Lost in Translation, Found in Relation: Treating Adoptees & their Families

Billie A. Pivnick, PhD
with filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal

April 6, 2013; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Register now for Lost in Translation, Found in Relation: Treating Adoptees and their Families.

4 CEUs, $100 for the general public; $85 for NIPPA members; $65 for NIP candidates & other students (with ID)

Late Registration:  Please note that registration within one week of a CE workshop incurs an additional $25 fee.  

A narrative approach to adoption can open new lines of exploration – making room for curiosity in adoptees, adoptive families, and those called on to assist them. Gaps in self-experience create moments in family life and psychotherapy with adoptees that can be characterized as being "left without a word." Our aim in therapy is to help these adoptees move from feeling "lost in translation" to feeling "found in relation." This workshop will illustrate the implicit paradoxes inherent in moving from being born to being borne, demonstrating how a narrative approach can unfold. In the workshop, we will review clinical case material and view the award-winning documentary "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy," including a discussion with filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal.

Billie Pivnick photoBillie Pivnick, PhD, an adoptive mother, is faculty and supervisor in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the White Institute. She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the New Directions Program in Psychoanalytic Writing, and is consulting psychologist to the National September 11 Memorial  & Museum. In her private practice she specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults confronting difficulties with loss and trauma, including those resulting from adoption.

Stephanie Wang-Breal is the director/producer of the Emmy®-nominated documentary, Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). The film has received numerous awards internationally and was broadcast on PBS. Ms. Wang-Breal also directs commercials, art videos for not-for-profit organizations, and stories for various media outlets.  She is currently developing a documentary on the US child welfare system.


This program has been approved by NASW-New York State for 4.0 contact hours under approval number S-496-E. The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NIP maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents.

Cancellations:  Cancellations made prior to a week before the event will be given a refund of registration fees, minus a $25 administrative fee.  Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests made within a week of the event or for no-shows the day of the event.