Mental Health Issues of Adoptees: What Clinicians Need To Know

Presenter(s): Marie Dolfi, LCSW

NASW-NYS Members: $20

NASW Other Chapter Member: $30

Non-Members: $40

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.



Workshop Description

This training is a comprehensive review of the issues adoptees bring to therapy. The training will include a review of pre-and post-adoption risk factors and protective factors in the adoptive family. Relinquishment trauma will be presented as a key factor in the mental health issues of adoptees. Significant factors that impact an adoptee’s mental health, such as, adoption traumas of late discovery adoptees, adoptees being raised “as if” born into a family, and racial trauma experienced by transracially adopted adoptees, will also be explored. With a thorough understanding of the complexity of mental health issues of adoptees, attendees will be able to complete an adoption sensitive assessment.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify pre-and post-adoption risk factors that can impact an adopted person’s mental health
  • Describe how adoptee relinquishment trauma happens and how it impacts an adopted person’s view of their world and their relationships
  • List family and environmental factors that cause racial trauma for adoptees that were transracially adopted
  • Identify protective factors in adoptive families
  • Complete an adoption sensitive assessment for an adopted person


This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037).


Marie Dolfi, LCSW, is an adoption counselor, speaker, advocate, and adoption support group leader. For over 25 years, Marie has diligently educated herself on relinquishment and adoption issues by attending adoption workshops, conferences, reading adoption books and adoption research, and listening to her greatest teachers – adoption triad members. To learn more about Marie’s background visit



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May 10 2021


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Online Live Webinar