Reworking Adoption Issues in Adulthood

Instructor:  Chester Smith, MEd, LPC

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Dates: Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20, 2018

Time:  7:30 –9:00 p.m.

Location: At the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

This course is available via Distance Learning.  Details HERE.

Fee: $80

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 4.5 Credit Hours

Those who have been adopted often face special challenges tied to early object loss, the meaning of having been relinquished, and years of institutional/foster care. This course will examine how issues unique to adoptees can predispose one to chronic unresolved grief, low self-esteem, difficulty relating with others, and a host of other problems faced in the later years of life.  We will also explore ways that the older adoptee can revisit and rework early issues with having been given up for adoption and how they can establish a mourning process when loss has not been adequately mourned.


  1. Participants will be able to list and describe experiences unique to adoptees that can contribute to developmental disruption and a range of issues including attachment problems, susceptibility to depression and anxiety.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the various ways that loss via abandonment by one’s biological parents can influence identity, self-esteem, and one’s capacity to relate with others.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss how older adoptees can revisit and rework aspects of their past including the meaning(s) of having been relinquished and trauma associated with their pre-adoptive experiences.

Course Level: Introductory


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