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Making Waves

Sunday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Kalahari Resort - Pocono Manor, PA


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Keynote Speakers




Opening Ceremony

Monday, September 23rd at 9:45 AM











Rachel Marco Havens

Hopping On The Merry-Go-Round

Marco facilitates a lively interactive discussion, bringing concrete examples, best practices, and anecdotes to assist anyone in finding their place in and adding to the momentum of the vibrant and growing movement. You will leave with tools for taking concrete action in your workplace or community.


 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

Katherine Gray Silvan, LMSW

Self-Care 101: Practicing the Art of Self Love

In this experiential program, Rev. Katherine Gray Silvan, LMSW engages her audience in the Art of Self-Care. Through dynamic visuals and her provocative and lively presentation style, she shares research-based data covering a full spectrum of areas that focus on the practice of self-love.


Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 PM


Phyllis Black, PhD, ACSW, LSW

Awards Gala Guest Speaker


Black will be sharing her thoughts on the current issues facing social work, and what she sees as our direction for the future. She will share thoughts to honor our award recipients and inspire attendees as they move forward.


Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, September 25th at 3:45 PM

Namoli Brennet

We Belong

Namoli’s performance takes your breath away – not only with her voice and music, but also with her own personal story.

*More information on the Keynote Speakers can be found in the full conference brochure.                                                                                                                           

2019 Conference Theme & Rationale:
We are excited to announce the theme for our 2019 Annual Conference: Making Waves. If society is an ocean, social workers are the waves that incite change. We stir the waters, question what’s normal, and encourage change in communities and the nation at large. Each change effort originates from a simple idea; just a ripple in a large body of water. But social workers foster these ideas through grass-roots efforts, community organizing, and social justice campaigns until change sweeps through society like a tsunami. We are not advocates of change simply for the sake of change. Our efforts are supported by evidence-based practice and a unifying Code of Ethics. Whether we work in micro, mezzo or macro settings, we are at the forefront of change, making waves in our profession. At the 2019 conference, we hope to generate ripples of ideas, learn from one another about the ever-changing tides of society, and celebrate the waves that social workers make every day!



Sunday, September 22 – Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Kalahari Resort
250 Kalahari Blvd, Pocono Manor, PA 18349
The Kalahari Resort has been the home of our annual conference for the last several years and we are going back again this year! The state of the art facilities and comfortable atmosphere make the perfect environment for learning, networking, and fun! Not to mention the Kalahari is the home to the nation's largest indoor waterpark!


Don't forget to make hotel reservations... 
A dedicated website is now available for your attendees to book their hotel rooms online.





Exhibit Hall: Monday, September 23 -  11:15 am Ribbon Cutting - 3:45 pm
Tuesday, September 24 - 7 am - 11 am





2019 Conference workshop submissions have CLOSED.
2020 Conference RFP will open in November 2019.


2019 Pricing

Type of Registration              3-Day (Full)           2-Day          1-Day

  Members                                420                        310                  205

Student Members                   150                        100                  70

Student (non-member)           195                       145                   95

Non-Members                          590                       440                 295

 Presenter                                 310                      230                  150

Each day includes continental breakfast, lunch, keynotes, workshops, CE certificate,
time with exhibitors (Monday & Tuesday), and networking opportunities.



Professional (7 am until 7 pm)  $90 includes CE certificate, breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Students (8 am until 5:15 pm)  $25 - includes lunch



PASWE Dinner (Monday night)  $30

GALA Dinner (Tuesday night)  $40

Ropes Course (Sunday afternoon or Wednesday afternoon) $43



 Conference Schedule: 

Sunday, September 22nd

12:45 PM to 1:00 PM

Ropes Registration


1:00 PM to 4:30 PM




Pre Conference Workshop – 3.5 CEs

Pre – Assessing Your Comfort with RISK:Personal & Professional: Ropes Course


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Registration Open


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Workshop I – 3 CEs

1a – (DP) Mental Health and the Music of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


1b – (SJ) Social Work: Speaking to Power


1c – (C,E) Ethical Clinical Trauma-Informed Supervision


1d – (SJ) Movie and Discussion: Instant Family


1e – (DP) Finding Calm Admist the Rides of Life (waterpark experience)

Monday, September 23rd

6:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Meditation Room (available for self-guideed mediation and quiet “insight” time)

7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast


8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Workshop II – 1.5 CEs

2a – (SJ,E) Autism: From Tolerance to Awareness to Acceptance to Empowerment


2b – (A/M) How to Make Waves in Your Organization as a Transformational Leader


2c – (DP,E) Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Wishes: Can The Conversation Project Help Us Have Hard Conversations?


