Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work

March 13-14, 2019 | Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pa.

The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors is a framework developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy over the last decade to prevent child abuse and neglect. This approach helps professionals work with parents to build the following protective factors in their families:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Protective factors are the strengths and resources that families can draw on when life gets difficult, and when robust, strengthen the entire family decreasing the likelihood of maltreatment. Each of the protective factors is essential, but what is most important is how they work together to create strength and stability in families.

This training will provide an in-depth discussion of protective factors and what can be done to create an environment where families can build these factors in their own lives.

The training was developed by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and is delivered through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Strengthening Families Leadership Team, Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund and Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, and facilitated by the Center for Schools and Communities.



Denise Continenza, M.Ed., extension educator, Penn State Extension, Lehigh County and Obioma Martin, M.Ed., CEO, OMAX Institute



To prepare for this training please complete the Introduction Course for Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work and bring your completion certificate to the training. You can complete the introduction course online at Pro Solutions Training.


Schedule Both Days

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Training


Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits (12 hours) are available for this training. Fees may apply. A sign-up sheet will be provided during the training. Participants MUST attend the entire training to receive credit. After the training is complete a list of participants will be sent to the accrediting body. It is the responsibility of the participant to follow-up with the accrediting body to ensure credits are applied and any fees are paid.

  • Act 48 credits will be provided for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST list their professional personnel identification number on the sign-up sheet provided.
  • National Association of Social Workers credits will be awarded by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Nursing credits are available through the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Professional identification number is required.
  • PQAS credits are available through the PA Key. PD Registry ID is required.



Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 763-1661



Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging arrangements/costs.


ADA Accommodations

The Center for Schools and Communities encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Regina Salvador at (717) 763-1661, ext. 164 in advance of your participation.



  • There is a registration fee of $40 per person; fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.
  • Return the completed registration form by Friday, March 1, 2019 via email to Rachel Breneman, subject line “Protective Factors Registration”.



We accept check and money/purchase order, and credit card payments only.

Make checks payable to CSIU/Center for Schools and Communities and send to Center for Schools and Communities, Attn: Debby Barry, 275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200, Camp Hill, PA 17011 with a copy of your confirmation email.




Delay, Cancellation & Refund Policy

Delay and Cancellation of Event
In the event of inclement weather (snow, ice, flooding, etc.) or other emergencies, events may be delayed or cancelled. Participants are responsible for calling the Center for Schools and Communities Automated Voice Messaging System at (717) 763-1661, option 3 after 6:30 AM the day of the event. The system is updated as conditions change, so it is necessary to call for any changes prior to leaving for your scheduled event.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Refunds (minus a $25 administrative/processing fee) will be granted to registrants who cancel their registration by email to Center for Schools and Communities 15 business days prior to the event. Cancel Registration

Refunds will not be provided to registrants who neither cancel nor attend the event.

Confirmed registrants who are unable to attend the event may send a substitute in their place at no additional cost. Substitution information must be received by the Center for Schools and Communities no less than two full business days before the start of the event. Send Substitution Information

The Center for Schools and Communities (CSC) reserves the right to cancel any event 15 business days prior to the event date if the minimum number of participants has not been met. If CSC cancels an event, participants will receive a full refund.



Registration Questions
Jennifer Esposito, Family Support Technical Specialist
(717) 763-1661 ext. 161

General Training Question
Rijelle Kraft, Family Support Technical Assistance Coordinator
(717) 763-1661 ext. 221