A series of advanced, evidence-based courses on specialized theories and practices for treating adopted and foster children and their families. Relevant for those mental health professionals working with children and families impacted by adoption, foster care, and relative care, and by child abuse, trauma, and neglect.
Increase effective, accessible, and affordable mental health support for adopted/foster children and their families
Prepare adoption-component professionals skilled in using evidence-based strategies for the emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues of children with histories of abuse, trauma, and neglect
Reduce the risk of adoptive, foster and guardianship family dissolution
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.
Mental health professionals can apply to the the program and earn a Certificate of Completion in Adoption and Foster Family Therapy upon successful program completion. This training Certificate is a total of 70 hours and includes:
6 courses [8 training days] totaling 70 hours.
Coursework can be completed in 4-6 months if taken in consecutive order. Courses offered twice a year.
Oregon DHS Child Welfare Professionals
The significant role of the child welfare professional in supporting the success of the child and the family is well recognized. This training series provides child welfare professionals with the advanced training necessary to:
Recognize and encourage adoptive and foster care families’ strengths and resiliencies to support their children.
Recognize the emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues of children with histories of abuse, trauma & neglect.
Support adoptive and foster families in developing alternate approaches, realistic expectations, and strategies for helping their children thrive.
Child welfare professionals receive a Professional Certificate: Child Welfare Practice with Adoptive & Foster Families upon successful completion of all six courses [8 training days] totaling 70 hours.
Admissions Process for Mental Health Professionals
There is no application or admissions process for taking an individual workshop or course. An application is only necessary to earn the Certificate of Completion and to be listed in the directory. Applications are accepted throughout the year. For complete requirements, visit the Mental Health Professionals page.
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. Those 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, Central and Coastal Oregon.
Courses are free of charge to qualifying Oregon therapists who provide mental health treatment for adoptive, foster, and guardianship children and their families.
Flexible format – Classroom or Live Video Streaming
Classroom location is in Salem, Oregon at the Child Welfare Partnership office. If you prefer to participate via Live Video Streaming, please select that option at registration for each course. Please note that reliable, high speed Internet connection is required to participate via Live Stream.
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.
Continuing Education Hours
Participants receive a CEU certificate upon completion of each workshop.
There are 70 CEU hours available for the full certificate program. CEU hours may be used toward Oregon and Washington counseling or social work licensure renewal. They may also be appropriate for Oregon psychology continuing education and are NBCC certified. Continuing Education Units from Portland State University are typically accepted in all states. Check with your licensing board or professional association to verify.