2016 Conference At-A-Glance

 37th Annual American Adoption Congress
International Conference
Schedule At-A-Glance

NOTE:  Please be aware of times that Registration will be open.  
These times will be adhered to so those on the Registration Desk may attend workshops
Disclaimer: Please be aware that this is the latest draft schedule of the 2016 AAC Conference.
However, this information is subject to change based on a variety of factors.


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Day/
Date
Date/
Time
Session Workshop Title Presenter(s) Credentials
Wednesday
03/30/2016
  1:30 PM 
  3:30 PM
  REGISTRATION OPEN
REGISTRATION CLOSED
   
    3:45 PM -
  4:00 PM
  Welcome    
    4:00 PM -
  5:30 PM
KEYNOTE Knowing Where We Came From, Informs Where We Should Be Going Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao Ed.D., LCSW, LMFT
    5:30 PM
  6:45 PM
  Dinner on your own    
    6:15 PM
  8:15 pm
  REGISTRATION OPEN
REGISTRATION CLOSED 
   
            
    7:00 PM -
  8:15 PM
  Welcome to AAC 2016! Pam Hasegawa
Susan Friel-Williams
BA, English
 
    8:30 PM -
10:00 PM
FILM We're Not Blood Jeff Togman PhD
           
Thursday
03/31/2016
  6:30 AM-
  9:00 AM
  Breakfast    
    6:30 AM-
  7:30 AM
  Moving Meditation Yoga Cathy Koley  
    6:30 AM -
  8:30 AM
  REGISTRATION OPEN
REGISTRATION CLOSED
   
    8:30 AM -
  9:00 AM
  Opening Remarks Cynthia McGuigan  
    9:00 AM -
10:30 AM
KEYNOTE To be Seen and Heard: How Adoptees Empower Themselves to Create Social Change Amanda Woolston MSS, LSW
  10:30 AM -
11:00 AM
  Break    
  11:00 AM -
12:15 PM
100 Series Workshop Sessions    
    101 Stories Matter.. Black German American Adopted Rosemaria Pena M.A., PhD Candidate
    102 Empowered Poetry: Our Voices, Our Stories Dr. Garnet Wind Ed.D
    103 The Impact of Infertility on Adoptive Parenting Phyllis Lowinger MS, LCSW, ACSW
    104 Liberation Among Landmines: Race and Culture in Adoption & Foster Care Krista Woods,
Katy Perkins
LCSW
LMSW-AP
    105 Someone Like Me: Identity Lessons I have Learned Pam Sweester BS in Journalism
    106 Post Placement Services to Birth Parents: Retreats and Support Groups Lori Scobee
Caroline McDermott
BA, LSW
 
  12:00 PM -
  5:00 PM
  Art Room    
  12:30 PM -
  1:45 PM
  Regional Lunch - Boxed    
           
    2:00 PM -
  3:15 PM
200 Series Workshop Sessions    
    201 Youth Visual Studio-Providing Youth Voice in Heart Gallery Recruitment Beverly Gmerek

Kristi Griffith-Jones
 
Masters Prevention Science, 
BS Mass Communication, VCU

 
    202 An Adoptive Father's Epiphany John Brooks  
    203 Donor Conception: Past, Present and Future That Needs Action Kris Probasco LCSW, LSCSW
    204 Search and Reunion: Ask an Angel Vanessa Waite
Natalie Manolakis
Kimberley Haskitt
Jennifer Johnston
 
    205 The Heart of an Adoptee| Recognizing Grief Reshma McClintock  
    3:15 PM -
  3:45 PM
  SPOKEO Coffee BREAK    
    3:30 PM 
  5:00 PM
  REGISTRATION OPEN
REGISTRATION CLOSED
   
    3:45 PM -
  5:00 PM
  Support Groups    
    5:30 PM -
  7:00 PM
  Dinner on Your Own    
      State Representative 
Gathering
   
    7:30 PM -
  9:00 PM
PLAY The Ice Cream Gene Susan Ito MFA in creative writing
    9:00 PM -
11:30 PM
  Hospitality Meet-up    
           
Friday
04/01/2016
  6:30 AM -
  9:00 AM
  Breakfast    
    6:30 AM -
  8:30 AM
  REGISTRATION OPEN    
    8:30 AM-
  3:45 PM
  REGISTRATION CLOSED    
    7:00 AM-
  8:00 PM
  Moving Meditation Yoga Cathy Koley  
    8:00 AM - 
  5:00 PM
  Art Room    
    8:30 AM -
  9:00 AM
  Announcements and
Give-Aways
   
    9:00 AM -
10:30 AM
KEYNOTE Adoptees in the wild: Navigating adoption Microaggressions and identity challenges in adoption Dr. Amanda Baden PhD
  10:30 AM -
11:00 AM
  Break    
  11:00 AM -
12:15 PM
300 Series Workshop Sessions    
    301 Six Word Adoption Memoirs Andrew Tash
Derek Frank
JD, MA, MA
MA
    302 Panel: Individual Keynote Presenters Amanda Baden,
Mark Hagland,
Amanda Transue-Woolston
PhD
BA, MS
MSS, LSW
 
    303 Connecting the Dots: Adoption and the Modern Family April Dinwoodie
Kathleen Nielsen
 
MSW, Ph.D Candidate
    304 Colorado: Two Years, Five Bills,  Four Unanimous Votes!   Rich Uhrlaub
Hon. Lori Saine
Shane Madsen
Betsy Clark Murry
M.Ed

J.D.
 
