This webinar is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and is suitable for all mental health professionals, including counsellors, therapists, case workers, 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 about 46-year-old Liz, whose recent discovery of a mole leads to questions about her genetic history.  Liz was adopted as a baby and has no knowledge of her parents or broader family. She has faced many barriers in attempting to get information about her parents, and has found it to be "an emotional rollercoaster".

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

  • outline some of the main impacts of past forced adoption policies and practices on adopted people
  • describe the core prinicples of best practice when working with adopted people 
  • identify ways to integrate these core principles into day-to-day interactions with clients and as part of practitioners' overarching service provision

The recording is available for viewing below.  If you would like to claim CPD points, you can complete the self-directed learning record after viewing the webinar.


Dr Cate Howell
General Practitioner

Trevor Jordan
President, Jigsaw Queensland

Facilitator: Dr. Lyn O'Grady
Community psychologist

More information about the panellists is available here.