Surviving and Thriving: The First Two Years of Placement


This new workshop is designed to prepare adoptive families as they navigate the critical and often challenging first two years of placement. This workshop covers topics such as trauma, attachment and openness. Our interactive workshop provides a toolkit of hands-on strategies that will ensure families are prepared with realistic expectations, knowledge, and specific skills.

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Workshop facilitator: Lucy French, Family Support Worker 

Lucy is a bio, foster, and adoptive parent! Her family includes two grown up kids and a range of littles. Lucy's areas of specialty include transitions, early childhood parenting strategies, and parent coaching.

Format: This course is composed of three 1.5-hour online workshops and three hours of self-directed homework.

Course outline:

Session 1 - Trauma, grief, and loss

  1. Understanding trauma, grief and loss
  2. Identifying trauma triggers
  3. Strategies and parenting tips 

Session 2 - Relationship as key to healing

  1. Attachment in the first two years
  2. Common behaviours 
  3. Strategies for managing behaviours 

Session 3 - The transistion plan 

  1. Adoption journey 
  2. Matching and proposals 
  3. Commitment and transitions 
  4. Self care  
  5. Q&A with a Social Worker 

Activities: Presented in an online multi-media format, activities include: live online presentations, online group discussions, watching videos, reading articles, homework assignments. 

This workshop uses the MS Teams online meeting platform. The steps to join a Teams meeting can be found here.

Audience: The workshop is designed to build on learning obtained during the AEP Online course. It is recommended that the participants have completed the AEP or an equivalent adoption education program.

Dates: June 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30pm

Fee: $50 per person

Login info: Workshop login information will be provided to you one day prior to each workshop session.

Contact: Registrar 604-320-7330 ext 107 or

Cancellation Policy

June 2nd, 2021 7:00 PM through June 16th, 2021 7:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Per person $ 50.00
Detailed Information
Location: Online
Format Online course
Topic/Area of Interest