Welcome to The Centre for Adoption Support and Education

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.

See our events calendar for forthcoming dates.

Funding for the course is through the Adoption Support Fund.

Education Professionals’ Workshop

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

Monday 1st July and Monday 25th November 2019, 9.30 – 12.30pm

Cost £50

Controlling Behaviours

A one off workshop from paediatrician Dr. Corinne Rees who has many years’ experience of working with adopted children about why so many adopted children have controlling behaviours and how adopters can understand and manage these. For adopters and approved adopters with any agency. There will be an opportunity after the presentation for group discussion along with a Q and A session.

Monday 15th July 201910 – 12.30pm


Identity: Who Am I?

Identity: Who Am I?

A workshop for adoptive parents helping them explore their child’s identity.

This ‘hands-on’ workshop will explore what identity is, for you and your child/ten, how it’s formed and what we can do to shape it in positive and life-affirming ways. Your stories, hopes, questions and reflections are all welcome.
We will:

  • Look at the impact of history, home and how the world views us
  • Learn practical strategies to work with emerging identity needs
  • Recognise and share the skills, knowledge and experience in the group
  • Have plenty of time for reflection and discussion

Tuesday 25th June, 10 – 1pm

Cost £8

Adopters’ Workshops

Regular workshops on a range of subjects often experienced by adopters are regularly held at The Centre.

For up to date details see The Centre’s events calendar