NEWS: After Adoption brings first-of-its-kind Neurodevelopmental Approach training to UK Adoption Sector

After Adoption Training - The Neurodevelopmental Approach to Trauma-Informed Care

After Adoption has already pioneered work in this area, having introduced TheraPlay to the UK. Now we are delighted to bring the vast knowledge and expertise of Dr Elaine Fletcher-Janzen to the UK, to further develop our commitment to  providing excellent post-adoption support.

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April, 2019 – After Adoption, Blantyre Street, Manchester M15 4JJ

Price £140 + vat

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This course is ideal for anyone who works with looked after and/or adopted children, particularly those in the Social Work, Education, NHS, or Healthcare professions.

Naturally resilient children grow up confident that they can meet life’s challenges. They have positive and loving people at home, in the schools, and the community who support their independence and neurodevelopment and help model protections from stress and trauma.

Early childhood trauma upsets this resiliency learning by disrupting the foundations of brain development, emotional regulation, and social relationships.

This workshop will present the latest neuroscientific research on early childhood trauma and how it translates directly into how we identify, assess and treat children and adolescents who operate from a trauma history. This workshop will also present exciting new research developments in the field of affective neuroscience that reconceptualize the contributions that emotions make to all decisions that we make during the course of our day.

At this time, it is important for trauma-informed parents, therapists and educators to be aware of this far-reaching paradigm shift as it supports existing biopsychosocial approaches and successful outcomes.


The Neurodevelopmental Approach to Trauma-Informed Care Workshop is a two-day advanced learning experience for professionals who work with children and adolescents that have experienced early trauma.

The focus for Day 1 will be a presentation on the research base for a biopsychosocial approach to trauma-informed practice via affective neuroscience. Day 2 will focus on learning about a therapeutic approach to integrating emotions identification, awareness and expression from a interoceptive/biological base.

The best interventions for children and youth who have experienced trauma and stress and children in general, are those that reflect how the body and brain work together to survive and even thrive. Mindfulness, emotional intelligence, distress tolerance, problem-solving, emotional regulation, and resilience are common terms used in settings that seek to support students with strong character and success. These interventional terms work well because they have a biological base, and to use them fully, we must understand the underlying body and brain systems that govern human responses to the environment and how we all depend on each other for a safe society.

Day 1: AM Session

  • Introduction to the workshop agenda/objectives
  • Basic neuroanatomy
  • Neurodevelopmental aspects of attachment, attunement, attention and executive functions
  • Neuropsychological aspects of trauma, arousal, hypervigilance
  • Resources for further reading/research

Day 1: PM Session

  • Short history of research on emotions
  • Introduction to a paradigm shift on the mind-body connection: A new definition of emotions and homeostasis
  • Review of the neuroscientific research on emotional primes, embodied cognition, interoception, & homeostasis
  • Discussion/questions

Learning Objectives Day 1:

  • At the completion of the Day 1 workshop participants will be able to:
  • Identify the basic neuroanatomical areas associated with emotion and homeostasis
  • Identify how early trauma alters neurodevelopment of the brain
  • Summarize how attachment relates to executive functions
  • List the seven affective primes/emotions


Day 2: 10am to 4pm

AM and PM Sessions

  • Review of previous ideas and questions from Day 1
  • Overview of “Affective Inventory” therapeutic method
  • Step-by-Step training of method exploring affective primes states:

Sadness/Grief Brain-Body Network

Anger Brain-Body Network

Care/Love Brain-Body Network

Play Brain-Body Network

Seeking Brain-Body Network

Fear Brain-Body Network

  • Action Planning
  • Resources
  • Summary

Learning Objectives Day 2:

  • At the completion of Day 2 workshop participants will be able to:
  • List the steps in the Affective Inventory activity
  • Identify how the seven affective primes relate to homeostasis
  • Apply results of Affective Inventory to therapeutic intervention
  • Identify how affective/homeostatic knowledge applies to self-care

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April, 2019 – After Adoption, Blantyre Street, Manchester M15 4JJ

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Dr Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Ed.D., NCSP, ABPdN, obtained her doctorate in School Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 1993, and has been a school psychologist in the public schools, neuropsychiatric inpatient, and university settings for the past 34 years. Dr. Fletcher-Janzen received her Diplomate in Pediatric Neuropsychology in 2010. She is currently a Professor of School Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois and Past President of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.


Dr. Fletcher-Janzen has co-edited and authored sixteen books and reference works including the Encyclopedia of Special Education (Wiley)and the Diagnostic Desk Reference of Childhood Disorders (Wiley). She has recently published the Neuropsychology of Women (Springer), the third edition of the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology (Springer), and Neuropsychological Perspectives on the Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities in the Era of RTIwith John Wiley & Sons.


Dr. Fletcher-Janzen’s research interests address affective neuroscience, trauma-informed schools, cross-cultural aspects of cognitive abilities, the impact of socioeconomic status on intelligence scores and the identification of learning disabilities, neuropsychological aspects of chronic illness, and the systematic management of pediatric chronic illness in school and clinical settings.

Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April, 2019 – After Adoption, Blantyre Street, Manchester M15 4JJ

To book, click here

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