Thursday, November 08, 2012

Helping Your Decision to Adopt - Upcoming Webinars

Gladney Center's Taiwan Adoption Program is pleased to host a 2 part webinar with guest speakers Dr. A. Jordan Wright and Dr. Courtney Rennicke on Friday, November 16th beginning at 12:00pm EST.

In international adoption, varying amounts of background and evaluation information are available with respect to any specific child. Where information is available, the information is viewed by prospective adoptive parents as a way to begin understanding a child’s level of emotional and cognitive functioning. In the United States we have seen that psychological testing and therapy can be highly beneficial when working hand in hand, but we have also seen how misdiagnosing or inaccurate descriptions of behaviors and symptoms can lead to incorrect conclusions about a child.
Many adoptive parents considering the adoption of a toddler or older child have questions as they consider the adoption of a specific child:
  • What are his/her strengths and weaknesses?
  • What might be some considerations for educational planning?
  • What would be fair to expect at this point in time?
  • What might his/her needs be in the future?
  • Who can I work with to improve my interactions with him/her?
This two-part webinar series is intended to encourage parents in their adoption decisions by demystifying the role of pre-adoption psychological evaluations and post-adoption family therapy.

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A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP specializes in psychological testing and assessment and is the author of Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners (Wiley, 2011). A diplomate in assessment psychology from the American Board of Assessment Psychology (ABAP) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Assessment Psychology, he has provided assessment services for many years, including psychodiagnostic, cognitive (especially learning disorders and ADHD), emotional, and personality assessment. He has also been on faculty and taught/supervised psychological testing and assessment at Columbia University and is the Director of Training at the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis (NYSEPH).

Dr. Courtney Rennicke is a Columbia University trained clinical psychologist that specializes in treating adopted and foster care children and their families. Dr. Rennicke has been trained extensively in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Dan Hughes, Ph.D. model of attachment-focused family psychotherapy. She is the President and Co-founder of the Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network and Director of Rennicke & Associates, a private psychotherapy group practice in New York City.

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Note that each webinar must be registered for separately.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - Part 1: Understanding Psychological Assessments

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – Part 2: Understanding the Role of Family Therapy in Supporting Healthy Attachment

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