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Adoption for Clinicians

Although child therapists routinely see adopted and foster children in their clinical caseloads, they generally receive no specific training in graduate school to understand the unique interplay of biological & environmental factors which impact on these youngsters; nor do they receive training in the unique psychodynamics found in adopted & foster children or in specific interventions that target those dynamics. Consequently, too many of these children and families receive less than adequate services from the professionals with whom they consult.

This class begins to address these issues by describing contemporary changes in adoption and foster care, and adjustment outcomes for these children; biological factors and environments associated with the adjustment of adopted and foster children; and family lifecycle issues in adoption and foster care. The class will also cover the role of loss and grieving in the adjustment of adopted and foster children, assessment issues in working with adopted and foster children and their families, and interventions targeting adoption and foster care related loss.
Course Objective

Participants will be able to describe the changes in adoption practices over the past four decades an d how these changes create new needs for clinical help

Participants will be able to identify three different regulatory sources governing transracial placements and the impact on parents of the conflicting policies among them

Participants will be able to summarize at least outcome studies regarding transracial adoption

Participants will be able to state at least four key practice principles in transracial adoption
Intended Audience
Psychologists, Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Counselors
Author Bio

David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology and past Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He also was a founding director and served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York City
Certificates
American Psychological Association (APA) American Psychological Association (APA)
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)
California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
4.0 Hour 4.00 CE Credit(s) $90.00 QTY

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