June 12, 2019
Old Dutch Church
272 Wall Street Kingston, NY 12401
AGAPE – Hudson Valley
For Parents and the Professionals
This workshop covers the basics of communication with children (through age 12) to help them understand their adoption story.
Participants will learn:
- what children understand about adoption at different developmental stages;
- how this knowledge provides parents with a guide for when, how and what to share with their children at different ages, including information that parents perceive to be difficult, negative, or painful;
- engaging birth family members in this process in open adoptions, and
- children’s comprehension of how other people in their lives perceive adoption.
Practical advice is offered to help parents anticipate their children’s questions and concerns and learn effective, appropriate ways of responding. Participants also learn how to use C.A.S.E.’s unique card game, 52 Ways to Talk about Adoption to promote family adoption discussion.
About the Presenter
Elizabeth Emen earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont. Liz has experience in a variety of roles providing support and services to families touched by foster care and adoption, including clinical experience providing individual, family/couples and group psychotherapy. In addition to being an Adoption-Competent Therapist, Liz has specialized training and experience around issues of loss and grief, providing trauma recovery and empowerment, counseling multicultural populations, and working with adolescents. Liz incorporates her specialized training to provide therapy that integrates a variety of modalities from a humanistic and strengths based lens, including cognitive behavioral and expressive therapy interventions, Play Therapy, Theraplay, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Pizza and refreshments will be served. Childcare is available with advance registration.
Wednesday, 6/12, 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Old Dutch Church located at 272 Wall Street in Kingston.