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Devereux Sponsors Third Annual Family Resilience Conference In Support Of Philadelphia Area Families

Featuring New York Times best-selling author, Andrew Solomon, and seminars that teach key skills and tactics to help families build resilience

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PHILADELPHIA, PA- September 2, 2014 –Devereux, a leading national nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization, today announced open registration for its third annual Family Resilience Conference in Philadelphia, on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s University.  The event will feature keynote speaker Andrew Solomon, New York Times best-selling author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, and is designed to help spread acceptance and support for every family, regardless of challenges or differences.  

“We’re thrilled to once again host this incredible event for the Philadelphia community,” said Dr. Marilyn Benoit, Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical and Professional Affairs at Devereux.  “Family resilience is such a critical skill that is often overlooked.  Life is full of challenges, but with the proper support, tools and knowledge, people can be better prepared for life’s obstacles, creating stronger, healthier and happier families.”

This year’s theme, “Accepting and Supporting Our Children’s Differences: Building Resilient Families,” is designed to emphasize inclusion, recognizing that no matter what families face they all benefit from building resilience.  In an effort to accomplish this, the conference includes interactive workshops led by industry thought leaders, a parent panel, exhibitor tables staffed by representatives from local providers, and resource tables packed with valuable information on a wide range of subjects. The workshops will address estate planning; supporting families with mental health and substance abuse challenges; making sense of medication; IEPs and transition planning; and supporting LGBT individuals, their families, and friends.

Solomon’s keynote will share insights from his recent book, Far from the Tree, and discuss the unique role emotional resilience plays in each family’s journey. 

“Diversity truly is our unifying force as a culture, and in writing this book I saw that come to light in such an inspiring way,” said Solomon.  “No two families cope with or react to challenges in the same way, but with the right resources, they can all find profound meaning in their journey.  The Family Resilience Conference helps families navigate their unique circumstances without feeling alone or helpless.  It really is an incredible opportunity for families throughout the Philadelphia area.”

All families are welcome to attend, and complimentary childcare will be available on-site.  Children’s entertainment will be provided by MusicWorks and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Space is limited and registration is required for the conference. For more information, visit