Pact Camp

You knew us by a different name!
Pact's Annual Spring Training Conference

California Adoption Conference
Same great training, new name.


Professional Training
Groundbreaking Interventions for Working with Traumatized Children, Teens & Families in Foster Care & Adoption
This interactive workshop is designed to familiarize professionals with new and imaginative ways for working with traumatized children in foster care and adoption and their families. Participants will be provided with a wide variety of attachment and trauma informed play-based methodologies and interventions that have proven successful in working with children over the age of five in foster care and adoption. There will be structured treatment activities, examples, and a detailed handout explaining the goals of treatment, materials needed, and the "how to" approach for each methodology.

Friday March 18th, 2016
8:30-3:00 pm
(5 CEU hours available)
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Oakland, CA

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California Adoption Conference
Same great training, new name.

All Welcome

for: birth parents • adoptive parents • foster parents • adoptees/foster alums • siblings • extended family • professionals, including social workers, therapists, psychologists, teachers and advocates

Over 20 practical workshops, lunch and keynote address


KEYNOTE ADDRESS Exploring Feelings about Adoption with Children

A challenge to our understanding of children's feelings about adoption is lack of accurate and complete knowledge of how a child "internalizes their story." Keynote speaker Jeanette Yoffe's current work is aimed at helping families stay attuned to "the inner life" of their child's narrative. When this is done well, the child feels acknowledged, heard, and validated, which instills meaning, purpose, and love.

Saturday March 19th, 2016
8:30-4:30 pm
St. Paul's School
Oakland, CA

Click here for the speaker profiles (1.8MB | )

Click for descriptions of the workshop sessions (274KB | )

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Jeanette Yoffe, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist at the Celia Center (celicacenter.org). She specializes in treating psychological and emotional challenges related to adoption and/or foster care. She performs intervention trainings for adoptees, foster and adoptive parents, psychotherapists and social workers as well as monthly support groups called Adopt Salon. Her passion for her work stems from her own experience growing up in foster care and being adopted at the age of seven and a half. She is author of the book Groundbreaking Interventions. Jeanette is adopted herself, her birth mother is Argentinian and her birth father is Irish; she was raised by Jewish adoptive parents.

To help support the education and participation of first/birth parents (women and men who have a child born to them that was placed for adoption, either by their choice or not), we have created a scholarship fund to help pay for the registration fees when such a need exists. First/birth parents wanting to attend the conference please register here.

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