Clinical Workshop

Special Needs Adopted Youth

Clinical workshop, International Conference on Adoption Research
July 13, 2018, Montreal, Quebec


General scope

In Quebec, adopted youth are either adopted from abroad or from care. Like elsewhere in the world, the face of adoption has changed over the years. Ratification of the Hague Convention, additional delays in the adoption process and the later age of youth available for adoption bring new challenges to professionals working in the field of adoption. This clinical workshop aims to bridge together clinicians and researchers and help professionals acquire new skills in order to intervene with adoptees and their family.


Target audience

This clinical workshop is open to all clinicians and professionals working in the field of adoption. More specifically, it is designed for psychologists, social workers, nurses and educators working with adoptees and adoptive parents. This workshop is also of particular interest for professionals working in intercountry accredited bodies.

Johanne Lemieux

Social worker and psychotherapist

For over 20 years, Johanne Lemieux has been working with adopted youth and adoptive families. She has become a renowned clinical therapist in Quebec and across Europe. She divides her time between her private practice and other professionnal activites as a lecturer, trainer, author and clinical consultant for private NGOs and gouvernmental authorities. She is the co-author with Dr. Jean-François Chicoine of a bestselling book published in 2003 (L’enfant adopté dans le monde en quinze chapitres et demi). She has been writing a series of educational booklets based on her approach (© Adopteparentalité). The collection published by Québec-Amérique currently includes two books (La normalité adoptive : les clés pour accompagner l’enfant adopté, 2013; L’adoption : mieux vivre les trois premières années, 2016). The third in the series will focus on adopted adolescents and young adults. As a skilled communicator, she is regularly asked to speak to the media.


David Brodzinsky

Emeritus Professor, Developmental and Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University

David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Developmental and Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University and past Board member and Director of Research of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Currently, he is Research Director of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. For over 35 years, his research and scholarly writings have focused primarily on issues related to the adjustment of adopted and foster children and their families. He is especially well known for his research on developmental and family issues related to adopted children’s adjustment. Dr. Brodzinsky maintains an active private practice in clinical and forensic psychology in Oakland, CA, much of which focuses on the mental health needs of adoption kinship members. He has been a consultant to countless public and private adoption agencies and has conducted workshops and seminars on adoption and foster care for mental health professionals, adoption professionals, and the lay public throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also has published widely on the psychology of adoption in professional journals and is the co-author or co-editor of five books on adoption, the most recent being, Adoption by Gays and Lesbians: A New Dimension in Family Diversity (2012).