Workshops for Adoptive Parents and other Permanent Carers

This page lists our workshops for adoptive parents, special guardians, long term foster carers and other permanent carers. Click on the course title or register tab to view detailed information. You can register via our electronic booking form and pay online. We are unable to take bookings or payments over the phone.

Please note that there are further seminars open to adoptive parents and other permanent carers, as well as to social workers and other professionals under Public Seminars.

If you would like to go onto a waiting list for an event that is fully booked please email training@pac-uk.org. You will be contacted if a place becomes available and be sent a notification email when we run the event again.

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Please note, for online payments your booking is not complete until payment is received. We strongly advise you to make payment at the time of submitting your registration form to avoid disappointment as the majority of our courses do sell out.

East London CPV Parent Group: Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) – 8 Week Group Sessions for Adoptive Parents of Children and Young People presenting Challenging, Destructive and Violent Behaviour

Price: £1320.00

Date: January 24, 2018

The 8 week group sessions will take place from 10.15am to 1.15pm on Wednesday mornings at Durning Hall, Forest Gate, London, E7 9AB on the following dates:

January 24 & 31
February 7, 21 & 28
March 7, 14 & 21

The group includes individual telephone sessions during the weeks of the group. A monthly ‘Follow-on Support Group’ will be available for 6 months after the group. So in total there are 40 hours of contact time per person.

To get the most out of the group, participants need to attend in full. For two parent families it is most beneficial to attend together where possible.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Child to Parent Violence - An awareness day (Leeds)

Price: £112.20

Date: January 25, 2018

Many families struggle with physical, psychological and emotional behaviour used by children and adolescents to gain control or power over their parent or carer. This new workshop will provide a greater understanding of Child to Parent violence, provide some practical help and strategies which can be used at home and will look at managing anxiety and stress for the children and parents. The workshop is led by Philippa Williams, an experienced trainer, Non-Violent Resistance practitioner, Early Intervention and Support Manager for Adoption UK in Wales and a parent consultant for Adoption UK.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

West London CPV Parent Group: Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) – 8 Week Group Sessions for Adoptive Parents of Children and Young People presenting Challenging, Destructive and Violent Behaviour

Price: £1320.00

Date: January 25, 2018

The 8 week group sessions will take place from 10.15am to 1.15pm on Thursday mornings at Ealing Quaker Meeting House, 17 Woodville Road, Ealing, London W5 2SE on the following dates:

January 25
February 1, 8 & 22
March 1, 8, 15 & 22

The group includes individual telephone sessions during the weeks of the group. A monthly ‘Follow-on Support Group’ will be available for 6 months after the group. So in total there are 40 hours of contact time per person.

To get the most out of the group, participants need to attend in full. For two parent families it is most beneficial to attend together where possible.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Caring for a child (aged 4 - 12) who has been sexually abused - London

Price: £209.40

Date: January 26, 2018

Sexually abused child 1When we discover that the child we are adopting or caring for permanently has been sexually abused, all sorts of questions, thoughts and feelings come into our minds: how hurt is my little girl/boy? Does she/he carry that wound? Will she/he go on to abuse other children? And how can I cope with what has happened to her/him? Another question may be “am I alone?” This workshop provides a space to meet with others in a similar situation, share, and, perhaps find some answers to some of our questions.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Understanding the child in difficulty - London

Price: £104.70

Date: February 7, 2018

Adopted and permanently placed children can often display distressing, confusing and difficult behavior. This workshop for parents, will look at how these children and young people need to be parented therapeutically.  Patsy Bolton, experienced counsellor, social worker and trainer will use experiential exercises and give new strategies to help get you back on track.  Patsy will explore proven relationship building techniques and also teach the value of looking after yourself in order to help the child in difficulty.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Let's take it from the top - improving sensory processing in children who have experienced neglect and abuse - Leeds

Price: £60.90

Date: February 21, 2018

Rhythm and resonanceTrauma has a neurodevelopmental impact on the developing brain which impacts on a child’s regulation and development. This workshop for parents and professionals, presented by Sarah Lloyd, a specialist Occupational therapist and Play therapist, will focus on sensory integration theory to explore children who are ‘out of sync with themselves’. It will use case examples to give participants ideas of things they can do to help children address some of their neurodevelopmental gaps.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Sensory processing and attachment intervention for neglected and abused children - London

Price: £199.80

Date: February 28, 2018

Children who have been abused and neglected have often missed out on all sorts of movement experiences. For example, small children may have spent long hours strapped in a buggy or left without food and stimulation. While this might seem unimportant relative to other things they have experienced, it can leave children without a foundation to develop social and emotional skills. Children who have experienced abuse and neglect are often more ‘dysregulated’ than their peers. This workshop for parents and professionals, with Karen Hazard, a Specialist Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner will provide an understanding of how to help children address some of their neurodevelopmental gaps.  Karen will explain how the senses can impact on behaviour and give practical strategies that can that be used at home and school to help children tune into how they feel physically which in turn supports emotional health.

Availability: Last few spaces only.

The drama triangle - London

Price: £199.80

Date: March 7, 2018

The Drama Triangle is a type of family interaction that causes conflict and discomfort between the parents as well as between parent and child. Adopted and fostered children, who often have unprocessed trauma, can inadvertently elicit the drama triangle. Renee Marks, specialist child therapist, will explore and explain this area and will provide practical strategies to deal with high levels of conflict and discomfort in relationships. Delegates will be empowered to change the drama triangle in their families in order to enhance the quality of all the relationships. This is a MUST ATTEND training for parents and professionals wanting to deepen their understanding of how to practically support better family relationships.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

The drama triangle - Leeds

Price: £199.80

Date: March 14, 2018

The Drama Triangle is a type of family interaction that causes conflict and discomfort between the parents as well as between parent and child. Adopted and fostered children, who often have unprocessed trauma, can inadvertently elicit the drama triangle. Renee Marks, specialist child therapist, will explore and explain this area and will provide practical strategies to deal with high levels of conflict and discomfort in relationships. Delegates will be empowered to change the drama triangle in their families in order to enhance the quality of all the relationships. This is a MUST ATTEND training for parents and professionals wanting to deepen their understanding of how to practically support better family relationships.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

PAC-UK Training service user feedback

The parents thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it really helpful.Social worker

Brilliant and amazingly informative. I now have the confidence that the adoption is going to work. Prospective adopter

Excellent day. Really beneficial.Adoptive parent

Very impressed by the quality and the eloquence of the trainer. I feel very hopeful now. An excellent and informative day.Adoptive parent

Thank you. And thank goodness!Adoptive parent

That was a great training course today. Thank you! There was a lot of interaction between all the delegates.Adoptive parent

Just a brief note to say how much I enjoyed the training day. There was lots of opportunity for participation. We had a very nice, mixed group of people which helped a lot and Kim was excellent as she managed to mix audience participation and what she had to say, so well. I feel that I got a lot out of it.Adoptive parent