This year-long program, designed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education alongside a team of national experts, includes classroom and remote instruction as well as clinical case consultation to assist participants in mastering 18 areas of knowledge, values and skills critical to adoption competent mental health services. It is recognized by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare for promising research evidence and accredited by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
Leslie brought the Training for Adoption Competency when she realized a fourth of her patients weren't showing improvement with traditional therapy practices. In her desire to help others, she formed a group that looked into the common issues that were going unresolved in their patients. They discovered that these patients were adopted. This started her on the path to find ways to help an underserved segment of families. Leslie also has experience as a teacher in the public school setting and provides psychotherapy in the home, school, and clinic based settings. She grew up watching Mr. Rogers who was quoted saying, "The greatest thing that we can do is help someone know that they are loved and capable of being loved." With this as a driving motivator, Leslie passionately leads Family Hope House toward becoming a cornerstone for adoption competent and trauma informed practice in the state of Oklahoma.