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What do People Say About the Parenting our Children Course?

What other adoptive parents say:

"A brilliant course delivering up to date knowledge, explanations and strategies to help us parent our children. ...also gives us the opportunity to meet with other adopters, share experiences and gain support. Well worth investing the time regardless of how long your child(ren) have been home."

"Before the course there seemed to be no hope for our family, now we have grounds for real optimism."

What the experts say:

Bryan Post

"Finally, a pre- and post-adoption course that will work! I am very excited to see it in the hands of adoptive parents and cannot wait to see the impact that it will have. This is the best overall and most extensive adoption-training course I have encountered in my fifteen years in the adoption/foster and trauma field. I commend the authors for their foresight and dedication to helping adoptive children and their families!" This needs to be available in the US as well. This could easily provide a training framework for every adoption program in the world."

Dan Hughes, Ph.D.

"This 3rd edition of Adoption UK's Parent Support Programme will insure that it will continue to provide adopters with excellent training and support for adopted children and their families throughout the UK.

"This edition integrates the latest knowledge - taken from neuroscience, developmental trauma and attachment - to provide parents with the theoretical foundations for the practical strategies offered in the programme for both self-care and the care of their children.
Without reservation, I fully endorse this 3rd edition, now to be called Parenting our Children. Adoption UK and Family Futures have provided the adoptive families of the UK an exceptional programme of understanding, training, and support."

Phyllis Booth

"This excellent program should be made available to all the brave and loving people who open their hearts and homes to care for hurt and troubled children. I am particularly gratified to see the strong emphasis on providing the playful, nurturing and attuned interaction that is such an essential element in the healthy development of any child. I am delighted to endorse Parenting our Children."

Prof Helen Minnis

"The Parenting our Children programme is very comprehensive and up to date, without “blinding with science”. The programme is wonderfully inclusive and supportive, helping adoptive parents feel part of a strong community.The programme gently moves participants towards the more challenging aspects of parenting traumatised children and to broach the very real difficulties this can bring. This is a wonderful resource for new adoptive parents that is likely to help adoptive families flourish. I think it is wonderful!!"

Sir Richard Bowlby

"I welcome Adoption UK's launch of its parent support programme Parenting our Children. At its heart is an intimate knowledge of attachment theory together with the latest research in child development, neuropsychology and therapeutic intervention.
I commend Adoption UK and their Family Futures colleagues who have produced this sensitive and intelligent programme for adopters and carers. I wish it every success."

Joy Rees

"I have no hesitation in recommending Adoption UK's Parenting Our Children. This course will help adoptive parents to fully appreciate the long-term impact of developmental trauma and to recognise that much of their children's challenging and confusing behaviours are fuelled by stress, anxiety, self-blame and shame.
'Knowledge is power' and Parenting Our Children certainly has all in ingredients to promote empowered parenting."

Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D.

"I find Adoption UK's Parent Support Programme Parenting our Children to be very comprehensive and in tune with recent research about developmental trauma and parenting. I am pleased to endorse the approach to working with adopters and caregivers described in the programmme material. I hope that a similar approach is taking hold here in the US. Keep up the good work. It's so sorely needed."

More about the experts who gave Parenting our Children their endorsements: 

Bryan Post

Bryan Post is the founder of the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy, a renowned clinician, lecturer, and author of 'The Great Behaviour Breakdown', 'From Fear to Love: Parenting Difficult Adopted Children', and co-author with Heather Forbes of 'Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control'.

Dan Hughes, Ph.D.

Dr Dan Hughes is a clinical psychologist and founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. He is the author of ‘Building the Bonds of Attachment’,’ Attachment Focused Parenting’,  ‘Attachment-Focused Family Therapy’, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook, many other books and articles and co-author with Dr Jon Baylin of ‘Brain-Based Parenting’.

Phyllis Booth

Phyllis Booth is a Certified Therapist and Clinical Director Emeritus of the Theraplay® Institute. After gaining an MA in 1966 in human development and clinical psychology, she began her long collaboration with Ann Jernberg to develop the Theraplay method. Their seminal book Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play first published in 1979, is now in its 3rd edition.

Prof Helen Minnis

Professor Helen Minnis is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing in the University of Glasgow. Professor Minnis's research focus is Reactive Attachment Disorder. She is currently conducting further research on maltreated children on sites in Glasgow and London.

Sir Richard Bowlby

Sir Richard Bowlby retired in 1999 after a career in medical and scientific photography, to study the work of his father, John Bowlby, the pioneer researcher on early attachment relationships between parents and their children. He now lectures on the subject and supports organisations whose work involves child care and attachment.

Joy Rees

Joy Rees is a specialist adoption social worker with a particular interest in promoting strong family attachments through her innovative and sensitive construction of 'family friendly' life storybooks. She is author of 'Life Story Books for Adopted Children - a family friendly approach'.

Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D.

Dr Jonathan Baylin is a clinical psychologist working in Wilmington, Delaware USA with Broudy and Associates. He is co-author of Brain Based Parenting with Daniel Hughes and is a renowned international presenter on the development of brain-based clinical practice and the neurobiology of developmental trauma and the process of change in attachment-focused treatment.