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Hearts and Minds – run by CCS

3rd May 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

CCS Course – Fees Apply

An 8 week specialist therapeutic parenting programme for adoptive parents, delivered by Dr Jude Courtney and Dr Helen Kirkaldie.

It is designed for all adopters, but particularly those who find themselves getting limited rewards from family life, feeling frequent stress or wanting to think about the parenting of their child. 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.

Suitable For:

This programme will be suitable for those who are trying to improve their family life or just prevent things from getting any worse. It will also be of particular benefit to those who are contemplating, or are about to engage in, therapeutic intervention, providing a good grounding from which to start therapy.  Adopters will need to have had a child placed for 6 months or more.

If you parent as a couple, we strongly advise that both parents attend.

Location: The course will take place virtually via Zoom for its duration.

Time: Wednesday evenings 7.30-10pm

Date:  3rd May,10th May, 17th May, 24th May break for half term, 7th June, 14th June, 21st June, 28th June


Objectives of the programme:

  • To give parents a thorough understanding of the theory which lies behind therapeutic parenting
  • To understand the neurological changes that parenting brings to both adults and children
  • To help parents become more confident in therapeutic parenting strategies and learn how to make these become habits of daily life
  • To give parents a sense of hope that they are connecting to their complex child and can bring about more open, emotional engagement with them
  • To help parents to reflect upon the emotional issues for them that have arisen from adopting a child who has experienced early trauma and might have developed blocked trust
  • To help parents find strategies that protect them from moving into blocked care


Fee:        £850      per person

Hearts & Minds


3rd May 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Session


Adoption West
03303 550 333