Videos

Continue your learning – check out our previously recorded webinars below.

Race, Difference & Communication in Adoptive Families

Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan, Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Ethnic and Racial Studies Department at University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, will share her research on adoptive family communication about race and difference, and birth family reunions. Dr. Docan-Morgan’s work has been published in Adoption Quarterly, the Journal of Family Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the Journal of Korean Adoption Studies, among others. (75 minutes)

This pre-recorded webinar will remain available until 8/24/2021.

Sensory Integration, Regulation & Reflexes

Occupational Therapist, Laura Paquette, shares how sensory input shapes behavior, reflex systems, and protection & survival adaptations. You’ll learn about how reflexes work to automatically regulate each of our bodies under normal conditions in reaction to normal stress, or traumatic situations. Healthy reflex integration leads to normal functioning, and there are restorative techniques that can help with integration. Recorded in June 2020. (110 minutes)

Here Be Dragons

This webinar is designed to give parents a better understanding of trauma and mental health in children.  The training will also offer strategies for how parents can help all members of their families create new and positive memories. Presenter, Tom Kaufman, LPC, is a psychotherapist in the Behavioral Health in Schools Program with Catholic Charities.

Recorded in May 2020. (54 minutes)

Ideas in Processing Grief and Loss

Inherent in the adoption process are losses – losses of birth family and dreams of the way things would be. How does one work through loss? These topics are salient for the whole adoption triad, and will be the focus of this webinar. Christy Wopat is a local writer who wrote her way through her experience of grief

“We grieve so many things in so many different ways, and we all grieve differently. But in that grief it’s easy to isolate yourself. I want people who are suffering to find community, to find friends who support them, and to know that it’s okay to be angry and mad. We just can’t be angry and mad all by ourselves. We need each other.”

Understanding Historical Trauma

A pre-recorded webinar for adoptive, guardianship, and foster parents as well as adoption professionals. The purpose of this workshop is to provide education in regards to historical trauma and the impact that it has on African Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic communities. You will gain a better understanding of how past events have shaped the culture and DNA of different ethnicities and how that plays a role in regards to intergenerational trauma. This workshop will help people to work together to combat the effects of racism, prejudices, microaggressions and misogyny. This workshop will also serve as a call to action for us to continue to be a diverse organization, society and institution and work on combating these issues.

Parent2Parent - COVID Skills

A pre-recorded webinar for parents. The webinar discusses parent survival tips during COVID. It includes real stories of real parents with real problems. Staff from the Building Bridges program share tips and strategies for parents and children. Building Bridges is a short-term crisis stabilization program providing wraparound services for students with immediate mental health needs and their families in school districts in Dane County.

Adoption and Addiction

A pre-recorded webinar for parents. The webinar discusses parent survival tips during COVID. It includes real stories of real parents with real problems. Staff from the Building Bridges program share tips and strategies for parents and children. Building Bridges is a short-term crisis stabilization program providing wraparound services for students with immediate mental health needs and their families in school districts in Dane County.

Adoption: A Birth Mother's Perspective

In this webinar, birth mother Christine Bauer will give an overview of her story, including the history of adoption, language and sensitivity around adoption, how she found the family for her child and their open relationship and how having other children years later affected her. She will also give advice for those in all areas of the triad. Recorded in July 2020. (50 minutes)

Beyond Picky Eating

Dr. Katja Rowell shares about a wide variety of food-related issues common to children who have experienced trauma. Topics covered include hoarding, picky eating, and sensory processing. Recorded in April 2020. (83 minutes)

The Power of Play

Join us as we look more closely at the power of play! We will discuss the social,  emotional and physical impacts of play, as well as opportunities to strengthen parent-child attachment through playfulness. You’ll walk away with several resources and ideas for engaging ways to play with your children, as well as an appreciation of its importance. Presenter, Pattie Godsell is a Support Specialist with Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support.

Recorded in May 2020. (27 minutes)

Regulating Together

Jenna Mao, LPC, BC-DMT and Jennifer Bluske, OTR from Children’s Therapy Network, will share information on the unique interplay between regulation, sensory processing and trauma. Children’s Therapy Network is a therapy clinic in Madison, WI which offers therapy services including occupational therapy, mental health and diagnostic services, speech therapy and physical therapy. They work within the context of the family unit by developing trusting relationship and incorporating families as an integral part of treatment. Using a combination of trauma informed occupational therapy and relationship focused mental health treatment, they offer a unique way of providing treatment for children and families.

Potential Realized

Take this opportunity to register for a pre-recorded Webinar, presented by a renown international speaker and founder of Brain Insights LLC, Deborah McNelis, MEd.

“Potential Realized” is dedicated to the broad goal of understanding the optimal development of every child. Adoptive, Foster and Guardianship parents please join us for this rare opportunity to hear Deborah speak on the importance of early brain development. Her knowledge is vast and her enthusiasm is simply contagious! Registration is required, once registered a link will be provided to connect you to this valuable pre-recorded webinar.

National Adoption Month in Wisconsin- Adoptee Round Table

November is National Adoption Month, and Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support believes one of the best ways we can all recognize this month is by spending time listening to those who have been adopted. Join us for an evening forum with a panel of adult adopted persons who have agreed to share from their experiences. Some of the topics covered will include: grief and loss, identity formation, the “core adoption issues”, transracial and international adoption, search and reunion, teenage years, and openness in adoption. We hope you will join us to listen and learn together!

Navigating Birthparent Relationships with Self Compassion

Maintaining contact and having a healthy relationship with birth families is important, but can be tough. This training will focus on understanding the grief and loss cycle as a new perspective on challenges in birth parent relationships. Skills for improving your capacity for self-compassion will be offered as a strategy to improve your communication and relationship with birth family members. Please consider attending this valuable webinar and learn how to exercise self-care while strengthening your family relationships and creating healthy connections!