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Understanding Adoption

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This book, written by a series of authors, outlines a number of clinical considerations when working with children or adults who have been adopted. It also includes chapters that describe some of the difficulties associated with the adoption process. Whether interested in learning about adoption of children from different cultures, gay adoption, or the dynamics issues raised by secrets surrounding the adoption, this book will provide clinicians with insights that will enhance their clinical work.

This course is based on the book, Understanding Adoption created by Diana Siskind, MSW, Sue Sherman, DSW, and Kathleen Hushion, MSW

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Diana Siskind, MSW
Faculty, New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is the author of three books, The Child Patient and the Therapeutic Process (1992); Working with Parents: Establishing the Essential Alliance in Child Psychotherapy and Consultation (1997); and A Primer for Child Psychotherapists (1999). She is in private practice in NYC.
Sue Sherman, DSW
Faculty, Advanced Training Program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. Author of articles on psychoanalytic theory and practice . She is in private practice in NYC.
Kathleen Hushion, MSW
Faculty and Supervisor for IPTAR's Child and Adolescent program. Member, Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). She is in private practice in NYC and Huntington, NY and specializes in international adoption.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially social workers, counselors, psychologists, and nurses who seek knowledge about interventions of dynamics when a child is adopted. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Upon completing this course, the reader will become aware of the implications of adoption for children and families.
  2. Upon completion of this course, the reader will be knowledgeable about the way that adoptive parents unresolved mourning can be transmitted to the adoptive child.
  3. Upon completion of this course, the reader will become aware of the impact of ethnic or sexual diversity on the adoptive process.
  4. Upon completion of this course, the reader will appreciate differing intervention strategies to assist adopted children and their parents.
  5. Upon completion of this course, the reader will learn about issues arising in supervising clinicians working with adopted children and their parents.
  6. Upon completion of this course, the reader will understand the complexity of international adoption for prospective adoptive parents and social service workers.


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Course Creator: Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
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