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:
24 to 25 July 2020
3 to 4 July 2020
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.
Family Futures 2019 training – now available to book online
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.
14, 15, 16 & 30 May 2019
For social workers, therapists and psychologists
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
2 to 3 May 2019
Theraplay Level Two
25 to 27 November 2019
23 to 25 April 2019
For social workers working with adopted and Looked After children
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
For adoptive parents, prospective adopters awaiting placements, foster carers, social workers (Adoption, Fostering), teachers, health visitors, parents of abused/traumatised children.
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.”
The Great Behaviour Breakdown Bryan Post’s follow-up to Beyond Consequences, 13, 14 & 27 June 2018
Helping Fostered Children Transition to a New Family, 19 to 20 June 2018
Making Sense of My Child – A day on Sensory Integration, 10 July 2018
Relationships and Networks, 6 September 2018
The Impact of Trauma in Infancy on Attachment and Development, 9 & 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.
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?
Family Futures are delighted to introduce a fully comprehensive training programme available to adoptive parents and foster carers, which will be released in 2016 and run in fortnightly sessions at Family Futures. Parents and Carers will receive in total 9 days of training plus the option to receive on-going support. This parent education programme can be funded by the Adoption Support Fund- you just need to make an application through your local authority adoption support service which is easy to do. Please contact us on 020 7354 4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information. Local Authorities and organisations can also buy this package to run in-house. Please download the full brochure here which will explain the format, structure, aims and objectives of this programme. Contact email@example.com or ring 020 7354 4161 to discuss your options or if you have any questions.