“One of the workshops I attended was a fishbowl discussion on mental health and the Adoptee experience. This workshop’s discussion was exclusively for Adoptees, but anyone was welcome to sit in the audience and observe. The facilitator was Katie Naftzger, an adult Adoptee and licensed therapist from Massachusetts. The conversation touched on everything from birth family and abandonment to identity and suicidality. It was a heavy discussion with a wide range of emotional responses. Each contributor to the conversation was recognized and affirmed by Katie as the intensity of the workshop ratcheted up with each new question and/or revelation. It would have been easy for the discussion to have devolved into an incoherent mess of emotion and tears, but Katie skillfully held the group together as it moved with the process. I walked away drained by the conversation and impressed by Katie’s skill…”
Excerpt by Steve Kalb, LMSW, Director of Adoptee Services.
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“The 4 objectives were valuable. They will help me with my supervisees and
working with foster families.”
“So much – new, also validation of experiences, new
ways to handle situations with my kids.”
“Her clinical experience with teens and families is
–Feedback from attendees at Connecticut Council of Adoption
“Very knowledgable and will take strategies back to my own
“I really liked this workshop. It was new information. The
info was specific and usable.”
” Very good presentation.”
“One of the best sessions.”
“Loved this! Katie was so knowledgable. Her style promoted
lots of discussion.”
–Feedback from attendees at NASW Symposium workshop.