UPCOMING TRAININGS:

October 20, 2020 @ 5:30-7:00PM MDT – Webinar Training for Prospective Adoptive Parents: Transracial Adoption & Multiracial Families ~ Hosted by Lutheran Family Services of the Rocky Mountains (private event)

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October 23, 2020 @ 10:15-11:15AM MDT – Bringing Race Into the Room: Meeting Student Needs as an Educator ~ Hosted by Englewood School District – Assistant Principals & Instructional Coaches (private event)

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November 9, 2020 @ 6:00-7:00PM MST – Virtual Panel: Transracial Adoption + Anti-Racism ~ Hosted by Be the Bridge – What does an anti-racist approach to transracial adoption look like? Learn how to identify and help eliminate racism in adoption through working toward change in systems and policies, as well as in practices and attitudes that perpetuate racism. Panel members include adult adoptees Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker, Isaac Etter and Tiffany Henness.

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November 15, 2020 @ 12:00-1:30PM MST – Virtual Panel: Who We Are: Adoptees as Adoptive Parents ~ Hosted by AdopteeBridge – Listen to the experiences of adoptees who are also adoptive parents! How have their adoption experiences impacted their parenting? What are their feelings towards adoption? Come listen as they answer these questions and share their stories. There will also be time for questions at the end. Panel members include adult adoptees Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker, Kelli Caldwell, Brandi Ebersole, and Miguel. Open to adoptees, adoptive family members, adoption professionals, and the general public.

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. PURCHASE LINK BELOW IN DROP-DOWN MENU.


“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!

Books from Beyond Words Psychological

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“Videos & Recorded Webinars for Parents”

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

  • 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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