NACSW Online Continuing Education

The Family of Adoption: One Family/Four Narratives
Length: 90 minutes
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • clergy
  • students
  • human service workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 1.5

Helen Harris
Jennifer Hale
Beth Harris
Caitlin Hale
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Course Outline

The adoption narrative is provided in this interactive presentation from multiple perspectives. Presenters include a birth mother, adoptive mother, adopted child, and birth sister in an adoption twenty one years ago now the story of two families entering each others' narrative of loss and reunion and new family.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment

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Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Hear the adoption narrative from birth parent, adoptive parents and children and be better prepared to work with and support all three

2. Understand the common losses and the healing in reunion that are part of the adoption experience

3. Apply the principles of Alan Keith-Lucas to the adoption experience


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Helen Harris, EdD, LCSW is a senior lecturer in the Baylor School of Social Work where she has taught for 16 years. She is the former director of a hospice program in Texas and has worked in foster care and adoptions. She is an adoptive parent of two children.

Jennifer Hale is a nurse and the executive director of a state hospice organization. She is a birthmother of one of the presenters.

Beth Harris is a junior social work student at the Baylor School of Social Work where she serves on the BSW recruitment team. She is the daughter of Helen Harris, her adoptive mother and the daughter of Jennifer Hale, her birth mother.

Caitlin Hale is a college student who is the daughter of Jennifer Hale and sister of Elisabeth Harris. Caitlin was raised by her mother, Jennifer Hale, and lives with her in Dacula, Georgia. She will speak from the narrative of a sibling who has recently been reunited with her sister who was placed for adoption.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

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