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Webinar: Therapy with Adopted Adolescents of Color-CEU Eligible

Start time/date: Dec  12, 2018 11:00 AM
End time/date: Dec  12, 2018 1:00 PM
Place: Webinar
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Therapy with Adopted Adolescents of Color

Adolescence can be a challenging time for adoptees, many of whom are referred to therapy by well-meaning parents, teachers, school staff, etc. But therapists have often not received any sort of specialized training in adoption, racial identity, or the intersections of adoption and race, and may not be able to effectively meet their needs...or even unintentionally cause harm.


In this workshop participants will be able to:

1.     [endif]Identify some of the common themes that emerge for adoptees of color during adolescence.

2.     [endif]Discuss the adoption-specific areas of assessment for adopted teens of color.

3.     Identify six “stuck spots” for adolescents and treatment strategies for adoptive parents


4.     [endif]List four specific treatment modalities that are especially useful for adopted adolescents.

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.

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