Wales

Training courses for adoptive parents, kinship carers and professionals working in adoption in Wales.

Our training courses are currently being held safely online for participants in Wales. Courses are suitable for adoptive parents, kinship carers, foster carers and social workers to attend alongside one another and are FULLY FUNDED. Please note some courses are open to members of Adoption UK only.

Courses can also be commissioned by adoption agencies in Wales. For further details and a full list of all available courses, please contact [email protected]

 

Course description

Date/Time/Location

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Helping your adopted child to cope in school

An opportunity to look at how to support children through the many transitions that happen in school.  The session will consider children’s feelings and how they show them.  It will focus on the importance of planning ahead, talking with children and lots of practical tips to support transitions – the big ones (eg from primary to secondary school) and the small ones (eg. from home to school each morning or from classroom to classroom).  Useful resources will be demonstrated and ideas for activities and conversation starters will be provided.  There will also be an opportunity to find about new developments coming up for schools in Wales, and time to discuss concerns parents may have.  When you book onto this course, please remember to submit any questions that you’d like covered during the session.

Thursday 19th May

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

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Health and Development (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course is based on the online course developed with AFA Cymru and available on the NAS website. Participants will learn about healthy child development and reflect on why some children progress at a different pace to others.  The materials will help parents decide “is this something I should be concerned about, or is it a normal part of development?”  Practical guidance will be provided about what to look out for and who to approach for support.

Thursday 19th May

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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Getting ready for school (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course has been designed by our Lead Education Officer for Wales and is aimed at parents with pre-school/recently placed children.  The course will provide up-to-date information about how to choose the school best suited to a child’s needs.  Participants will explore how to help their child settle into the school environment and who can assist with this.  The significance of big (and small) transitions in relation to school will also be discussed.

Monday 6th June

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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First Aid Training (for Adoption UK members and adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This training course will provide adopters with skills and knowledge to help in a first aid emergency affecting infants and children.

The course covers first aid techniques suitable for helping children from birth to 18 years.

Sunday 12th June

10.00am – 1.00pm

Cardiff / RCT Area

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NVR Awareness Raising

An introduction to a range of practical Non-Violent Resistance approaches.  This session provides information about what NVR is (and is not).  It will help parents, carers and practitioners decide whether Non-Violent Resistance would be beneficial in specific situations where child to parent violence (verbal and/or physical) is a regular occurrence.

Tuesday 21st June

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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First Aid Training (for Adoption UK members and adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This training course will provide adopters with skills and knowledge to help in a first aid emergency affecting infants and children.

The course covers first aid techniques suitable for helping children from birth to 18 years.

Sunday 25th June

10.00am – 1.00pm

MWW area

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Building Your Support Network (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

Adoptive parents always say they need support from people who 'get it’. As time goes on they sometimes become isolated as the people in their network drop off. This might be because of the child's behaviour or the demands of family life. This course aims to highlight this risk and consider ways to encourage parents to build on their support network from the start of their adoption journey. The course will consider informal and formal support from friends, family and professionals.

 

Thursday 30th June

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

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When the Senses Don’t Make Sense

A training workshop providing opportunities to talk about the links between sensory and emotional issues for adopted children, and how using connected play and developing relationships can help in child development.

This workshop will be led by a children’s Occupational Therapist, trained and supervised in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy). She is also an adoptive parent trained in Sensory Integration Therapy and the DIR Floortime approach. (Developmental, Individual & Relationship based approach).

Her experience includes working for the NHS, private practice and as an Adoption Support Therapist. She has extensive professional experience both in training and clinical practice. Her approach blends functional daily life skills, play, arts and creativity to support families build relationships when things can feel “stuck”.

 

Tuesday 5th July

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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The Teen Years

The course gives participants space to reflect on teenage brain development, adolescence and the impact on behaviour.  We will consider some risky behaviours in the context of teenage development and explore communication skills and ideas that can be used to maintain relationships.  There will be time to focus on the importance of identity, social development and presentation in adolescence and look at some practical sources of support for more complex issues.

