At this year’s gala, we would also like to additionally recognize a therapist who has completed our Training for Adoption Competency (TAC™) and used that experience to transform their practice and better serve adoptive, foster and kinship families.
Licensed therapist currently engaged in therapeutic practice who has completed the TAC Program and earned the certificate (C.A.S.E. employees are not eligible)
Willingness to be videotaped and to have their name, photo and other information used in the announcement of the award.
TAC trained mental health professionals may be nominated by a colleague, client, TAC trainer, or staff of a licensed TAC training site. The nomination email must contain:
Name, address, phone number, and email of the nominator, including relationship to the nominee.
Name, address, phone number, and email of the nominee.
Date the nominee received their TAC certificate and TAC site they received it from.
A brief statement (300-600 words) of recommendation about why the nominee should receive the Star of Adoption Award including:
Examples of how TAC has impacted/enhanced their clinical practice and enabled them and/or their agency to better serve families, in any of the following six categories of practice change, regularly evaluated through the TAC Program:
Information collected at intake, with referral, or in the initial phase of client assessment. (i.e., adding intake questions about trauma or placement history)
Methods used to assess the family and/or the child. (i.e., adding genograms to assessment, going deeper into specific domains of information, or including input from other agencies/individuals).
Clinical approaches used. (i.e., greater use of psychoeducation, family therapy, grief work, etc.)
Techniques used in work with children and youth. (i.e., use of loss boxes, Life Books, “Good Grief” model, etc.)
Use of or referral to other resources and therapies. (i.e., enhanced use of allied professionals like occupational therapy, physical therapy, referrals for neuro-psych assessments)
Types of services and supports the organization provides. (i.e., strengthening intake/assessment protocols, developing psychoeducation materials, parent support groups, providing pre-adopt consultations)
Examples of how they have shown leadership in supporting or advocating for TAC for other clinicians and for adoption competency in the provision of mental health services.
The committee comprised of the C.A.S.E. CEO, National Training Institute Director and TAC Trainers will review and evaluate all nominations and notify the awardee by September 30, 2021. The selection will be confidential until the C.A.S.E. Masquerade Gala on Saturday, October 30 @ 8:00 pm EST.
The honoree will receive an award, $200, free access to the live-stream event, and a C.A.S.E. book bundle. The TAC Star’s acceptance of the award will be pre-recorded and broadcast at the event and featured afterward on C.A.S.E.’s website and social media channels.