Accredited by RACGP and ACRRM

This webinar is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is suitable for all mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, general practitioners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. 

Webinar overview and learning objectives

This webinar features an interdisciplinary panel of experts and is facilitated by psychologist Dr Lyn O'Grady.  It focuses on a fictional case study of 73-year-old Jim, who has been married to Mary for 40 years and only recently discovered that she gave birth, at 17 years of age, to a child who was forcibly removed.  Jim is struggling with this - he is concerned for his wife but also has started to question their relationship, as this new knowledge starts to make an impact.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • outline the main impacts of past forced adoption experiences on the range of people affected by forced adoption, including partners, siblings, extended family
  • describe the core principles of best practice when working with people affected by forced adoption and their families
  • identify ways to integrate the core best practice principles into day-to-day interactions with clients and as part of practitioners' overarching service provision.

View the webinar recording below and complete the self-directed learning record.


More information about the panellists is available here.

Jenny Conrick
Social worker and Counselling Program Co-ordinator, VANISH

Tony McHugh

Facilitator: Dr. Lyn O'Grady
Community psychologist