This event will include a morning and afternoon workshop with Andrea Chatwin.
Exceptional Parenting for Adoptive and Foster Families (am)
Whether you are a parent/caregiver through adoption, fostering or raising the child of a relative, you already know that a high level of care giving is required to meet the needs of your child. Children who have been abused, neglected, witnessed violence or have had multiple caregivers have experienced some degree of developmental trauma. These experiences can interfere with the typical course of development for children. Even when previously traumatized children are placed in a safe, loving home, they often continue to respond and behave in ways that were previously adaptive but are no longer necessary. We know that traditional discipline responses are ineffective and often counterproductive for these children.
Through this workshop parents/caregivers begin developing an intervention plan that considers the child’s previous experiences and adaptive responses. They will also learn strategies for effective responding that will increase parent/caregiver-child connection and improve child functioning.
Parenting an Anxious Child: Why It’s Different with Adoptees! (pm)
Research shows that adoptees are more vulnerable than the general population to anxiety and depression and yet often don’t receive the help they need. Parenting a child with anxiety can be a confusing and stressful experience. Often typical interventions don’t seem to work for adoptees and can even make things worse. In this workshop, parents will have an opportunity to reflect on the function of their child’s anxiety and learn more effective ways of responding. Adoptee-sensitive therapeutic interventions for anxiety will be shared, and parents will gain a better understanding of when, and how, to provide the right kind of support for their child.