Events, Programs & Training


March 21, 2017

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


March 22, 2017

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This introductory training prepares child and family professionals to conduct the 9-week parenting program, Adults & Children Together (ACT) Raising Safe Kids. ACT Raising Safe Kids is a national, evidence-based, parent education program designed by the American Psychological Association. It focuses on adults who care for and teach children from birth to 8 years old. The program aims to strengthen positive parenting skills by teaching child development, behavior management, tools for positive effective discipline, effective anger and conflict management and media literacy. The ACT Raising Safe Kids program provides caregivers with a supportive social network & supports families to create safe communities for their children. Completion of this training is required for certification as an ACT Raising Safe Kids facilitator.

An ACT facilitator is a professional coming from fields such as psychology, social work, nursing, early childhood education, among others, prepared and certified to facilitate the parenting program groups using the program standardized curriculum, materials, processes and protocols and has completed all the requirements as determined by the APA Violence Prevention Office. They also involve their organizations and get support to include the ACT program in their portfolio of activities for families.


Additional Details

For information on registration process, fees and confirmation, please contact Beth Bitler at PA Family Support Alliance, 717-238-0937 or 


Heather Arenth, ACT Raising Safe Kids Curriculum Coordinator, Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, Pittsburgh, PA
For the past 9 years, Heather has been part of Safe Start, a violence prevention program of Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services.  Her responsibilities include: delivering trainings, developing strategies for expanding and implementing programming, creating and facilitating parent and children’s lessons, and providing outreach and expansion activities to communities. She has served as an ACT facilitator and is now an ACT Master Trainer and member of the ACT Advisory Council. Heather earned Bachelors of Psychology from West Virginia University, a Master’s of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from Boise State University.  Heather lives just outside Pittsburgh with her husband, two children and dog, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Robert Brinker, Parent and Community Educator, Family Services of Western PA, Greensburg, PA

Bob Brinker has worked with families for over forty years, starting as a Head Start teacher.  He currently works as a therapist and parent/community education specialist in southwestern Pennsylvania, and is an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, conducting classes on topics related to group process and human services. He holds a BA in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   Bob works extensively in the areas of gender and men’s issues, conducting anger management and violence prevention programs for men both in the community and the county prison.  He became an ACT group facilitator in 2007 and, as a Master Trainer, has trained numerous individuals to facilitate the ACT program.  Bob is working on his “bucket list” as he approaches retirement, when he plans on skydiving (at least once), traveling, and being a grandfather if he can get his son and daughter-in-law to cooperate.

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