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Courses and Workshops

Hearts and Minds

A Specialist Therapeutic Programme for Adoptive Families

Created by Andrew Lister (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) and Dr Jude Courtney (Clinical Psychologist)

An 8 week specialist therapeutic programme for adoptive parents, designed for adopters who find themselves unable to experience family life in the way that they had hoped. You may be finding limited rewards, frequent stress and feelings of being lost with the child you are living with. The programme will focus on the 8 habits of the thriving adoptive family and provide strategies on how to embed these into your daily family life. The programme will enhance your family’s existing knowledge and enable reflection on the emotional journey that adoption brings.

This programme will be of particular benefit to those who are contemplating, or are about to engage in, therapeutic intervention. Adopters will need to have had a child placed for 6 months or more.

If you parent as a couple, both adults need to attend.  To facilitate this we will hold both a morning and an evening session, so both can attend one or the other of the times, either separately or together. We would expect that people commit to attending all of the eight sessions. There will be a maximum of 12 attendees at each session.

The course in May has been postponed until September. Dates tbc.

£750 – 1,400. Funding can be applied for through the Adoption Support Fund.


NVR 7 week course

31/3/20 We have made the decision to postpone the parents NVR course. We are not able to physically bring a new group together at this time and feel that it would not be sufficiently supportive to attendees to present these workshops remotely. We are great believers in the NVR approach and will plan to run this course again as soon as the restrictions regarding Covid-19 are lifted. If you have already signed up for the course, with your consent we can keep your name on a list of potential attendees for the future. Please contact admin@ccsadoption.org and let us know if you would like us to do this.

Learn to use NVR to support your adoptive family in this 7 week course from CCS and Action For Children.

A 7 week course in NVR techniques and strategies for adoptive parents; NVR is an approach for parents with children or adolescents with violent, destructive or harmful behaviours.  It is designed for adopters who find themselves unable to experience family life in the way that they had hoped. You may be finding limited rewards, frequent stress and feelings of being lost with the child you are living with. Traditional parenting methods may have been tried and have failed and an alternative is needed. NVR focuses on resisting the use of any physical or verbal violence; persisting in the stand against the unwanted behaviours and repairing and uniting the relationship between the parent and the child.

Contact admin@ccsadoption.org for dates tbc

£600 per single adopter and £1,100 per couple. Funding through ASF.

NVR Therapeutic Training & Support Programme

A specialist Non Violent Resistance (NVR) therapeutic training programme for adoptive parents who have already gained some understanding and experience of NVR through previous NVR training or individual therapeutic work.  Delivered in monthly sessions over one year each 2 hour session will provide adoptive parents with the opportunity to further their knowledge of NVR principles and embed NVR practice into their parenting. 

See our events calendar for monthly dates starting in April 2020

£500 per family. Funding can be applied for through the ASF


Introduction to Attachment and Trauma for Education Professionals

An introductory course on attachment and trauma aimed at professionals who work with vulnerable children in educations settings of all varieties. Delivered by an experienced trainer and an adoptive parent there will be opportunities for discussion and sharing of good practice. Delegates will leave the workshop with a better awareness and understanding of key issues in trauma and attachment, how these issues present in children’s behaviour and some strategies to support children in educational settings.

To book a place please contact us on 0117 955 8826 or info@adoptionsupportcentre.org

Friday 3rd July 9.00 – 12.30pm

Cost £55


Life Story Workshops

18/3/20 We are investigating how given the Coronavirus restrictions on face to face contact we might still deliver the content of this workshop so do please continue to register your interest.

Helping adopted children understand their story can often be a challenge for parents. Life story work takes many formats from books, to later-life letters, memory boxes and longer term therapeutic support and it can be daunting to navigate and know how, when and what to access. The workshop will explore how ongoing life story work contributes to children’s and young people’s understanding of their past, present and future and give adopters some tools and ideas to help them support their children through this journey. £10 for non CCS Adopters and free to CCS adopters.

Get in touch to book your place, 0117 935 0005 or email admin@ccsadoption.org

Tuesday 31st March 2020, Tuesday 30th June 2020, 10am – 2.30pm

£10 for non CCS adopters. Free to CCS Adopters.