Workshops for Professionals

This page lists our workshops for professionals. 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 social workers and other professionals, as well as to adoptive parents and other permanent carers 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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Intermediary work with adopted adults and birth relatives - via Zoom

Price: £190.80

Date: January 21, 2021

This participative workshop explores the personal and professional skills required to deliver an effective intermediary service and provides opportunities to practise these in a safe environment.  It covers the legislation underpinning intermediary work, differences associated with working with different service user groups, the processes involved and the types of complex issues that may emerge.

Availability: Last few spaces only.

Introduction to non-violent resistance (NVR) parenting - via Zoom

Price: £139.20

Date: January 28, 2021

Child-to-Parent Violence is now recognised as a real risk factor in foster families, adoptive families and other permanent placements. NVR is a parenting approached based on the political position of great figures who took it upon themselves to bring about much needed change, without getting caught up in the conflict, nor allowing themselves to be dis-empowered.


Please note: this is a half day course taking place on 28 January 2021 from 10.00am to 1.00pm

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Access to birth records, birth record counselling, and access to information - via Zoom

Price: £224.40

Date: February 25, 2021

This participative workshop covers the statutory obligations of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the differences between birth records counselling, access to birth records and access to information.  It also provides an opportunity to explore the emotional impact of the work both on the adopted adult and on the support worker, as well as practise the skills involved.

Availability: Last few spaces only.

Therapeutic Life Story Work with a primary school aged child - via Zoom

Price: £139.20

Date: March 3, 2021

Addressing a child’s Life Story is essential for children whose young lives included separations from their birth parents, new parents/carers, different homes, as well some other adverse or even traumatic early life events. Processing these experiences helps a child to develop a coherent and accurate story of their lives, and the lives of people closest to them; this in turn is key for their understanding and acceptance of who they are, as well as moving forward from their past experiences.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

2021 National Conference: Beyond Trauma Informed – Strategies to create healing environments - via Zoom

Price: £127.20

Date: March 5, 2021

We are delighted to host Bryan Post, author of the ‘Great Behaviour Breakdown’, for our 2021 National Conference: “Beyond Trauma Informed – Strategies to Create Healing Environments”. The conference will be held via Zoom on the following dates:

Friday 5 March 2021, 10.30–2.00pm: Denise Golding and Zach Gomm  -
The “Great Behaviour Breakdown” (GBB) Parenting Model in the UK

Friday 12 March 2021, 10.30–2.00pm: Bryan Post - Beyond Trauma Informed:
Core Trauma Responsive strategies of the GBB 

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Therapeutic Life Story Work with adolescents - via Zoom

Price: £139.20

Date: March 17, 2021

Addressing a young person’s Life Story is essential for young people whose early lives included separation from birth parents, new parents/carers, different ‘homes’, as well some other adverse or even traumatic early life events. Processing these experiences starts to become more mature, more questioning and potentially more solitary when a child enters adolescence. Continuing to integrate what happened in the past, together with wondering about the future, incl. the possibility of making contact with birth relatives, is however an important part of developing a confident sense of identity.

Availability: Spaces remaining.

Strengthening special guardianship assessments - via Zoom

Price: £190.80

Date: March 29, 2021

The workshop aims to enable new and existing practitioners to strengthen their assessments on Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs), and at the same time to highlight any vulnerabilities and extra support needs that families may have.

This will include consideration of the use of therapeutic support which is now available through the Adoption Support Fund.

Availability: 0

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