Commissioned Training

PAC-UK is able to send trainers throughout the UK to provide training. In this way, some of the courses from PAC-UK's annual training programme can be replicated in your area.

Email training@pac-uk.org or phone 020 7284 5872 and speak to Birte Leimkuehler, PAC-UK's Training Administrator who will help with your enquiry.

This page lists topics from our main programme on which training can be delivered in a location of your choice. The length of these training days or sessions can be 1 day, 2/3 day, 1/2 day or 1.5 hours to 2 hours. In addition, PAC-UK is able to offer bespoke training locally.

Examples of courses for professionals

  • Making best use of the ASF
  • The adopted child in school
  • Life story work with troubled children and teenagers
  • Enabling effective contact for special guardian and kinship carers
  • Assessing the emotional capacity of adopters, foster carers and special guardians
  • Sibling placement: Assessment, decision making and post-placement support

For a full list of courses available to professionals, click below to expand.


Correct as at 24 June 2019.

  • Addressing and assessing attachment, loss and trauma in prospective adopters
  • Adult attachment styles
  • Assessing for infertility and loss in prospective adopters
  • Assessing siblings’ placement needs
  • Attachment issues in children with histories of chronic early trauma
  • Developmental trauma disorder: translation into practice when supporting adoptive families
  • Family and friends: assessment, preparation and support for kinship care
  • Life story books: how to make them and use them
  • Post-placement blues
  • Preventing adoption disruptions
  • Sustaining placements when children have been sexually abused
  • Talking to children about adoption
  • The adopted child in school
  • The challenges of introducing an adopted sibling to a family with birth children
  • The challenges of introducing an adopted sibling to a family with adopted children
  • Understanding the psychological effects of trauma
  • Working with attachment issues in adults
  • Working with birth mothers
  • Working with contemporary birth mothers
  • Trauma and Developmental trauma: what’s the difference?


Examples of courses for adoption support workers who work with adopted adults and birth relatives of adopted adults

  • Birth records counselling and access to information for adopted adults
  • Providing intermediary services for adopted adults
  • Working with birth relatives who wish to use intermediary services
  • Reunion and beyond
  • Dealing with complex issues

Examples of courses for parents and carers

  • Once upon a time’ - Using storytelling to tell your child about their life story
  • Parenting with PACE
  • Parenting for a child who has been sexually abused
  • The traumatised child in school
  • ‘Buckle up and hang on for the ride’ – parenting teenagers
  • NVR parenting in a nutshell
  • Online and Face-to-face CPV-NVR Parent Groups (8 x 2 - 3 hour sessions)
  • Parenting with Theraplay®
  • Talking to children about adoption

For a full list of courses available to parents and carers, click below to expand.


Correct as at 24 June 2019.

  • …and one more makes a whole lot more! The challenges of adding a sibling to the family
  • Body talk! The impact of hyped up children or hard to reach children on our bodies and nervous systems
  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Parenting for a child who has been sexually abused
  • Grief and loss for adopters (Preparation group training)
  • Life story work – telling and explaining using play therapeutic methods
  • Life story work - Telling difficult stories (for primary school-age children or adolescents)
  • Contact issues for SG families
  • Parenting teenagers
  • Relational play
  • Supporting black and minority ethnic adopted children: attachment and race
  • Talking to children about adoption
  • Talking to your child about their story – helping children make sense of what has happened to them
  • The adopted child in school
  • The different parts of me – helping children develop a positive racial and cultural identity
  • The power of play
  • Trauma and Developmental trauma: what’s the difference?
  • The challenges of introducing an adopted sibling to a family with birth children
  • The challenges of introducing an adopted sibling to a family with adopted children
  • When adopted adults become parents
  • Attachment issues in children with histories of chronic early trauma
  • Developmental trauma disorder: translation into practice
  • Managing transitions (for foster carers)


Commissioned training fees

All fees listed below exclude costs of venue hire, catering, trainer’s travel costs and accommodation, photocopying and any training materials/equipment rental required for the course.

Duration and
number of trainers
Commissioned training
fees (excl. VAT)
Commissioned bespoke
training f
ees (excl. VAT)
Full day – one trainer £872 £1,387
Half day – one trainer £609 £901

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Peer Training

All of our Peer Training courses and workshops are delivered by experienced, qualified trainers who are also adoptive parents.

Parenting Our Children
Bryan Post, US parenting expert says: ‘Finally, a post-adoption course that will work!’

Bryan Post, US parenting expert says: "Finally, a post-adoption course that will work!"

Parenting our Children is Adoption UK’s cutting edge, therapeutic parenting programme now being delivered by PAC-UK. It is a research-based, six-day programme of support, for up to 16 parents.

The programme has been designed to equip parents with knowledge and understanding of developmental trauma and give them the tools they need to parent children with complex needs, including attachment issues, and to receive valuable peer support.

Parenting Our Children has been fully revised and brought up to date in conjunction with Family Futures and includes the latest neuroscience and current parenting techniques. This programme is often run across alternate Saturdays making it easier for parents to attend.

Download the Parenting Our Children flyer for detailed course information.

To find out about pricing or for further information call Kirsty on 07497 606839 or email peertraining@pac-uk.org.

Parenting Our Teens

An adoptive parent who attended this training says: “After 14 years as an adoptive parent, this is the first time I have attended any course where somebody spoke from experience.”

Parenting Our Teens is a unique four-day training programme for parents of adopted teenagers run by PAC-UK working with Adoption UK.

Parenting our Teens is peer-led and will help parents and carers of teenagers gain an understanding of their teenager’s needs, learn strategies to help their teenager and themselves, and get some valuable peer support.

It is research-based and was developed in response to requests from adoption support teams who have identified a need for a teen-focus programme for their local adoptive parents.

Parenting our Teens is broadly based on our well-known Parenting our Children programme and includes new elements that specifically address the issues faced by parents with teens who have experienced trauma in their early life. This programme is often run across alternate Saturdays making it easier for parents to attend.

Download the Parenting Our Teens flyer for detailed course information.

To find out about pricing or for further information call Kirsty on 07497 606839 or email peertraining@pac-uk.org.

One Day Workshops for Parents

All of our courses and workshops are commissioned by local authorities or agencies and can be run on weekdays or Saturdays.

Our one day workshops for parents topics include:

If parents or professionals would like further information please call Kirsty on 07497 606839 or email peertraining@pac-uk.org.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Please contact the training department at training@pac-uk.org or phone 020 7284 5872 and speak to Birte Leimkuehler, PAC-UK's Training Administrator who will help with your enquiry.