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Education Seminars

Education Seminars

Education Seminars for Intercountry Adoptive Families

The Intercountry Adoption Family Support Service (ICAFS) provides families formed through adoption with opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge, through a range of on and offline education seminars and workshops. These seminars cover topics and issues pertinent to the unique experience of adoptive parenting.

On this page we will be highlighting upcoming seminar topics and dates, as well as providing access to past events and educational resources.


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Identity and Belonging – Parenting Intercountry Adopted Teens

Online Interactive Seminar

The 21st century represents new opportunities and challenges for family life and parenting. Parents of intercountry adopted children have additional worries as the tasks of identity formation and belonging have added complexity during the adolescent years.

This online interactive workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Identify issues in raising adolescents today
  • What is similar and also different in parenting children who are in permanent care and adoption
  • Should I be worried? Sign posts for identifying concerns
  • Adolescent Development – Some key themes
  • Specific areas of concern for parents
  • Approaches for parents in caring for their adolescents in today’s context
  • Commit to specific parenting efforts intended to strengthen parent-teen relationships.

Seminar Details & How to register

Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Cost: FREE (Registrations Limited – book in early)

Who should attend: Parents of intercountry adopted children 11+yrs

More Info: Call ICAFS Service on 1300 543 396

Registrations: Click Here to Register

About the Presenter

George Habib, Clinical psychologist and Deputy Director of Psychology within Monash Health

Prior to his current role, George worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS), and in clinical leadership roles within Government, Health and the NGO sector. His experience includes working as a Senior Psychologist with Berry Streets Take Two Program, and as the Regional Principal Practitioner for DHS Child Protection in the Southern Metropolitan Region.

He has had twenty years of experience in working therapeutically with children and adolescents across multiple settings. George’s particular clinical interests include attachment disruptions, PTSD and working with adolescents and adults with personality disorders. He works clinically with children, adolescents, adults and their families within complex systems. George provides professional education to Medical and other Health Professionals and also to parents and caregivers. In addition to his current work in public health, George is also a Board member of the Victorian State Government’s Therapeutic Treatment Board. He has worked with the intercountry adoption community for over two decades.


Recognise and Repair – Online Interactive Seminar

Addressing the uniqueness of adoptive parenting

Parenting children through adoption can be exceptionally rewarding, but it is also a demanding and challenging task which requires great skill and sensitivity.  This workshop was intended to provide adoptive parents with a framework to better understand the behaviour of their children so they can settle and flourish in their family.

The workshop was based on Trauma and Attachment Theory and on how the interactions in daily family life are a vehicle through which children can be moved towards security.

To gain access to the recording of this seminar please contact our Intercountry Adoption Family Support Coordinator at or via phone on 1300 543 396.

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