Though much research about narcissistic personality disorder exists, there has been minimal conversation (and little-to-no academic literature) about how it manifests in adoptive family systems. How do narcissism and narcissistic behaviors affect adoptive family dynamics, especially adopted children and adults? This training series will explore the concept of working with narcissistic family systems as a form of advanced adoption competency. Mental health practitioners, medical and child welfare professionals, adoption agency staff, and all others would benefit from this education, and are welcome to attend.

Training consists of 3 LIVE virtual sessions, each building on the last, taken together as a series (recommended) or individually. Sessions will be recorded. ALL registrants will receive a time-limited recording of the training, PDF of training, and Certificate of Attendance, even if you register and cannot attend.
PART ONE.  The Narcissist in the Room: Nuanced work with adoptive family systems; Exploration of power dynamics; Decolonizing adoption within the family system; Systemic oppression and erasure of groups deemed "bastards, unacceptable, etc."

Date & Time
April 14, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
PART TWO. Red flags; Impacts on the family system; Power-Abuse applications and exploitation; White supremacy as an expression of narcissism

Date & Time
May 20, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
PART THREE. Adoptee-Centric Support: Emerging from narcissistic family systems; Emergent research and literature; How narcissism effects "coming out of the fog" (leaving narcissistic abuse); The healing process

Date & Time
June 2, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST

Participants will be able to:

**Demonstrate basic understanding of power dynamics in narcissistic adoptive family system
**Identify red flags of narcissistic adoptive family system from the perspective of adopted person’s experience
**Understand techniques for supporting adopted people emerging from narcissistic adoptive family system through an identity development model
Melanie and Katy are frequent partners on community projects, professional trainings, case collaboration, policy advocacy, and writing projects. They are also co-founders of the Institute for Adoption and Trauma.
Melanie (JaeHee) Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S (she/her)
Melanie (JaeHee) Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S, PLLC (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker and TSBSWE-Board approved clinical supervisor through the State of Texas. She also holds a clinical social work license in Oklahoma and Louisiana. She is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner and EMDR trained clinician. JaeHee is the founder and director of a private practice in North Dallas where she specializes in working with predominantly QTBIPOC-identified clients and transracial adult adopted individuals.  She was a Clinical Manager for a nationwide eating disorder clinic in the south-central region--and will soon be joining UT Southwestern’s Paul Bass Psychiatry Clinic as a psychotherapist. She was the Regional 3 Representative for the NASW-Texas State Board of Directors from 2019 to 2022.  She has worked in the field of child welfare, mental health, university counseling, medical social work, and as an adjunct professor of Social Work. She is a DSW/doctoral clinical social work student at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!). Her passion includes education and elevating the voices of marginalized and oppressed groups, particularly adopted folx & women/femme of color, to combat mental health stigma, address power-based violence, and combat structural oppression.
Katy Perkins, LCSW-S (she/her)
Katy Perkins, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and TSBSWE-Board approved clinical supervisor in the state of Texas. In private practice, she provides therapy, professional training, case consultation and policy analysis, and is licensed in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Katy specializes in family separation, post-adoption, sexual and domestic violence recovery, cultural competence, and childhood trauma. Her practice is a teaching clinic, with most services provided by clinical interns being trained to specialize in family separation trauma and cultural competence. She is a founding board member of STAR (Support TX Adoptee Rights), a member of the TX Association Against Sexual Assault, the TX Council for Family Violence, the National Association of Social Workers, and Adoption Knowledge Affiliates. Katy was selected as the 2014 Black Trans Men Inc. Ally of the Year, nominated for Altrusa Richardson 2018 Healthcare Professional of the year, and selected as the NASW-North Central Texas Dallas Area 2018 Social Worker of the Year.
Her experience includes community, state, and national level advocacy as a leader and volunteer. Katy is committed to bridging social justice movements and advocating for marginalized populations.

We look forward to hosting you!

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