Face-to-face training

PACT offers a range of face-to-face training for approved or prospective PACT adoptive families.

All training is free to attend for PACT adopters and there is no limit on the number of courses that can be attended.

Training takes place in London, Reading and Brighton. The latest training dates and course outlines are listed below. If you would like to receive further information or attend any of these free courses run by PACT please email adoptiontraining@pactcharity.org or call 0118 402 1715.

PACT also runs ImPACT days for adopted children.

Talking to children about Adoption

This training session will focus on assisting you to help your child understand their life story through play as well as a variety of other techniques. It will explore children's cognitive understanding of adoption as well as when and how to talk to children.

'Talking to children about adoption' information and training dates 2018 (pdf)

Responding to challenging behaviour

Children who have encountered early neglect, abuse, trauma and have attachment difficulties are inevitably going to express their fears and anxieties through their behaviour. This course will enable you to explore different ways of responding to challenging behaviours often displayed by adopted children which can include violence, aggression, stealing, lying and not co-operating.

'Responding to challenging behaviour' information and training dates 2018

Building & Strengthening Secure Foundations

This course designed to support adopters:

  • build attachments with their children
  • respond to aggressive and challenging behaviour
  • talk to their children about their adoption and life story.

This course will be run by members of PACT’s Strengthening Families Team and has been developed for:

  • adopters who have had children placed within recent months
  • adopters who have completed the Moving onto Placement course and are waiting for children
  • more experienced adopters who would like to look at ways of enhancing attachments with their child/ren, are dealing with aggressive and challenging behaviours, or wish to explore ways of talking to their child/ren about adoption.

The course will be run over 3 evenings with an additional Family Fun session including your child/ren.

Dates TBC

Sensory Integration

Face-to-face training led by Kathryn Farrow, PACT Strenthening Families. Our dates for 2018 will be posted here soon. 

Does your child have difficulty with some food textures? Are they restless and fidgety? Are they sensitive to clothing, or super-sensitive to touch?

This seminar will provide an introduction to Sensory Integration and some of the techniques that can be used to help children and young people.

  • Sensory Integration involves the processing of sensation through touch, movement, body position, vision, smell, taste and sound.
  • Effective Sensory Integration provides a foundation for later more complex learning and behaviour regulation Kathryn Farrow has been working as a therapeutic social worker for several years, most recently with PACT in their Strengthening Families team. ​

To book your place, please email adoptiontraining@pactcharity.org

Family and friends training

This half-day course is designed for the relatives and close friends of PACT's adoptive families. The course provides:

  • An overview of the backgrounds of children placed for adoption
  • Attachment theory and how children placed for adoption can form healthy attachments.

The course will be held on the following dates. Family and friends of adopters only need to attend one session.

Family and friends training dates 2018

The Great Challenge! Responding to Difficult Behaviour. (Including aggressive and violent behaviour, stealing and lying)

Children who have encountered early neglect, abuse, trauma and have attachment difficulties are inevitably going to express their fears and anxieties through their behaviour. This course will enable you to explore different ways of responding to challenging behaviours often displayed by adopted children which can include violence, aggression, stealing, lying and not co-operating.

2018 dates coming soon.

FACTS Attachment Focused Parenting Course

The course was originally developed by Kim Golding, psychologist with Worcestershire County Council. Our course leaders are fully qualified and registered therapists/therapeutically trained contractors within our Family and Children Therapeutic Support (FACTS) service. They have all had extensive experience of working with adoptive children and with children with a range of attachment difficulties and challenging behaviours.

This course is being run in Brighton on Saturdays 29th September and 13th October 2018 - see this flyer for more details of what the course will cover. This course will also be run in Reading later in the year. You need to be referred on to take part in this course. To find out more please email FACTS@pactcharity.org