Heather and Gabriel are based in SouthWest Virginia. Heather is a Licensed professional Counselor in the state of virginia and Gabriel is a resident in counseling.

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Ep. 43 Racial and Ethnic Identity in Adoptive Families

International and Transracial adoptions add another layer of complexity to the challenges faced by those touched by adoption.  In this episode, Heather and Gabriel interview Susan F. Branco, PhD, LCPC (MD), LPC (VA), NCC, ACS.  Dr. Branco is a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland. For thirteen years she has maintained an independent clinical practice specializing in working with adults, children, and families connected to adoption and foster care. In addition, she has professional experience working in community mental health, pre natal care clinics, and with immigrant populations. She utilizes attachment theory, family systems, and trauma informed approaches in her clinical practice. Currently, Dr. Branco is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Division Director at Loyola Clinical Centers in the Pastoral Counseling department at Loyola University Maryland. She is a 2014 National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow and currently serves on the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council.

Dr. Branco outlines:

  • Tips for mental health professionals working with individuals and families touched by adoption

  • Developmental tasks for identity development of an adopted individual

  • Specific challenges for transracial and international adoption

  • Racial and ethnicity identity development tasks

  • The concept of Reculturation

Dr. Branco also suggested several resources:

Ep. 44 Adoption and Mental Health Part 2

Ep. 42 Networking Follow Up