Domestic Relations Association of Pennsylvania

2022 Western Conference


IT’S BACK!!! Western DRAP is back and you’ll need to save these dates!

June 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2022 at the big and beautiful Blair County Convention Center – I’m guessing most of you were thinking we’d host it at a fire hall or an empty grain silo or something  but – dangit we’re the 12th largest city  in Pennsylvania.  Come visit Blair County. REMEMBER! Everyone is WEST of somewhere – so plan on attending Western DRAP.


Courtyard by Marriot

Holiday Inn Express

2 Convention Center Drive115 Convention Center Drive
Altoona, PA 16602Altoona, PA 16602
Attached to Convention CenterAcross the street from Convention Center
Click HERE to access the room block pricing 

Conference Agenda

Download and print Agenda here.

Download and print Western DRAP Golf Outing flyer here.

Western DRAP

Blair County Convention Center


Sunday June 12, 2022

  • 3:00PM –  6:00PM
    • Registration (Hotel Lobby)
  • 6:30PM –  8:00PM
    • Best Practices Planning
      • Moderator:  Keith Calhoun

Monday June 13, 2022

  • 11:00AM –  1:00PM
    • Registration (Convention Center Lobby)
  • 1:00PM –  1:30PM
    • Opening Ceremony
      • Welcome – Keith Calhoun
      • Presentation of Colors – Lloyd Peck
      • National Anthem – Bree Gearhart
      • The Honorable Judge Jolene Kopriva, Blair County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1:30PM –  2:45PM
    • Critical Thinking
      • Presenter:  Keith Calhoun
      • If you think you’re good at thinking – think again. Your brain would love for you think it’s doing a great job keeping you informed but the truth is almost scary. 
  • 2:45PM –  3:00PM
    • Break
  • 3:00PM – 3:30PM
    • Fraud Protection
      • Presenter:  Fred Beers, Office of Inspector General
  • 3:30PM –  4:00PM
    • Don’t Take It With You
      • Presenter:  Sharon Francis
      • Human services workers (that’s us) are experiencing the cumulative effect of providing services to other people who are experiencing traumatic life events. In this session we will discuss how the life events of the people we serve may affect how they communicate with us, how that is affecting us in how we work and live and what we can do to avoid suffering as a result. We will focus on how to better serve others and ourselves by being better prepared and practicing trauma informed self-maintenance.  Be prepared to breath and move.
  • 3:15PM –  4:00PM
    • Motivational Interviewing
      • Presenters:  James Gallagher and Gina Farzati
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM
    • Evening Reception

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

  •  8:00AM –   9:00AM
    • Registration (Convention Center Lobby)
  • 9:00AM –  9:45AM
    • Understanding Addiction
      • Presenter:  Aleisha  Albertson of Blair Drug and Alcohol Program
  • 10:00AM –  10:45AM
    • Stop the Insanity!
      • Presenter:  Diane Sinkus, PACSETI
      • Learn how to make the most of your workday using six time management tips.
  • 10:45AM –  11:30AM
  • 11:30AM –  1:00PM
    • Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:15PM –  2:15PM
    • “Verbal Judo” and De-escalation
      • Presenter:  Scott Mognet
      • Learn the keys to generating voluntary and interpersonal communication.  It’s not what you said, but how you said it. Helpful tips to avoid miscommunication in the workplace and achieve compliance through verbal persuasion while maintaining professionalism.   
  • 2:30PM –  3:00PM
    • Domestic Violence
      • Presenter:  Emily Freed, Esq., Staff Attorney for FSI Justice Project
  • 3:00PM – 3:30PM
    • Managing Intrastate Cases
      • Presenter:  Diane Sinkus, PACSETI
      • Refine your knowledge on managing intrastate cases, including the difference between transfer and registration and other key facts.
  • 5:00PM
    • Transportation to Altoona Curve Game (Outside Hotel Lobby)

Wednesday June 15, 2022 

  • 8:30AM –   9:30AM
    • Hot Breakfast
  • 9:30AM –  10:00AM
    • Motivational Interviewing
      • Presenter: James Gallagher
  • 10:00AM – 10:30AM
    • Q&A with BCSE
      • Moderator: Keith Calhoun
      • Presenter: Jaylene Bowers
  • 10:30AM  –  11:30AM
        • The State of DRAP
          • Presenter:  Carla Smith