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First Friday Forum: Clinical Issues in Adoption Through the Lifespan
Friday, June 05, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: Webinar

First Friday Forum Webinar:
Clinical Issues in Adoption Through the Lifespan

Friday, June 5, 2020

This program will be held virtually via Zoom because of safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More details with instruction on how to view the webinar will be sent to all registrants on 6/4.

For Friday Forum technical assistance, please email [email protected] or call Katie Benson at 952-928-4675

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

CE Credit:

This program has been approved for Continuing Education credits by the following:

  • MPA as an approved sponsor of the American Psychological Association
  • Minnesota Board of Social Work

About the Program

The psychological treatment of adoptees is complex and varied across the lifespan. The “whole person in the family” will be reviewed from the perspective of the child, adolescent and adult. Much depends on the early childhood experiences of the adopted person and the environment of the adoptee before and after the adoption. International and transracial adoptees have extra factors that affect their psychological health and well-being. This program will provide a big-picture, broad overview of the psychological stress and mental health issues that affect many adoptees across the lifespan. This program will focus on snapshots of interventions for early childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The underlying assumption is that adoption causes a type of early developmental trauma for the adoptee. This lens allows psychologists to see that adoption affects the person across the lifespan.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the developmental challenges that are common to adoption.
  2. Explain the importance of family cultural competency in families with transracial or international adoptions.
  3. List the ways that adoption is a lifelong process for all members of the adoption triad.
  4. Describe how early development trauma is likely to affect many adoptees.

About the Presenter:

Sharon Stein McNamara, Ed.D., LP, received her Doctor of Education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education and has trained as a developmental psychologist and worked with families in the adoption field since 1993. Dr. Stein McNamara has worked with many adult adoptees struggling with identity issues and helped support them through search and reunion with their biological parents. Dr. Stein McNamara has a special interest in helping adolescent adoptees cope with depression and identity issues.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program has also been approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Registration is now closed.

Click here to view and download a PDF registration flyer.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Registration $45 $65 $15


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.