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Working with people affected by forced adoption: training for mental health professionals

Event number: 16082
8 CPD hours
Online/eLearning

This 8-hour course gives a brief overview of the past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia, and suggests frameworks and principles to guide clinical work and the development of effective therapeutic relationships. 

It is designed to support mental health professionals who are currently working or plan to work to support the mental health needs of people affected by forced adoption, including mothers, adopted people, fathers and their families.  It is funded by The Department of Health for all mental health and community professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

Mental health professionals can claim Continued Professional Development (CPD) points by completing this course.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Improved awareness and understanding about past forced adoption practices in Australia and the impact on individuals and their families.
  • Improved understanding of some of the key considerations for conducting an assessment and developing a formulation and treatment plan with mothers, fathers, adopted people and their families and how to apply these skills.
  • Improved understanding of how to build and maintain an effective therapeutic relationship with mothers, fathers, adopted people and their families.
  • The ability to identify and understand the range of emotions surrounding the search process and the factors that are likely to motivate or interfere with searching.
  • Improved understanding of some of the key issues that may arise throughout the process of contact and ‘reunion,’ including the range of possible outcomes and factors that influence these outcomes.
  • Improved skills and knowledge required to support people emotionally and provide practical assistance to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices to negotiate the search, contact and ‘reunion’ process.

Course modules

  • Understanding past forced adoption policies and practices (1 hr)
  • A clinical framework for working with individuals (1.5 hrs)
  • Working with mothers (1.5 hrs)
  • Working with fathers (1.5 hrs)
  • Working with adopted people (1.5 hrs)
  • The search, contact and reunion process (1 hr)

Practice guidance, webinars and supporting resources

Practice guidance: a guidance document that complements the training and provide evidence-based approaches for working with people affected by forced adoption is available for download here.

Additionally, once you have completed at least one module of this course, you will be able to access the following supporting resources to guide your practice:

  • Webinar recordings: recordings of forced adoption training webinars created to help professionals to support people affected by forced adoption
  • Supporting resources: fact sheets and other resources to support professionals working with people affected by forced adoption

Accessing related courses

This course is part of the national online training program called “Understanding and supporting people affected by forced adoption: Training for health professionals”.

Online registration

Cost

Free for the following professions:
APS Members
Psychologists (Non APS Member)
General Practitioners (GP)
Psychiatrists
Social Workers
Mental Health Nurses
Occupational Therapists
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers
Counsellors
Therapists
Other professions $250.00

Organiser

Contact APS Institute
03 8662 3300