2d – (DP) Foster Care to Homeless: Turning the Tide Toward Success


2e – (DP,E) Ethical Practices in Substance Use Disorder Practice with Clients and Families


2f – (C,E) Documentation and Record-Keeping


2g – (A/M) Social Work Roles in Higher Education: Faculty, Administration, and Community Partnership


2h – (E,ST) PASWE – The Ethical Use of Social Media and Communication Technology



9:45 AM

Open Ceremony


Keynote Presents – Rachel Marco Havens (1.0 CE)


11:15 AM

Exhibit Hall – Ribbon Cutting

11:15 AM to 12:45 PM

Lunch with Sponsors





1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Workshop III -1.5 CEs

3a – (ACT 31) Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting (Part 1 of 2)


3b – (SJ,E) Ethically-Focused Reflections about Current Times Using a Talking Circle


3c – (DP) An Introduction to Medical Traumatic Stress and Trauma – Informed Care in the Pediatric Medical Setting


3d – (C,SP) Understanding Chronic Relapse Syndrome & Effective Treatment Modalities


3e – (DP) Using Essential Oils in Everyday Life


3f – (DP) Doggone Great Groups: Developing Creative Animal-Assisted Group Interventions


3g – (A/M,E,SJ) Academic Transfer is a Social Justice Issues


3h – (ST,SJ) PASWE Combined Sessions: “Teaching and Learning in Divided Times: Exploring Student Perceptions of Political Bias” (45 minutes) and “Using Simulation to Teach Social Work Skills” (45 minutes)



2:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Student Poster Presentations & Dessert


3:15 PM to 3:45 PM

SWEETalk 1 - 0.5 CEs

SW1a – (ST) College Students Organize a Human Services Professional Mixer


SW1b – (DP) Paw Prints on a Broken Heart


SW1c – (DP) Study of the Network of Services to Survivors of Domestic Violence in Pennsylvania


SW1d – (DP) In a Military Family… We All Serve


4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Workshop 4 – 1.5 CEs

4a - (ACT 31) Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting (Part 2 of 2)


4b – (DP) Understanding and Approaching Grief


4c - (DP,SP) Understanding Suicide in Older Adults


4d – (DP,E) I Received a Subpoena, What Should I Do?


4e - (This session is NOT ELIGIBLE for CE credit) PASWE Business and Leadership Meeting


4d – (ST,DP) PASWE Combined Session “Riding the Waves to Global Cultural Appreciation” (45 minutes) and “Transgender Clients in the Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) Setting” (45 minutes)


5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

PASWE Dinner & Presentation (1.0 CE)

Today’s Issues in Social Work Education





7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Keynote Presents – (1.0 CE)


Katherine Silvan


8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Beach Party!

Social event

Tuesday, September 24

6:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Meditation Room - available for self-guided meditation and quiet “insight” time


7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast


8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Workshop 5 – 1.5 CEs

5a – (C,SP) Suicide: Are We Asking the Right Questions?


5b – (SJ) Paper Trails: Letter Writing to Create Connections, Diminish Social Isolation, and Build Empathy


5c – (A/M) Strengthen the Connection: A High-Tech, High-Touch Approach to Crisis Intervention


5d – (DP) Dating and Relationship in Older Adulthood: Implications for Social Work


5e – (DP) Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: A Rural and Urban Perspective


5f – (C,E) Becoming a Safe Space for LGBTQ+ Clients


5g – (DP) Preparing Social Workers to Work in Integrated Care: Wave of the Future


5h – (ACT 31) Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting (Part 1 of 2)


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Exhibit Hall Hour


10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Workshop 6 – 1.5 CEs


6a – (DP) One Kind Word


6b – (A/M) Grants 101: Searching for and Writing Grants


6c – (C) Storiez: Trauma Narrative with Inner City Youth


6d – (DP) Social Workers of Color Caucus


6e – (A/M) Navigating the Door Knob Phenomenon: Creating Participant-Centered Social Work Education and Training


6f – (DP) The Importance of Cross-Collaborative Partnerships with Transgender Communities on a TransAging Project: Ethical Implications


6g –(DP,E) Planned: Not Planned: A Little Bit of Both: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting


6h – (ACT 31) Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting (Part 2 of 2)



12:15 PM to 2:00 PM

PACE Luncheon

Immigration Advocacy


2:15 PM to 4:45 PM

SWEETalk 2 (0.5 CEs)


SW2a- (DP) MAGIC! The Power of Using Ritual in Treatment


SW2b – (DP) Screen Time vs. My Time: Navigating Technology, Self-Care, Performance, and Relationships


