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Supporting the Mental Health of Adopted Teenagers: Research, Theory and Practice

16 October, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Evidence seminar co-delivered with Dr Morvwen Duncan, a Clinical Psychologist

6 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers and other professionals working with children and families.


This bespoke evidence seminar delivered by Dr Morvwen Duncan will explore how adoption practitioners can provide comprehensive and well-informed mental health support for adopted teenagers and help adoptive parents do the same.

We will discuss the unique challenges faced by adopted teenagers, emphasizing the crucial aspect of identity formation during adolescence. Our agenda includes insightful sessions on the prevalence of mental health difficulties, risk factors analysis, and practical applications of renowned models like Kim Golding’s Pyramid of Needs and Bronfrenbrenner’s framework. Develop skills in the identification and onward referral treatment of adopted teenagers based on NICE guidelines, with hands-on case studies for practical application.

You will have an opportunity to engage in enriching discussions, hands-on case studies, and smaller group tasks to refine your skills in the identification and onward referral treatment of adopted teenagers based on NICE guidelines, with hands-on case studies for practical application. You will be equipped with practical tools to support adopted parents, navigate identity issues, and implement effective strategies.

By the end of this webinar, you will have acquired a well-rounded skill set, enabling you to navigate the complexities of supporting the mental health of adopted teenagers with confidence and effectiveness.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insights into the distinctive challenges faced by adopted teenagers, fostering a deeper understanding of their mental health needs
  • Explore the intricacies of identity formation during adolescence
  • Apply theoretical knowledge on the prevalence of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and conduct disorder
  • Develop skills in the identification and onward referral treatment
  • Acquire strategies to support adopted parents
  • Develop a toolkit for addressing self-harm concerns and implement ACT/CBT strategies to provide comprehensive support for mental health challenges
  • Embrace a holistic approach to mental health support, integrating theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and empathetic strategies to make a positive impact on the well-being of adopted teenagers

About the trainer

Dr Morvwen Duncan

Morvwen is a HCPC (The Health and Care Professions Council) registered Clinical Psychologist offering assessment and evidence-based treatment to children and young people for a range of mental health difficulties. This includes supporting young people who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and difficulties forming or maintaining relationships. She also provides support to parents and carers for children with challenging behaviour.

Dr Morvwen Duncan is experienced in working with children and young people of all ages, including children with complex needs due to neurodevelopmental co-morbidities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has experience working therapeutically with young people and their parents adjusting and coping with long-term health conditions. Dr Morvwen Duncan has also worked with young people with adverse early life experiences, often relating to abuse and neglect.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week before the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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