Pact Camp

Webinar: What Adoptees Need from Placement, Postplacement & Clinical Professionals - CEUs

Start time/date: Dec  12, 2018 11:00 AM
End time/date: Dec  12, 2018 1:00 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

What Adoptees Need from Placement, Postplacement & Clinical Professionals - CEUs

Adoptees are at higher risk for mental health and functional issues including increased rates of suicidality, substance use, and residential treatment. Adoptees have unique experiences that impact the kind of case management, counseling and therapeutic services that are effective when working with them. In many cases, given that social workers and clinicians are rarely offered specific education or training, the services offered are in fact harmful to adopted people. Utilizing knowledge based on research and lived experience, learn how to offer services that help this unique population. By providing truly adoptee-centered services from as early on as possible, providers will be more likely to serve adoptees and their families in a way that improves functioning and reduces mental health symptoms. This may require substantial shifts in professionals’ stances toward adoption, adoptees, first/birth families and adoptive families. Practical suggestions will be offered for direct client work with adoptee populations.

Educational objectives:

  1. Describe the three stances that adoption professionals should take when providing services to adoptees.
  2. Apply these stances to a variety of clinical vignettes.
  3. Give examples of the impact of adoption on adoptees’ identity and self-concept.
  4. Define the concepts of “search,” “reunion,” “closed adoption” and “open adoption.”
  5. Explain how an adoptee’s adoption status may be impacting their well-being.
  6. Summarize the main adoption-related clinical issues for adoptees.
  7. Identify 3 adoptee-centered clinical interventions to use when working with adoptees.

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.


Special Needs: To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at who will respond within 3 business days to all inquiries.

Certificates: Course completions certificates will be awarded within one business week, upon confirmation of full attendance at workshop and completion of course evaluation. Certificates will be e-mailed to registration address unless other method is requested.

Refunds: Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.


Pricing Description:

$35 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact member receive 30% discount.

Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.