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Sensory summer activities and Sensory Integration Webinar

Our Occupational Therapy team have put together some sensory summer activity ideas for you to try over the holidays.

Do you have questions about your child’s sensory development? Why not join our Sensory Integration webinar on 1 September, where Mandy will be answering questions from parents/carers and suggesting practical strategies to help children regulate their sensory systems.

For many adoptive, SGO and foster families, the stresses of living through lockdown and anxieties about the transition back to school have brought their child’s sensory issues to the fore, particularly for children whose sensory development has been impaired by early life trauma. Parents and carers participating in the webinar will have the opportunity to try activities that engage the senses and help support regulation. 

Return to school webinars for parents, carers and professionals

We still have spaces on our Dan Hughes ‘return to school’ webinars and our new Sensory Integration webinar with Mandy.

Dr Dan Hughes will be live online for parents/carers on 25 August, 2-4pm and for professionals on 27 August, 2-4pm. You can learn ideas and tips to help children feel safe as they return to school post-lockdown. How can a PACE approach help with transitions and anxieties? Send in your questions for Dan when you book and find out more here:
Parents & carers webinar
Professionals webinar

On 1 September, Mandy (Occupational Therapist and Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner) will be holding a live online webinar to explain sensory modulation and how this links to our stress response and ability to self regulate. For many adoptive, SGO and foster families, the stresses of living through lockdown have brought their child’s sensory issues to the fore, particularly for children whose sensory development has been impaired by early life trauma. Mandy will offer tips, support and answer your questions in this Sensory Integration Webinar with Mandy.

Family Futures is running Black Lives Matter webinars for young people in July

Black Lives Matter – webinar for young people aged 13-15, 21 July, 1.30-3.30pm

Black Lives Matter – webinar for young people aged 16-18, 22 July, 1.30-3.30pm

The webinars will give young people an opportunity to learn, think and talk about issues linked to the Black Lives Matter protests and movement, including systemic racism, discrimination and privilege.

Run by our experienced therapists who work with young people at Family Futures, there will be short videos and information about the different topics. Young people can share their own experiences and how they have been impacted, although there will be no expectation to talk. Ideas about resources and action will be shared and we’ll be considering what needs to change: in our society and cultures, and in our own lives, schools, and families.

Expert-led webinars for parents and professionals during Covid-19

We were delighted to be joined by Dr Dan Hughes, founder of DDP this week for the first of our series of expert-led webinars to support families through these stressful times.

180 parents/carers attended the webinar to hear parenting guidance and examples of dealing with difficult and challenging situations.

“Highly recommended! What a lovely man Dan Hughes is, so calm and knowledgeable, brilliant.”

“Brilliantly useful”.

To find out about our upcoming webinars click here

New live webinars with Dr Dan Hughes

Dear Dan Webinar – Dan Hughes answers parents & carers’ questions

How to parent as you hope to during the lockdown

18 May 2020, 2-5pm live online (with a half-hour break from 3.15-3.45pm)

Family Futures is inviting adoptive parents, foster carers and kinship carers to sign up to a live online webinar on 18 May with Dr Dan Hughes, founder of DDP. Dan will be offering parenting ideas to inspire you and creative ways to help children (and their parents) experience safety in spite of the anxious times we are living through.

Find out more and book your place here

New training for parents and carers, 2020

Announcing our new courses for 2020 designed to support adoptive parents, foster carers, special guardians and kinship carers to parent their child therapeutically. Each course provides life-changing practical techniques and skills as well as an understanding of how trauma affects all aspects of a child’s development. Click on the links below to find out more:

See our full list of courses for parents and carers here

Training for Social Workers – Therapeutic Life Story Work

Are you working with adopted or looked after children?

We still have spaces on our Therapeutic Life Story Work course running 23 to 25 April. This professional development training will give you a framework and the confidence to address difficult issues from the past with traumatised children. The course will also give you the ability to use non-verbal and creative arts to help children express difficult and complex feelings, plus guidance on how to use life story work to support facilitated contact.
Find out more about our professional development training here.

