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Schedule of Training Sessions and Events


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September 2017

UCONN Adoption Assistance Program Presents:  Clinical Training Series – Sensory Processing.   Presenter: Advanced Therapy Solutions, Marie Mancini and Melissa Broxton.  Monday, September 11, 2017.  9:30am-12:30pm.  Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St. New Britain, CT. Contact Karen Annis at kannis@uchc.edu for more information.

SPED CT Presents: 12 Week Intensive Training for Parents and Professionals.   Presenter:  SPED CT.  Seminars focus on all aspects of Special Education, including how to ask for services, what to expect from testing and how to interpret results, strategies for understanding the IEP, and how to work collaboratively with the school district.  Classes are held every Tuesday beginning September 12, 2017 at 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT.  Visit www.SpEdConnecticut.org or call 860-560-1711 for additional information.

CT Council on Adoption Presents:  “Resilience” movie screening.  Please join us in viewing this documentary about Adverse Childhood Experiences.  Dr. Alice Forrester, Director at Clifford Beers Clinic and Kathleen Callahan, Trauma and Gender Coordinator for the CT Women’s Consortium, will be speakers.  Thursday, September 21, 2017; 10am-12pm at CAFAF, 2189 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill.  Please register by emailing susanm@afth.org.  Space is limited and registration is open until September 19.

October 2017

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Presents:  Adoption:  Identity Through the Lens of Experience.  Please join us for an experiential workshop which features a screening of the short documentary, “Six Word Adoption Memoir 2017” and a workshop on adoption identity.  Adoptive parents, foster parents, adoptees and birth parents are welcome to attend this special viewing that is sure to assist you in your own adoption journey. A post film panel discussion with co-directors Derek Frank, MFA and Ridghaus, JD, MA and other adoptees talk about their experiences with identity formation and will answer questions to conclude the evening.    Friday, October 6, 2017; 7-9pm at UUA, 24 Farnsworth, Boston, MA.  NASW approved 2 CEU’s which are included in registration.  Please register by emailing emcewanseavey@gmail.com or learn more at http://www.facebook.com/5wamproject/.

Touched By Adoption Presents:  Teen Adoption Group (TAG) for youth in high school.  The group provides a time for teens to develop mutual support around the unique issues adolescent adoptees face. It offers an opportunity to meet other adoptees from Fairfield County and to learn about their journeys. Members will be able to use their creativity to educate people about adoption. It provides a safe place to ask questions and share thoughts in a judgment-free place and for adoptees to feel less alone. Groups will meet one Saturday per month from 10:30 to noon. Your teen is invited to come to a free, introductory get together on Saturday, October 21 from 10:30 – 11:30.  Snacks will be served. If your teen is interested, email us at tbadoption@optonline.net to set up a time to talk more about the group and determine whether it is a good fit for your teen. (If they are working with a therapist, we will need a release to talk with him/her.).  Group will meet at 2 Lincoln Street, Westport.

November 2017

Connecticut Council on Adoption Presents:  Annual Conference:  Adoption Today.  Navigating Complexities in Family Relationships and Broader Society.  Presenter:  Harold D. Grotevant, PhD.  This training addresses the adoption of children across racial, ethnic and cultural lines in the context of family and community; as well as how adoptive family members navigate contact between members of the child’s adoptive and birth families within the contexts of domestic, foster care, and international adotpions from placement into young adulthood.  Friday, November 9, 2017.   Fantasia, North Haven.    Register here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adoption-today-navigating-complexities-in-family-relationships-society-tickets-37946638417

UCONN Adoption Assistance Program Presents:  Probate Court.   Presenter; Amy Benjamin, CT Probate Courts.  Monday, November 6, 2017; 9:30am-12:30pm. Klingberg Family Centers (Main Building), 370 Linwood Street, New Britain, CT.  Contact Karen Annis, kannis@uchc.edu to register.


December 10, 2017:  Adoptees and the College Admission Process.  Presented by Touched By Adoption. 1:00 – 3:00 pm The Vestry Room, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 55 Myrtle Avenue, Westport.