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 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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Voices of adopted people: Messages for change - delivered via Zoom

Free Event

Date: October 18, 2021

This FREE to attend event is open to all parties affected by adoption and permanency, including social workers and other professionals.

Join us for a day of adopted people speaking about their varied experiences and their priorities for the adoption sector. Our fantastic lineup of guest speakers includes Debbie Nahid (TTAG), Claire Maruzzi and Gilli Bruce (How To Be Adopted), Shania Dunbar and Annalisa Toccara (Adoptee Futures), Zara Phillips and our amazing Adopteens!

Event start time 10.00am | Lunch break 12.30pm | Event end time 3.00pm

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Voices of birth parents: Loss, hope and change - delivered via Zoom

Free Event

Date: October 20, 2021

This FREE to attend event is open to all parties affected by adoption and permanency, including social workers and other professionals.

Join us for a day that brings together the voices and art of birth parents. Our fantastic lineup of guest speakers includes Angela Frazer Wicks, Emma Geddes, Siobhan Beckwith, Dr Lisa Morriss, Laura Anderson (Two Good Mums) and our amazing PAC-UK Wigan Birth Parent Group!

Event start time 11.00am | Event end time 2.00pm

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Parenting Teens: Staying in relationship when things get tough...! - via Zoom

Price: £221.20

Date: November 5, 2021

Parenting children whose early histories include separation, loss, attachment disruption and other traumas can become very challenging during adolescence. It also becomes more effective and satisfying when the relationship is kept central amidst all the challenges. Denise and Zach will address how to do to this when responding to many common behaviours adoptive parents and permanent carers face once their children reach the puberty and teenage years. This training will focus on what to do and say, and how to promote a calmer home environment for all - with plenty of examples and time for questions.

Please note: this is a 2 day training course taking place on
Friday 5 and Friday 12 November 2021 from 10.00am to 12.30pm

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Online CPV-NVR Parent Group via Zoom: Weekly online sessions (Thursday evenings) for adoptive parents and carers of children presenting challenging, destructive and violent behaviour

Price: £1360.80

Date: November 11, 2021

The 10 weekly online sessions for adoptive parents and carers will take place from 8.15pm to 9.45pm on Thursday evenings via Zoom on the following dates:

November 11, 18 & 25
December  2 & 9
13, 20 & 27
February 3 & 10

The group includes two follow-up group sessions plus two telephone sessions per participant or couple.

Availability: Last few spaces only.

Introduction to The BUSS model - Building Underdeveloped Sensory Systems - delivered via Zoom

Price: £117.60

Date: November 23, 2021

Babies and young children raised in loving, nurturing environments grow into themselves on a bodily level through the touch and movement that happens in the context of early relationships. This enables children to feel confident in their movements and their body, as well as in the messages their body gives them about their physiological state. Significantly, this then provides a solid foundation for the development of social-emotional skills and cognitive learning.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Non-Violent Resistance (NVW) Awareness Day - Leeds

Price: £97.20

Date: November 30, 2021



A first introduction to NVR principles and methods for adoptive parents and other permanent carers.

Topics covered

  1. Building parental presence, when consequences or rewards have not been working: actual physical presence, embodied & systemic presence.
  2. Exploring non-violent methods which use and build parental presence, such as the announcement, campaign of concern and sit in.
  3. When parents can’t see the wood for all the trees: the art of prioritising which problems to tackle.
  4. From shame to support and re-connection between parent and child: understanding and using reconciliation gestures to restore and relationships and address the unmet needs of the child.
  5. From shame to repair and belonging: challenging and supporting children and young people to make reparation to others, so they can once again find their place in the family and community.

Who should attend

Adoptive parents and other permanent carers. Support workers can attend with a parent if they feel it is appropriate to.


Charlene Campbell, PTUK Play Therapist Charlene is a PTUK qualified Play Therapist and has a professional registration with BACP. Charlene has worked with children and young people for 20 years. Some of this time was spent helping primary aged children break down barriers to learning within an educational context. This consisted of delivering sessions to groups of young people to help tackle difficulties such as self-esteem, confidence, bullying and friendship. She has spent a number of years working with Looked After Children who display extremely challenging behaviour and experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Charlene currently works as a play therapist, supporting children/young people improve their mental health and wellbeing and also supports families and schools who need advice about difficulties experienced by their pupils. Charlene delivers NVR to groups and to individual parents, and is a Certified Theraplay© Practitioner trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

Tanya Killick, Adopteens Project Worker & Child and Family Therapist – Tanya is a qualified Social Worker who has been working at PAC-UK since 2014. Tanya has several roles within PAC-UK, which include supporting adoptive families through PAC-UK’s Child to Parent Violence (CPV) Programme, co-facilitating PAC-UK CPV Parent Groups, and delivering PAC-UK’s CPV Programme to individual families. Tanya co-leads Adopteens (formerly AT-iD Project), an innovative pilot project designed and led by teenage adoptees, aimed at building friendships and giving teens a space to be themselves. Tanya is passionate about enabling adoptees to have a voice on the issues that matter to them, to improve understanding and the way we work to support people affected by adoption. Tanya also works in PAC-UK’s Adult Services team offering emotional and letterbox support to first family members and works on Tanya has completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) (Level One) and enjoys the non- judgmental use of PACE when working with people affected by trauma.

Benefits of attending

Participants will become familiarised with the underlying principles of NVR, and learn about some of the core methods which help build ‘new authority’ in the family and re-connect parent and child.*

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Prices excluding VAT

PAC-UK subscribing LAs/all self paying carers - Individual carers: £81 (£97.20 incl VAT);  Couples: £152.50 (£183 incl. VAT);
PAC-UK non-subscribing LAs - Individual carers: £93.50 (£112.20 incl VAT);  Couples: £174.50 (£209.40 incl VAT);

If you do not know if you are in a PAC-UK subscribing Local Authority area please use the link at the top of this page.

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