Allegheny Family Network in partnership with state Representative Dan Miller presents “Mental Health: A Family Affair” on Friday, May 11, 2018 in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. This one-day free conference, now in its 8th year, brings community resource organizations and service agencies to families raising children with mental health concerns; offers workshops for training and education about mental health and parent advocates, and presents a legislative panel of local representatives for discussion about current and upcoming issues.

The “Mental Health: A Family Affair” one-day conference will be held from 9 AM to 4 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Wyndam University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue in Pittsburgh. The free event includes workshop sessions about autism, bipolar disorder, parent / child interaction therapy and other issues related to mental health. Parents and professionals can receive training about “family road mapping”, child discipline and mental health awareness. New this year, State Representative Dan Miller will moderate a legislative Q&A panel about upcoming and current mental health legislation in Pennsylvania. Community organizations and behavioral health agencies will also be available to provide information and networking at the event’s Resource Fair.

This is an open event for any family members, individuals or professionals interested in mental health issues and concerns. Lunch and childcare are available with pre-registration. Call 412-438-6101 to register.

Additional presenters include Ruth Fox, CEO of Allegheny Family Network and national awardee by the Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) for her work in supporting families and family-run agencies; James Gavin, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization CEO with more than 40 years of experience in the behavioral health field, and Family Support Partners from Allegheny Family Network to discuss the steps from “Parent to Advocate”.

Allegheny Family Network is a peer-to-peer model organization offering various programs and services for parents and caregivers raising children with mental health, emotional or behavioral concerns. AFN works with hundreds of families each week to navigate through educational, custodial, imprisonment, fostering and fathering issues to accomplish goals for the betterment of the parents and the children. Hundreds of parents and professionals attend this unique annual event designed to empower parents and families through a successful mental health journey.


Autism, An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder— Presented by Ryan Cramer
ABCs of Mental Health and Wellness—Presented by  Mark Lepore, Ph.D., MA, MSW
Bipolar Disorder— Presented by Nina Hotkowski, LCSW
“Mom, Get off the Runway”— Presented by Shut Up Sisters
Introduction to Family Road Map Training— Presented by Alda Walker
Parent/Child Interaction Therapy—Presented by  Amy Herschell, Ph.D.
Beyond Scolding and Punishing: Skills for Families—Presented by Dr. Linda M Gourash, MD
5 Steps from Parent to Advocate—Presented by AFN Staff