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Very useful and thought provoking. 

Really positive - the course was very useful. Zach and Denise are excellent.

Excellent role plays which stick in the mind in situations which are common in our life.

The Great Behaviour Breakdown

Based on child behaviour expert Bryan Post’s latest course, The Great Behaviour Breakdown focuses on how stress affects child behaviour. Our trainers have been trained in Bryan Post’s latest courses for adoptive parents, foster carers and special guardians, in the United States by a Post Institute trainer.

Additional information


Standard, Standard Couple, Self-Funded Parents/Carers, Self-Funded Couples

Course objectives

This three-day course provides parents and carers with strategies and tips to effectively tackle 27 difficult behaviours.

What skills will you take away?

  • An easy to understand stress model showing how stress impacts behaviour
  • Clear, practical strategies and interventions for parenting or caring children who have been traumatised
  • A supportive and empathetic forum for parents to meet with other parents and discuss the challenges they face
  • Free, online support from trainers following the course
  • A handbook and textbook providing further information


Denise Golding, Senior Social Work Practitioner and The Great Behaviour Breakdown Certified Instructor, Family Futures

Denise is a Senior Social Worker with extensive experience in family placement and adoption support. She has also facilitated training and been a panel member for another voluntary adoption agency. She has been trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy by Dr Dan Hughes, as well as in Theraplay and the use of The Attachment Style Interview. Denise also has a diploma in the therapeutic application of the arts and in psychotherapy skills with children and adolescents. Denise is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and also has a postgraduate diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling .

Zach Gomm, foster carer and The Great Behaviour Breakdown Certified Instructor, Family Futures

Zach is a foster carer and has fostered many children over the years. He is now the adoptive father of his long-term 14-year-old foster son, who he has parented successfully using a similar approach to Beyond Consequences and The Great Behaviour Breakdown, for the last 10 years. He is also mentored by Family Futures and has become a certified GBB instructor, trained by Helene Timpone. He is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Levels 1 and 2, Theraplay Level 1, mindfulness, parenting children with significant trauma and attachment difficulties, and children who display aggression and sexualised behaviour, lack of social skills and learning difficulties.


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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