Welcome to The Centre for Adoption Support and Education

Therapy Services

Updated March 2019

Our Therapeutic service has been up and running since June 2017, having identified a high level of need for such a service locally. However, we are currently running at full capacity and sadly do not have the resources to continue to accept any new referrals for Initial Consultation appointments and subsequent Clinical Assessments at this stage.  This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but as we feel passionate about wanting to preserve the quality and efficiency for the families already within our service, it is an action we hope you will understand.  We understand that this is likely to be disappointing to hear but if you would like us to let you know when we re-open this service please let us know and we will contact you when these appointments are again being offered.  We envisage that we will be offering appointments again in September 2019 and therefore accepting referrals in August 2019.

If you are contacting us as you are interested in our Hearts and Minds Course then we do still currently have places on future dates. The programme is open to all adoptive families.

The Centre for Adoption Support & Education has many other resources , events, activities, groups, training and workshops. Explore the Events Calendar for further details or  Sign-up to our E-news.  These include the following monthly groups – LGBT coffee mornings; Sunday Well Being events, offering  specialist  support worker availability for Single Adopters ;  Early Permanence Support group;   After school club; The A Team ( for teenagers) and weekly Tots groups.

We also run a separate Mums’ group and a Dads’ group which are regular support groups for adoptive parents to share and talk about the issues from their families, hear the thoughts of others and talk about what helps. These groups are facilitated by Andrew Lister, The Centre’s Clinical Psychologist.  The group is open to all approved adopters from any agency. Please contact info@adoptionsupportcentre.org  if you are planning on attending or please do drop in on one the evenings.  Future dates for the Mums Group are 4th April, 9th May, 4th June. Future dates for the Dads Group 19th March, 10th April, 21st May, 12th June. The groups run from 7-9pm at The Centre.

Therapy Service

The Centre’s Therapeutic Services Team is led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an Adoption Support Therapist. Please click here for more information on the team.  Our clinicians are trained in a multitude of disciplines and provide evidence-based interventions including: Dyadic-Developmental Psycho-Therapy (DDP), Non-Violent Resistance (NVR), Life Journey Work, Child Centred Play Therapy, Psycho Art Therapy, Theraplay® and Filial Play Therapy.  Please click here for more information on these therapeutic interventions.   All of our clinicians have worked extensively with looked-after and adopted children with their families.  All clinicians are registered with their own professional body and have had the required range of checks completed in order to comply with the requirements of providing services under the Adoption Support Service Regulations (2005).

Our expertise is in providing Clinical Psychological Assessments and Therapeutic Services to adoptive families whose children have backgrounds of neglect, abuse and developmental trauma prior to their adoption/permanent placement.  We listen to parents and understand how hard it can be sometimes to have to live with and hold their child’s trauma on a daily basis.  Many adoptive families experience severe difficulties at times, sometimes resulting in crisis.  We recognise the long-term implications of adopting and view adoption as a life long journey where support is paramount.

Our goals are to promote:

  • the development of healthy attachment relationships between family members
  • the integration of unresolved past trauma
  • improved regulation capacity
  • parental understanding and insight into their child’s emotional needs
  • parental confidence in responding to their child’s emotional needs with empathy and joy
  • the understanding of the network around the child and family