UPCOMING TRAININGS:

*September 27, 2019 @ 12:00-1:30PM (MDT) ~ Webinar: Bonding, Boundaries & Battles: Finding the Balance of Attachment-Focused Discipline in Adoption

Discover how brain development, implicit memories & the “6 F’s” (Fight, Flight, Freeze, Friend, Fidget, Flop) influence your adoptive child’s reactions to various methods of discipline. Learn compassionate & effective strategies for limit-setting & consequences that simultaneously enhance healthy attachment patterns in the parent-child relationship.


*October 10, 2019 @ 6:00-7:30PM (MDT) ~ The Seven Core Struggles of Adoption @ Denver Academy Adoptive Parent Support Group (private event)

*October 19, 2019 @ 9:15-10:45AM (MDT) ~ Adoption as a Lifelong Journey: Seven Core Struggles & Transracial Parenting @ Hope’s Promise (private event)

BOOKS & VIDEOS:

“The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal”
Journal-Writing Prompts for Adopted Teens & Adults

This journal is for every adoptee who seeks to self-reflect and better understand their adoption journey, identity, and experiences. Over 50 prompts are included to guide exploration on a number of topics, including chapters entitled “In the Beginning,” “Beliefs,” “Wishes and What If’s,” “Relationships,” “Boundaries,” “The Media,” and more.

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“EMPOWRD! Ways to Respond to Adoption Questions”
Activity Book for Elementary-Age Kids

Learn about and practice six simple and effective strategies for responding to other people’s adoption questions in this fun activity book – developed by an adoptee, for adoptees!

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“Videos & Recorded Webinars for Parents”

View the following videos & recorded webinars from Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker’s unique “trifecta perspective” as a psychologist, adoptee & adoptive parent:

  • Talking to Your Child’s Teacher About Inclusive Family Trees
  • How Trauma Impacts the Adoptee Brain: Implicit Memories & the 6 F’s
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Transitions & Separation Anxiety
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Homework Headaches
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Rages & Aggression
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Lying, Stealing & Hoarding
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Argumentative & Oppositional
  • Responding to Trauma Reactions: Bedtime Struggles
  • Creative Discipline Strategies that Build Healthy Attachment
  • The Best Ways to Handle Bullying at School
  • The Mixed Emotions of Adoption Anniversaries, Birthdays & Holidays
  • EMPOWRD! Ways to Respond to Adoption Questions
  • Emotional Preparedness for Homeland Visits
  • Name Changes in Adoption
  • Screening for an Adoption-Competent Therapist
  • How to Help a Child Narrate Their Adoption Story
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Abuse/Neglect/DV
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Substance Abuse
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Product of Rape/Prostitution
  • How to Talk About Difficult Birth Histories: Human Trafficking
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: Understanding the Lingo & System
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: Recognizing Microaggressions
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: How to Respond to Your Child After Negative Racial Incidents
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: S.H.A.R.E.D. Responses to Racism
  • Privilege, Racism & Oppression 101: Racial Mirrors, Maslow’s Hierarchy & The Cultural Iceberg
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Loss
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Rejection
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Guilt/Shame
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Grief
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Identity
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Intimacy
  • 7 Core Struggles of Adoptees Throughout the Lifespan: Control
  • Understanding & Responding to Adoption Trauma
  • Talking to Transracially Adoptive Kids About Race & Racism

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