In our work there is a need for more understanding of complexity of those touched by adoption and their unique relational and inner worlds. The relational worlds and formation of attachment in adoptive families are affected by a variety of factors brought by the adoption process itself. The challenges faced by adoptive families require post-adoption services designed to meet their unique needs. Psychoanalytic work and understanding can provide necessary input in the issues faced by professionals in their work. Understanding the adoption processes from both psychoanalytical and attachment perspectives provides an invaluable approach to address the unique and complex needs of members of adoptive families.
We invite professionals who work currently, have worked in the past, or are interested in working with individuals, parents, and children touched by the entire spectrum of pre-adoption, adoption, or post-adoption situations to join us in this study and discussion group experience.
Study Group Leaders
Michael Blugerman, executive director, Children’s Resource and Consultation Centre of Ontario; president, Ontario Association of Private Adoption Practitioners; vice-president, Association for Teaching and Training in the Attachment of Children
Dagnija Tenne, PhD, president, Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists; private practice in child and adolescent psychotherapy; guest of tps&i
Goals: To learn and share your knowledge and experience with
1. the psychological issues that members of adoptive families face in their relational journey,
2. development of attachment as a basis of adoptive family development,
3. factors resulting from the adoption process itself,
4. multicultural and interracial issues involving adoptive families,
5. integration of dynamics of the intra-psychic, interpersonal and external factors affecting the development of adoptive families in order to
i. expand your professional expertise regarding issues pertaining to adoption
ii. deepen your understanding of the inner worlds of adoptive family members involved in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy process and
iii. create a better understanding of issues of loss and identity.
The study group is intended to proceed in an atmosphere of mutual learning, engaging in exploration of inner worlds of adoptive parents, adoptive child, and the psychotherapist. Every group member is encouraged to contribute in discussions, ask questions, and share thoughts, knowledge, experience, and expertise.
For more information about the tps&i Extension Program, contact email@example.com or call 416-922-7770.
Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2012/2013 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.
Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for psychiatrists, as accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and for family physicians from the College of Family Physicians, are available.