UPCOMING TRAININGS:

*Webinar: The 7 Core Struggles in Adoption: Understanding & Supporting Your Adoptive Child’s Needs ~ Presented by The Nevada Adoption Exchange

Gain a deeper understanding of the 7 core struggles commonly experienced by adopted youth, including exploration of how these struggles may impact their decision-making processes, behavior, relationships & self-esteem throughout the lifespan. Learn how to support adoptees by guiding them to utilize the potential benefits within these struggles & developing parenting strategies that help them thrive. This webinar will also include information about how the COVID-19 pandemic may influence the 7 core struggles. This webinar will be a 7-week series, presented on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-10:30AM MDT:
  • April 22: Loss/Abandonment
  • April 29: Rejection
  • May 6: Guilt/Shame
  • May 13: Grief
  • May 20: Identity
  • May 27: Intimacy
  • June 3: Control

*Webinar: Supporting Adoptee Strengths & Struggles During COVID-19 ~ Presented by Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families ~ May 16, 2020 @ 10:oo-11:00AM MDT

Explore the unique ways adoptees are being affected by COVID-19 & social distancing measures, guided by The Seven Core Struggles & Maslow’s Hierarchy. Learn how the pandemic may activate strengths & struggles for adoptees & develop strategies to offer support as a caregiver, both during the crisis & after the return to a “new normal.” A link to the recorded webinar will be emailed to all registrants within 24 hours of live air & available for at least 60 days.

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.

Books from Beyond Words Psychological


“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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