Training and Conferences

After Adoption offers extensive training for professionals involved in the adoption field looking at issues such as attachment, Theraplay® and life story work. We offer various open training courses for professionals. These courses give you an insight into the needs of adopted young people and into the field of therapeutic work.

Theraplay / MIM Training

Our Theraplay/MIM Training is now fully booked. Please check the website and social media for future opportunities.

Theraplay / MIM Level 1 Introductory: 5 - 8 September 2016 

Group Theraplay: 9 September 2016

Theraplay / MIM Level 1 Introductory and Group Theraplay combined: 5 - 9 September 2016

Theraplay / MIM Level 2: 12 - 14 September 2016
Theraplay workshops are intensive, active and rewarding. The number of participants is limited so that each person can recieve the special attention that makes for a good training experience. The training sessions are delivered by Certified Theraplay Trainers of the Theraplay Institute.

Previous events...

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Level One Training

27 June - 30 June 2016​, Manchester

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy has been developed by Dan Hughes over the past twenty years. It is based on a theoretical understanding of attachment and intersubjective relationships; and the impact of developmental trauma.

The therapy is provided within a model of Dyadic Developmental Practice. This provides network, school and parenting support.

It is important that children and families are supported within this practice framework for the therapy to be successful. Therapeutic sessions build upon and complement a DDP parenting approach.

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4-day Theraplay Training

7th - 10th September 2015 Manchester

Theraplay workshops are intensive, active and rewarding. The number of particpants is limited so that each person can receive the special attention that makes for a good training experience.  There are opportunities to:
  • See a demonstration of family treatment including assessment, feedback to parents and several Theraplay sessions
  • Watch videos of treatment with a variety of clients
  • Practice the use of Theraplay techniques
  • Plan how each participant can use Theraplay with their clients at home
Assessment and Support Strategies for Siblings being placed together or apart

This was a webinar for professionals in the field. It:

  • addressed parenting competencies

  • assessed support needs

  • looked at joint working with all relevant agencies and

  • benefits of working with clinical psychologists

2013 | 6th International Theraplay Conference, Chicago

Louise Howarth from After Adoption's SafeBase team, and Rita Grant from St Andrew's Children's Society delivered a workshop on the SafeBase Parenting Programme at the 6th International Theraplay Conference, Chicago in July 2013.

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2013 | Adoption: Integrating Early life Trauma into Successful Placements

At After Adoption's 2013 conference we explored the impact of early life trauma on children, looking at what adoption means to young people and how working together is critical for successful placements – from recruitment onwards. Keynotes included the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler (right).

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2012 | Making the Connections: Attachment, Adoption and Children

Our 2012 conference focussed on Attachment and adoption, where keynote speakers including John Timpson and Louise Bomber, discussed the effect that attachment can have on young adopted people and issues that need to be taken into account by professionals working in this field.

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We've got lots of resources for people involved with adoption. Click here to find out more.

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Information for Professionals

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