Helping children to make sense of adoption
It can be difficult for professionals and carers to explain to children what it means to be adopted. It is even more difficult to share the painful reasons why they entered the care system. However, research tells us that if children are supported with the truth in a sensitive and age appropriate way, they can begin to process and integrate trauma and loss and build trust with new attachment figures. This course will look at ways of helping make sense of adoption and provide professionals with a better understanding of how to assist children adjust to adopted life as well as strategies and approaches to create a better working relationship with the child.
The workshop will explore:
- Why children need information about their past
- The adoption triangle
- Developmental stages at which children can understand adoption
- Adaptive grieving
- Attachment and narrative work.
- Practical ideas to encourage adoption conversations
- Life story books
- Impact of social media
This workshop is suitable for adoption, fostering and children & families social workers.
The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 3.00pm
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.