Beneath the Mask: Adoption Through the Eyes of Adolescents (11/17/20)


This is a live virtual training being held via ZOOM.
There is no cost for this event.

Presenter: Debbie Riley, LCMFT

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern

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Beneath the Mask: Adoption Through the Eyes of Adolescents 

In Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens, C.A.S.E. CEO Debbie Riley describes the mild to serious challenges that teens may face around six themes including identity, missing/difficult information, loyalty, reason for adoption, difference, and permanence, known as the “six spots where teens can get stuck.” The reality is that loving, well-meaning parents can also get “stuck” around these same themes, limiting their ability to assist their teens. In this webinar, Ms. Riley will help parents explore their own emotions and reactions so that they may effectively meet the needs of their teens. 

In this training, participants will:

  • learn and understand the six common “stuck spots” for the adopted adolescent and the impact on development.  
  • identify the complexities of identity formation for the adopted adolescent. 
  • identify effective clinical treatment strategies to use with adopted adolescents.
  • ascertain the impact of unresolved loss and grief in adoption. 
About the presenter

Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT, is C.A.S.E.’s Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Debbie also serves clients via telehealth throughout the state of Maryland. Among her many professional accomplishments is her co-authoring of the book, Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens. 

Debbie also founded the TAC (Training for Adoption Competency Curriculum) currently taught in 17 states across the country. Through a recent federal five-year grant awarded to C.A.S.E from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Debbie serves as the Principal Investigator to establish a National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI), created to build the adoption competency capacity of child welfare professionals and mental health practitioners that serve youth moving toward permanency as well as youth living in permanent adoptive or guardianship homes. 

 Debbie is proud recipient of the Children’s Bureau 2015 Adoption Excellence Award. 

Additional Course Information

This event is approved for 2.0 hours of ongoing, elective foster parent training credit in a group setting for Kentucky foster parents.

If there are two adults in the same household that want to participate in this training, each person must register separately. Foster parent training credit is administered based on the duration of the meeting and each attendee’s participation. In order to receive credit, participants must be on video and visible to the moderators during the event.

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If you have questions about this event, please contact Lauren Lynch at or 1-888-44-ASKKY.