJ Foundation is honored  to be the keynote speaker for the 2019 PAPRS “Opening the Door to Wellness: Inclusive Practices in Recovery” conference as we bring our #BetterThanYesterday movement to you. A story of tragedy that shattered the lives and community of twin sister and their team members is powerful and compelling. The LRJ Team members take you through the ripple of suicide as Teressa Ruspi, Karla Ruspi, and Dana Fortunato tell their poignant stories about suicide, recovery, resilience, and optimism. 


The development of the LRJ Organization was created to bridge the gap- both in schools and the community- providing impactful mental wellness and suicide prevention programs through it’s unique format and interactive components.


Speakers will share their great understanding of what it takes to empower each other  through mental health knowledge and a great appreciation for healthy relationships and real connections.

Register for the 2019 Conference