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Adoption UK is running a range of training courses for adopters and prospective adopters registered with Adoption South East.

Our training helps adopters develop their knowledge and skills at all stages of the adoption journey.

All training programmes are delivered by professional trainers who, first and foremost, are adoptive parents themselves, and therefore understand the challenges and rewards of parenting an adopted child.

If you are unable to register for a course, this may be because it has reached capacity and bookings have closed.  Please either book onto the next available session, if available, or e-mail [email protected] to be put on a waiting list and title your e-mail ASE waiting - course title.

 

Your views on our training courses are needed!

We are running a series of virtual focus groups on Zoom, where people who have attended our Adoption South East training courses can provide feedback on their experience, the course content, the trainer, and any benefits or impact seen so far.

The first forum is being held Thursday 7 July 2022, 19:30-21:30, with two others following in November 2022 and April 2023. 

Attending one of the focus groups does not commit you to attend further training sessions.

 
 

Navigating EHCPs

If you think you need an EHCP for your child, it can be difficult. Please join this webinar to see how you can navigate the process. This course is aimed at those who have had a child placed with them.

  • 25th January 2023 - 6:00pm-8:00pm

 


The transition into adulthood

This session will help you understand the growth and transitions your child is making from the teens to adulthood.

  • 22nd March 2023 - 7:30 pm - 9:00pm

 


Understanding FASD (FASD)

This session will provide an introduction to pre-natal alcohol exposure (PAE) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and covers some of the common challenges individuals with FASD experience.

  • 5th October 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
 

Eating issues for adopted children

Food issues are common with children adopted from foster care, especially those who have a history of neglect.

  • 26th November 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am

 


Children who struggle at school

This workshop covers issues that may arise in the classroom for a child due to the effects of separation, loss, trauma and attachment.  This course is suitable for those who have had a child placed with them, and the content is aimed at those who are within the first few years of their adoption journey.

  • 8th March 2023 - 9:45am - 1:15pm
  • 1st November 2022 - 9:45am - 1:15pm

 


Trauma and attachment

Learn more about trauma-informed approaches and how you can help your child(ren) overcome adverse childhood experiences. 

  • 11th May 2023 - 9:45am-1:15pm

 


Above and Beyond

Child on Parent violence (CPV) is an area which is increasingly recognised as a major factor in the breakdown of adoption and foster care placements.  Above and Beyond is a workshop developed to provide you with strategies for families to de-escalate child on parent violence.

  • 28th March 2023 - 9:30 -3:30pm

 


Calming the Chaos

If you need support around living with challenging behaviours in the home, please join this session aimed at building family strategies.   This session is suitable for those who have had a child placed with them, and the content is aimed at those who are within the first few years of their adoption journey.

  • 15th November 2022 - 9:30am - 2:30pm
  • 11th January 2023 - 9:30am - 2:30pm

 


Sensory integration

This session will enable you to understand the effect of sensory processing disorder and differentiate between this and trauma-triggered behaviours.  This session is suitable for those who have had a child placed with them, and the content is aimed at those who are within the first few years of their adoption journey.

  • 12 October 2022 - 9:30am - 1:00pm
  • 14 June 2023 - 9:30am - 1:00pm

 


Supporting Adopted Adolescents (SAA)

We know that trauma can have a lifelong impact and navigating the teen years raises many questions and presents us as parents with challenging behaviours.  The sessions will cover common issues that arise such as eating issues, self-harm and will look at how brain development affects decision making and growth as we navigate our way through to young adulthood.

The sessions will be delivered on Saturday mornings over two consecutive weekends to allow learning and family time to take place for you.

  • Part 1 - 11th March 2023, Part 2 - 18th March 2023 - 9:30am - 12:30pm

 


Keeping in touch; thinking about contact in adoption

The workshop will examine the experience of contact from the perspective of the child, the birth family and adoptive parents.  Looking at different types of contact, you will be asked to consider what good contact looks and feels like.  The session is aimed at improving your skills and approaches to supporting our children.  It will also be an opportunity to network and share experiences.

  • 18th January 2023 - 9.30am - 11am
  • 20th June 2023 - 7.30pm - 9pm

 


Telling about Adoption

The workshop will focus on children from placement through primary school or late primary and secondary school stages and include the practicalities and potential difficulties involved in undertaking life story work. You will examine some basic principles of child development and identity, and be asked to consider age-appropriate explanations linked to a child’s developmental stage and to practice telling and explaining.

Children from placement through primary school

  • 6th June 2023  - 9:30am - 1:00pm

Children from placement through late primary and secondary school stages

  • 18th October 2022 - 9:30am - 1:00pm

 


Parenting our teens

This four day programme of support, for parents to gain an understanding of their teenagers needs, learn strategies to help their teenager and themselves, help to improve key relationships and find some valuable peer support.

Places on this course will be allocated through ASE.

 


Parenting our children

This is a research-based, six-day programme of support starting in October, for parents to gain an understanding of their adopted children’s needs, particularly developmental trauma, and to receive valuable peer support.

Places on this course will be allocated through ASE following the submission of an expression of interest form.

 


Getting ready for placement

This session is aimed at supporting and helping to prepare prospective adopters and approved adopters waiting for a match with a child or children.

Places on this course will be allocated through ASE.

 


Managing Anger & Defiance

This learning programme addresses parenting the child in the context of parenting ‘attitude’ and allowing parents to see their role as therapeutic parents, working to avoid re-triggering their child’s trauma and encourage engagement and reciprocity.The course will look at strategies from the perspective of an understanding of anger, both the child’s and the parent’s anger, and its origin in fear.“It’s not their fault and it isn’t yours either!”

Places on this course will be allocated through ASE following the submission of an expression of interest form.

  • Commencing on 5th October 2022- an 8 week course running on the following dates:
    • 5th October 
    • 12th October
    • 19th October 
    • 2nd November 
    • 9th November
    • 16th November 
    • 23rd November 
    • 30th November 

Book any of the courses


Please email [email protected] for further details.

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