“The training was amazing.  My husband and I wanted more!”

Adoptive Parent

“Sally’s energy, personality and teaching style made the two day training fly by.   She presented the material in way we could understand and imagine how we could apply it when our children came home.”

Adoptive Parent

Foster-Adopt Program Training
Presenter:     Sally Guyer, MSW
Starfish Consulting & Training Group
Portland, OR

With over 25 years’ experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, Sally has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experiences. She is a dynamic speaker and makes learning fun. Her work is steeped in Attachment Theory and Trauma Informed Care principles. During her 15 years at Boys and Girls Aid in Oregon, she spearheaded child-centered change through essential program development and execution.  Many of these programs are now practiced statewide.  She has presented on a variety of topics at multiple local, state, and national conferences including Wendy’s Wonderful Kids National Summit hosted by the Dave Thomas Foundation, Idaho PARC Conference, Child Welfare League of America, Shoulder to Shoulder, Head Start National Hispanic Institute, and many more.

Sally’s professional goals are to ensure parents have the skills they need to parent securely attached children. She believes that every child deserves at least one parent who wakes up every morning thrilled and honored to parent that child. She also believes that those serving children and families need support and ongoing training.   Sally’s unique training provides tools and action items parents can take away and begin to use within their own families and/or to better understand which professionals to include within their treatment team.

Training topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to Understanding Attachment Development
  • Typical Child Development
  • Impact of Trauma on Child Development
  • Understanding Child Sexual Abuse & Mitigating Impact
  • Birth Families and Openness
  • Atypical Development
    • Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND)
    • Autism
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Introduction to Trauma, Grief, and Loss
  • Boundaries, Family Systems, and Adoption

Who should attend this training?
Foster-Adopt Program families who have in the application process*
The May Foster-Adopt Training provided by Sally Guyer is the required training program for the Foster-Adopt families who are in the application process.   A few spots remain open.  To secure your spot, email admin@adoptanewbeginning.org.

Friday, May 18 from 10-7
Saturday, May 19 from 9-5