Sign your teen up for Barker's Virtual Teen Therapeutic Discussion Groups This Summer!
Objective: "In Our Voices" Teen Therapeutic Discussion Groups For Middle Schoolers provides a safe space and full week for adopted teens to connect with each other and discuss various adoption & identity topics as well as social justice and relevant current events. This therapeutic discussion group will discuss issues related to anti-racism, adoptee rights, and recognition, LGBTQ affirmation, and more!
Who: For Tweens/Teens in 6th to 8th Grade
When: August 3-8 | Time: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
- Cost: $230.00 for all 6 sessions
- Each session will be held online via Zoom (limited to 12-14 people).
- Please try to ensure teens enter the virtual group promptly and stay for the entire hour 15 minutes if possible.
- Teens will have a chance to exchange contact/social media info at the end of the 6 sessions.
- Sessions for 9th to 12th Graders held in July. View here.
More About These Sessions
Session 1 (Monday, August 3)
- Teens will have a chance to share adoption stories (pictures, mementos, etc. are welcome)
DISCUSS & EXPLORE
Sessions 2-5 (Tuesday, August 4 - Friday, August 7)
- Discussion topics:
- Assumptions, questions, opinions that others have regarding adoption and how it affects us, how we respond
- Advocating/empowering yourself
- Exploring identity/authenticity
- What’s in your control? What’s not in your control? How do you cope?
- What resources, books, movies, podcasts, etc. are helpful?
- Current events – COVID, racial protests and how they are affecting them in regards to adoption
Session 6 (Saturday, August 8)
- What do we want our parents to know?
- Possible presentation or PSA to share with Barker and adoption community regarding social justice or adoption-related education
- How can we continue to support one another and support other adoptees?
About The Facilitator
Kristen Reighard is a Nationally Certified Counselor who has worked with Barker for over 10 years. She facilitates Barker’s monthly Adult Adoptee Discussion Group. In addition, she co-facilitates Barker’s Adopted Kids' & Teens' Groups throughout the year. Kristen is also an adoptee herself. She was transracially adopted as a baby from Seoul, South Korea and grew up in New Jersey. She has been married for 7 years and has a son and daughter.