Our intensive sessions provide a deeper dive into two important topics in the field of adoption. These sessions will be held Wednesday morning from 8-11:30 am before the official conference kick-off and are a separate event.  Lunch will be provided for Intensive participants. You may add the Intensive Training on to your conference registration or sign up for them without attending the conference. CE credit is available. Visit our sponsorship opportunities page to learn more about sponsoring our intensive sessions!


Intensive Registration is only available through June 19th.  No on-site registration will be permitted. 


Leadership Intensive, Equalizing Your Anchor System: Life Lessons in Leadership with Wayne Deveydt

This workshop will provide a great opportunity for management level adoption professionals to learn from our management expert on topics like: 

        Balancing Work and Life

           -- Getting to know Wayne and his varied experience and expertise

           -- Considering values and consequences and the impact they have on your leadership


        Making the Most of Your Resources

           -- Understanding and Implementing Decisions You Won’t Regret

           -- Managing and prioritizing funds and resources

        Managing in an Evolving Environment

           -- Inspiring your team

           -- Avoiding burnout

           -- Team Dynamics: Advancing Strengths and Balancing needs


Medical Intensive

Four medical experts will provide expertise that will help adoption practitioners better understand and support the medical situations faced by the children, expectant parents, and families they serve.  

          The Impact of "Being Adopted" on Lifespan Attachments and the Therapeutic Task, Dr. Jonathan Mason

A powerful and moving portrayal of adoptive stories, drawing on intimate interviews from 42 psychotherapists who have been adopted in the United Kingdom. It brings to life the voices of these therapists, painting richly complex and interwoven stories of pain, longing, false self hoods, conquering, closeness, despair and joy. This presentation helps its audience to think about the impact of what Nancy Verrier Newton called 'The Primal Wound' - that is the wound of separation from birth mother- on the psyche and internal working model. It examines lifespan attachments through differing development stages from 5 to adult and the potential connections with early attachment. This is told through the words of the collective adopted with a further and important focus on what healing, if at all, was needed for them

          Outcomes of Prenatal Opioid Exposure, Dr. Emily Todd

The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Unfortunately our nation’s children are not immune to threat of opioid exposure and dependence. In this workshop we will explore the fetal, perinatal and long term effects of prenatal opioid exposure. Focus will be on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome as well as neurodevelopmental outcomes for children who are prenatally exposed to opioids.

          Whole-Hearted, Whole-Brain Parenting: A Must for Adopted Children Impacted by Trauma, Tiffany Junker

So many children who are adopted come to their families through grief, loss and early childhood trauma. Parents must be taught and empowered to use strategies that are both Whole-Hearted and Whole-Brained. In this workshop, led by an experienced adoptive parent, professionals who coach and support parents will explore the importance of modeling vulnerability and empathy, and strategies that nurture healthy brain development to build resiliency and promote healing in attachment-impaired, traumatized children.

          The Problem with RAD as a Diagnosis and Why Attachment Strategies Fail, Brooke Randolph and Jodi Haywood

Rather than a single diagnosis, attachment is a spectrum disorder with only the most severe cases qualifying for Reactive Attachment Disorder. Trust has to come before attachment and many "attachment strategies" fail because they are about power rather than trust. Parents and professionals can have some skepticism about diagnoses and consider other factors that may be contributing. Participants will be able to: (1) Describe the attachment process and how this is changed by adoption; (2) Explain the attachment spectrum; (3) Analyze attachment strategies for effectiveness and therapeutic value; (4) Name at least two other avenues of exploration that may be contributing to family struggles.

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