    305 It Takes Two to Hug: Strengthening Attachment in Adoptive Families Jeannine Zoppi PhD,MA, BS, 
  12:15 PM -
  1:45 PM
  Awards Luncheon    
           
    2:00 PM -
  3:15 PM
400 Series Workshop Series    
    401 Mitigating & Managing Collateral Damage: Impact of Adoption on 1st Family Susan Bednarz
Denise Roessle
Kathy Aderhold
Richard Kish


Nurse and Nurse Mid-Wife
 
    402 'Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology' published by the An-Ya Project Mei Mei Akwai Ellerman
Susan Harris O'Connor
Mi Ok Brunning
Meggin Nam Holtz
PhD, MA,BAr
MSW
LCSW
BFA
    403 How to Choose an Adoption
Competent Therapist
Dr. Joyce Pavo Maguire Ed.D.,LCSW, LMFT
    404 Male Adoptees -
Cowboy Up or Man Down?
Rich Uhrlaub M.Ed
    405 The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) - A Global Registry for Donor Families Wendy Kramer B.A. Communication Arts
    406 Opening a Closed International Adoption: The Journey Lee Varron
Jose Varron
M.Ed, LICSW
 
    3:15 PM -
  3:45 PM
  Break    
    3:45 PM -
  5:30 PM
  REGISTRATION OPEN    
    5:30 PM   REGISTRATION CLOSED    
    3:45 PM -
  5:00 PM
  Support Groups    
    5:00 PM -
  7:15 PM
  Dinner on Your Own    
    5:15 PM
  7:15 PM
  Representative and Board of Directors Meetup     
    7:30 PM -
  9:30 PM
FILM You Follow: A Search for One's Past Nisha Grayson  
    9:30 PM -
  11:00 PM
  Hospitality Meet-up    
           
Saturday
04/02/2016
  6:30 AM -
  8:30 AM
  Breakfast    
    6:30 AM
  8:15 AM
  REGISTRATION OPEN
REGISTRATION CLOSED
   
    8:00 AM -
12:00 PM
  Art Room     
    8:00 AM -
  9:30 AM
Birth/First
parent
KEYNOTE
PANEL
From Rocky Mountains to the High Plains: The Courage and Grit of Women Who Relinquish Marilyn M Waugh
Delores Teller
Kathleeen Nielsen
MA
BS,MSW, LCSW
Ph.D Candidate
           
    9:30 AM -
  9:45 AM
  Break    
    9:30 AM -
10:45 AM
500 Series Workshop Session 5    
    501 The Adult Adoptee's Codebook for Effective Mental Health Care Julie Lopez LICSW, Ph.D
    502 Ethics in Search - Discussion of Search Procedures from Ethical Standpoints Susan Friel-Williams
Debra Allen

Mary Wilson

Licensed Investigator
Certified AZ Confidential Intermediary

 
    503 Open Adoption Over Time: The Rest of the Story Rebecca Falco
Rachelle Damron
Tina Miller-Primus Kimberely James
Kevin J Falco
J.D., M.A., M.T.S



 
    504 Walking Softly in the Wildness: Expect the Unexpected LeAnne Parson Certified Professional Life Coach
Energy Leadership Master Practitioner
    505 Black Adoptees/Black Adoption, Race & Adoption Narratives Shannon Gibney
Amadine Gay
MA; MFA,
MA
    506 Claiming our Space Nancy Verrier LMFT
  11:00 AM -
11:15 AM
  Break    
           
  11:15 AM -
12:30 PM
600 Series Workshop Sessions    
    601 Adoption/Addiction Nicole Burton
Daryn Watson
 
    602 Bi-Racial Adoption in the Era of the Civil Rights Movement Lisa Richesson  
    603 Adoption Agencies: Moving from Opponent to Ally Dana Stallard
 
LMSW
 
    604 From Group Care to Family Life Toni Heineman LCSW, DMH
    605 Blazing Subtle Trails Lori Holden
Addison Cooper

MSW, LCSW
    606 Adoptee Romantic Radar Revisited Ron Nydam PhD, B.A.,M.Div,D.Min
  12:30 PM   Art Room - Pick up of all Art    
  12:30 PM -
  1:45 PM
  Lunch on Your Own    
           
    1:45 PM -
  3:00 PM
700 Series Workshop Sessions    
    701 DNA Tests Change Everything! Kevin Thomas  
    702 The Journey to Parenthood: Finding the Humor Within the Adoption Process Debbie Scheer BA in communication studies
    703 Rehoming in Adoption: Clinical Exploration into the Darker Side of Adoption Amy Curtis
Melanie Chung-Sherman
 
LPC
LCSW-S, CTS, LCPAA 
 
    704 Internet Searching for Family: How to Blaze that Trail Marilyn Mendenhall Waugh MA
    705 Recognizing Relinquishment As a Critical Variabal Delores Teller BS,MSW, LCSW
    706 Three Generations, Three Perspectives of First/Birthmothers Marienne O'Brien
Arlene Donovan
 
    3:00 PM -
  3:30 PM 
   AAC Coffee Break    
    3:30 PM -
  5:00 PM
KEYNOTE “Race: The Final Frontier? Unlocking the ‘Undecipherable Codes’ in 
Transracial Adoption”
Mark Hagland  
    5:15 PM -
  8:00 PM
  Dinner on Your Own    
    8:00 PM -
11:00 PM
  Mt Sophris Reception    
           
Sunday
04/03/2014
  8:30 AM -
  9:45 AM
  Farewell Breakfast Social