Mental Health Professionals



The series provides mental health professionals with the therapeutic skills necessary to:

  • Identify and enhance adoptive and foster care families’ strengths and resiliencies to support their children
  • Treat the mental health issues of children with histories of child abuse, trauma, and neglect
  • Guide adoptive and foster families in developing alternate approaches, expectations, and interactive strategies for helping their children thrive
  • Provide accessible mental health services to adoptive and foster families



Licensed mental health professionals that apply and successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion in Adoption and Foster Family Therapy.


This training Certificate is a total of 70 CEU hours and includes:

  • 6 courses [8 training days] totaling 70 hours
  • This Certificate Program can be completed in 4-6 months if taken in consecutive order. Courses offered twice a year.


Course Learning Objectives: What you can expect to learn



Prioritization Process for Mental Health Professionals

This program is primarily intended for Oregon mental health professionals who are licensed, in supervision for licensure, or non-licensed therapists who are practitioners in agencies licensed to provide mental health services. Therapists who provide treatment to the targeted audience and accept Oregon Health Plan (OHP) will be prioritized for the first series following their initial application. The program is available statewide, but priority seating is available for those in Eastern, Southern, Coastal, and Central Oregon. Oregon Child Welfare Professionals will be accepted as seats are available.


The following geographic regions are prioritized in this order:

  1. Eastern Oregon
    Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam, Wheeler, Sherman, Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa, Baker, Union, Malheur, Grant, and Harney counties
  2. Southern Oregon
    Coos, Curry, Douglas, Klamath, Lake, Jackson, and Josephine counties
  3. Coastal Oregon
    Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook, and Lincoln counties
  4. Central Oregon
    Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties
  5. Mid-Willamette Valley
    Willamette Valley, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Benton, Linn, and Lane counties
  6. Portland Tri-County Area
    Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties




Application Process

An application is only necessary to earn the Certificate of Completion and to be listed in the Directory (see below). Applications are accepted throughout the year. An application is NOT needed to take an individual course; however, there is a prioritization process in place to ensure that the target audience is reached.



Apply to the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program




Registration Process

Registration must be completed on a per-course basis, and is separate from an application.


Please note that registration does not guarantee a seat in the course. Registration closes approximately 30 days prior to the date of each course. When all registration requests have been processed and prioritized, you will be notified via email if your registration has been accepted. Please add this date to your calendar as tentative appointment.


Course List & Registration information





Courses are free of charge to qualifying Oregon mental health professionals (described above) who provide mental health treatment for adoptive and foster children and their families.




Adoption & Foster Family Therapy Certificate of Completion Requirements

For mental health professionals, the total of 70 CEU hours can be earned by attending and completing all coursework. The Certificate can be completed in 4 - 6 months if all courses are taken in consecutive order. All courses are offered twice each year. Professionals can enter the program at any time during the year.




What is a Certificate of Completion (noncredit)?

Certificates of Completion are awarded to all noncredit students who successfully complete a series of focused workshops. The certificate reflects the total contact hours earned in continuing education units. In addition, students needing to document their participation on a workshop-by-workshop basis can receive a certificate of completion for each individual workshop they successfully complete. These certificates of completion have been approved by the appropriate department(s).




What is Structured Peer Case Consultation and Education? *This applies to the 2016-2017 cohort only*

Upon completion of the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program courses, mental health professionals will be required to participate in 2 of the Structured Peer Case Consultation and Education Group to earn the Certificate of Completion. This consultation group is designed to assist therapists in the practical application of emerging theory and research in the treatment of trauma for the specialized populations of foster care and adoption. This group meets 4 times a year to continue their learning through presentation of therapy cases and casework issues.




Oregon Directory

Mental Health professionals who earn the Certificate of Completion are part of a core group of clinicians available to serve adoptive, foster, and relative families throughout Oregon. A directory of Mental Health professionals who have completed this training certificate is available here.




Links for Mental Health Professionals


Apply to the Adoptive & Foster Family Therapy Certificate Program


Course List & Registration



Portland State University

Child Welfare Partnership

626 High Street NE

Suite 400

Salem, OR 97301


(503) 584-7315

Have questions? Check out the FAQ Section!
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Have questions? Check out the FAQ Section!
Have questions? Check out the FAQ Section!
Have questions? Check out the FAQ Section!