SW2c – (A/M) Challenges of Retaining Asian Bilingual Workers in Human Service Organizations (HSOs)


SW2d – (C) Walk the Talk, Create a Ripple: Practice Parallels as Supervisor


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Workshop 7 (1.0 CEs)

7a – (SJ) Promoting Strong Institutions Through Intergroup Dialogue


7b – (DP) Go Ahead, We’re Listening: Practice Issues that Educators Need to Hear


7c – (DP) Professional End of Life Doula Program


7d – (DP) Finland Social Work Mentor Trip: A Model for International Travel


7e – (A/M) Creating Community as a Strategy to End Poverty


7f – (DP) Alphabet Soup: Intimate Partner Violence in Later Life LGBTQ+ Relationships


7g – (C) Creating a Trauma-Informed Culture in Palliative Care: An Interdisciplinary Team Approach


4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Workshop 8 (1.0 CEs)


8a – (DP) Healthy MOMs Program: Coordinated Care for Pregnancy and Parenting Women with OUD


8b – (SJ,ST) BSW Students’ Interest and Understanding of Policy Practice


8c – (A/M,ST) A Call to Revive Macro and International Social Work in BSW Programs


8d – (A/M) What Do They Have To Say?: Youth Voice in Family Meetings and Conferences


8e – (DP) Working to Empower Clients with their Reproductive Decision Making

8f – (DP, E) Let’s Talk About Death… Maybe


8g – (DP,SP) Suicide: Impact on the Clinician


6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Keystone Awards Gala – 1 CE

Special Guest Speaker Phyllis Black

Wednesday, September 25


8:00 AM to 3:45 PM

All Day Intense – 7.0 CEs

Int All day a – (C) Certificate in Behavioral health Integration


Int All day b – (C,E) Clinical Supervision: Skills, Legal and Ethical Best Practices


8:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Morning Intensive – 3.0 CEs

Int AM a – (DP,SP) Mental health in Today’s Youth: Suicide prevention, Anxiety, and Depression


Int AM b – (D) Integrative Wellness Approaches and Self-Help Strategies for Mental Health Recovery


Int AM c – (DP) Dealing with Profession Fatigue: A Social Work Mini-Retreat


12:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Afternoon Intensive – 3.0 CEs

Int PM a - (A/M,E) Teaching Ethics and Best Practices in Ethics in Social Work Education


Int PM b – (C) The Not-So-Calm before the Storm: Anticipatory Grief and Non-Death Loss during Serious Illness


Int PM c – (C)The Ripple Effect of Mutual Aid: Sociometry and Psychodrama for trauma Survivors


Int PM d – (ACT 31) Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting


Int PM e – (DP) Assessing Your Comfort with RISK: Personal & Professional: Ropes Course


6:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Meditation Room available for self-guided mediation and quiet “insight” time


7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast


8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Workshop 9 – 1.5 CEs

9a – (SJ,E) The Person-in-{a Waring} Environment: Social Work Ethics and Global Warming


9b – (DP) Preparing Social Work and Counseling Students for Rural Communities


9c – (A/M) Using Micro Skills to Impact the Macros Process


9d – (DP) The ASK Model: An Organizing Framework for Responding to Trauma at the Community Level


9:45 AM to 11:45 AM

Workshop 10 – 1.5 CEs

10a – (DP) Recovery from Workplace Bullying


10b – (A/M, E) Incivility in the Work Place: A Threat to Social Work Practice


10c – (DP) Cultural Considerations for Supporting LGBTAIA+ Clients in Healthcare Context


10d – (A/M,E) Making Waves as Social Work Leaders


11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Networking Lunch


12:15 PM to 1:45 PM

Workshop 11 – 1.5 CEs

11a – (DP) The Lessons of Caring: Understanding and Serving the Family Caregiver as a Client


11b – (C) Making a Difference in the Lives of the Elderly


11c – (SJ) Cultivating Community Partnerships: Conversations with Students and the United Way


2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Workshop 12 – 1.5 CEs

12a – (SJ,E) Social Workers’ Responsibilities in the Political Arena


12b – (C) “Immunizing” Children Against Sexual Abuse


12c – (DP) Implementing ESSA: A Unique Collaboration Between School Districts and Child Welfare


3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Closing Ceremony


Keynote Presents – 1.0 CE

Namoli Bennet



Act 31 = Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting 

A/M = Administrative/Management

C= Clinical

DP = Direct Practice 

E = Ethics 

SJ = Social Justice/Advocacy

SP= Suicide Prevention

ST= Student Track






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