Professional Training - Preparing Our Families to Adopt the Older Children From Overseas
JCCA, 120 Wall Street, NYC

The Ametz Training Institute for Professionals is geared for professionals working with adoptive families and families-to-be. Each 3-hour session (5 per year) includes a didactic presentation and time for interactive, discussion. Many sessions cover topics related to international adoption and meet Hague standards for training. 3 CEU credits per session.

Held at JCCA, 120 Wall Street, NYC
$45 per session, $200 for the 5-session series.
Pre-registration required and space is limited.  To pre-register online, click the "Register Online" button below. Click here to register for the entire 5-session series ($200).

Boris Gindis, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist, Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation and Tatyana Gindis, Director, Post-Adoption Learning Center
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 from 1-4 pm

This training session addresses academic, psychological and social issues families face when adopting an older child (over age 4). Explore how early foster care and institutional experiences affect a child’s cognitive and social interactions. Then, learn how to assist families in pre-adoption preparation and post-adoption advocacy to enhance their child and family’s adjustment, and increase the child’s learning and social capacities.

 Creating a checklist of areas families need to explore prior to adopting, including cultural and language issues, information to obtain from country of origin and expectations for the adjustment phase and day-to-day parenting.

 Purpose of establishing and maintaining a network of professionals and a support system for the family and child.

 Understanding the origins and manifestation of cognitive and academic delays in internationally adopted children.

 Availability and usefulness of psycho-educational evaluation as a pre-requisite of better adjustment and remediation of an international adoptee.

 School, home and community-based remedial methodology.

 Developing a “Road Map” for recovery: advocacy and coordination of school and home efforts for successful adjustment and cognitive and academic remediation of internationally adopted children.

Boris Gindis, Ph.D. received his doctorate in developmental psychology at the Moscow Academic Research Institute of General and Educational Psychology and his post-doctoral training in School Psychology at the City University of New York. He is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified bilingual (Russian/English) school psychologist. Dr. Gindis specializes in clinical work and research in the field of international adoption. He is the Chief Psychologist at the Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation, located in Nanuet, NY. The Center provides bilingual psycho-educational evaluations and other services for internationally adopted children in cooperation with a network of mental health and education specialists. Dr. Gindis is the principal instructor at the BGCenter Online School, where he teaches courses for parents of internationally adopted children and school and adoption agency professionals. Dr. Gindis is the author of over 40 scientific articles and book chapters, has served as a guest-editor for psychology journals, and has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences. He is a Full Professor (retired) and former Director of Bilingual Program at Touro College Graduate School of Education and Psychology. To learn more about Dr. Gindis and his clinical service and research in the field of international adoption, please visit and

Tatyana Gindis is the executive director of the Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation (BGCenter) since 2000 and the Director of the Post-Adoption Learning Center (PAL Center) since 2003. Both companies specialize with psychological services to the internationally adopting community: the BGCenter provides clinical services (psychological assessments, therapies) to adopted children and the PAL Center is devoted solely to promoting education and support of adoptive families pre- and post-adoption via online classes, publication, CDs, workshops and free consultations.  In addition to managing these companies, Mrs. Gindis is the editor of the BGCenter and PAL Center combined Newsletter, technical specialist behind the three Internet sites of these companies, a co-developer of all the BGCenter Online School classes and CDs and your first line of support and advice when you call the Centers with your questions.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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