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.

Chapter 19: Counseling Adoption Triad Members: Making a Case forAdoption Training for Counselors and Clinical Psychologists

Counseling Adoption Triad Members: Making a Case forAdoption Training for Counselors and Clinical Psychologists

Counseling adoption triad members: Making a case for adoption training forcounselors and clinical psychologists

Adoption challenges us to clarify our meaning of family. In doing so, it raisesimportant social and emotional questions: Who constitutes a family? How do wedefine family roles and family bonds? How important are genetic and phenotypicalfactors in our family relationships and our identities? Historically, thesequestions were all but dismissed for adoptive families in furtherance of amutually beneficial view of adoption in which children got the families theyneeded and parents got the children they wanted. Over time, it has become clearthat the experience of adoption can be a complicated emotional experience forall members of the adoption triad (the adoptee, ...

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