Upcoming 2022 Webinars in the
Expert Voices in Adoption Series

Transforming Trauma: Rewire Your Brain for Resilience and Joy
Speaker: Lesli Johnson, LMFT
Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 12PM-1PM-MST
Register here

The Unrecognized Developmental Trauma of Early Relinquishment in Adoption
Speaker: Meggin Nam Holtz, LMSW
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 6PM-7PM-MST
Register here

This is Why I Was Adopted: Navigating Loss on a Journey Toward Hope
Speaker: Cam Lee Small, LPCC
Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 11:30AM-12:30PM-MDT
Register here



Webinar Details

Transforming Trauma: Rewire Your Brain for Resilience and Joy
Adoptee Presenter: Lesli Johnson, LMFT
Friday, January 21, 2022 @ 12PM-1PM-MST
Register here

Lesli will share ways adoptees, first parents and adoptive parents/caregivers can work with difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions and nurture resilience, healing and well-being. She will also share ways that adoption professionals can best collaborate with their clients to achieve wellness. Lesli’s presentation will include multiple ways to work through trauma including traditional talk therapy, journaling, art, finding community, yoga practice, mindfulness, EMDR, Brainspotting, parts work, group therapy and more. Lesli will share professional cases of working with adoption-related trauma using EMDR, and Brainspotting and what has helped her personally in her healing journey. Lesli will end the session with a group resourcing exercise/meditation.

Lesli JohnsonLesli Johnson, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Coach specializing in adoption and related issues. Her clients include all members of the adoption and foster care community: adoptees, adoptive parents, waiting parents, birth/first parents, foster parents and families. An adoptee herself, Lesli’s personal experience allows her to connect with this community in a unique way. Lesli is a certified EMDR therapist and trained in Brainspotting and the Trauma Resiliency Model. In addition to her work in private practice, Lesli facilitates virtual healing courses, adoption support groups and consults on film, television and creative projects that have adoption related themes. Learn more about Lesli’s work at www.askadoption.com Insta: @askadoption FB: @askadoption Twitter: @LesliAJohnson.



The Unrecognized Developmental Trauma of Early Relinquishment in Adoption
Adoptee Presenter: Meggin Nam Holtz, LMSW
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 6PM-7PM-MST
Register here

Contrary to conventional beliefs and attitudes that a baby will not remember or be affected by early life experiences, the neurological impacts of stress in very early life such as relinquishment should be re-framed, acknowledged, and understood as a form of developmental trauma. Examination of neurological, attachment, and developmentally positive outcomes attained through maintaining physical interactions between mothers and their infants during the first hours and days of infant life sheds light on what is missed if a separation occurs.

Meggin Nam HoltzMeggin Nam Holtz, LMSW, is a Korean adoptee. Nam has been involved in adoption advocacy, awareness, and support for over a decade. Her award-winning documentary film, “Found in Korea,” about birth search, country of origin travel, identity, and adoption was created to serve as a catalyst for conversations about adoption among youth and adults. She served as the Teen Mentor facilitator at “All Together Now,” a support group for adoptees and their families, and holds an MSW with a focus in Child and Adolescent Trauma. Nam currently provides psychotherapy to TRA’s, and continues macro work towards adoption reform and education. Learn more about Meggin’s work at http://adoptioninformed.com; www.foundinkorea.com; #foundinkorea.



This is Why I Was Adopted: Navigating Loss on a Journey Toward Hope
Adoptee Presenter: Cam Lee Small, LPCC
Thursday, March 24, 2022 @ 11:30AM-12:30PM-MDT
Register here

 “What could a de-railed reunion in Korea teach me about grief and healing?” This is a live, interactive, adoption-informed and adoptee-centered workshop for clinicians, consultants, therapists, counselors, child-welfare workers and family members in the adoption community. Cam walks staff and parents though his personal search for his mother in Korea; a curriculum based on his recently published book This is Why I Was Adopted.

Cam Lee SmallCam Lee Small has been working to raise consciousness about faith, child welfare, and mental health since 2012, after meeting his biological mother in Korea. Trans-racially adopted and founder of Therapy Redeemed, he holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed professional clinical counselor. Cam is PACC certified, and registered as an accredited service provider through TAC via Center for Adoption Support and Education. He is also a vetted clinician with MN ADOPT. He provides therapy services online from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and family. Find Cam’s adoption-related dialogue on instagram at @therapyredeemed.



Join the Beyond Words mailing list to be the first to learn about new adoption resources from Dr. Chaitra Wirta-Leiker