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Adoption-Specific Therapy in Practice, DVD

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With Jill Waterman, PhD

Closed Captioned
Running Time: more than 100 minutes
Copyright: 2018


The process for adopting children, especially older children, can often bring a mix of feelings for both parents and child: happiness, anxiety, confusion, sadness and loss, and children may experience significant behavioral and emotional distress. Adoptive families can be helped by adoption-specific therapy that takes into account the child's past trauma and placement history, recognizing that current behavioral issues may have been adaptive in a previous traumatic, chaotic, or neglectful context.

In this program, Dr. Jill Waterman demonstrates the initial parent session of ADAPT, a manualized therapeutic approach that combines evidence-based treatments for children and families with best practices from the attachment and adoption literature. In ADAPT, both parents and children are seen for treatment individually and jointly.

In this video, Dr. Waterman demonstrates this approach with a young mother who has a 5-year-old adopted son.

ADAPT: Adoption-specific psychotherapy is a manualized treatment of about 24 sessions intended to help adopted children and their families by combining what we know about evidence-based treatments for children and families with the lens of the child's history and adoption dynamics culled from best practices and the adoption literature.

To best serve adopted children, especially those most at risk for serious behavioral and emotional distress, a treatment protocol that uses a trauma-informed adoption lens, and addresses behavioral, developmental, and attachment-related concerns while building on the child's natural resilience, coping, and competence is most useful.

These are some basic principles that underlie this approach to working with adopted children and their families:

Adoptive families face unique challenges inherent in adoption and different from those in birth families.Adoption and reactions to it are not pathological. Loss is unique and pervasive in all adoption adjustment.Children must grieve their losses to form healthy new attachments.Adoptive parents need to respect and honor the child's previous attachments; children should not be asked to forget.Parents need to understand their child and the child's behavior in light of their previous history.Talking about adoption is positive and creates a healthy adjustment.Adoption is processed within a developmental framework.Adopted children need to feel accepted for who they are, with help in finding their own unique strengths.Adoptive families need all available information on the child.Children have the right to all information about themselves and their past, including difficult information, as is developmentally appropriate.


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