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Training Courses

Training Courses

Members of NATP receive 50% discount on all of these online training courses. Once you have signed up for a membership and have received your welcome email please contact the NATP Team at membership@naotp.org.uk to request your discount code. Inspire Training will share strategies THAT WORK, and interventions they have employed to great effect in making REAL and life changing differences to relationships in foster care/ adoption. We aim to work with foster carers and other professionals to shift, empower and inspire. Once you have signed up and payment has been taken you will receive a coupon code which allows you to complete our courses with 50% off. ( DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE DIPLOMA IN THERAPEUTIC PARENTING WHICH IS A 2 YEAR COURSE) The links for these courses and videos can be located on the Inspire Training Group Website. The link for this can be found below. The Terms and conditions of Courses are at the bottom of the page and any questions can be sent to the NAoTP Team via the contact us page.

Inspire Training

Understanding Therapeutic Parenting


How Therapeutic Parenting helped relieve my anger and guilt http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2016/01/05/therapeutic-parenting-helped-relieve-anger-guilt/


Understanding Your Traumatised child https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o-IYlkDlkgk


What is Therapeutic Parenting? https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Y-oWUZNhEXo

Online Courses

A course for Foster Carers and Adopters who wish to understand the difference between ‘standard’ parenting and ‘therapeutic’ parenting. This course is essential for anyone wishing to progress to other courses relating to P.A.C.E, Attachment, and Effects of Trauma. These courses are all run by Inspire Training Group, part of Fostering Attachments Ltd. You may have come across the term ‘therapeutic parenting’ when attending meetings as a foster carer or adopter. When we go out to deliver training to fostering and adoption agencies we are often asked by carers what the term actually means. This short course has been devised to give carers a quick overview about what therapeutic parenting actually means and why we use that term. This course is the first of many and is designed to complement face-to-face training courses. Naturally we understand that online training is more accessible to carers with their busy lives and give them a good grounding in attachment and therapeutic parenting prior to or alongside face-to-face training.


• To look at the difference between ‘standard’ parenting and ‘therapeutic’ parenting.

• To understand why the children we care for need therapeutic parenting.

N.B – if any of the online course are brought in bulk we can offer a discount.

This certificated course gives an excellent overview of the Dan Hughes P.AC.E model, with practical applications, to help parents, carers and supporting professionals to apply therapeutic parenting strategies. The course also clearly explains the complex behaviours of children who have suffered developmental trauma, (attachment difficulties), and will help parents and professionals to consolidate therapeutic parenting strategies, to work more effectively together, achieving better outcomes for children.


• To share information regarding the complex behaviours of children we care for.

• To be given the tools to implement P.A.C.E. and get practical real life strategies when caring for children with AD.

• To consolidate Therapeutic Parenting strategies (used when looking after children with AD)

Strengthening Connections – This course explains why children with AD do this, how it makes you feel, and gives practical strategies to reduce the behaviour, while making you feel better and more connected. All our courses will help to ‘heal their brain’ and build links between cause and effect using empathy.


• To share information about why children with Attachment Disorder steal and lie.

• To look at how this makes the carer feel.

• To enable Therapeutic Parents to apply practical behaviour management strategies which build connections in the child’s brain AND between the carer and child, which reduces the behaviour.

Are you struggling to connect to your child? Do you feel like you are at the end of your tether, exhausted, can’t go on? If so you may be suffering from compassion fatigue (or blocked care). This is our immediate online intervention which will help you right now.


• To explore why children with attachment difficulties provoke strong responses in parents/carers.

• To assist parents/carers in recognising and managing compassion fatigue/ blocked care.

• To discover ways to rediscover empathy and reconnect with your child

A comprehensive certificated course for social workers, managers and other supporting professionals who wish to learn practical strategies to help carers to overcome blocked care, (compassion fatigue). The course will assist professionals to consolidate therapeutic parenting knowledge, and to work more effectively with parents and carers.


• To enable supporting professionals to recognise their own responses to carers looking after children with attachment difficulties

• To assist supporting professionals in recognising and managing compassion fatigue with carers and themselves.

• To recognise and interrupt the ‘circle of blame’ thereby improving placement longevity.