Thursday 14th July

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

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Self-care Workshop

A 2 ½  hour workshop focussing on self-care for parents.  An opportunity for parents to learn more about the importance of self-care and help them find time in every hectic day for moments of pure, selfish indulgence.  The trainer will share techniques that are popular with other adoptive parents, including adoptive Dads, who were consulted when the content of this workshop was prepared.  It’s also an opportunity for parents to share their own techniques with one another. This is probably our only training workshop where we do NOT talk about our children.  This is all about YOU.

Thursday 15th September

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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Settling in (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course is for adopters who are in the early days of their adoption journeys. It will be an opportunity to learn more about matching, introductions, how to help a child feel at home with you, managing the transition from foster care to a “forever home” and what will be important to the child from their life before they joined your family. Adopters are invited to come along with those niggling questions and explore their hopes and any concerns for their journey into parenthood.

Thursday 22nd September

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

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Life Journey Work

This session will help de-mystify Life Journey Work and introduces the Wales National Adoption Service’s Life Journey Work Good Practice Guide, Framework and Toolkit.  These documents are available on the NAS website .  An opportunity to ask all those niggling questions and hear some practical suggestions to help children understand their background and promote a positive sense of identity. 

 

Wednesday 28th September

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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Contact – what does it really mean?

This course is based on the online course developed with AFA Cymru and available on the National Adoption Service websiteIt provides space for adoptive parents to reflect on the benefits and risks associated with contact.  Participants will be given the opportunity to think about who might be significant for their child to have contact with and how this could happen.  Participants will discuss how to support a child through the process and reflect on their own feelings about contact.

Tuesday 4th October

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

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Health and Development (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course is based on the online course developed with AFA Cymru and available on the NAS website. Participants will learn about healthy child development and reflect on why some children progress at a different pace to others.  The materials will help parents decide “is this something I should be concerned about, or is it a normal part of development?”  Practical guidance will be provided about what to look out for and who to approach for support.

Thursday 13th October

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

The Power of Play

A practical, fun half-day workshop that explores play and its benefits for children who are adopted.  An opportunity for parents to explore their own relationship with play and how it impacts on how they play with their children.  Parents will consider how play can help build attachment with their child before looking at therapeutic play.   Parents will have the opportunity to build a toolbox of practical ideas and start compiling a “play plan” for their children.

 

Thursday 20th October

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

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Difficult Conversations

A half day interactive training workshop focussing on how to have difficult conversations with adopted children.  Adoptive parents who have attended Adoption UK Wales’ Life Journey Work and Contact courses often ask how to have difficult conversations with their children, especially about the traumatic experiences and behaviour that led to children not being able to live with birth parents, birth family members or foster carers.  This session aims to address these issues in more detail and focus on how we can start talking about these really difficult topics from a very early age.  There will also be an opportunity to talk about the following.

  • What to share with your family and friends
  • Risks/reality of conversations started online
  • Helping children talk with their peers about being adopted
  • Helping children understand how the brain work

 

Wednesday 9th November

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

When the Senses Don’t Make Sense  (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

A training workshop providing opportunities to talk about the links between sensory and emotional issues for adopted children, and how using connected play and developing relationships can help in child development.

This workshop will be led by a children’s Occupational Therapist, trained and supervised in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy). She is also an adoptive parent trained in Sensory Integration Therapy and the DIR Floortime approach. (Developmental, Individual & Relationship based approach).

Her experience includes working for the NHS, private practice and as an Adoption Support Therapist. She has extensive professional experience both in training and clinical practice. Her approach blends functional daily life skills, play, arts and creativity to support families build relationships when things can feel “stuck”.

 

Wednesday 23rd November

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

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Challenging Behaviour

For those who want to understand more about challenging behaviour – what triggers it, the unmet need beneath it, how to manage it and how to reduce it.  There will be an opportunity to consider a range of strategies that work for children who have experienced trauma in their early weeks, months and years.  The course is suitable for all parents, carers and practitioners, particularly those with younger children who are keen to understand any emerging behaviours that they are concerned about.

