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Non-violent Resistance (NVR) for Professionals: Supporting Adoptive Parents to support their Children

12 March, 2025 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Expert-led training session co-delivered by Joanna Parker, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist MA UKCP Regd Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Consultant

6 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


This training session is an introduction to the Non Violent Resistance (NVR) principles and more specifically, how it can work with adoptive families, who are facing challenging and violent behaviours from their children. This session will offer ideas on how to support for families when they have either completed an NVR training, or are thinking of doing the training.

NVR was developed by Haim Omer at Tel Aviv University, as a response to child to parent violence. The focus is on therapeutic support and psycho educational intervention which involves the parents only, without working directly with the child. The aim in NVR is to increase positive parental presence and parental authority in the child’s life and make family relationships stronger. It is an evidenced based, short term systemic and effective intervention that enhances the protection and safety of all family members.

Joanna is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and NVR Facilitator, who has been delivering NVR groups for 6 years to adoptive parent/s, special guardians and foster carer/s at PAC-UK. She integrates creative techniques into the NVR training she delivers with the families, so that it is bespoke, in response to their child’s specific needs, and is both meaningful and playful.

Joanna understands the gravity of the situation when a family in crisis and the very real risk of a placement breaking down. Supporting the professionals to support these families, when they are facing such difficulties, can make the difference between a family staying together, or not. Joanna has witnessed NVR working in action first hand, with very positive results in families. This course aims to raise NVR awareness in professionals, so that they can have a basic understanding of how it can work for families in practice.

Parents say that the NVR course helps them change the dynamics of violence within their home, helping them to feel empowered and confident by insisting that violence in the home will stop. It is not a quick fix but teaches enduring, mindful responses that increase parental authority and presence without resorting to control or engaging in the downward spiral that violent coercive children bring when they feel out of control and uncontained.

Learning 0utcomes

  • Overview of NVR
  • Understanding the key NVR principles and language
  • Understanding how NVR works specifically with adoptive/ special guardian/foster families.
  • How to support families with the NVR approach
  • Creative ideas and NVR in practice

About the trainer

Joanna Parker

Prior to working in the field of adoption, Joanna Parker specialised in the substance misuse area as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Young Oasis Manager, for over 10 years, working closely alongside families, social services, foster carers and the children themselves. Joanna has advocated for the needs of these children tirelessly and has observed first hand the whole process that can lead to a child being placed in care. Joanna wanted to know what happened to those children who were adopted, hence moving form working with the birth families, to working with the adoptive families – always child-centred, with a keen eye on their needs. In 2018, Joanna left a full-time post as Young Oasis Lead in Brighton and moved to London to broaden her experience of different work contexts and ways of working, and to further develop what she could offer to clients. Joanna has experience of working with children and young people who experience attachment difficulties, trauma, loss, and are in foster care or adoption/permanency.


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