Webinar: “Complex trauma and disenfranchised grief in the context of forced adoption”


PROVIDER: Australian Psychological Society

DATE: 24 November 2016, at 7pm (AEDT)


Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, this webinar will feature an interdisciplinary panel of experts facilitated by Dr Lyn O’Grady, and will focus on a fictional case study of 68-year-old Beverly, who gave birth to a daughter many years ago and has never spoken of it.

The webinar is suitable for psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and GPs.


It is highly recommended that participants complete a one-hour online course on forced adoption prior to attending this webinar. CPD points can be claimed for completing the online course as well as the webinar.
It is an accredited activity within RACGP’s QI&CPD Program. PDP points can be claimed with ACRRM, and CPD points can be claimed with other professional bodies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • outline the range of long-term impacts of past forced adoption experiences on mothers
  • describe the core principles of trauma-informed practice when working with mothers affected by forced adoption
  • identify ways to integrate the trauma-informed principles into day-to-day interactions with mothers affected by forced adoption and as part of practitioners’ overarching service provision


  • Assoc Prof Daryl Higgins, Psychologist and Deputy Director (Research), Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Dr Johanna Lynch, general practitioner
  • Greg Roberts, grief specialist
  • Facilitator: Dr Lyn O’Grady, community psychologist

COST: There is no charge for participating in this webinar

MORE INFORMATION: If you have any questions about this webinar, please email forced_adoption@psychology.org.au

REGISTRATION: http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/65142e