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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The traumatised child in school - London

Price: £90.00

Date: July 23, 2019

In this training event at our PAC-UK London Office (Kentish Town) for adoptive parents, carers and prospective parents and carers, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how to:

  1. Support your child with the transition between home and school
  2. Learn more about how your child’s early life may present in school
  3. Find ways to work in partnership and communication effectively with the school
  4. Navigate educational support including information on pupil premium plus and Education Health Care Plans

Availability: Last few spaces only.

Online CPV-NVR Parent Group via Zoom: 10 weekly online sessions for adoptive parents and carers of children presenting challenging, destructive and violent behaviour

Price: £576.00

Date: September 17, 2019

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

September 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26

The group includes two follow-up support sessions.

Availability: 0

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

Price: £1627.50

Date: September 19, 2019

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, Wharf Studios, Wharf Road, N1 7GR.

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

Availability: Last few spaces only.

CPV-NVR Parent Group: 10 weekly group sessions for Special Guardians of children presenting challenging, destructive and violent behaviour - London

Price: £2571.00

Date: October 2, 2019

The 10 weekly group sessions for Special Guardians will take place from 10.15am to 1.15pm on Wednesday mornings at Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP on the following dates:

October 2, 9*, 16, 30
November 6*, 13*, 20, 27
December 4, 11

*Venue for 9 October, 6 and 13 November group is Family Action, Wharf Studios, Wharf Road, N1 7GR.

The group includes 6 follow-up support sessions, plus diarised telephone/Skype sessions.

Availability: Last few spaces only.

The traumatised child in school - London

Price: £90.00

Date: October 22, 2019

In this training event at our Family Action Head Office (N1 7GR) for adoptive parents, carers and prospective parents and carers, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how to:

  1. Support your child with the transition between home and school
  2. Learn more about how your child’s early life may present in school
  3. Find ways to work in partnership and communication effectively with the school
  4. Navigate educational support including information on pupil premium plus and Education Health Care Plans

Availability: Last few spaces only.

Living with a child who self harms - London

Price: £218.40

Date: November 8, 2019

Self harmSelf-harm is a broad term that can include cutting, burning, hair pulling, scratching and head banging. Understanding more about why a child or young person self-harms will enable you to provide the support and help they need. This workshop for parents and professionals is presented by Liz Blakey a psychotherapist and adopted person herself. Liz will explain what self-harm is, why it happens and what function it serves. The training will explore helpful responses to self-harm and provide strategies to manage the emotional impact. Parents and professionals will gain vital insight into the underlying feelings of distress that underpin self-harm.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

The drama triangle - London

Price: £218.40

Date: March 12, 2020

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 - Birmingham

Price: £218.40

Date: May 21, 2020

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