Wendy Witham, LMFT has been in practice for 30 years, working with teens, adults and families around a variety of concerns. She is also a single, adoptive parent of a grown, young adult daughter.
This workshop will address challenges our foster and adopted children face as they move into adolescence and adulthood, and how parents and caregivers can be the “secure base” from which to help guide them through this often tumultuous time.
The attachment relationships we have built with them, for whatever time they have been in our care, are a foundation for these children as they move toward more independence and responsibility. This is also a period when adopted/foster youth revisit issues of loss and identity, and their attachment-based experiences with us offer support as they negotiate difficult emotions, build a sense of self, and set goals for their future. Wendy will only TOUCH on substance use and other more severe behavior, as far as it being some of the behavior that reflects attachment distress.
We’ll discuss the developmental milestones and tasks of this phase of life, how attachment dynamics progress for young people, specific parenting techniques, and dealing with our own challenges and adjustments.
This workshop is targeting parents or caregivers of teens, college age and young adults, but parents of younger children might find it interesting to look ahead and prepare for when children reach this age.