Training Offered by Right Turn®

Right Turn offers continuing education opportunities for families and professionals to acquire and expand their knowledge of best practices in adoption, guardianship, and parenting. Adoption is a lifelong journey, and as needs arise and evolve, Right Turn can help.

Our extensive training network includes adoption and guardianship specific information, as well as the many related topics that often affect adoptive and guardianship families such as mental health, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, attachment, child development, trauma, loss, and many more.

Below you will find a list of our most commonly offered training and workshops.  Right Turn has expertise in numerous areas related to foster care, adoption, guardianship, trauma, loss, and attachment. To register for one of these events please visit our events page.

Adoption is a lifelong journey that affects adopted persons understanding of their world.  It is important for families to explore how adoption impacts children and young people throughout their lives.  From life events such as “family tree” day at school to the birth of their first child, adopted persons have a unique perspective.  Additionally, adoption impacts all members of the adoption kinship network – including biological parents and adoptive parents.  This training will explore Silverstein and Roszia’s 7 Core Issues of Adoption and common issues adopted persons and their families face throughout their life.  Parents will also receive tools for walking through and supporting their children through the life cycle of adoption. To register for this event please visit our events page.

When your family is formed through adoption, what does that look like for your established children? Have you come across issues related to balancing sibling rivalry and the emotional needs of those children already in your home? Do your adopted children have birth siblings that they may or may not see on a regular basis but remain important to them? Developing a sense of family cohesion takes time. Adoptive parents will need to work to make sure that the needs of all children in the family are being met. A good adoption home study evaluates the impact of the adoption on all family members and will help to prepare siblings for the addition of new family members. Not adequately addressing the conflict between adoptive siblings can be a contributing factor to increased parenting stress and even placement disruption. These challenges and other points of interest will be addressed in this training. You will discover an understanding of how family dynamics transform and find tools on how to handle these difficult situations. To register for this event please visit our events page.

Maintaining connections with your child’s previous and important relationships is often challenging and complex.  Years of research and adopted persons themselves tell us that this is imperative to healthy adoptee identity development.  This training will explore the complex dynamics that often accompany the relationship between adoptive and birth parents as well as the continuum of openness.  Participants will also gain an understanding of the importance of maintaining other important connections such as extended biological family, siblings, and previous foster parents. Participants will learn useful techniques to assist adoptive parents and birth parents in creating and maintaining a relationship that is based on the best interest and well‐being of the child. To register for this event please visit our events page.

At first look, it might seem that adopting a child known to you would be simple. Many of the relationship steps have already been accomplished such as learning one another’s personality, interests, and history. However, kinship adoption also comes with its own set of questions and challenges. What is our new relationship supposed to look like? How do you transition into the role of parent when you have been the aunt, grandparent or neighbor for so long? Maneuvering through complicated familiar relationships involving adoption can be tricky. Maintaining healthy boundaries is so important when dealing with all the emotions you might experiences, from loss and guilt to joy and comfort and all those feelings in between. Taking care of you is also a crucial component for success. Come and join us for the opportunity to discover new techniques for you and your family! To register for this event please visit our events page.

Adopted children and adolescence utilize mental health services at a much higher rate than that of their nonadopted peers.  Navigating the mental health system can be complicated for parents seeking the best care for their children.  Adoption is an area of specialty and adoptive families deserve access to adoption competent mental health providers.  Learn about types of mental health providers, the meaning of diagnosis, levels of care, evidence-based treatments, and how to access appropriate services. To register for this event please visit our events page.

Culture connects us to people who share our values, beliefs, and ideas. Often our culture determines how we process feelings, celebrate, eat, mourn, communicate and parent our children. Adoptive parents often build their families with children who are of a different race or ethnicity and who may share in or celebrate another culture.  Intertwining a child’s culture and racial identity into their home is an essential step to creating a sense of belonging and positive self-image. When children are able to see parts of themselves in their surroundings they can begin to feel like they belong.  This is an interactive training for parents who are parenting children from another culture or race. The training will focus on understanding the impact of race and culture as a tool to ensuring children feel a sense of belonging, challenges parents may have in understanding culture and incorporating a child’s culture into their home, and developing strategies to assist parents in overcoming these challenges. To register for this event please visit our events page.

