Is the winter over yet? It seems that it just keeps piling on and freezing. It was 7 degrees in my car this a.m. and I could just feel my toes turning to icicles.
Things are very busy here at PACT. Caitlin made us a new logo that is fabulous (Thanks Cait)! We are almost ready to finalize the ARC brochure, and we hope you will help us to market the conference which will take place on July 7-8 in Provincetown, MA at the Provincetown Inn on the tippy tip of Cape Cod.
We've had lots of celebratory events:
The Year of The Wooden Horse is here, and we celebrated that New Year.
We kicked off our Boston Training, and that is well underway.
We kicked off the NY Training, and we have completed two fabulous classes. It is a small but mighty group and we are enjoying the work as we use a consultation model to teach various aspects of the world of adoption.
We celebrated Martin Luther King's life.
We've been working with DMH doing consultations and writing.
We've been working with DCF and did a consult in Lynn recently.
We've been working with Riverside and doing consults in Needham.
Emily is wonderful, and she and Mary have been straightening out many issues and challenges that were left behind. They are a great team and I thank them. Emily and Leslie have been accompanying me to consults and have taken great notes for the reports that follow each consult.
It was fun to go to Melissa St. John's office recently to do a co-consult. Now I can picture the lovely office that Lynette Ingram Cassel, Melissa, and Judy Hu share.
I did a talk for the Massachusetts Association of Marriage and Family Therapists last week, and it was great to meet some of the Board and many of the folks involved in that great organization.
Wheelock had a daylong conference starring the fabulous Sue Harris O'Connor, and I did a keynote panel and a couple of workshops. The students and staff were fabulous, and it was nice to be with Eileen Thompson again.
This week, I have trainings scheduled at Lexington Montessori School and at Professor Tom Cottle's class on Children at Risk at Boston University.
I have some "Table Talk" Interviews lined up for the online magazine, Gazillion Voices, and I'm enjoying those google hangouts!
Recently we have been seeing lots of cases referred by attorneys. Many are custody cases, for which I have served as an expert witness or provided recommendations for visitation.
Other issues I have been working with lately include:
- Divorce and adoption with adult children and dispersed locations
- Separation due to domestic violence in adoptive families and the children's reactions to having been removed from their birth family for same reasons
- Individuation of young adult adopteds...too close or too distant
- Search issues when birth parent is prepared but adoptive family is not
- Residential schools' understanding of adoption and open adoption in kinship case
- Divorce and adoption - keeping child centered
- Young adult adopteds and how to individuate without feeling rejected
- Work on developing safe open relationship with birthfamily in Guatamala
- How to decide between donor and adoption
- Grandparents raising grandchildren
- How to think about what kind of adoption to pursue
- Interviews regarding Philomena
- How to open a closed adoption when birthparent is not ready, but child is going to do it on her own if not contained by adoptive parents
- How to deal with school-related issues in middle school
- Supervision of Family Therapy and Adoption
- How to choose the right school