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SWAN Outreach to MH Providers
June 18, 2013

The Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption, Permanency and Independent Living Conference (SWAN/IL) is making available a limited number of slots to interested child and family mental health professionals!  This conference brings together families and professionals who want to increase their understanding of permanency issues. The conference is July 9 – 12 at the Lancaster Host Resort. It includes over 40 workshops and 700 participants, drawing on the expertise of professionals from across the state to provide the latest in practice information. Because of complex issues related to adoption and permanency and the current need of families, SWAN, Family Design Resources, and the Adoption/Permanency/Mental Health (MH) Collaboration want to extend an invitation to the mental health community. This is the first step in a plan to assist in the development of a cadre of mental health providers with a clear sensitivity to the needs and challenges of families formed through adoption or kinship. The goal is to develop a type of identification or certification process through this pilot project to direct families to these providers who have specific knowledge and expertise in this area.

Conference organizers will host a luncheon for all mental health professionals who attend the conference on July 12 to get feedback and discuss critical next steps. Continuing education credits are available for the conference at a cost of $10 per day. A featured speakers is Dr. Lark Eshleman, an author, educator, and consultant whose expertise is working with children and teens who have experienced early emotional trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect, and abuse. The letter of invitation to child and family mental health providers and information about the conference and online registration is available from the links.

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