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Remote Learning – Training for Adoption Competency (TAC)

Friday, October 7

Training for Adoption Competency (TAC™) is a comprehensive, evidence-based training designed exclusively for licensed mental health professionals, providing the clinical knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve the adoption kinship network.

Through remote instruction, TAC students master 18 areas of knowledge, values and skills that are critical to providing effective adoption mental health services. The TAC program is designed to increase access to adoption competent mental health for all members of the adoption kinship network and to improve the well-being of adopted children and their foster, adoptive or guardianship families.

This postgraduate curriculum was created by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.™) with the assistance of a national advisory board of experts in child welfare, adoption and mental health as well as individuals with lived experience. TAC is accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and is the only accredited, assessment-based certificate program on adoption competency in the country.

For more information regarding the TAC program, including learning objectives, benefits and evaluation process, visit www.adoptionsupport.org or read our frequently asked questions below. An application form is available at the bottom of the page.

 

How much does the TAC program cost?

  • The program costs $1,210.
  • A $40 payment will be required to take the final TAC assessment.

Where will classes be held?

  • Classes will be held remotely.
  • The final TAC assessment will be taken remotely at the participants discretion.

When are the classes?

  • Classes begin October 7 and will take place the first Friday of each month:
    • October 7
    • November 4
    • December 2
    • January 6
    • February 3
    • March 3
    • April 7
    • May 5
    • June 2
    • July 7
    • August 4

Who can participate in TAC?

  • The TAC program is designed for mental health professionals who work with adopted children, youth and their families. To participant in this training program, you must have the following credentials when you enter the program:
    • Master’s degree (or higher) in social work, a counseling field or other related discipline with current professional license or under clinical supervision in preparation for professional licensing. This means that the professional:
      • Is already clinically licensed and working in a clinical capacity with adoptive families in either an agency specializing in work with adoptive families or in private practice or community mental health setting serving adoptive families on a regular basis.
      • Or is under clinical supervision in preparation for clinical licensing and is working in a clinical capacity with adoptive families in an agency specializing in work with adoptive families or in private practice or community mental health setting serving adoptive families on a regular basis.
    • Master’s Level Professionals (or higher) in social work, a counseling field or other related discipline who do not hold a clinical license but whose work involves some interface with members of the adoption kinship network so that he/she is able to incorporate learning into practice.
    • Demonstration in the personal statement and the resume that the applicant:
      • Has a strong professional background with the requisite knowledge and skills that will serve as the foundation for developing the more advanced knowledge and skills offered in this training program.
      • Has experience or genuine interest in working with adopted persons, prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and birth family members, adoptive families and kinship families in clinical settings.
      • Will be able to incorporate the learning from the training program in his/her clinical practice.

What are the requirements for the TAC program?

  • Participants are required to attend all modules*, complete at least 5 clinical case consultations where at least one case is presented by the participant, complete necessary pre- and post-module assignments and evaluations, and pass the final TAC assessment.
    • *Participants are allowed to miss no more than two modules. Make-up work must be completed for any missed modules.

Can I get Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)?

  • Yes, 66 hrs of CEUs have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) upon completion of the TAC program.

 

Applications are due by August 31.

If you have more questions, please contact Stacy Varouh at svarouh@lfsneb.org.

 

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Date:
Friday, October 7

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