How to ...

Do you need quick strategies fast? dont have time for training courses? Inspire Training have the answer for you. We noe have very short 5 to 10 minute online videos on EXACTLY the aresa you have asked us to help you with. NB all videos are designed to help carers of children who have suffered trauma.

Quick Help Video's

If you feel that every statement is argued with, or that the simplest task becomes a battleground between you and your child. This is the video for you.

Does your child look you straight in the eyes and tell you lies which you know cannot be true? Do you sometimes feel that this is driving you mad? Need strategies to quickly fix this AND help the child? This is the video for you.

Do you have a child who talks constantly? Are they always asking questions but not listening to the answer? Do you sometimes feel like your brain will explode with the noise!? This video will give you quick strategies to help you and help the child straight away.

Is your child a slow eater? Do they reject your food and complain about it? If this behaviour is driving you mad, then you need the quick strategies and common sense in our 5 minute video series.

Do you feel that professionals do not understand what you are dealing with every day with your child? Are you being blamed and judged? If so, you need our #5 How to… Deal with professionals, where there is blame and judgement.  Real tried and tested strategies that work.

Are you struggling to mange phone and Internet use with your child? We have some quick, effective strategies to give you back control.

If you are expecting a child to be placed with you soon, this short video will help to smooth the early days by giving you excellent insight and top practical tips from an experienced therapeutic parent.

Does your child chew holes in their clothes? Are they always breaking and damaging things? This 7 minute video, made by a therapeutic parenting expert, will give you insight and top tips to reduce or stop this behaviour.

Are you having a nightmare trying to get your child to do their homework? Do you find the school has unrealistic expectations, and are failing to understand your child’s attachment difficulties? If so, our 10 minute video has the answer.

Prices for the Courses below

Please contact the NAoTP team for more information on the prices of the below courses. Alternatively take a look at the Inspire Training Website.

Inspire Training

One Day Courses

This course assists carers to identify compassion fatigue and to acknowledge their own feelings and responses to children with Attachment Difficulties and/ or challenging behaviour. ‘Inspire’ believe that this is a fundamental keystone to being able to implement any subsequent strategy effectively.

This course helps supporting professionals who work with carers to identify and manage compassion fatigue and to assist carers to engage in ‘Therapeutic Parenting’. The trainers enable supporting professionals to identify and reject the usual ‘blame and withdraw’ model’, where there is actual or likely disruption and allows workers to work intensively alongside the Carers, engaging in the ‘therapeutic parenting’ model. (T.R.U.E)®

An informal ‘no holds barred’ facilitated session/s for Carers and Parents to speak openly and honestly about the impact the children they care for have had on their lives. This frequently led to a deeper understanding of Secondary Trauma, self recognition and an ability to take action in the future to avoid.

An overview for Carers, Parents and care professionals who are looking after teenagers with Attachment Difficulties. Explores how those Attachment difficulties manifest and applies some of the behaviour management strategies specifically to this parenting. Trainers assist participants to begin to look at the differences between re parenting younger children and the challenges they face as their child gets older. Explanation is given about the changing brain and how this is an excellent time to improve outcomes. An open dialogue is encouraged. NB: This course works best when delivered to those who have already attended Managing Feelings and can be delivered after Strategies to Manage Behaviour, as the behaviours and strategies are different.

This course is delivered to a mixed group of adopters/foster carers and supporting professionals to help solve complex relationship issues between carers and supporting professionals which often arise when caring for children with attachment difficulties. Improves communication, empathy and understanding.

This course is designed specifically for Panel Members to gain a good understanding of how Therapeutic Foster Carers and Professionals work with children presenting attachment difficulties. Improves empathy and understanding during the reviewing process.

This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills to manage personal stress, recognise stress and anxiety in yourself and others, the impact of stress on your practice, the impact of stress on your own health, self-care, mindfulness techniques, handling pressures and the demands of separation and endings.

To give an overview and an increase understanding of oppositional defiant disorder, increased knowledge of what causes this disorder, how the disorder manifests through the child’s behaviour, management skills for the disorder. Will also find out about developing awareness of current treatments and interventions.

