Adoption Therapy Webinars


Every therapist truly desires to be competent and helpful for all of their clients. Unfortunately, most clinicians were never provided even a basic introduction to adoption, let alone an explanation or analysis of the complexities adoption entails. Sixty-five percent of clinical psychologists surveyed were unable to recall any courses addressing adoption in graduate school, which is better than the eighty-six percent who could not recall any courses addressing adoption in their undergraduate coursework either (Javier, et al., 2006). Because adoptees are overrepresented in a variety of populations, including but not limited to competitive athletics, addictions, eating disorders, LGBTQ+, and incarceration, it is likely that you are working with adoptees whether you know it or not. 


Too often, I have heard an adoptive parent say we went to a therapist, but it only seemed to make it worse. Adoptees seem to be more gentle in their assessment that it just didn’t help or the counselor didn’t get it. Because I know therapists really want to practice excellence and offer quality services, I am bringing together experts in the field of Adoption Therapy for easy access information on a variety of topics that impact adoptees, birth and biological parents, adoptive parents, and those in the child welfare system. 

​To find a list of upcoming live webinars visit bit.ly/atwebinars

Regina Faridnia, LCSW


Regina Faridnia, LCSW is in private practice in Granite Bay, California, and has been in the field of social work since 1995. Regina specialized in working with First/Second Responders, Adolescents, Adoption (all members of the triad), Addiction and historical/intergenerational/soul wound trauma. She also has 10 years of experience in child welfare specializing specifically with the Indian Child Welfare Act and Native American issues within Social Services having also served as an expert witness in court hearings around these issues. 

Regina is involved within her tribe with a Facebook group for "split feathers" (adoptees who have Native/Indigenous heritage) and has a unique understanding of this community as an adoptee and a tribal member (United Houma Nation). 

She is a Brainspotting Consultant, is EMDR certified and also trained in Somatic Experiencing, Heartmath Biofeedback and the Safe & Sound Protocol. She believes that Somatic techniques which access the brain's innate healing capacity are key to working with the Preverbal Trauma that comes with adoption and foster care experiences

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