Building Relational Healing in Post-Adoption Services

May 9-10, 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm
Williamson Campus at The Settlement Home
1607 Colony Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78758

Presented by Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S, CTS, LCPAA, PLLC

This workshop will overview the foundational adult attachment patterns through attachment research and literature utilizing the underpinnings of the Adult Attachment Interview. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore behavioral patterns, including their own, in the context of attachment and how these impact the therapeutic process and beyond. Advanced application that target specific attachment patterns, particularly within the family systems, will be discussed. Participants will actively learn to integrate attachment theory and knowledge into practical intervention with their clients.

Triage or Treatment: Crisis Calls in Post Adoption

It is not a matter of if, but when child welfare professionals receive a crisis call following placement. Each situation is unique and requires thoughtful and diligent consideration, but there are times when determining how and when to intervene can be convoluted. We will examine the varied reasons that individuals, couples, and family systems may seek additional help after placement. We will also examine what may prevent others from reaching out before an apex crisis event hits. Participants will learn how to effectively assess what may constitute crisis within adoptive and foster family systems. They will also learn strategies to consider when working with families in post placement and beyond.

Moving Through the Narrative: Walking with Adoptees

Historically, adoption-focused research and literature concentrates on pathological, or more negatively-perceived coping skills and behaviors related to adoption by the adoptee, versus a more holistic and strengths-based approach within the adopted person as a whole. When professionals engage adult adoptees, their personal and professional perceptions and beliefs regarding adoption and the adoptee’s role can categorically impact the therapeutic relationship. This presentation will explore common misconceptions and presuppositions related to working with adoptees in therapy as well as offering suggestions and applications to consider.

THIS NASW ACCREDITED TRAINING OFFERS 12 CEUs

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Training Location

Williamson Campus at The Settlement Home
1607 Colony Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78758

 

Registration:

Early Bird Special: $150
After May 2nd: $175
Special pricing available for Settlement Home Staff.

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Settlement Home Staff
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After May 2nd: $150

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Schedule

DAY ONE

8:45-9:00AM: Sign in and continental breakfast

9:00-11AM: Fostering Attachment: Exploration of adult attachment patterns and impacts within the parent-child dyad/relationship. Decipher the myths and realities of attachment theory and how it is applied with client populations, particularly adoptive and foster families.

11:00-11:15AM: Break

11:15-12:00 PM: Indices of Attachment: Deciphering adult attachment patterns within a clinical setting through observation, language, and assessment.  Learn how to better evaluate adult attachment patterns and how to engage specific attachment patterns to bring healing and understanding.

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch on own

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Indices of Attachment, Cont’d: Explore the attachment patterns of a worker’s attachment pattern and the impacts of treatment. Participants will learn how to work with transference and countertransference in a fun and interactive way. They will learn how these dynamics may impact those they serve when explored through an attachment-based approach.

2:30-2:45PM: Break

2:45-4PM: Putting It All Together: Exploring modalities to consider, intake process, and ongoing interventions pertaining to attachment patterns such as applications to consider, inquiries, etc. Participants will gain general knowledge and practice regarding how and when to apply specific attachment-based evaluations.

DAY TWO

8:45-9:00AM: Sign in and continental breakfast

9:00-11AM: Moving through the Narrative: How do we address complex issues related to early life events with kids and teens? How do we help our children access words? How much of this is developmental and/or adoption-related? What are the unique issues adoptees face as they age? Adoption does not end at placement, nor are the narratives of the adoption static. In this interactive workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of lifespan issues that an adoptee may experience.

11:00-11:15AM: Break

11:15-12:00 PM: Moving through the Narrative (2): Let’s examine some case studies related to adoptees and how participants might approach each scenario. How can we better assist families through the developmental years and beyond?

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch on own

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Triage or Treatment: When adoptive and foster families call in crisis, they are seeking immediate help, support, and a sense of relief. For the professionals on the other end of the call, it can be challenging and stressful as they seek the best alternatives and answers for situation. This workshop will address basic assessment related to post adoption inquiries and services.

2:30-2:45PM: Break

2:45-3:30PM: Triage or Treatment (2): Participants will gain general knowledge and practice regarding how and when to refer for services and what to consider when seeking adoption-competent services.

3:30-4:00PM: Q & A and completion of evaluations

Come for an interactive, fun, and engaging two-day event. You will come away learning about yourself as much as the clients you serve. Attendees will learn interventions that can be readily used with clients and families served.