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Journeys Conference w/ Jaclyn Skalnik & Shanna Sullivan: Pewaukee

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Adoptive parents, guardianship parents, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, and professionals — please join the Journeys Program and Jockey Being Family for a very special in-person conference with the trauma-informed clinician, Jaclyn Skalnik, LCSW, and registered play therapist, Shanna Sullivan, LCSW.

Coffee and lunch will be provided, and all attendees will have a chance to enter drawings for great giveaways throughout the conference! Certificates of attendance (5 hours) will be available for those who need them.

Questions or accommodations? Please contact Christy at ctimm@cclse.org.

Session descriptions

Session one: GPS – Mapping out the Journey.

This session will provide a basic historical context of adoption through the lens of attachment, grief, and post-adoption topics.

Session two: Detours & Destinations

This experiential workshop will include small group work and will be infused with adoption-informed therapeutic approaches, reflective exercises, and tangible takeaways. We will explore challenges and discoveries along the route.

Closing session:

As “travel agents”, we want our families to depart from the conference with well-packed suitcases for the rest of their journeys. Leaving feeling inspired and empowered to be the best tour guides for their little travelers.

About our presenters

Jaclyn Skalnik is a trauma-informed clinician whose areas of specialty include transracial adoption, attachment, grief & loss, identity exploration, racial equity, and social justice. As an international and transracially adopted person, she weaves her personal experiences into her professional training to offer perspective and insight. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Wisconsin, a public speaker, a national trainer for adoption competency, an adoptive parent coach, an adoption consultant, an adoptive family homeland journey social worker, and has facilitated international birth-family searches and reunions. Her goals are to create a space that embodies compassion, to foster a therapeutic relationship that enables vulnerability, and to support the exploration of your whole self. She is an ally, an empath, and an attuned listener.

Shanna Sullivan is a trauma-informed clinician, a Register Play Therapist, and a supervisor for the Children’s Wisconsin school-based mental health program. She is a member of the Black Professional and Allies Inclusion Resource Group. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Wisconsin, an adoptive parent, and a mental health therapist.

Hotel Information

If waterpark passes or hotel accommodations are needed, please visit the Ingleside Hotel website at Waukesha Hotel & Waterpark – Near Milwaukee | The Ingleside Hotel or by calling (262) 547-0201.

Please note: If you choose to bring along your family to enjoy the waterpark, please plan ahead to bring an adult caregiver along to supervise children during the day, as no childcare is provided through the conference.

This event is being sponsored by Jockey Being Family. To learn more about Jockey Being family, visit their website here: https://www.jockeybeingfamily.com/


Journeys Program


The Ingleside Hotel
2810 Golf Road
Pewaukee, WI 53072 United States
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