New Professional Development and Parent Education programme 2019 

Family Futures 2019 training – now available to book online

“Extremely inspiring. I really cannot wait to start the preparation and use the resources and strategies of the course to start Life Story work.”
Our training this year for professionals, parents, carers and special guardians is based on our research, and clinical practice. All our trainers have specialist knowledge, expertise and experience of child development and will focus on giving you practical tips and techniques to use and share with others. Have a look at our list of courses for 2019 below and click on the title link to find out more or to book your place.

Parent education training can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund. You need to make an application through your local authority adoption support service for this funding. If you have any queries about booking training, please contact Claire on 020 7354 4161 or email us.

From Hindsight to Mindsight – the practical application of the neuro-sequential,  NPP approach to the everyday practice of working with Developmentally Traumatised Children
14, 15, 16 & 30 May 2019
For social workers, therapists and psychologists
 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level Two
4 to 7 February 2019
For therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. Dr Dan Hughes will deliver this training on his treatment model which involves working with a child and their family to improve attachment relationships.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level One
11 to 14 November 2019        Trainer: Dr Dan Hughes

  Trainers are UK-based & Certified Theraplay therapists, supervisors and trainers. Theraplay courses are for psychologists and psychiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, counsellors, adoption and post-adoption counsellors, family therapists, early childhood & developmental specialists and teachers.

Theraplay Level One and Group Theraplay
1 to 5 April 2019

Group Theraplay
2 to 3 May 2019

Theraplay Level Two
25 to 27 November 2019

 Therapeutic Life Story Work
23 to 25 April 2019
For social workers working with adopted and Looked After children
 Siblings Together or Apart
7 to 8 May 2019
Social workers in Looked After children, fostering and adoption teams; adoption and fostering team managers; clinical psychologists, paediatric occupational therapists, therapists, solicitors, panel members, adoption support agency service providers, psychiatrists, paediatricians and teachers

 The Great Behaviour Breakdown. Bryan Post’s follow up to Beyond Consequences

3, 4 & 18 June 2019
For adoptive parents, prospective adopters awaiting placements, foster carers, social workers (Adoption, Fostering), teachers, health visitors, parents of abused/traumatised children.


“Totally unlike any training content of any course I’ve done”

Don’t miss our courses for parents coming up soon

“ Gives a new perspective and understanding of some behaviours. Easy to see how I could make some simple changes.”


Parenting with Theraplay, Somatic Experience and DDP principles of PACE, 11 April 2018

The Great Behaviour Breakdown Bryan Post’s follow-up to Beyond Consequences13, 14 & 27 June 2018

Helping Fostered Children Transition to a New Family19 to 20 June 2018

Making Sense of My Child – A day on Sensory Integration10 July 2018

Adult Attachment Style – How your own upbringing will influence your parenting style11 July 2018

Relationships and Networks6 September 2018

The Impact of Trauma in Infancy on Attachment and Development9 & 10 October 2018

Parent education programmes can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund. You need to make an application through your local authority adoption support service for this funding.

To book a place on one of these courses, visit our Parent Education courses at Family Futures page.

If you have a query, please contact Angela on 020 7354 4161 or email us.



Simple therapeutic techniques

Strapped for time, space and equipment? Dee Bamford, Senior Practitioner and Integrative Arts Psychotherapist at Family Futures, says there are a range of simple techniques that professionals can use to help unlock a child’s inner world.

Professionals working with adopted or fostered children often feel they don’t have the space, time or equipment to carry out the work that would give them a full understanding of a child’s range of experiences, hopes and dreams.

We know talking to a child may not give the whole picture of what is really going on in their minds, and that much of their experience may be locked in their bodies or extremely hard for them to articulate.

We want to help them manage these feelings and behaviour, to think about and make meaning of their experiences. But when words are not enough, what do we do?

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