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Trauma and Loss in Adoptees: Exploring and Healing the “Primal Wound”

The life of an adoptee begins with elements of loss and often trauma. Therapists have the task of guiding and supporting their clients as they confront these unique challenges which can create many complex issues in attachment, regulation, and behaviors. These issues can leave adoptive parents feeling overwhelmed and sometimes hopeless.

Therapists benefit from engaging both their clients and parents in understanding the injury and grief resulting from adoption. This workshop will assist therapists in identifying and addressing themes of attachment, loss and trauma that are present in adopted children/adolescents and adults. The developmental stages in adoption in addition to adoption related shame and dissociation and will be discussed.

Therapists will also learn tools for assisting parents in maintaining hope and nurturing resilience for themselves and their adopted child/children.

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