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

Price: £3464.29

Date: January 27, 2020

The 8 weekly group sessions for adoptive parents and carers will take place from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Monday mornings at our PAC-UK Leeds Office, Hollyshaw House, 2 Hollyshaw Lane, Leeds, LS15 7BD on the following dates:

February 10, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 20

The group includes 6 follow-up support sessions, a Shame workshop (27 January), a The Traumatised Child in School workshop (3 February), plus participant’s families can attend a Related by Adoption workshop (27 April).

Availability: Last few spaces only.

The BUSS model - Building Underdeveloped Sensory Systems - Leeds

Price: £218.40

Date: January 29, 2020

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.

Parenting with PACE - London

Price: £105.60

Date: February 11, 2020

Playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy are the cornerstones for helping nurture a closer relationship with your child: this approach to parenting is called PACE.

This public seminar for parents and professionals, presented by Lynne Davis, is a MUST ATTEND workshop for all parents and carers who would like to develop a deeper relationship with their child, and for all professionals who support parents and carers regarding the parenting of their child.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Eat, sleep, play - every day challenges in parenting adopted children - London

Price: £114.00

Date: February 12, 2020

As a parent you naturally wish for your child to eat well, sleep well and play happily - simply because you know that these are part of the basics that will help your child to thrive. However, when a child had an adverse start in life, things don't always go as smoothly as you had hoped.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

The traumatised child in school - Doncaster

Price: £90.00

Date: February 24, 2020

In this training event at Quaker Meeting House in Doncaster 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.

Supporting your close relatives or friends who have adopted a child! - London

Price: £68.40

Date: February 26, 2020

We are often naturally interested in, and willing to support our close relatives and friends when they are facing challenges, or embarking on a life changing journey after some momentous decisions. Adoption is such a momentous decision.

As adoption is often mostly associated with positives, reactions to hearing that a relative or close friend will, or has adopted a child, often include delight and enthusiasm as well as admiration! However, when difficulties arise after the adopted child (or children) has joined the family - either immediately or after a while - it is often hard to make sense of what might be going on for the family and what might be done to support them.

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.

Sensory Attachment Intervention for neglected and abused children - London

Price: £218.40

Date: March 23, 2020

Children who have been abused and neglected have often missed out on all sorts of movement experiences. For example, small children may have spent long hours strapped in a buggy or left without food and stimulation. While this might seem unimportant relative to other things they have experienced, it can leave children without a foundation to develop social and emotional skills. Children who have experienced abuse and neglect are often more ‘dysregulated’ than their peers.

This workshop, presented by Specialised Occupational Therapist Karen Hazard will provide an understanding of how to help children address some of their neurodevelopmental gaps. Karen Hazard will explain how the senses can impact on behaviour and give practical strategies that can that be used at home and school to help children tune into how they feel physically which in turn supports emotional health.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

The traumatised child in school - London

Price: £90.00

Date: March 26, 2020

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.

The traumatised child in school - Leeds

Price: £90.00

Date: April 25, 2020

In this training event in Leeds 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: Spaces remaining.

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

Price: £576.00

Date: May 5, 2020

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:

May 5, 12, 19
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14

The group includes two follow-up support sessions.

Availability: Last few spaces only.

The traumatised child in school - Rotherham

Price: £90.00

Date: May 6, 2020

In this training event at The Unity Centre in Rotherham 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.

Introduction to Theraplay® - London

Price: £184.80

Date: May 18, 2020

Theraplay® is a short-term, playful, engaging treatment that focuses on parent-child relationships and can help adoptive/foster children form secure attachments.

This one-day workshop introduces the key elements of Theraplay®. The focus will be on practical strategies that can be taken away and used by parents in the home, and by professionals in their practice. A qualified Theraplay® trainer will be on hand to work with you.

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.

2020 National Conference: Beyond Trauma Informed – Strategies to create healing environments - Birmingham

Price: £248.40

Date: June 12, 2020

We are delighted to host Bryan Post, author of the ‘Great Behaviour Breakdown’, for our 2020 National Conference: “Beyond Trauma Informed – Strategies to Create Healing Environments”. The conference will be held in Birmingham on 12th June. Bryan will focus on practical strategies to help parents and carers to create a ‘trauma responsive environment’ for children who have suffered early life adversity or developmental trauma. Many of the typical behavioural and relational difficulties these children struggle with will be addressed by Bryan, offering a range of realistic ‘love based’ responses, which you can try straight away to lessen family stress and improve family relationships. After lunch (2-2.30pm), UK based Denise Golding and Zach Gomm will briefly talk about their work on the ‘Great Behaviour Breakdown’ parenting model here in the UK.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

The traumatised child in school - York

Price: £90.00

Date: June 18, 2020

In this training event at Quaker Meeting House in York 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.

The traumatised child in school - London

Price: £90.00

Date: July 13, 2020

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: 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