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Overcoming Blocked Care: How to Reach Families Resistant to Support

It can be difficult working with parents who are resistant to new ideas and solutions. You’re offering support and resources, but some parents can seem stuck in negativity. These parents may be experiencing blocked care, which is a self-protective mechanism in the nervous system, triggered by extreme stress. They’re not bad parents; they’re stuck in a defensive posture towards their children. In this session, gain the tools you need to help parents prevent and overcome blocked care. You can be the key for helping parents renew their hope.

Melissa Corkum – Co-Founder, The Adoption Connection
Lisa Qualls – Author, Host, and TBRI Practitioner

Webinar length: 60 minutes

After attending this webinar, professionals will be able to:
• Identify and recognize signs of blocked care in parents.
• Explain what is happening in the parent’s nervous system when under extreme stress.
• Determine a plan to help parents overcome blocked care.
• Recognize the importance of community for overcoming blocked care.

Course Level: Beginning
Cost to register: $15
If you are a NCFA member, look for your discount code in the membership portal.


National Council For Adoption, #1804, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 04/13/2023 – 04/13/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit.

This course does not offer credit for NJ or NY social workers. For additional information on the instructors please visit and

Recorded on 11/2/2023.
  • Overcoming Blocked Care - Recorded
  • Overcoming Blocked Care - Post-Test
  • Overcoming Blocked Care - Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever