Instructor: Maris Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Course Code: SWCHIWEL/6
Description: Although adoption is not the family-builder of choice for a large number of Americans, it is imperative that every social worker in every field of practice have an understanding of contemporary adoption. Content will include: What are the various types of adoption and the steps to achieve them; what is required to be a successful adoptive parent; why do people adopt, and not adopt; what do we need to know when adoptive parents or adoptees become part of our personal or professional lives?
CE Hours: 3
About the Instructor:
Maris H. Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Maris Blechner is an adoptive and birth parent, a licensed clinical social worker and educator, and a nationally respected trainer and speaker who has spent the last thirty-six years working for the improvement of the lives of older children in the child welfare system. One of the founders of the parent-led multi-service adoption agency that she directed for twenty-six years, Maris relates proudly that she comes from the citizen-activist child-advocacy community and brings that neighborhood and personal family experience to her professional work. These days she also enjoys mentoring for Children’s Corps, doing specialized consulting and training, and teaching on Wednesdays at her own school, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has recently been featured as a story-teller (about adoption) on the Moth Radio Hour, on NPR and podcasts, and even on the BBC.
PHONE REGISTRATION: (212) 650-3850
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COURSE: (212) 396-7619