*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)

*November 5, 2019 @ 12:00-1:30PM (MST) ~ Back by popular demand! 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. Available live & recorded: All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar within 24 hours of live air. $25 (non-refundable); registration closes 11/4 @ 5:00PM (MST).

*November 16, 2019 @ 8:30-10:00PM (MST) ~ Online Discussion Group: Exclusive for Adult Adoptees ~ Join Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker for an evening of live online discussion about the prompts posed in “The Adoptee Self-Reflection Journal” – explore thoughts & emotions, validate lived experiences, & share what the prompts meant to & for you in a safe space among other adopted individuals. This discussion group is for adopted individuals ages 18+ only. The group will only be available live (not recorded). A journal must be purchased by Nov. 1st to receive an invitation link to join the complimentary discussion group. If you have previously purchased a journal, email info@growbeyondwords.com with a request to join the discussion & the name on your purchase order to receive a complimentary invitation link. To purchase a journal, scroll to “Books & Videos” below.

*January 31, 2020 @ 11:00AM-12:30PM (MST)/12:00-1:30PM (CST) ~ MNAdopt Webinar: Strategies to Support Positive Racial Identity Development in Transracial Adoption ~ Learn strategies to support transracial adoptees of color as they navigate the development of their racial identity in childhood, the teen years, and young adulthood. Gain a deeper understanding of the complex “in-between” world of transracial adoptees, including the influence of language, culture, racial mirrors, and true diversity on their identity development. Considerations and tools for discussing and responding to various forms of racism in empowered ways will be shared. CLICK TO REGISTER


“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