525 When Love Isn’t Enough: Treating Foster and Adoptive Families
Kenneth V. Hardy
Saturday Afternoon Only
Many foster and adoptive parents, prey to the notion that “all these kids need is love, structure, and discipline,” aren’t well-prepared for the emotional and psychological demands . . .
of caring for kids who’ve often suffered pervasive trauma and loss. Therapists working with these families must be prepared to deal with frequent crises and multiple service agencies. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the dynamics affecting adoptive/foster parents and children--animosities between foster and biological families, cultural-identity conflicts, cross-racial situations, abuse, violence, interrupted mourning, and rage. You’ll learn a multicontextual, systemic treatment for effectively working with the foster/adoptive and biological parents. We’ll emphasize an intensive relational therapy approach for addressing the child’s trauma wounds, repairing attachment ruptures, defusing rage, and confronting the dynamics of oppression in which these families are often mired. Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D.,
is the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of family therapy at Drexel University. He’s the coauthor of Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence
and Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice