Events & Trainings for Professionals

Spence-Chapin is a non-profit organization established in the early 1900’s that provides holistic and compassionate counseling and support services to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy or have recently given birth and are unsure about parenting. We provide medical professionals, counselors, social service advocates and community members with cutting-edge continuing education programs, ​and offer relevant and engaging, web-based and in-person adoption and child welfare resources. Through our diverse and meaningful programming, we hope to equip professionals with the knowledge they need to help provide positive and healthy outcomes for the women and children we serve.

To register or learn more contact Talia at [email protected] or 212-360-0245.

All our events are free to attend.

Understanding Power and Gender Based Violence (Continuing Education Workshop hosted in collaboration with Rutgers School of Social Work)

Monday, June 24, 2024, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm ET

Gender and power-based violence is a major health and safety issue around the world. Social Workers and others within helping professions will encounter individuals who have experienced or committed forms of power or gender-based violence in their lifetimes. Yet, there is often a lack of understanding about these forms of violence, why they occur and the impact on individuals and society at large. This unique training hosted by Spence-Chapin in collaboration with Rutgers School of Social Work is designed for perinatal health professionals and social workers who are eager to expand their knowledge of the fundamental issues related to violence against women in all its forms – physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Participants will also learn when and how to make a referral to Spence-Chapin, the free services and support we provide to our clients, and how we assist professionals working with this population.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 CE hours for New York, New Jersey and Arizona social workers.

THE SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTION PROGRAM: AN INTRODUCTION FOR PROFESSIONALS (VIRTUAL)

Thu, Jun 6, 2024 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Since 1995, Spence-Chapin has found adoptive families for more than 550 children with medical and developmental challenges. Join us for an intimate conversation with an adoptive family who will share their experience pursuing adoption through this unique program.

This discussion will be moderated by Monica Baker, Senior Director of Spence-Chapin’s Domestic and Special Needs Adoption Program. The webinar is designed for perinatal healthcare professionals to learn about Spence-Chapin’s Special Needs Adoption Program as well as our free, confidential, and unbiased options counseling and adoption planning services for expectant and biological parents. Attendees will learn about when and how to make a referral to Spence-Chapin, the free services and support we provide to our clients, and how Spence-Chapin is able to find permanent loving adoptive families for infants, older children and children with special medical needs.

Please note that this webinar will not provide continuing education units.

Understanding Adoption at Spence-Chapin for Medical Professionals in New York & New Jersey

Wednesday, August 9th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

This webinar is designed for perinatal healthcare professionals in New York and New Jersey to learn about Spence-Chapin’s free, confidential, and unbiased options counseling and adoption planning services for expectant and biological parents. Attendees will learn about when and how to make a referral to Spence-Chapin, the free services and support we provide to our clients, how we assist healthcare providers when an adoption takes place at the hospital, and follow-up support provided to birth and adoptive families. We will also discuss how Spence-Chapin is able to find permanent loving adoptive families for infants, older children and children with special medical needs.

Reproductive Justice: What Social Workers Need to Know (CE)

Tuesday, September 12, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

This professional development training event hosted by Spence-Chapin features training by Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, LCSW, MBE, Rutgers School of Social Work.

This virtual workshop hosted by Spence-Chapin in collaboration with Rutgers School of Social Work will introduce, define, and explore the tenets of Reproductive Justice and how they directly apply to social work advocacy and practice. A framework developed by minoritized groups in the 1990s, RJ moves the abortion discourse beyond “choice” and considers the elements that contribute to or hinder true bodily autonomy: the right to have a child, the right to not have a child, and the right raise a child in safe and healthy environments. As RJ especially considers the impact of legislation, policy, and intervention on vulnerable communities, it is especially relevant during today’s socio-political climate. Concrete suggestions for advocacy and intervention will also be provided.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 CE hours for New York and New Jersey social workers.

This event has not yet opened for registration.

THE LANGUAGE OF ADOPTION (CE)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Join Spence-Chapin and the Rutgers School of Social Work for a free Continuing Education Workshop in honor of National Adoption Month.

Learning to speak a new language is a skill that takes time and practice. When working with families formed by adoption, the words we use make a difference. Utilizing the principles of Object Relations Theory, this virtual workshop is designed to provide effective strategies for perinatal health professionals and social workers who work with anyone touched by adoption. Participants will gain an understanding of adoption centered language and will demonstrate, through small group activity and role play, their enhanced ability to effectively connect with those involved in the adoption constellation.

This workshop will equip practitioners with all the skills and information needed to fully support a patient who is considering adoption or making an adoption plan for their baby. Additional topics covered will include the use of accurate terms, assisting birth families and adoptive families with navigating open adoption, and techniques on how to craft developmentally appropriate discussions with children about adoption and birth stories.

The Rutgers School of Social Work will provide 3 CE hours for New York & New Jersey social workers.

This event has not yet opened for registration.

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