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Psychological Traumas in Adoption & Facilitating Healthy Adaptation

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
12:00 - 1:45 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg. 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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Friday, May 31, 2019

12:00 - 1:45 PM  1.5 CE Credits


Psychological Traumas in Adoption & Facilitating Healthy Adaptation 


Presented by:  Tracy L. Carlis, Ph.D. 


70% of all inmates have spent time in foster care or have been adopted. While most adoptees manage fairly well despite the attachment disruption following separation from birthmother, there is a subset of adoptees that develop malignant clinical dissociative identity disorders that culminate in adoptee parricide, mass murdering or serial killing.



Tracy L. Carlis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in all areas of adoption with children and adults. In her forensic practice, she is an expert witness in a number of capital murder cases involving adoptee parricides. As member of the adoption constellation herself, she has specialized in adoption for over twenty-five years. 








  Course Goals and Educational Objectives:   

1.     Attendees will be able to utilize the Normal and Predictable Developmental Milestones Model for treating adopted children and their families.

2.     Attendees will be able to recognize complicated grief and dissociative reactions in children surrounding their losses in adoption.

 Course Outline: 

1.     Present the treatment model of Normal and Developmental Milestones for all adoptive families and how it interacts and overlaps Eric Erickson’s Developmental Model.

2.     Present Kenneth Doka’s model of Disenfranchised Grief and how it leads to dissociative states for adoptees.

3.     Present Nancy Verrier’s model of the Primal Wound and how it creates attachment injury.

4.     Case presentations of the subset of adoptees whose trauma evolves into a more malignant clinical dissociative identity disorder and adoptee parricide.






Parking info for Weekday/daytime programs:


The LACPA office address is THE ENCINO OFFICE PARK, 6345 Balboa Blvd, Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316 - second building from Balboa Blvd., conveniently located near ample free daytime/weekday street parking on Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd.  Both sides of Balboa have all day free parking.  There is also plenty of free parking at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex on the west side of Balboa, south of Victory, 6201 Balboa Blvd. (2nd driveway past the Busway). A 3-4 minute walk to the office door.  Wherever you park, please check the signs. 


Parking at The Encino Office Park lot between the hours of 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. is restricted to building tenants only.  Please do not park in the lot at the building.



* Attention Brown Bag Attendees!


There is a café in our complex called Park Café and Grill located in building four. They carry a wonderful selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and daily specials throughout the day.    


If you are interested, you may place an order the morning of the program 818-578-5606.  Walk-ins are fine.


For their menu and more details, you can view their website at www.parkcafeandgrill.com




This Brown Bag Event is available to all LACPA Members.  

This is a FREE LACPA MEMBER BENEFIT. Seating is limited.  


Certification of Attendance for Continuing Education Credit

Please note that the Brown Bag Programs are being offered as a LACPA Membership Benefit.  Attendance is limited to 50 LACPA members. Should you have a friend or colleague who would like to attend, please have them join LACPA before they send in this registration form. Programs subject to change.


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.



It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 5 minutes (for a 1.5 hour program) after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


Program and location are subject to change.




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