We’ve collected hundreds of testimonials from our TAC graduates over the years.
Here are just a few:
I am much more aware of different therapeutic approaches that are available and what approaches work best with different children.
[TAC helped me to] reaffirm that even though the birth parent is physically absent, their psychological presence is always there.
I think [TAC] has been most helpful to remember that adoption is a life-long process and to help clients to see this as normal – that issues continue to arise and need to be addressed.
This program challenged me to look at some entrenched views/ways of looking at how I work…reinforcing some things… replacing others with more current/evidence based methods.
[TAC] has enabled me to have improved boldness and confidence in working to directly address adoption questions, issues, and concerns with clients.
I [now] see things more through an adoption lens. Even when adoption is not the reason, I am trying to see how families have been impacted by loss/changes in placement, identity, trauma, attachment.
The most important thing I learned was to be reminded to bring up conversations surrounding issues rather than just simply being aware of them, and I’m doing that more consistently.
…The most important thing that I feel I learned is that there is grief in all forms adoption regardless of the age the child disrupted.
This training has greatly reinforced the need to address grief and loss head on and not just as an aside to dealing with attachment issues or trauma related issues.
[I now have a] better understanding of the physiologial impact of trauma on the brain. This has helped me be able to explain to potential adoptive parents that children do not choose to misbehave but are unable to self-regulate from the trauma. They function from the brain stem–reptilian brain rather than the cortex and reasoning. Rather than seeing a child as “defiant” we need to look at the child as fearful and functioning from a survival mode.
This training was an incredible experience and I feel I have grown personally, professionally, and intellectually. I feel more confident as a therapist that I can make a difference in the work that I do.
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