Tools for Therapists

Many of the families I work with locally and from all over the country run into a similar problem –they have a relationship with a wise therapist and the therapist has limited training with kids from hard places. This page (and my books) will equip any new or experienced therapist in learning how to help children and teens, and their families heal their past hurts. (If you work with a therapist who has connected well with you and your child but isn’t trained in the area of adoption or foster care, direct them to my website and blog!)

I have created these tools in my many years as a therapist. They are meant to assist therapists in the process of helping children and teens heal from past hurts, abandonments, and losses.

Therapists: please leave comments, questions, and feedback (in the box below) on tools and strategies as you utilize them in your clinical practice. I’d love to address specific questions or areas where you’re stuck in your practice!

  1. Send Relief Podcast– Listen as I talk with Tera Melber and Lynette Ezell with Send Relief about “Choosing a Therapist for Your Adopted or Foster Child.”
  2. attachment-table – This table is a quick reference guide to the two categories of attachment: secure and insecure. Under the insecure attachment there are three styles: ambivalent, avoidant and disorganized.
  3. My Foster Families foster-families Magazine article on ambivalent attachment.
  5. Listen to podcast, “An Interview with Family Therapist Carol Lozier”, on Adaptivity’s website with adoption Attorney, Elizabeth Vaughan.
  6. Robyn Gobbel, LCSW therapist in Austin, TX reviews The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide.
  7. “An Adoptive Parent’s Letter to Family and Friends” was featured on Calo’s Website on August 9, 2013.
  8. What Works in Healing Loss and Trauma” podcast with Creating a Family’s Dawn Davenport.
  9. I wrote, “An Adoptive Parent’s Letter to Family and Friends” which was featured on Calo’s website on August  9, 2013. Please share this letter with parents and understand their struggle as they are often subjected to criticism from family, friends, and even their place of worship.

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