Attachment Matters 6 Week Therapeutic Parenting Course

A course designed to develop and implement therapeutic approaches

Why Choose Us?
  • Personal understanding
  • In-depth knowledge & experience
  • Safe and reassuring space
  • Many happy clients!

Course Content:

This course is accessible for local authorities through the ASF to support adoptive parents. It is also Available to access by fostering teams for long term foster carers and SGO’s and by private fostering agencies to help staff develop and implement therapeutic approaches.

Week 1

 The Attachment Journey:

In the first week we look at what attachment is and why it is important for development. There Is specific focus on:

  • How the experience in utero and through the first 2 years of life impact on the emotional, psychological, neurological and cognitive functioning of the child.
  • Attachment re-enactment and ‘blocked care’.
  • The need to reset the Autonomic Nervous System (fff response)
  • The importance of relationship in healing relational trauma.

Week 2

 Learning to Lead the Dance:

In the 2nd week we focus on:

  • Trust
  • Control
  • Co Regulation
  • Identifying and meeting the need behind the behaviour
  • Strategies to help the child to move from existing to living to be implemented whilst the next 2 weeks are focusing on the adults.

Week 3

 Knowing Me Knowing You:

Week 3 focuses on the adults n the relationship and their own beliefs and expectations in relationship particularly their attachment responses at times of anxiety and threat. We also look at the adults temperament styles and empathy levels and how all of these impact on:

  • Their relationship with the child
  • Their reactions and responses at times of conflict
  • Their relationship responses with each other or their support network
  • Awareness of their own ‘buttons’ to minimise negative responses

Week 4

Secondary Trauma:

In week 4 the focus remains on the adults this time looking at the impact on them of caring for a traumatised child. The learning covers:

  • Understanding what Secondary Trauma is, how it develops and its impact.
  • Areas of risk and vulnerability
  • Strategies to help lower or safeguard from the impact of Secondary Trauma
  • The importance of self -care

Week 5

The impact of Trauma

In week 6 we look at the impact of trauma on the development of the child focusing on:

  • The impact on the survival system with exposure to repeated threat and attack
  • Triggers and trauma responses
  • Understanding re-enactment
  • The presence of dissociation
  • Retraining the brain to be able to separate the past from the present

Week 6

Therapeutic Parenting; Putting your learning into practice

In the final week parents are encouraged to look apply what they have learnt to the specific ‘journey’ of their child / children and what they need to do in order for the child / children to be able to re-experience relationship as safe, empathic, consistent, positive and nurturing.


“Nancy’s passion for helping people affected by trauma and equipping professionals to work within this field by sharing her knowledge, expertise and skills, is both infectious and inspiring. Learning about trauma can be quite heavy, but scientific knowledge and real life emotive examples, were delivered in a way which meant that there was also some light hearted fun along the way. Thanks so much for this in-depth training, and resources that I could take away and use straight away with my clients. ” -K. Rackshaw - Owner Calm Space Counselling

“Nancy is a fantastic trainer, applying theory to practise throughout perfectly illustrated with case study examples. Lots of nuggets to take away and implement straight away into my own work with clients.” -V Mckeown - VLM Therapy

“Just completed this fantastic training. something that I always thought would not be useful to me and that wouldn't need - yet it had been amazing and so helpful. made to feel welcome and the content was amazing.” -Adoptive Dad

“The honesty, caring, understanding and helping us all to make sense of all the issues discussed. Thank you for fantastic training. ” -Adoptive Mum

“The single most useful and relevant piece of CPD training that I have received in my career! 5 stars!” -Teacher July 2018 (Great Expectations)

“Thank you for a fantastic Attachment Matters course. It was a well balanced mix of theory and practical techniques, but with a big emphasis on the latter. As a mum struggling to manage the behaviour of my adopted son, the course has made a real difference and I now have loads of techniques to help him. I feel far more positive about the future and able to cope.” -Adoptive Mum

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Attachment Matters course I've just attended. It was informative and helpful. The delivery was excellent and I took away a lot of useful strategies to implement. Thank you!” -Adoptive Mum

“Hugely helpful in understanding my son’s journey and how I can help. I feel much more equipped and confident in parenting following this course.” -Parent

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