PAC-UK StandThe PAC-UK and Adoption UK Brain Based Parenting conference, which took place in Leeds in April, was by all accounts a huge success. The conference was the first exciting collaboration between PAC-UK and Adoption UK and led by celebrated Clinical Psychologist Dan Hughes Ph.D. and Jon Baylin Ph.D.

The event, which was attended by over 300 delegates, provided adoptive parents and professionals with an opportunity to hear presentations and get hands-on training on a brain based approach to help children who have experienced neglect and trauma.

Feedback from the conference has been fantastic with most delegates giving the conference full marks in terms of usefulness and understanding. Dan provided a lot of examples of his attachment-parenting model PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) in practice, while Jon effectively described the effects of trauma on brain development.

Delegates were quick to praise the speakers on social media with over 300 likes, re-tweets, posts and comments using #BrainBasedParenting. One happy attendee said: “Amazing conference today with Dan Hughes & Jon Baylin; so much to think about. Thank you PACUKadoption & AdoptionUK for making this happen”.

BBP Conference - KatieCommenting on the event Maggie Rogers, Head of Training Services said: “It was fantastic to see all our hard work and dedication result in a resounding success. I would first like to thank our partners Adoption UK for helping us create and promote an inspiring conference and I hope it is one of many that we can collaborate on. Our speakers – Jon Baylin and Dan Hughes – delivered expert presentations and training and I thank them for their time and expertise. Finally, our thanks go to all the stallholders who made a valuable contribution on the day.” 

PAC-UK offers a comprehensive training programme focussing on adoption and permanent placement specific topics.

Adoption: Living life to the Full (On 8 & 9 November 2016) - There are more and more adoptive families now having the opportunity to live life to the full. This exciting one and a half day conference, enabled by a collaboration between PAC-UK and the Big Lottery Grant, will explore the latest thinking into adoption support and how it is changing lives. 

On day one, leading experts will be presenting the most recent research and developments. On day two, delegates will hear about the practical support now available to families. There will be an opportunity to hear from families who are living life to the full - and find out what helped and how they did it! All delegates, both parents and professionals, will gain an insight into the work now being done to support adoptive families and take away renewed hope, ideas and practical tips