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 is not 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 would love to address specific questions or areas where you are stuck in your practice!
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Printables
- Numerous free DBT printables are found on the Tools for Parents page. Also, my book, DBT Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Working with Teens ,has 100 additional handouts and worksheets on mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Attachment and Adoption Related Information
- 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.”
- Adaptivity website hosted by attorney, Elizabeth Vaughan. Listen to the podcast, “An Interview with Family Therapist Carol Lozier.”
- Creating a Family website and host, Dawn Davenport; listen to the podcast as I discuss “What Works in Healing Loss and Trauma.
- 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.
- What is Borderline Personality Disorder? by Caroline Miller on Child Mind Institute.
- My Foster Families foster-families Magazine article on ambivalent attachment.
- 5 MOST USEFUL PIECES OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THERAPISTS article.
- Robyn Gobbel, LCSW therapist in Austin, TX reviews The Adoptive & Foster Parent Guide.
- 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.
- 10 Reasons for Adoptive Parents to Be In the Child’s Therapy Session posted on Creating A Family website.