Keara Shrefler Helps Grow CAPSEA's Services as New Incredible Years® Parenting Workshop Coordinator

Q: What is the Incredible Years® Program?

Incredible Years® is a series of evidence-based parenting workshops that promote a child’s academic, social, and emotional skills. The program is used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and is supported by over 30 years of research. Participants work on promoting positive behaviors and effective limit setting. The service is free of charge and offered to parents with children two to eight years old.

The program typically consists of 12 workshops, depending on the needs of the parents. The sessions are typically one-on-one, but can also be offered to a group. They can be held in the home or at CAPSEA, where childcare will be provided.

Learn more about the program HERE

Q: What about the Incredible Years® program do you find interesting?

Knowing that I can have a direct impact on parents who are struggling. Balancing raising a family with the other obstacles of life is extremely challenging and there is no how-to handbook. This program teaches parents useful skills that will make them feel more empowered as caregivers.

Q: What attracted you to the position and/or to CAPSEA in general?

The ability to make a real difference in our community. I have always loved children, and the thought of being able to help parents has made me more dedicated than ever to do a job that I know I will love and enjoy doing every day.

Q: What experience are you bringing to CAPSEA?

Before becoming the Incredible Years® coordinator, I worked in the elementary school in Ridgway as a Behavior Specialist. I had the opportunity to work with all different aged children with many different needs. I was able to watch my clients reach their goals and achieve new milestones. I found it to be incredibly rewarding.

Q. How do you view CAPSEA’s role in the Elk and Cameron County communities? How essential are its services? Which of their services most stood out to you?

CAPSEA has an incredibly important role in the Elk and Cameron County communities. Unfortunately too many of our neighbors have experienced an unhealthy or dangerous relationship, and it’s essential for there to be a safe place for them to turn to.

Q: Any hobbies?

My hobbies include fishing, going on walks, running, hiking, going on bike rides on the rails to trails in Ridgway and just spending quality time with my family. Family is so important to me and I try to spend as much time with them as I possibly can.

Q: If you could grab dinner/coffee with any person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would choose it to be with my great grandpa. He passed away when I was at a young age, and I just remember how much he did for me even in the short time of knowing him. I would love to catch up and hear all about his stories that he had growing up, and the lifestyle he had growing up with Italian parents who came here from Italy. He will always have a special place in my heart.

Lightning Round!

Favorite Sports Team? 

Steelers & Penn State

Favorite TV Show? 

The Bachelor or The Walking Dead

Favorite Music Artist? 

Luke Combs

Dream Place to Travel? 


_____ or _____?

Early bird or night owl

Coffee or tea? 

Eat in or dine out? (pre-COVID!)

Road trip or staycation