Friday, November 1, 2019
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Hauppague Center


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.





On Being Adopted: Some Inconvenient Truth

Throughout history, adoption has been viewed as an expedient and pragmatic method of meeting the needs of an unwanted pregnancy for a birthmother and the parental desires of childless couples, as it provided a set of alternative parents and families for adopted children. Thus, the word ADOPTION, if interpreted, could be seen as a way to AD-(an) OPTION. This traditional perception has often been pristinely romanticized, idealized and even fictionalized as witnessed in fairy tales and literature as in the case of Superman, Moses and Cinderella. This approach, along with the use of fantasy, has frequently served as a defense to ward off deeper, perhaps painful, unconscious thoughts, feelings, and associations, not only for adoption triad members, but for mental health practitioners as well. Unfortunately, it can often result in the creation of blind spots or pockets of denial or avoidance to a more sound and objective esoteric understanding in adoption psychology.

It is typical for adopted patients to report that the therapists they previously worked with, did not understand, in any depth, their ‘real’ emotional (adoption) issues and overall life struggles. Consequently, many have also reported, in a parallel sense, a lack of attunement or resonance in their relationship with their adoptive parents. This presentation will attempt to address many issues and factors that affect our work with adopted patients, and clearly address “Some Inconvenient Truth” (or denied issues)) pertaining to the complexity of the adopted psyche in an effort to lend assistance in the treatment of this patient population.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Gain knowledge and a greater understanding of the complex psychology of the adopted person and of the unspoken, underlying truth about their unique vulnerabilities
  2. Learn the relevance of the pre-placement history, e.g. early developmental trauma, to the current mental status and to necessary treatment modifications
  3. Develop an empathic grasp of adoptee psychology through clinical case vignettes

About the Speaker

Bernie M. Glintz, LCSW, BCD, FAPA, DPNAP, is a clinician, consultant, and lecturer with a diverse career spanning over 40 years. Over the years he has treated many adopted people and their families and has been interviewed on national television in discussions on a plethora of complex adoption dynamics and clinical issues. He is also a member of a unique fraternity of senior mental health clinicians who are also adopted, who promotes the offering of expanded training in adoption psychology.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

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Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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