Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Training and Education for Adoption Therapy Competence:Preface
Training and education for adoption therapy competence: Preface

The greatest obstacles in finding solutions to the basic psychological dilemmasmembers of the adoption triad often face is the level of awareness the academicand professional communities have about issues of adoption and how it affectsthese individuals in fundamental ways. In this part, we have included a seriesof chapters geared at examining issues of training and education in adoption. Itstarts off with a discussion of a therapy model by Pavao in her chapter“Variations in Clinical Issues for Children Adopted as Infants and ThoseAdopted as Older Children.” It is a “brief long-term therapymodel” that allows for all the basic challenges affecting the adoptiontriad to become essential components of the treatment intervention. It is ...

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