Counselors

How do I talk to my child about adoption

Addressing the adopted child’s past is the key to helping them move towards a bright future.

“I Feel Like I’m Waiting to Love My Son"

I love the show “Parenthood”. I love the characters, the family dynamics, the twists and turns of inter-weaving inter-generational lives playing out themes of marriage, raising kids, inter-racial families, and more recently, the adoption of a school-aged child.

Dyadic Development Psychotherapy Class for Therapists and Social Workers

Spence-Chapin is hosting a four-day training, geared for therapists and social workers,  in the treatment of children with trauma-attachment problems. Early deprivation, neglect, abuse, significant early health problems and hospitalizations, repeated moves, or more than one year in an orphanage can create attachment problems that require specialized treatment. This workshop, led by Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman, will provide therapists and other professionals with an opportunity to learn and practice effective treatment methods for trauma-attachment disordered children.

Attendees will earn a Certificate of Attendance for 34 CEUs. Learn more at www.spence-chapin.org/dyadicdevelopment .

Adoption, Genetics and Schools

Teaching Genetics in an Adoptive World was the topic of Lisa Belkin's recent New York Times Motherlode blog. "A staple of elementary-school science classes across the country," it is an assignment dreaded by adoptive parents who do not want their child to feel left out or different. Many of the comments from readers expressed the feeling that parents should step in and provide education to the schools both about the problem and possible solutions. A New York City reader posted that Spence-Chapin had been invited to her child's school and given all the teachers training.