Contact hours: 6
A 30 minute lunch break will be given at 12pm. Lunch is not provided.
Course 1: Successful Adoption in the World of Foster Care
Strong workers help to build strong families. There is no question that a successful adoption by a child’s foster parent can be strongly influenced by that family’s social worker. What the social worker teaches and explains, what the social worker believes and expresses, how the social worker helps a family in crisis – all of these can make all of the difference in a family’s future. It is way past time to look at this serious topic.
Course 2: A New Look at an Old Topic: Acting Out Adopted Children
In an adoption world where disruption looms all too often, this half-day course offers a positive approach for agency and clinical social workers (and the families they work with) to make sense of, and cope with, some of the negative feelings that adopted children can make their parents feel, and the anger and frustration which adoptive parents can feel toward their adopted children. Understanding this dynamic, as well as other key parent-child interactions which are unique to adopted children and their new families, can help turn a crisis in an adoptive family into an opportunity for true communication and strengthened commitment.
Course presenter: Maris H. Blechner, M Ed, LCSW is an adoption specialist with many years as an educator in the United States and Canada, also doing hands-on adoption work. She is presently an adjunct instructor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City, and does clinical and administrative consultation, as well as keynotes, conference presentations, and national webinars.