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#20200923 – WEBINAR: Navigating the Teen Years as an Adoptive Parent: Walking Alongside Your Teen in Search of Identity, Independence, Self Control and an Understanding of the Adolescent Chapter of Developmental Trauma




(September 2020) Adolescence is a time of push-pull, in demanding independence then resuming rituals of childhood, in exploring identity apart from family and also rigidly seeking to conform.  Adopted adolescence face all this with the complication of also rethinking the impact of their adopted status on self and on being a member of your family. This webinar highlights classic developmental dynamics, joys and struggles of parenting a teen, with a specific eye to what strategies aid you as an adoptive parent.  Practical ideas will be offered to hold your relationship with your teens as they test and cling, sometimes to extreme levels. Participants will reflect on their own evolving job description as a parent raising a child with early relational ruptures now facing adulthood, in order to approach this time of life with humor, compassion and grace.

Krista Nelson, LICSW, LMFT has thirty years of post-master’s experience working with children and parents who are coping with attachment loss, trauma and family changes, especially with youth who entered a family through adoption.  She is co-founder of Family Circle Counseling in St. Paul, MN and led the Wilder Foundation’s Attachment and Trauma Training program in St. Paul from 2001 to 2017.  She co-created Surviving and Thriving Beyond the RAD Diagnosis in 2008 and continues to facilitate adoptive parents in experiential workshops across Minnesota.   Krista is an attachment focused family therapist with advanced training in EMDR, Theraplay, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy who loves the balance of doing therapy with playful children, teens, adult adoptees, parents and couples in their quest for healing. She specializes in work with adult adoptees and adoptive parents with their own trauma histories now raising children of their own.

Watch time: 92 minutes

Eligible Certificate of Completion time: 90 minutes

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