This course is based on the online course developed with AFA Cymru and available on the National Adoption Service website.

 

Thursday 24th November

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

Building Your Support Network

Adoptive parents always say they need support from people who 'get it’. As time goes on they sometimes become isolated as the people in their network drop off. This might be because of the child's behaviour or the demands of family life. This course aims to highlight this risk and consider ways to encourage parents to build on their support network from the start of their adoption journey. The course will consider informal and formal support from friends, family and professionals.

Monday 5th December

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

Register now

2023

NVR Awareness Raising

An introduction to a range of practical Non-Violent Resistance approaches.  This session provides information about what NVR is (and is not).  It will help parents, carers and practitioners decide whether Non-Violent Resistance would be beneficial in specific situations where child to parent violence (verbal and/or physical) is a regular occurrence.

Monday 16th January

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

The Teen Years

The course gives participants space to reflect on teenage brain development, adolescence and the impact on behaviour.  We will consider some risky behaviours in the context of teenage development and explore communication skills and ideas that can be used to maintain relationships.  There will be time to focus on the importance of identity, social development and presentation in adolescence and look at some practical sources of support for more complex issues.

 

Thursday 19th January

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

Register now

Building Support Systems (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

Adoptive parents always say they need support from people who 'get it’. As time goes on they sometimes become isolated as the people in their network drop off. This might be because of the child's behaviour or the demands of family life. This course aims to highlight this risk and consider ways to encourage parents to build on their support network from the start of their adoption journey. The course will consider informal and formal support from friends, family and professionals.

 

Tuesday 31st January

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

Register now

Life Journey Work

This session will help de-mystify Life Journey Work and introduces the Wales National Adoption Service’s Life Journey Work Good Practice Guide, Framework and Toolkit.  These documents are available on the NAS website .  An opportunity to ask all those niggling questions and hear some practical suggestions to help children understand their background and promote a positive sense of identity. 

 

Thursday 2nd February

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

Contact – what does it really mean?

This course is based on the online course developed with AFA Cymru and available on the National Adoption Service websiteIt provides space for adoptive parents to reflect on the benefits and risks associated with contact.  Participants will be given the opportunity to think about who might be significant for their child to have contact with and how this could happen.  Participants will discuss how to support a child through the process and reflect on their own feelings about contact.

Wednesday 8th February

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

The Power of Play (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

A practical, fun half-day workshop that explores play and its benefits for children who are adopted.  An opportunity for parents to explore their own relationship with play and how it impacts on how they play with their children.  Parents will consider how play can help build attachment with their child before looking at therapeutic play.   Parents will have the opportunity to build a toolbox of practical ideas and start compiling a “play plan” for their children.

Thursday 9th February

10.00am – 12.30pm

Online

Register now

Difficult Conversations

A half day interactive training workshop focussing on how to have difficult conversations with adopted children.  Adoptive parents who have attended Adoption UK Wales’ Life Journey Work and Contact courses often ask how to have difficult conversations with their children, especially about the traumatic experiences and behaviour that led to children not being able to live with birth parents, birth family members or foster carers.  This session aims to address these issues in more detail and focus on how we can start talking about these really difficult topics from a very early age.  There will also be an opportunity to talk about the following.

  • What to share with your family and friends
  • Risks/reality of conversations started online
  • Helping children talk with their peers about being adopted
  • Helping children understand how the brain work

 

Tuesday 7th March

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

Register now

Settling in (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course is for adopters who are in the early days of their adoption journeys. It will be an opportunity to learn more about matching, introductions, how to help a child feel at home with you, managing the transition from foster care to a “forever home” and what will be important to the child from their life before they joined your family. Adopters are invited to come along with those niggling questions and explore their hopes and any concerns for their journey into parenthood.

Thursday 16th March

6.30pm – 9.00pm

Online

Register now

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