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Working with people affected by forced adoption: training for mental health professionals

8.00 CPD Hours APS Event CPD

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This 8-hour course gives a brief overview of the past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia, and suggests frameworks and principles to guide clinical work and the development of effective therapeutic relationships. 

It is designed to support mental health professionals who are currently working or plan to work to support the mental health needs of people affected by forced adoption, including mothers, adopted people, fathers and their families. 

Mental health professionals can claim Continued Professional Development (CPD) points by completing this course.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Improved awareness and understanding about past forced adoption practices in Australia and the impact on individuals and their families.
  • Improved understanding of some of the key considerations for conducting an assessment and developing a formulation and treatment plan with mothers, fathers, adopted people and their families and how to apply these skills.
  • Improved understanding of how to build and maintain an effective therapeutic relationship with mothers, fathers, adopted people and their families.
  • The ability to identify and understand the range of emotions surrounding the search process and the factors that are likely to motivate or interfere with searching.
  • Improved understanding of some of the key issues that may arise throughout the process of contact and ‘reunion,’ including the range of possible outcomes and factors that influence these outcomes.
  • Improved skills and knowledge required to support people emotionally and provide practical assistance to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices to negotiate the search, contact and ‘reunion’ process.

Course modules

  • Understanding past forced adoption policies and practices (1 hr)
  • A clinical framework for working with individuals (1.5 hrs)
  • Working with mothers (1.5 hrs)
  • Working with fathers (1.5 hrs)
  • Working with adopted people (1.5 hrs)
  • The search, contact and reunion process (1 hr)

Practice guidance, webinars and supporting resources

Once you have completed at least one module of this course, you will be able to access the following supporting resources to guide your practice:

  • Practice guidance: a guidance document that complements the training and provide evidence-based approaches for working with people affected by forced adoption
  • Webinar recordings: recordings of forced adoption training webinars created to help professionals to support people affected by forced adoption
  • Supporting resources: fact sheets and other resources to support professionals working with people affected by forced adoption

What do you need to access this CPD?

The APS Institute recommends that persons considering the online training should read its Online Learning FAQs.



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