• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lynne A Kellner, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Tammy Linseisen, ACSW, LCSW
Item#: B4153
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)

Adoptive Families: Trends and Therapeutic Interventions

Price $29.95
Item # B4153
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

When considering adoption of a child, prospective parents face many questions. How old would they like the child to be? Do they have the financial resources to use an adoption agency? Do they have the emotional resources to handle a child with special needs? Will they want contact with the birth parents? Do they face discrimination in adopting a child because they are unmarried or because they are gay or lesbian? Should they consider transcultural adoption? Adoptive families may seek healthcare services for help in answering these questions and in resolving issues that arise after adoption. Adoptive children typically struggle with feelings of abandonment and rejection by their birth parents and have questions about their identities and family memberships. Clinicians need to understand the issues that affect such families, particularly issues associated with attachment patterns. 

This basic-level course provides a historical overview of adoption trends in the United States and discusses various options for families considering adoption, including international and intercultural adoption. Designed for social workers and behavioral health professionals who work with the pediatric, family, and mental health populations, the course offers the clinician a framework for working with adoptive families and reviews common issues that may arise in treatment.

Participants will receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the evolution of current trends underlying adoption in the United States. 
  • Identify different types of adoptions. 
  • Explain the challenges of special needs, interracial, and intercountry adoptions. 
  • Explain the developmental considerations that may affect the adopted person and his or her parents. 
  • Describe ways in which the mental health practitioner can assist adoptive families. 
Lynne A. Kellner, PhD, received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology in 1994 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist with both domestic and international adoptive families with a focus on children who experienced significant preadoptive trauma. Currently Dr. Kellner is a professor of behavioral sciences at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, teaching in the human services and graduate counseling programs.
Tammy Linseisen, ACSW, LCSW, is a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas School of Social Work. Professor Linseisen has worked with severely emotionally disturbed youth and their families for more than twenty years. Her work has included child, adolescent, and family treatment in both psychiatric and residential facilities and extensive work with foster care and adoption. Dr. Linseisen has provided invited testimony to the Texas legislature regarding child welfare reform and consults statewide on issues related to attachment. She was honored with the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas School of Social Work in 2008.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.