Meeting Archive:
"Meeting the Challenge of Providing Adoption Competent Mental Health Services"

Meeting Description:

Adoptive parents, adopted persons and adoption researchers consistently tell us the mental health needs of adopted children and youth often go unmet, largely because there are too few adoption competent mental health professionals. Recognizing that clinicians need quality adoption competent training, the Center for Adoption Support and Education developed a 78 hour curriculum and case consultation process designed to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills they need to provide quality mental health services for adopted persons, birth and kinship families, prospective adoptive parents and adoptive families.  Following a rigorous pilot test, the training is currently being replicated in three communities -- one of which is the State of Minnesota which has demonstrated stellar leadership in committing resources to ensuring that adopted children and adoptive families in both urban and rural areas of the state are served by adoption competent clinicians.  This webinar highlights the Minnesota program and the state leaders and university partners who have worked to develop, fund and fully implement this training and greatly expand the state’s mental health treatment capacity.

This webinar is hosted by Natalie Lyons, Director, National Resource Center for Adoption.

Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Natalie Lyons
 Presenter Information
Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT
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Debbie B. Riley LCMFT is the CEO of The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc. (C.A.S.E.), an independent pre and post-adoption organization in the Baltimore-Washington area.  Ms. Riley holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland. Since 1993, she has focused exclusively on the field of adoption.  She created a continuum of pre- and post-adoption programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, funded initially by a federal demonstration grant.  Ms. Riley has more than 30 years of professional experience, including hands-on experience at designing and developing nationally acclaimed adoption-competent programs for professionals, as well as her direct delivery of specialized counseling services to adopted children, teens, adults and their families.  Ms. Riley leads the national initiative to create training standards for an adoption-competent certification for mental health providers.

Christeen Borsheim
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Christeen Borsheim is the Director of Child Safety and Permanency Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. During her tenure at the Department Ms. Borsheim has served as the Manager of Child Welfare Training and Quality Assurance Programs, Supervisor of Children’s Research, Planning and Evaluation and Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs, and Child Welfare Quality Assurance Program Consultant. Prior to joining the Department of Human Services in 2001, Ms. Borsheim had nearly15 years experience as the Director of Traverse County Social Services Department. Ms. Borsheim holds a B.A. degree in social work from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota.

Traci LaLiberte, PhD
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Traci LaLiberte, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.  She focuses on child welfare practice and policy with special interests in comprehensive family assessment, system change, permanency for children in out of home care, and work with children and parents who have disabilities.  She has served as principal investigator on studies of comprehensive assessment, evidence-based practice in treatment foster care settings, child welfare leadership, and the intersection of child welfare and disability.  Currently, Dr. LaLiberte is working with Ramsey County, Minnesota to evaluate the implementation of the Children’s Bureau Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines. She is also the co-PI of the Title IV-E MSW and BSW consortium training grants for the University of Minnesota, as well as PI of several Hennepin County child welfare related grants.

JaeRan Kim, MSW
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JaeRan Kim, MSW, is the Stability, Permanency and Adoption Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Kim coordinates the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate program in Minnesota and other permanency and adoption related special projects. Ms. Kim’s work experiences include positions as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Child Specific Adoption Recruiter and working with foster and adopted children and youth and adoptive parents in both public and private agencies. In addition, Ms. Kim has extensive volunteer and community organizing experience within the adoption community, in particular within the international adoption community. Ms. Kim is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota and her research is focused on internationally adopted youth with disabilities.