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REGISTER NOW! 2019 SWAN/IL Winter Statewide Meeting


  • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 9:30 a.m. – Thursday, January 24th, 2019 noon


Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center

215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, Pennsylvania 16803

Event Phone

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Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) prime contractor, and the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s Independent Living Project (IL) are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2019 SWAN/IL Winter Statewide Meeting, which will be held January 23-24, 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. SWAN affiliates are required to attend quarterly meetings. We also invite and encourage each county children and youth agency to attend, including caseworkers, supervisors and administrators.

The morning general session of the 2019 SWAN/IL Winter Statewide is “Walking the Talk of Trauma Informed Practice,” presented by Sarah M. Yanosy, LCSW. The presentation will explore a solution-focused framework for preventing retraumatization and promoting client, staff and organizational resiliency. Participants will learn that being a trauma-informed agency requires more than just knowledge about the scope of exposure and manifestation of trauma symptoms in clients. It also requires an understanding of traumatic stress on leaders, service providers and organizations themselves, including the risk of creating trauma reactive systems that inadvertently replicate the very stressors or adversity that have brought clients to seek help in the first place. Participants will leave with the ability to recognize trauma symptoms in people and systems and strategies for prevention of retraumatization.

Ms. Yanosy has been a keynote and featured speaker on trauma and organizational culture at both national and international conferences and has published extensively on the implementation and impact of trauma responsive practice. Ms. Yanosy’s career has integrated clinical work, education and administration, resulting in expertise in individual and family therapy, program and curriculum development as well as program evaluation and replication. She currently teaches and develops curriculum at the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work in NY. A highlight of her career has been collaborating with Dr. Sandra Bloom to create the Sanctuary Institute, an international trauma training and consultation organization providing support to schools, residential treatment, juvenile justice, homeless and domestic violence shelter programs, substance abuse and other human service providers. The replication of the Sanctuary Model and the community of practice that formed around its use resulted in a social movement of over 350 agencies in seven countries and most of the United States.

A matching reception will be held the evening of January 23, 2019. County workers who represent waiting children and affiliate workers conducting child-specific recruitment will share information directly with families about children waiting for permanent connections. Families will learn firsthand about the children in Pennsylvania who need permanency.

To register, click here or complete the registration form below. We look forward to seeing you as we continue to network for permanency on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children.



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