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Therapeutic Toolkits for Social Workers to provide Good Quality Support to Adoptive Families

18 January, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Expert-led training session co-delivered with Joanna Parker, Child and Family Therapist at PAC-UK

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.


Together with Joanna Parker, a Child & Family Therapist at PAC-UK, we developed a practice webinar on therapeutic toolkits for adoption practitioners, so they can feel confident about providing good quality support to adoptive families. We will be looking at the multidisciplinary aspect of the this work, the need for a range of therapies, bolstered by some clinician lead training/group therapy and the challenges of Adoption Support Fund.

“The whole session was really creative and tapped into somethings that often get lost in the stress of day to day work” – Attendee, 2022

This webinar aims to introduce participants to a range of therapeutic tools, as a way of connecting to children and young people that they are working with. This will include use of the arts and play, as a form of communication, to help with both the expression and containment of a range of feelings and life events. This is not training participants to be psychotherapists, it is a snapshot of how to enhance engagement with children and young people who are facing difficulties.

“It was a very informative webinar, a lot of useful resources were shared and Jo the facilitator gave lots of examples/ideas/instructions on how to use the resources.” – Attendee, 2022

We will also discuss how we can best meet the changing needs of adoptive families. You will be able to network with practitioners from other agencies, share best practice and glean new ideas.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the basic principles of Trauma-informed practice working with families
  • Clear understanding between the difference of therapy and communication using therapeutic tools
  • Understanding the importance of developmental age – pitching to the right level
  • Introduction to use of the arts as a form of communication, expression and containment.
  • Have some practical tools for Improving interactions with families.
  • Awareness of the limitations of their specific roles and when to refer

About the trainer

Joanna Parker is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist MA and clinical supervisor (Dip) with over 20 years of working in a range of settings with children, young people, adults and families. Joanna currently works at PAC-UK with adoptive families, and she has a particular interest in attachment and the power of creative process. Alongside this role, Joanna works for Young Minds as a Professional Adviser to parents, is a member of the Child Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice Faculty at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education where she is a tutor and she is the co-founder of Studio 34, from which she runs a private practice. Prior to this, Joanna managed Young Oasis for 10 years in Brighton, a multi-disciplinary therapeutic service, which supports children and families impacted by substance misuse.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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