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WEBINAR: Clinical Competency with First/Birth Families – CEU Eligible
Clinical Competency with First/Birth Families – CEU Eligible
This course will orient professionals to the experiences and needs of first/birth parents who have voluntarily placed children for adoption, as well as their extended families, so as to provide effective, sensitive, adoption-competent services to them in private practice and agency settings.
First/birth families hold a position in the adoption triad that is the least understood, the least researched, and the most stigmatized. While that is changing, clinicians and social workers often need to overcome their own pre-conceptions about first/birth families in order to provide appropriate treatment.
Licensed and license-eligible participants will increase their ability to clinically conceptualize the impact of adoption on the lives of first/birth families, and provide sensitive interventions to help them move through the Seven Core Issues of adoption. Participants will improve their understanding of the life circumstances that may have contributed to their decision to place a child for adoption, and understand how to support first/birth family members to move from a place of regret, shame and guilt, to a place of acceptance, peace and empowerment.
Instructor: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, MA, LMFT #47992
Position: First/Birth Family Specialist
Experience: Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the adoption and foster care triads. She is both a first/birth mother, as well as a transracial adoptee. Susan has been providing individual and family therapy to all members of the foster / adoption constellation since 2008 in private practice and agency settings. She has delivered workshops and keynotes addresses to adoption professionals and adoptive families at regional, state, and national conferences on adoption. She is the First/Birth Family Specialist at Pact, where she focuses on the needs of expectant parents considering adoption, and first/birth families who have placed children for adoption.
CEUs: This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. All activities in the course are offered for continuing education credit. CAMFT-Approved Continuing Education Provider Number 131157
Pact is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Pact maintains responsibility for this course and its content.
$35 per person non-member
Special pricing Pact member receive 30% discount.
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