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Event Details - Working with Loss and Trauma Related to Past and Forced Adoption Practices

Title: Working with Loss and Trauma Related to Past and Forced Adoption Practices
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Day One: for anyone interested in supporting individuals experiencing separation and loss through past and forced adoption practices.

Day One & Two: Counselling individuals experiencing separation and loss through past adoption practices.  (Day One is a prerequisite for Day Two).

Course / Workshop Outline:

Day One learning outcomes:

1.       Recognise the context and impact of past adoption practices.

2.       Engage empathically with individuals separated by adoption.

3.       Identify the effects, loss and possible expressions of grief and trauma.

4.       Provide support to individuals and identify potential resources for healing and growth.

Day Two learning outcomes:

1.       Identify personal and systemic issues related to the complexities of adoption and the effects of grief and trauma.

2.       Draw on a range of counselling and therapeutic approaches to support adaptive recovery.

Work with three unique areas of adoption complexity: the ‘late discovery’ of adoption status, the re-emergence of trauma and grief responses during search and contact and the phenomenon of genetic sexual attraction.


OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Day One and Two combined are designed for Counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers and psychologists who may work with individuals experiencing separation and loss as a result of past and forced adoptin practices and who are registered with a recognised professional association and undertake regular supervision and professional development.

Start/End Date: 11/11/2019 to 12/11/2019
Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Dr Sue Green
Contact Name: Gail Holstock
Contact Phone: 03 9328 8611
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Psychologist and Trainer, B.Beh.Sci., Grad. Dip. Child & Adol. Psych., PhD (Psychology) MAPS, Nationally Registered Mediator (NMAS) and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

This training Manual was written in 2014 by Dr Sue Green and expertly informed by VANISH staff team and VANISH members as well as professionals in related fields. VANISH has now completed the state-wide roll out of the two-day training and has received excellent feedback on the quality of the content and the materials and the effectiveness of the training.  

It is the intention of VANISH to continue to provide training in Victoria to increase the knowledge of professionals of the impact of past and forced adoption practices, and to enhance their skills in referral and treatment.  The manual has been updated to incorporate changes to legislation and new resources.

Address: The National Wool Museum
Address 2: 26 Moorabool St,
Suburb: Geelong
State: VIC
Parking: Street
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): Standard Day One $220. Day One & Two $440.
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Early Bird: Day One $190. Day One & Two $380.  Register before 10 October.

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