Parenting and Grandparenting is hard. But it is also filled with many joys. Learning how to make sure we are not just enduring, but enjoying the journey. Your emotions affect your children. Your children's emotions affect you. Join us as we talk together about emotions in you and in your child and help one another provide some emotional health in the home.

A Heart for the Home

All are welcome to this event. We have a heart for the home and for our communities. We desire to equip parents and grandparents to be leaders in their home and to strengthen the bond between a child and their caregivers. You already know all the things that can hinder a strong family unit. We're here to help make the family strong again.

From Real Parents

This event is designed to have real parents and grandparents speaking to real parents and grandparents. The speakers and presenters are local to New England. They understand the culture and issues facing your child and/or grandchild. Some are experts in their field, but none are perfect at home. 

With Practical Tools

Not only do we want you to be better equipped with wisdom and insight, but we want you to walk away with practical tools which you can implement at home. It's more than a conference, it's a hands-on workshop.


Dr. Jennifer Gorham

Dr. Gorham is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wheaton College (IL) and her bachelor’s degree from Harding University. She provides psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, children, and families, and has worked extensively with behavioral...

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Dr. Laura Garofoli

Dr. Laura Garofoli is a professor of psychological science at Fitchburg State University, where she has been teaching courses in behavior and human development for 13 years. As an educational psychologist, licensed special educator, and parent to a food-allergic child,...

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Ron Waddell, Jr

Ronald B Waddell Jr. is a Philanthropist, Social Activist, and Entrepreneur. At the age of 5 Ron’s father abandoned his family due to drugs and incarceration. He was reared by a single mother of 4 children. At age fourteen his...

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Susan Warren

Susan Warren is a Board Certified Music Therapist. She is also a talented singer and songwriter. She works with a variety of special needs populations at her home studio, in several school districts, and with Early Intervention programs throughout Worcester...

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Rocco Iannucci, M.D.

Rocco Iannucci, M.D. is an addiction psychiatrist specializing in treatment of adults with serious substance use disorders and those with co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and bipolar disorder.  After graduating from Yale Medical School in 2002, he completed psychiatric...

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Steve Blumer

Steve Blumer, M. Div., joined the Hope Chapel staff in June 2012 as a pastor to children. In 2014, he became the Pastor of Family and Adults. He is a native of Iowa and earned his B.A. (in Missions and...

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Bethany Dattolo

Bethany has worked in children’s ministry since she was old enough to start helping out in children’s church as a young teen. She has a God-given passion for children and teaching and has not only used it in the church...

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8:30 - 9:00 am : Check-in and Coffee

Get here early. Grab a coffee and a light refreshment. Meet a new friend and find a seat. We will begin promptly at 9 am.

9:00 - 10:00 am : General Session # 1

Dr. Jennifer Gorham - "I've Got a Feeling: God's Intent for our Emotional Life"
Listen to the Session Here. You can download the session notes there as well.

10:10 - 11:00 am : Workshop Sessions # 1

Dr. Laura Garafoli - "Cognitive Limitations of Emotional Responses in Children"
Listen to the Session Here. You can download the session notes there as well.

Susan Warren - "Music Your Emotions"
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11:10 am - 12:00 pm : Workshop Sessions # 2

Dr. Jennifer Gorham - "Cultivating Emotional Intelligence in Your Kids"
Listen to the Session Here. You can download the session notes there as well.

Ron Waddell Jr - "Fathering with Emotional Intelligence (Practical steps for dads)"
You can download the presentation notes here.

Bethany Dattolo - "Mothering with Emotional Balance (Practical steps for moms)"
You can view a recommended resource here.

12:00 - 12:30 pm : Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm : General Session # 2

Rocco Iannucci, MD - "Emotions, Addictions, and the Brain"
Listen to the Session Here. You can download the session notes there as well. Check out these helpful links and resources for Addiction.