Adoption, Teenhood & Mental Health
The eight-week ATM group for adoptive parents whose teens (ages 13-19) are struggling with mental health issues.
When your adopted teen is struggling, it can come out of nowhere. One minute they’re happy, social and connected. The next, they’re struggling in ways that you never thought possible.
It’s fine… until it isn’t.
As an adoptive parent, have you been feeling at a loss? Overwhelmed? Scared that things will get worse?
Have you felt blindsided by your teen’s mental health issues, such as school refusal, intense anxiety and/or depression, running away, and/or stealing? These are just a few of the challenges that hit families hard during the teen years.
The stakes just got higher. You may ask yourself whether you missed clues along the way.
You read and research, trying to figure out what to do. And, you realize that although many therapists understand mental health, fewer understand teens and very few understand adoption.
You’ve tried everything, and you’re exhausted! You need support, guidance, to feel more empowered and informed. You want to feel less alone. But, talking to friends and family doesn’t help. They minimize, misunderstand, panic, or judge.
This not a time to wing-it. These years can make or break adoptive families.
This unique group offers…
- The opportunity to build community with dedicated families who are going through similar challenges. It’s hard to feel so alone in the gravity of the challenges you and your family are facing. Having shared vulnerability allows for a new perspective. I’ve been facilitating groups for adoptive parents and adoptees for 20 years. I know firsthand the power of group, in ways that help families move forward.
- The big-picture and nitty gritty information that you need to make informed decisions. You need to understand the mental health issues at hand, how they interact with adoption and teenhood, but you also need to know what to do when your son swears at you or refuses to do his homework. What do you say? What do you do? And, why?
- The chance to better understand yourself and feel more empowered and confident as an adoptive parent. As parents, we often prioritize our child’s care and resources before our own. Your role in the life of your teen can’t be overstated.
- The opportunity to learn about issues of safety and mental health as they relate to adoption and teenhood. Whether physical or emotional,
Throughout the group, we’ll address three questions about your teen —
1. What is your adopted teen trying to tell you?
2. What does your adopted teen need from you?
3. How can you meet those needs?
Eight weeks. September 26th – November 14th, 2018.
Weekly online parent Zoom meetings (tentatively set for Wednesdays, 12 noon-1:30 pm EST.)
Weekly videos recordings, to be watched before each group meeting, which may include topics such as – navigating the mental health system, nuts and bolts of “unrescuing,” diagnostic considerations, identity, survival and suicidality. Specifics will vary based on the needs and constellation of the group.
Up to 12 families. First-come, first-serve.
Ongoing e-mail support.
Videos and replays of group meetings will be available via private, password-protected Vimeo site.
Year-long secret Facebook group which is open to all adoptive parents ($500 value…)
I’ve been in the field for 20 years as a psychotherapist, working with adoptees, adoptive parents and families. I authored “Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years,” and speak and facilitate groups for adoptive parents and adoptees around the country about these important issues. I also bring a lifetime of experience as a Korean adoptee, which in turn, enriches my work.
To learn more and to see if the group would be a good match for you, let’s talk!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-448-4252. Ask about early bird rates!