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Training

Training

We are keen to support our adopters/those who are applying to adopt through comprehensive training. Here are the details of our current online and in-person courses. All of our courses are free to you if you have adopted with us or if you adopted elsewhere more than three years ago and live within the counties of Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

To keep our adopters and their families safe and secure, details of venues and the ability to book on to these courses is in our 'Adopter only' area which is password protected. To book on to any of these courses, simply request a password using the button below. We will then send you a link to the Training Hub and the password.

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Courses currently available

Early Permanence

During this insightful and interactive course, our friendly and experienced Social Workers will gently guide you through the Early Permanence route to adoption and offer you expert advice and tips.

Please note that this training is only available to people who are in at least Stage 1 of the adoption process and who have completed the Prepare to Adopt course.

 

 

Therapeutic Parenting Part I - Establishing a Good Foundation

Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing parenting approach with empathy at its core. TP uses firm but fair boundaries and routines to aid the development of new neural pathways in the brain so that children may gain trust in adults.

In this course provided by ‘Changing Lives’ you will be given an invaluable insight into the world of Therapeutic Parenting, offered practical hints and tips to use with your own child/ren and helped to ensure your parenting journey runs as smoothly as possible.

Please note that this is an online, 2 part course and that the 2nd part will need to be booked separately.

 

Therapeutic Parenting Part II - Continuing to Build a Good Foundation

Building on the foundations and skills you learnt in Part I, the 2nd part of this course, delivered by Changing Lives, will offer you further practical hints and tips to aid your Therapeutic Parenting approach as your child grows.

Please note that this is an online course and you must have completed Part 1 to take part.

 

Family and Friends Part I (Leicester and Leicestershire adopters)

A good support network is vital for you and your child/children as you progress through your adoption journey. During this course, we will teach your nominated family member or friend about the adoption process, underline the importance of their role and give them invaluable hints and tips on how to help and support you and your child/children.

Please note that this event will take place in a central Leicester location.

Family and Friends Part I (Lincolnshire, Rutland and North Lincolnshire adopters)

A good support network is vital for you and your child/children as you progress through your adoption journey. During this course, we will teach your nominated family member or friend about the adoption process, underline the importance of their role and give them invaluable hints and tips on how to help and support you and your child/children.

Please note that this course is available in both Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire on different dates which you will be able to select when booking.

This is also a 2 part course, please book the 2nd part separately.

Family and Friends Part II (Leicester and Leicestershire adopters)

This is the second part of our innovative training course designed to empower your friends and family to provide the best support possible for you and your child.

Please note that this course is run in a central Leicester location.

Family and Friends Part II (Lincolnshire, Rutland and North Lincolnshire adopters)

This is a full day virtual course building on the foundations of part I with two experienced Post Adoption Support Workers.

This training is for adopters who want to understand how adopted children might make sense of their early experiences and how you can help them talk about their past using PACE, therapeutic parenting techniques and creative approaches to explore their inner world.

Talking about Adoption Part I

Talking about adoption can be difficult. In this course we cover how and when it’s appropriate to talk about your situation and advice that you can give to your child as they transition through their childhood.

This is a virtual, 2 part course. Please book on to the 2nd part separately.

Talking about Adoption Part II

This is a full day virtual course building on the foundations of part I with two experienced Post Adoption Support Workers.

This training is for adopters who want to understand how adopted children might make sense of their early experiences and how you can help them talk about their past using PACE, therapeutic parenting techniques and creative approaches to explore their inner world.

The Child’s Sensory World, an overview

This is a half day training course aimed at introducing the child’s sensory world to their parents.

The course will provide an overview of the sensory system, how this can be impacted by early childhood experiences, how this can affect the child’s behaviour in the home and at school and some ways parents may be able to help their children.

Non Violent Resistance Training

This NVR training will teach you new and effective ways to react to your child/young person. During this course you will learn that by developing a safe, calm, authoritative presence, you are able to change your reactions to behaviours, so behaviours change in response.

Education Passport

By working with schools, practitioners and other educational establishments we are seeking to maximise the benefits of education for our adopted children. Attend this course to find out how you can advocate on their behalf, what resources are available to you and where you can turn to for additional support.

Prepare to Adopt Training

To ensure that you are fully prepared for adoption we offer a comprehensive 3 day course covering a variety of subjects including how to talk about adoption, what adopted children need, Therapeutic Parenting and more. Your Social Worker will book you onto this course as part of your preparation.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Training

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. It is probably the UK’s largest hidden disability, but very few people know about it. This training offers the opportunity to become more aware of the condition; its causes and effects, the impact that it can have on people and the strategies that can be applied to limit those impacts and allow those affected to achieve. All of the training is based on professional and lived experience of working and living with affected children and young adults. The course will identify new resources to use with and empower those young people who have FASD and help others to better understand the condition. All attendees will also have access to many electronic resources for their use in raising awareness of the condition.

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“The training was really excellent and so insightful and helpful. The facilitators were so knowledgeable about the subject and shared with great empathy and understanding of the needs of the adopted child. We left really understanding that parenting an adopted child is very different and the role we can play in supporting the adopted child’s parents. Anyone who wants to know how they can be the best grandparent or family support to an adopted child needs to attend this workshop!”

A Grandad-to-be who attended our free Friends & Family training