Many parents have reservations when it comes to talking to their children about adoption.  They are unsure what age to begin the talk, what information is appropriate to share, and how to answer their child’s difficult questions.  Topics that arise may be uncomfortable and parents sometimes fear they may say the wrong thing and somehow hurt their child. Whether a child was adopted as an infant or as an older child or adolescent, adoption is a part of the child and a part of the family. Adoption impacts how the adopted person views the world, how the world views them, their sense of self, and current and future intimate relationships.  Learn what the history of adoption has taught us to help your child build a foundation for a strong adoption identity. To register for this event please visit our events page.

New scientific explanations surrounding the impact of trauma and loss on child development change the way we parent, teach, and understand children and teenagers. Attachment is the deep connection established between children and caregivers. This connection is a foundation for emotional and social development.  The quality of attachment, trauma, and loss, and chronic stress children experience also impacts physiology, particularly, in how the brain develops from infancy through young adulthood.

This training will allow parents and professionals to gain insight into the importance of viewing children’s challenging behaviors through the child’s world view and experiences, as well as exploring strategies to facilitate healing. To register for this event please visit our events page.

When a child is reported to have been sexually abused or has acted out sexually, the whole family is affected. As a parent, this requires a special understanding of specific knowledge regarding boundaries and learning the short and long term effects of sexual abuse. Sexual behaviors are some of the most challenging behaviors for parents to address. Sometimes these behaviors are part of normal child development and other times it may be an indication that something has occurred that needs addressing. This training is also conducive for professionals that may be working with this population and would like to increase their knowledge of this growing and complex problem facing our society. To register for this event please visit our events page.

Current statistics show that at least one in every one hundred children in North America have some form of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term used to describe a range of disabilities. This means that no two individuals are affected the same.  This training will allow participants to understand the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on a child, and the potential challenges parents face when raising a child with FASD. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of how these children experience the world, and special parenting considerations and techniques. To register for this event please visit our events page.

New scientific explanations could change the way we parent, teach or perhaps even understand our teenagers. This training applies to anyone who knows, lives or works with adolescents! Let’s face it, many parents have thought or been heard asking their teens, “what were you thinking?!” Through this training, we will explore this, and other mysteries to the inner workings of the teen brain. The explanations become more complex when considering the impact trauma has on the brain’s maturation. Join us for this fascinating workshop as we explore the teenage brain. To register for this event please visit our events page.

Adolescence is a critical age in which young people are trying to figure out who they are and where their life is headed. Adopted adolescents face these normal challenges with an added layer of complexity. The grief and loss inherent in adoption become clearly visible as the teenage brain grows and develops. This new understanding leads to new questions at a time when all adolescents are developing an identity. This training is geared toward helping parents understand how normal adolescent development and adoption issues fit together and play out for adopted teens and their families. Participants will learn about the ‘Six Stuck Spots’ identified by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) that are common for adopted teens and provide ideas as to how adoptive parents can support their adopted teens. To register for this event please visit our events page.

Do people ask your child(ren) about their adoption? Do they know how to respond? W.I.S.E. Up!sm is a training designed to help.

Developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E), W.I.S.E. Up! gives adopted children simple options for addressing questions and comments about their adoption. It gives children, teens, and parents the power to choose how to talk about adoption with others. This knowledge will provide your child confidence and allow them to control the discussion of their adoption.

W.I.S.E. Up! is for children entering 1st — 6th grade in the Fall of the most current school year.

To register for this event please visit our events page.

If you are looking for something other than what is currently offered, we are willing to create a training to meet your needs. Please contact us at 888.667.2399 to discuss.