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As a follow up to C.A.S.E. CEO and co-author Debbie Riley’s signature book Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, written for clinicians and parents of teens, the C.A.S.E. Team has created a new companion workbook just for teens. This new publication features personal, heartfelt stories written by teen and young adult adoptees who graciously shared their feelings about their own adoption journeys. Filled with engaging exercises, journaling pages and thought-provoking activities, this workbook offers teen adoptees, their parents and the clinicians who support them a valuable resource.
An Interview with Daniel: Young Adult Contributor to Beneath the Mask: For Teen Adoptees
“Building on her previous work, Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, Debbie Riley and her C.A.S.E. Team have contributed another exciting and valuable book to the adoption clinical literature. The voices of adopted adolescents and young adults highlight various “stuck points” that are often emotional challenges as young people seek to integrate the adoption experience into their emerging sense of self. Each chapter provides exercises for the teen readers that clinicians can use with clients to help them process their thoughts and feelings about being adopted. C.A.S.E. has been in the forefront of adoption education, treatment, and clinical training. Their new book will undoubtedly be well received by the professional community and will foster more insightful and productive clinical work with adopted persons.
-David Brodzinsky, PhD, Professor Emeritus
Developmental and Clinical Psychology
“As a father by adoption and an adoption professional for over 33 years, I’ve learned that when people who were adopted speak, it’s time to listen closely to what they have to share – and learn from their real-life experiences. Beneath the Mask: For Teen Adoptees provides a diverse group of adoptees the opportunity to share their individual adoption story in their own words and from their own perspective in order to educate, encourage, and give others who were adopted (and their families) a better understanding of what it means and feels like to be adopted.”
-Chuck Johnson, President and CEO
National Council for Adoption
“Being a teenager is full of adventure, growing independence, fears and more. Add adoption to this mix and you sometimes have even more questions and unknowns. The power of being able to say, “I know exactly how you feel,” is incredible. Beneath the Mask: For Teen Adoptees is just that – for teens who are adopted. To hear about the winding path of others can be a beacon on your own path. I wish I had this resource when I was growing up!”
-Rebecca Jones Gaston
As an adult adoptee working in child welfare – and someone who is still very much traveling my own adoption journey – I loved this book. Beneath the Mask: For Teen Adoptees offers real and genuine utility through the art of storytelling. The articulate narratives offered by these teen and young adult writers constitutes a remarkable gift to a population that so badly wants to be understood and feel a connection. Written with authority and wisdom, each of these contributing writers generously captures the complex texture of the very real and incredibly personal emotional challenges adoptees encounter on their journey. With a truly thoughtful treatment of some of the most common themes related to the lived adoption experience, Debbie Riley and The C.A.S.E. Team have produced a valuable resource, complete with hands-on tools and space for journaling in a unique and penetrating format. Maximum praise for this powerful book, for these insightful writers, and for the Center for Adoption Support and Education for giving the adolescent adoption community a wonderfully experiential platform.”
-Matthew R. McGuire
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