Training for Adoptive Parents

Being an adoptive parent is a very special and rewarding experience. However, many parents can also struggle with parenting a child who has experienced early loss and trauma for a variety of reasons. We offer attachment based training programmes which allow parents to see things from the child’s perspective, and to better understand the reasons behind the behaviours their children may exhibit. These training courses are designed for parents who have had their children for 6 months or longer.

Attachment and trauma (3 hours - £395)

Covering:  Understanding the meaning and causes of attachment and trauma, how trauma affects brain development, what symptoms might be seen in these children, practical strategies to promote healthy long-term attachments and where to go for additional help.

Attachment and Trauma: advanced level (6 hours - £650)

Covering: Definitions and caused of early trauma, Attachment styles and theories, brain development and its effect on learning, linking the behaviours to the history, strategies to support a child's needs, diagnosis, therapy options.

Contact - Keeping it positive (2 hours - £295)

Covering: Types of contact, the benefits and difficulties of contact, how to get the most out of letterbox contact, promoting contact between siblings, keeping contact positive and linking contact to life story work.

Life story work (2 hours - £295)

Covering: Why life story work is so important for adopted children, ways to support, promote and actively participate in your child's life story work.

Supporting the education of your child (2 hours - £295)

Covering: An overview of attachment and trauma, why children can find school difficult, potential causes of problems at school, working in partnership with school and other professionals and practical strategies to use and share with others.

Understanding children and young people with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (2 hours - £295)

Covering: Societal issues related to FASD, an overview of the conditions within the umbrella term of FASD, how FASD affects children's learning and development, typical difficulties associated with FASD and strategies to support children and families.

Understanding self harm in children and young people (3 hours - £395)

Covering: What is self harm and why do children and young people do this, how to identify self harming behaviours, minimising risk in self harm, strategies to help support the child or young person.

Understanding self harm in children and young people (6 hours - £650)

Covering: What is self harm and why do children and young people do this, how to identify self harming behaviours, minimising risk in self harm, strategies to help support the child or young person, impact on staff, parents or carers when dealing with self harming behaviours, time for networking and discussion amongst participants to share information and experiences.

Please be aware that we are not Ofsted registered and therefore Local Authorities/Agencies booking our training in these subjects assume responsibility for this area of work. We are happy to discuss this further if required.

Terms and conditions - On site training

The prices quoted are based on the following:

  • A maximum of 20 participants. This is to maximise the potential for learning opportunities and discussion. We will accept additional participants at a cost of £5 per person, but please be aware that the courses are designed for groups of up to 20 and increasing this number may impact on the effectiveness of the training and the learning of participants.
  • The venue should be based within the West Midlands area. Additional costs will be incurred if the venue is outside of this area.
  • The venue should be provided by yourselves. If required, we will be happy to arrange a venue on your behalf at an additional cost, which will depend on the location.
  • Notice of cancellations must be given in writing within 5 days of the scheduled training date. After this time no refunds will be given.