Pact Camp

Webinar: Life After Placement - Open Adoption for Professionals

Start time/date: Mar  24, 2021 11:00 AM
End time/date: Mar  24, 2021 1:00 PM
Place: Webinar
Call-In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration

Life After Placement - Open Adoption for Professionals

CEU Workshop – Adoption, mental health and social work professionals will increase their competency and skills at supporting all adoption constellation members as they navigate openness and contact. Each family’s (both birth and adoptive) situation is unique and there are no set answers, but by drawing on research, lived experience, and presenting models for openness, this workshop will help professionals understand how to find the child-centered path that considers everyone’s needs and acknowledges the power differentials between adoptees, first/birth families and adoptive families. No relationship is static, they evolve as people grow, and professionals need to have the skills to help all members of the adoption constellation navigate openness and contact for a lifetime.

This workshop is for professionals working with all adoption constellation members.

Learning Objectives
  • Professionals will identify three of the key struggles in open adoption.
  • Professionals will identify three of the key strengths in open adoption.
  • Professionals will describe the difference between openness and contact.
  • Professionals will give three examples of new strategies they will use to support constellation member as they navigate openness and contact.

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 two (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.






Cost for CEUs:



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


Certificates: Course completion 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: Pact is not in a position to offer refunds due to non-attendance. If you are unable to attend, you may notify Pact no less than three business days in advance and will be permitted to choose another comparable workshop within the next calendar year.


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:

$45 per person non-member

Special price 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.