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Looking Through a Permanency & Adoption Lens: Understanding the Complex Mental Health of Children, Youth and Their Families

A One-Day Workshop designed for: 

Child Welfare, Mental Health and other Professionals working with children who have experienced trauma and loss and the adoptive, kinship and customary care families that are providing them with lasting permanency


Pour ces informations en français, s'il vous plaît cliquez ici.

Meeting the mental health needs of individuals and families touched by adoption requires specialized training in assessment, diagnosis and intervention. At each phase of the clinical process, clinicians must be attuned to the complex array of historical and contemporary factors impacting the lives of their clients and, specifically, to the ways in which the adoption experience can influence their identity, relationships and developm

This course was developed by the ACO to be the first step of the ACO’s comprehensive Permanency and Adoption Competency Training Program (PACT). Its aim is to create permanency and adoption-informed child welfare and mental health practitioners who can support families created through adoption, kinship and guardianship placements in meeting the complex and challenging mental health related challenges experienced by this population.

 

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Participants will learn:

  • to understand the positive benefits of adoption/kinship/customary care for children with separation and trauma histories
  • to understand the journey to adoption and other forms of permanency for Ontario families
  • an introduction to a theoretical framework for practice with all members of the adoption and permanency constellation, based upon the core issues of loss, grief and separation
  • Drawing from the fields of trauma, attachment, and neurobiology, participants will understand key elements of a permanency and adoption competent clinical practice that is relationship-based and child-focused

Target Audience:

This Workshop was designed for Child Welfare, Mental Health and other Professionals working with children who have experienced trauma and loss and the adoptive, kinship and customary care families that are providing them with lasting permanency


Brief History of the Workshop

The Looking Through an Adoption Lens: Understanding the Complex Mental Health of Children, Youth and Their Families Workshop was developed by the ACO in 2013 to respond to the needs expressed by Ontario adoptive families and adoption professionals. The ACO was guided by the expert advice and guidance of our four Roundtable groups – in Toronto, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Kitchener-Waterloo, consisting of over 80 Ontario child welfare and mental health professionals. The Workshop curriculum was written by Pat Convery, Executive Director of the ACO, an experienced social worker with over 30 years in child welfare and training, Mary-Jo Land, an experienced adoption therapist and adoptive and foster parent and Kim Stevens from NACAC, an experienced adoption competency trainer, curriculum writer, mental health professional and adoptive parent.

The Workshop was piloted in the Spring of 2014 in each of our four Roundtable locations to over 90 professionals. After analyzing the very positive pilot evaluation results and feedback, the Workshop curriculum was further refined and modified. The Workshop was rolled out in the Fall of 2014 and is available throughout Ontario.


Schedule & Cost

Cost: $150

Schedule and Timing: 9:00am to 4:00pm (lunch is on your own)

The Workshop is normally offered at the ACO’s Toronto office on a quarterly basis. To find upcoming offerings of the Workshop click here

The Workshop is also offered at other Ontario locations upon request. If you are interested in bringing the Workshop to your agency or community please email pact@adoptontario.ca

***Veuillez noter que  ces cours ne sont pas encore disponibles en français. Afin d'évaluer la demande pour ces cours, s'il vous plaît écrivez-nous à pact@adoptontario.ca et laissez-nous savoir si vous êtes intéressés à avoir ces cours disponibles dans votre région en français.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be provided to participants by the ACO on completion of the Workshop.


For background information on the ACO’s overall Permanency and Adoption Competency Training Program (PACT) initiative in Ontario please click here

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