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PEP Talk Mini Conference

April 21, 2012

As every family who has dealt with a diabetes diagnosis knows, there's so much more to managing this disease than what you learn at the hospital or take home from a doctor visit.  The emotional aspects of diabetes are often just as challenging as the physical demands.

But finding ways to deal with these psycho-social issues aren't always easy.  Who do you ask for help?

Many families are turning to the PEP Squad, which began as a support network of "Parents Empowering Parents" but has since expanded to include the younger set of "Peers Empowering Peers."

At this recent PEP Talk Mini Conference, a group of moms, dads, kids and diabetes professionals came together at Bogart's at Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton to learn how to better communicate with humor and empathy, attain balance, meet new challenges and solve problems efficiently.

The day started with a welcoming message from the DRI Foundation's Barbara Singer.  Then, Wendy Satin Rapaport, Psy.D., L.C.S.W., an adjunct professor with the Diabetes Research Institute who heads the PEP Squad, led the morning sessions, which featured:

>> Gary Levenston - "Why diabetes is so hard from the dad's perspective"
>> Ilene Vinikoor, L.C.S.W. - "Couples dynamics"
>> Ellen Ullman, M.S.W. - "It's all in the words"
>> Trisha Porretti, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E. - "Managing your diabetes with humor"

After lunch, kids, teens and adults broke out into groups for roundtable discussions and one-on-one interaction. Everyone involved left feeling well-armed to face the next diabetes hurdle - and even better, made a few friends along the way.

Thanks to those of you who joined us!  And check back soon for the next PEP Talk Mini Conference.


  • If you attended the event, give us your feedback.  What would you like to see included next time?  Or what would you like for us to do differently?  Is there a better location?  Let us know>> 

Dr. Wendy Satin Rapaport welcomed everyone and facilitated the sessions.
Barbara Singer at PEP Talk
Barbara Singer kicked off the meeting.

Parents and grandparents listened attentively...
...while the kids hung out together in the room next door.
There was a "Dad Talk"...
...and audience participation.
There was a discussion about the importance of having a good marital relationship.
Diabetes advocate Ellen Ullman led an interactive discussion.  (Check out her
blue heels!)
Family therapist Ilene Vinikoor coached individuals one on one.
Everyone shared their own experiences and gained insight hearing from others.
Nurse Trisha Porretti talked "diabetes" with the younger set.
Wendy led a teen roundtable discussion.
Dr. Robyn Nemery (the one and only!) participated throughout the day.
Participants talked about their emotions and bonded with each other...
...while the experts offered up new perspectives and tools they could put to use.

Everyone left with at least one phone number of a new friend.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the day!

Intimate and inspirational, PEP Talk is an event that every family affected by diabetes can enjoy.

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