Relinquishment, Separation, Adoption and the Baby's Experience: A Transdisciplinary Approach

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am AKST
Day 1:
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Day 2:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Day 3:
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Day 4:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Day 5:
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Day 6:
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Video Conferencing
Cost Range
$95.00 to $150.00
Parents cost is $95; Professionals cost is $150. There is also a $20 coupon code: ADOPT20

Host And Instructor

Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs
Kate White, Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW, Michael Trout, MA, Rebecca Molitor, LCPC, Alison Greene-Barton, Kristin Sipley, Becky Zal-Sanchez, LCSW


Contact Hours: 9.00

Training Overview Description

There are about 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which is 2% of the population, or one out of 50 children. Relinquishment or separation is the wound for many of these children. The process of adoption affects adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents and other birth and family members throughout life. The relinquishment, separation and adoption experience may contribute to feelings of loss and grief, questions about self-identity, or a lack of information about their medical background. Many people in the adoption triangle (adoptee, birth parent, adoption parent) seek healing and the understanding of their unique circumstances and therapists may or may not have perspectives that will bring them relief. In addition, many children spend time in foster care before they are adopted. The foster system is an additional layer in the experience of those involved in adoption.

This 6 week course offers lectures by experts in prenatal and perinatal somatic psychology, attachment, infant mental health and more who have spent decades understanding the impact of relinquishment, separation and adoption on the baby and parents. It will also include perspectives from therapists who specialize in adoption and foster care and therapists who treat adults with the early adoption experience.

Event-specific Details

The Alaska Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our initiative, Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Visit Project Compass online to learn more!

Registration Information

To register and enroll in this transdisciplinary series, please visit the Prenatal and Perinatal Healing Online Learning Center.
Please direct all inquiries to