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ACT: Toronto Winter 2020

Understanding and healing family-based
trauma and loss:

Facilitating and supporting permanence for children and families through adoption, kinship and customary care

An 8-day (48 hour) Curriculum

Toronto ACT Training Dates & Times:

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, 81 The East Mall, Etobicoke, M8Z 5W3

All sessions are held from 9AM-4PM


  • Session 1: Monday, February 24
  • Session 2: Tuesday, February 25
  • Session 3: Monday, March 30
  • Session 4: Tuesday, March 31
  • Session 5: Monday, April 20
  • Session 6: Tuesday, April 21
  • Session 7: Monday, May 25
  • Session 8: Tuesday, May 26

About the ACT Training

“This curriculum should be required for anyone who is entering the field of adoption and permanency.”- (ACT graduate)

Adoption and permanency create issues that are both complex and lifelong for children, adoptive parents and caregivers, and birth families. In addition, children in the child welfare system are more likely to have experienced trauma than other children, resulting in emotional and behavioral problems that create additional strain for adoptive parents and caregivers. The serious shortage of pre- and post-permanency service providers that fully appreciate these complex issues frequently leads to families feeling isolated, frustrated and hopeless, often leading to disrupted adoptions or foster care placements, and children being placed in group homes or residential treatment. The ACO, in partnership with Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies, is very pleased to offer the ACT curriculum for the first time in Ontario to address this significant gap in services to our adoptive, kinship and customary care families.

Detailed Information about ACT

Click here for detailed information on ACT including Course Objectives, detailed Session Overviews for all 8 days of the ACT curriculum, the Core Competencies of the ACT curriculum, Evaluation Results of ACT’s Effectiveness and background on the development of ACT.


  • Dianne Mathes, Toronto
    Dianne Mathes has over 35 years of experience providing therapy and education/training for individuals, couples, children and families and professionals. Using attachment therapy, she specializes in adoption and provides therapy and training on the experiences and realities of early separation, adoption, abandonment, trauma, abuse, loss and grief as well as the multi-layered experience of being adopted and being a family in adoption. Dianne is herself an adoptee and has experienced her own personal journey in adoption and reunion. Dianne has a Certificate of Social Work degree from Ryerson University and is a member of the OCSSWSW.

  • Elaine Quinn, RSW
    Throughout her career in child welfare, Elaine has been driven by a passion to change the trajectory of children who have experienced early childhood trauma . Having the opportunity to train professionals and parents who work with children and youth is key to this work. A a trainer, Elaine brings International experience in Social Work with all parties in the adoption / kinship constellation.  


Cost: $1,300 per person. This includes a training and resource manual, and refreshments on all training days.

Registration & Payment: To pay online with a credit card click here to register for this offering.  To pay by cheque click here. Please make cheques payable to the Adoption Council of Ontario.  To see other ACT offerings in Ontario, click here to go to our events page.

Potential $500 Reimbursement of ACT fees: Social workers and social service workers who are registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers are eligible to apply to the College for a reimbursement of up to $500 of PD activities. We understand that the ACT training fees have qualified for this reimbursement. Please see more information at

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day (lunch is on your own).

Certificate: A certificate of completion will be provided.

Note: The ACT course meets the qualification for 48 CEU hours for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the state of California, USA. The ACO will pursue ACT’s eligibility in Ontario for professional continuing education hours.

Would you like this ACT training to come to your region?

This information will help us to determine demand for PACT trainings by region, and you will be signed up for the ACO Newsletter to be notified about new offerings. 

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© ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals and Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children who have Experienced Trauma and Loss are copyrights of Kinship Center, a member of Seneca Family of Agencies in California. Through a partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies, Adoption Council of Ontario owns the exclusive Ontario license to ACT and Pathways 2.


George Hull Centre

81 The East Mall
Toronto, M8Z 5W3

Categories: Education Events, PACT for Professionals, Permanency Adoption Competency Training, All ACO Events, Special Needs (General)


2020-02-24 00:00:00 (All day event)

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