Workshops: Adoption

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Attachment Based Parenting Approaches in Adoption

ID: 5954

In this interactive and clinical workshop, participants will explore how missing and disrupted attachments impact adopted children’s behaviors. Participants will identify symptoms of impaired attachment and discuss the emotional demands this has on adoptive parents and families. Through case examples and experiential activities, participants will learn strategies to assist parents to strengthen the parent-child relationship and implement parenting techniques that focus on attachment and building trust rather than ‘traditional’ parenting approaches. Mental health professionals will add to their clinical ‘tool box’ as they learn new techniques that will be effective for foster and adoptive families.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Rebecca Gallese, LCSW
Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
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Life Cycle Experience and Issues in the Adoption of Older Children

ID: 5953

This workshop will explore issues commonly faced by children adopted in infancy. Topics include core issues of adoption at various ages and stages, differences between families formed by birth and by adoption, and dimensions of loss for an adopted child. Special emphasis will be given to managing sibling relationships within the family and using normative crisis to support families and children. The workshop will include experiential exercises and activities.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Christine Morales, LCSW
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
1690 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ

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Preparing Children for Adoption

ID: 5980

In this interactive workshop, clinicians will define and develop their role as the adoption therapist in relation to working with foster and adoptive families. Clinicians will describe the impact of secrecy on a child and learn techniques for talking with children about their difficult and traumatic histories in a developmentally appropriate way. Clinicians will identify the importance of developing the child’s personal narrative to help them make sense of their past and process the multiple losses they have experienced. Clinicians will also learn techniques to prepare children and families for transitions and necessary good byes; this may include leaving a foster home or group home, a good bye/closure visit with a birth family, or moving to a select home. Experiential activities will be integrated into the workshop to expand the clinician’s toolkit in working with families as they transition through adoption.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

Instructor: Rebecca Gallese, LCSW
Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
1690 Stelton Road, Piscataway, NJ

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The Language of Adoption

ID: 5987

Learning to speak a new language is a skill that takes time and practice. When working with families formed by adoption, the words we use make a difference. Utilizing the principles of Object Relations Theory, this workshop is designed to provide effective strategies for practitioners who work with anyone touched by adoption. Participants will gain an understanding of adoption centered language and will demonstrate through small group activity and role play their enhanced ability to effectively connect with those involved in the adoption constellation. Additional topics covered will include the use of accurate terms, assisting adoptive families with navigating relationships with birth families and techniques on how to craft developmentally appropriate discussions with children about adoption and birth stories.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Stefani Moon, MA, LPC
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
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The Psychology of Adoption

ID: 5951

This workshop sets the stage for the Clinical Certificate Program in Adoption. The focus will be on contemporary trends in adoption and the psychological benefits and risks associated with adoption. Other topics that addressed will include stress and coping models in adoption, family life cycle tasks in adoption and the implications for post-adoption service. Through use of case study, multimedia, PowerPoint and lecture participants will gain a greater understanding the psychological benefits and risks associated with adoption, the common correlates in adoption disruption and dissolution and the clinical indicators of adopted children and adoption related loss.

Fee: $129.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 5.00 Clinical

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Instructor: Pat Carter-sage, MEd, LPC
Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission
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