Pact Camp

Webinar: Adoption through the Lifespan - CEUs

Start time/date: Nov  11, 2020 11:00 AM
End time/date: Nov  11, 2020 1:00 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Recent studies indicate that Master’s level therapists and social workers rarely receive any formal education, training or supervision on how to best engage, assess, support and treat members of the adoption and foster care triads – adopted/fostered people, adoptive/foster parents and birth/first parents. This two hour introductory CEU course will provide social workers, therapists and other helping professionals with tools and best practices to use when providing clinical and/or social work services to all members of the adoption triad. We will discuss the language of adoption and help participants understand how and why their words matter and address the stereotypes and microaggressions that are part of the landscape for those touched by adoption. Specific similarities and differences explored in the experiences of all triad members as well as extended family members and friends will be explored along with the core issues that are common to all touched by adoption. Clinical and research-based strategies will be explained.


Educational objectives:

  1. Explain why it is important for mental health providers working in diverse settings to be able to effectively address the needs of the adoption triad.
  2. List key aspects of respectful adoption language and preferred terms when talking about adoption so as to establish trust and rapport with all members of the adoption triad.
  3. Describe the types of stereotypes that society has regarding members of the adoption triad that may prevent clients from receiving appropriate care and treatment.
  4. Give examples of additional questions that can be used during assessment / intake process to elicit information about adoption / foster care history.
  5. Summarize the main adoption-related clinical issues for adopted people, adoptive parents and first/birth parents.
  6. List the seven strengths and abilities that helping professionals need to bolster and teach post-placement to improve a child’s experience and strengthen family functioning
  7. Identify three evidence-based and promising practices that are appropriate to use when treating members of the adoption triad (Based on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare)

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.

Grievances: If you wish to file a grievance, you may do so orally or in writing.

Phone: 510.243.9460


Address: 5515 Doyle Street #1, Emeryville, CA 94608


Pricing Description:

$36 per person non-member

Special pricing Pact members receive 25% discount.

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