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November 2009Vol. 10, No. 9Online Classes Expand Adoption Competency

Portland State University (PSU) offers a series of online courses and evidence-based workshops for mental health and child welfare professionals through its Therapy With Adoptive and Foster Families program. The program covers:

  • Effects of abuse, trauma, and neglect on children
  • Ways to recognize and enhance foster and adoptive family members' resiliency and parenting skills
  • Selection and preparation of families for parenting children with maltreatment histories

The program is certified for academic credit. Online courses are offered through Blackboard, an application that also supplies video streaming for workshops and case consultations. Instructors are experts in the fields of adoption, foster care, and mental health.

More information, including an application packet, is available from the program's website: