David Brodzinsky, Ph.D
CE credit hours
Welcome to my online training for professionals working
with adopted or foster children.
I am a Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical
Psychology and past Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at
Rutgers University. I currently serve as Research Director of the Evan
B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York City, where I was a
founding Director and served for ten years on the Board.
Now I am focused primarily on training and consulting
with mental health, child welfare, legal and judicial professionals.
This ten-hour course treats many of the issues that define adoption and
foster care today. For every question answered, I know that many more
will be raised. So please feel free to post your comments and inquiries
here and I will respond to as many as possible.
Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.
course was developed by one of the leading national and international
authorities on adoption and foster care, Dr. David Brodzinsky, and
includes original material to help you explore topics such as
transracial adoption, gay and lesbian adoptive parents, the family life
cycle in adoption, mental health issues in adoption and foster care,
and open adoption.
This Course For?
online training is designed to meet the needs of working mental health,
human service, medical and other adoption professionals and educators,
as well as professionals in the legal system who are frequently
involved in adoption or foster care-related cases.
course is self-paced and there is no expiration. You can come back to
review the material as often as needed for as long as you want. Our
goal is simply to put research into action. Toward that end, scheduled
Q&A sessions with Dr. Brodzinsky will be offered over the web
in order to follow-up on the issues raised if there is sufficient
are the Benefits
indicates that adopted and foster children are significantly
over-represented in both outpatient and inpatient mental health
facilities, as well as in special education settings.
child therapists routinely see adopted and foster children in their
clinical caseloads, they generally receive no specific training in
graduate school to understand the unique interplay of biological
& environmental factors which impact on these youngsters.
Consequently, too many of these children and families receive less than
adequate services from the professionals with whom they consult.
class begins to address these issues by describing contemporary changes
in adoption and foster care, and adjustment outcomes for these
children; biological factors and environments associated with the
adjustment of adopted and foster children; and family lifecycle issues
in adoption and foster care.