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NOW FULLY BOOKED – Hearts and Minds

September 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 26, 2019

£600 - £1100
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Hearts and Minds: Specialist Therapeutic Programme for Adoptive Families

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

An 8 week specialist therapeutic programme for adoptive parents. 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. 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.
Suitable For:
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, we strongly advice that both parents attend. To facilitate this we will hold both a morning session 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.

Location, Dates and Timings: The Centre, 162 Pennywell Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0TX
Monday mornings (10.00-12.30pm): 30th Sept, 7th Oct, 14th Oct, 21st Oct – break for half-term – 4th Nov, 11th Nov, 18th Nov, 25th Nov
Tuesday evening (18.30-21.00pm): 1st Oct, 8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct – break for half-term – 5th Nov, 12th Nov, 19th Nov, 26th Nov

Objectives of the programme:

  • To give parents a thorough understanding of the theory which lies behind therapeutic parenting
    To understand the neurological changes that parenting brings to both adults and children
    To help parents become more confident in therapeutic parenting strategies and learn how to make these become habits of daily life
    To give parents a sense of hope that they are connecting to their complex child and can bring about more open, emotional engagement with them
    To help parents to reflect upon the emotional issues for them that have arisen from adopting a child who has experienced early trauma and might have developed blocked trust
    To help parents find strategies that protect them from moving into blocked care
  • Fee: Single Adopter £600 / Single adopter & key adult: £1100 / Couple £1100

To book:
Please return this reservation form  to the email address below. An acknowledgement email will be sent to you once this form has been received and you will be placed on our reservation list.
If you have marked on the reservation form that you wish to fund your place via the Adoption Support Fund (ASF), we will take receipt of this form as your agreement for us to contact your Local Authority (LA) in order to request that they apply for funding from the ASF.
Once notification of ASF funding is received from the LA, and confirmed to The Centre, your place(s) on the course will be confirmed via email.

For further information, please contact Jess Bain, Assistant Psychologist on 0117 955 8826 or email:


September 30, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
£600 - £1100
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The Centre
162 Pennywell Road
Bristol, Bristol BS5 0TX United Kingdom
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0117 955 8826