An overview for Carers, Parents and care professionals who are looking after teenagers with Attachment Difficulties. Explores how those Attachment difficulties manifest and applies some of the behaviour management strategies specifically to this parenting. Trainers assist participants to begin to look at the differences between re parenting younger children and the challenges they face as their child gets older. Explanation is given about the changing brain and how this is an excellent time to improve outcomes. An open dialogue is encouraged.

Enabling Adopters to look for and respond to their child’s developmental age in order to begin to heal developmental trauma and address issues from the child’s past.

Common themes are: Fear of transitions, Separation anxiety, Extreme anxiety leading to depression, Extreme anxiety leading to aggression, Overwhelm and temper tantrums, Cognitive delay, Speech and language difficulty, Sensory integration difficulty.

Two Day Courses

This course is best delivered as day two and three, following straight on from the ‘Managing Feelings’ course. The trainers assist participants to relate the training to real life events and problems and to implement strategies which have proved effective. Includes De-escalation strategies as required under the new NMS (fostering). A key message is empowering parents and carers to lessen the effects of Secondary Trauma.

This course looks at the causes of attachment disorder, how attachment disorder is communicated through behaviours. This course aims to give carers and adopters a greater understanding of the inner world of an attachment disordered child. Raises awareness of typical behaviours and how to manage those, will help carers develop strategies to promote secure attachments. By the end of this course participants will have a sound knowledge of attachment disorders and how they are directly related to certain behaviours.

This course helps carers and Adopters to identify healthy and age appropriate sexualised behaviour and inappropriate sexualised behaviour. To give carers a greater understanding of the causes of sexually problematic behaviours. To develop strategies to manage these behaviours. To minimise carers own anxiety about caring for a child who has these difficulties. Carers will have developed strategies to better monitor and manage this behaviour.

This course will help carers to understand eating disorders and to identify different types of eating disorders, recognise the causes of eating disorders particularly in looked after and adopted children, and strategies to help manage eating disorders.

In this course it will explore the effects of domestic abuse upon children and what is considered to be domestic abuse. Re-enactment within placement/home. We will looks at the negative internal working models and how these play out in the home. Teaches how to break the cycle of abuse, reducing anxiety and promoting safety. Will also develop a greater understanding of how domestic abuse hinders child development, helping carers to manage behaviours linked to domestic abuse. Carers will have a deeper understanding of complex trauma arising from living with domestic, carers will have developed strategies to reduce re-enactments and promote safety in looked after children.

This course looks at the role of the carer as the secure base using the ‘Therapeutic House Model’, each brick represents the components of therapeutic foster care. The promotion of safety and reduction of anxiety is explored throughout the day drawing on carers own experiences. The course aims to give carers and adopters the knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of therapeutic fostering, to build upon existing knowledge of attachment theory and how this relates to building resilience and reducing anxiety through using a therapeutic approach.

Four Day Courses

This course has four modules which have been specifically developed with the needs of adopters in mind.

Module 1: New beginnings – Exploring the issues facing parents of adoptive children.

Module 2: Identity and Expectations – The importance of identity and belongings. How to welcome a child into our lives. Expectations of parenthood and of the child.

Module 3: Attachments and Brain Development – Early attachments and the effects on physical and cognitive/ emotional development if the child has suffered developmental trauma.

Module 4: You can do it! – Actions to move forward with.

How to Book Information


Length of Courses:

All daytime courses normally run from 9.30am to 3pm. There can be some flexibility by prior arrangement. Evening courses run from 6.30pm to 9pm



 Individual Outreach/ follow up work:

Outreach and follow up work can be negotiated by any agency where there is a need for Attachment work and/or follow on from training. The Outreach Worker will meet with the family, agree strategies and follow up their implementation. The same worker will be assigned to the family for time limited outcome focussed assignments and will also be available for telephone support in the evenings by appointment.



 Venues and Catering:

The hirer will provide the venue and refreshments, including lunch where required. Inspire Training is happy to assist in providing venues and catering at an additional cost and will provide all training equipment including pens, whiteboards, projector and folders etc.

Terms and Conditions of Courses

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