Contact hours: 6
A 30 minute lunch break will be given at 12pm. Lunch is not provided.
Course 1: The Invisible Realities of Successful Adoption
There is no question that in this decade many different types of children are being successfully adopted, by many different types of families. Although many adoptions are similar, all adoptions are certainly not the same. There are fundamental core issues to be recognized and skills that are needed for each type of adoption, but they are rarely discussed. This workshop will deal frankly with the “invisible” realities of contemporary adoption, for the benefit of social worker, child, family, and agency.
Course 2: Stress Management: Taking Care of Ourselves & the People Around Us
Professionals in child welfare deal with many pressures on a daily basis and must cope with a significant and ever-growing amount of stress. Social workers not only have to deal the stress of the families they work with and their co-workers and peers, but also the stresses of their personal life. For those of us in the caring professions, burnout is a greater danger than ever. Social workers need to understand stress management, and learn the skills necessary to survive, keep moving forward, and prevent burnout. This workshop, presented by a long time student of stress management, offers some new perspectives, and reexamines some old ideas, about one of the most important topics of our times.
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.