Annual Conference 2016: From Surviving to Thriving

Date: 19.11.16 10:00


From Surviving to Thriving: Supporting the emotional development and well-being of adopted children

Our annual conference will focus on supporting the emotional development and wellbeing of adopted children.

We welcome back Dr Margot Sunderland, author and director of education and training at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. In the morning Margot will discuss building resilience in the adopted child through therapeutic conversations. Her presentation which includes what to do, what to say and how to be, is based on the fact that unless troubled children and teenagers have access to thoughtful adult minds through healing conversations, their unmanageable feelings often remain unmanageable, causing misery and heartache to  themselves and those around them. Yet with a trusted adult, adept at therapeutic conversation, children and teenagers can be enabled to reflect on painful life experiences in ways which enable them to thrive. Dr Sunderland will explore the science behind the 'can of worms' myth, the power of memory re-consolidation in the presence of an emotionally regulating adult and how to get through when children don’t want to talk. Delegates will also learn how to support children and teenagers to access the healing emotions of grief and empowered anger proven to be so fundamental to positive change and developing resilience.

In the afternoon, author and adoptive parent Sally Donovan, will continue by focusing on the realities of day to day life as a therapeutic parent with the focus on resilience; becoming educated and practiced in parenting an adopted child; looking at emotional resilience during the tough times, particularly resilience that comes from acceptance and confidence in one’s own ability; and building a supportive network with an emphasis on self care.

Lastly, we welcome Professor Jonathan Green who is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. He will draw on his clinical work and research with children after adoption and discuss the factors that may impact on the mental health and well-being of children after adoption. From a developmental psychiatry perspective, he will explain the rationale for therapeutic support for adopting parents and how that support might be structured. He will also look at what more can be needed for those children with additional needs, such as ADHD/ASD/attachment disorder – as well as anxiety, depression and aggression.

Date: Saturday 19 November 2016
Duration: 10am to 4pm (registration from 9.15am) 

Individual members £93.00
Individual non members £114.00
Practitioner member £144.00
Practitioner non member £168.00

This includes VAT, information pack, refreshments and lunch.

Location: Central Birmingham.

The venue is 10 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station and there is public parking within a five minute walk
Full details of location are issued with your confirmation.

Maximum of attendees: 280

Who should attend?

Adoptive parents.
Practitioners from all fields who work with adoptive parents.
Foster carers and practitioners from other forms of permanence.

Book Your Place - 



Please access Eventbrite booking system via the link above to add your details to our waiting list. You will be alerted automatically by email when a place becomes available and you will have one day to reply and purchase the ticket/s.

(Please use Eventbrite to make your booking and payment for our Annual Conference as this is an efficient and easier way for you to book. Adoption UK have set up a partnership with Eventbrite who have excellent security measures in place and they do not pass your data onto any other organisation except Adoption UK.

Please note that only credit/debit card or cheque payments are accepted for this conference.)

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Training team via email training@adoptionuk.org.uk or on 01926 852877 / 07887 873145.

Accommodation booking service for the Annual Conference 2016

We have rooms on allocation at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre and the Copthorne Birmimgham. Click the link below for more information and discounts: