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CPV-NVR Parent Group: 8 weekly group sessions for adoptive parents and carers of children presenting challenging, destructive and violent behaviour - London


The 8 weekly group sessions for adoptive parents and carers will take place from 10.15am to 1.15pm on Thursday mornings at Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP on the following dates:

September 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 31
November 7*, 21

*Venue for 7 November group is Family Action Head Office, 34 Wharf Road, N1 7GR.

The group includes 4 follow-up support sessions, plus diarised telephone/Skype sessions.

Who should attend

Adoptive parents and carers.

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.

Participants will learn to

- Take a firm stance against violence
- Hold back from physical or verbal violence
- Increase positive presence in your child’s life
- De-escalate conflicts
- Break the cycle of shame and silence
- Make changes in relating to your child in the long term
- Reduce distress for parent and child
- Feel more in control
- Recruit and use supporters
- Enjoy the benefits of being part of a group

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Group structure

8 weekly 3 hour groups = 24 hours of contact time per participant

4 diarised 2 hour follow-up support groups (over 6 months) = 8 hours of contact time per participant (NEW: one of these groups will allow relatives and supporters to attend)

Diarised telephone/Skype sessions = 3 hours of contact time per participant

Total hours of contact time per participant = 35 hours.


Sue Dromey NVR-UK Practitioner has worked in the field of fostering and adoption for over 35 years as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist, drama-therapist, trainer, GAL and social worker. She has been the Practice Manager for PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service for 17 years. Sue has a special interest in therapeutic work which addresses trauma in both children and their parents and integrating this with the principles of NVR. She is part of the team who has developed the PAC-UK Child to Parent Violence Project under a DfE grant. Sue works with trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) AIT (Advanced Integrative Therapy) EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as well as creative therapies.

Dawn Oliver is co- director of NVR Practitioners Consortium and has an MSc in Psychology (Child Development). She was trained in NVR by Michelle Shapiro. Dawn has theoretical knowledge and personal experience in the fields of autism, adoption and person-centred approaches. Dawn delivers training to parents of children with SEND in schools. She also co-facilitates NVR trainings for adoptive parents both in person and online as well as directly with families. She works in partnership with PAC-UK. She has also trained and uses AIT.

...Together with a Parent Graduate who has ‘been there and got the t-shirt.’

Chris is a Parent Graduate of an 8 week NVR Group in 2017. She has 2 adopted children with her husband, both children presenting with a complex range of needs. Chris has been on many different courses that have built up her toolkit to support their learning and emotional development; however, NVR has been the course that has made a significant difference in how she and her husband manage aggressive behaviour in the home, whilst continuing to create loving and positive relationships with their children. Chris works part time as a Speech and Language therapist.

Booking information

£1,356.25 + VAT per individual
£2,596.25 + VAT per couple

IMPORTANT: If you are making a couples booking you MUST click on the yellow 'Add more attendees' toggle box at the bottom of the booking form and add the requested partner details information. This will also ensure you are charged the correct price when you submit your booking form.

Adoptive Parents seeking funding by the ASF (Adoption Support Fund)
Please register your expression of interest by emailing grace@pac-uk.org. We will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Please also approach your local authority as soon as possible, sending them this flyer, and ask them to apply for funding from the ASF. Please include social worker/support team contact details in your email to us.

Adoptive Parents paying privately

One of the reasons for paying privately is when your family has already used the maximum amount of funding per child per year available from the ASF.

Please register your expression of interest by emailing grace@pac-uk.org . We will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. Or go ahead and book on-line – details below. 

Social Workers who would like to refer an Adoptive Parent(s) for this group

Please register your expression of interest for parent(s) to attend by emailing grace@pac-uk.org - this does not guarantee a place.

We will send a breakdown of costs to facilitate the ASF application. It is crucial that you then apply to the ASF as a matter of urgency.

A place will be held for the parent once the application to the ASF has been submitted please AND you complete the online booking form below, select ‘Invoice’ for ‘Payment Type’ and ‘ASF – PON to follow’ (Purchase Order No) unless already known.

We will also send you a referral form for more details of the family’s circumstances (which will inform the group leaders).

For all enquiries relating to this group please email Grace Sonnex  grace@pac-uk.org or Sue Dromey sued@pac-uk.org or call the PAC-UK London office on 020 7284 0555.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

IMPORTANT: To ensure we are alerted to your booking you must 'Confirm Registration' after submitting your details. You will also get a confirmation email when you do this.

If you do not receive the confirmation email within a few minutes, please check your Junk folder just in case the confirmation email got delivered there instead of your Inbox. If so, select the confirmation message and mark it Not Junk, which should allow future messages to get through.

Once you have confirmed registration you must select an 'online' or 'off-line' payment option. If paying by Debit/Credit card you must click on the PayPal icon under 'On-line Payment Processing'. You will be redirected to a PayPal screen where you can either login to PayPal (if you have a PayPal account) OR click on the 'Check Out as a Guest' button where you can pay via Debit/Credit card without needing to login to a PayPal account.