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1144d – Webinar – How to Engage with Adopted & Foster Teens




(May 2015)  “Whatever.” “I hate you.” “You don’t understand me.” While these are common teen phrases heard inside the walls of many homes, adolescents with trauma histories and attachment disruptions may be attempting to communicate something deeper–and may require a more nuanced approach from the adults in the their lives. Join MN ADOPT and Adam Arnold for a vibrant discussion on how to understand and connect with your adopted and foster teen(s) on a deeper level. The following objectives will be covered:

  • Learn creative, tangible ways to build relationships with adopted and foster teens
  • Gain an understanding for how trauma histories and.or attachment disruptions impact the adolescent’s strategies in relationships
  • Discuss nonverbal ways of nurturing and creating safety and security for adopted and foster care adolescents

Adam Arnold is a licensed psychotherapist and co-owner of Enliven Psychotherapy. Adam holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, along with an Addiction Studies Certificate from the University of Minnesota. Adam is presently in private practice and has worked as a psychotherapist and creative arts therapist in several residential and day treatment centers in the areas of addiction, domestic violence, adoption, attachment and trauma. Adam is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC). he serves on the Board of Interfaith Children’s Advocacy Network and was given the “Outstanding Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist” award by the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and received the “Alumni Association Leadership” award from Adler Graduate School. Adam served as Conference Chair of “Safe Schools, Safe Students Conference” in Bloomington and frequently serves as a consultant and featured speaker on working with youth, creative art therapies, creating safe and supportive school environments, and the integration of the arts and mental health treatment.

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