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Trauma-informed and Trauma-responsive Practice: Successfully working with Adopters who have experienced Trauma themselves

3 October, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Expert-led training session co-delivered with Hedwig Verhagen, an Independent Therapeutic Social Worker and a Lecturer at the University of Leeds

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.


Throughout this session, expert trainer Hedwig Verhagen will delve into strategies for understanding and addressing the unique needs of adopters who have experienced trauma firsthand. You will gain valuable insights into trauma-responsive approaches, fostering a deeper understanding of trauma’s impact on the adoption journey.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in adopters
  • Implementing trauma-informed practices within adoption agencies and support networks
  • Building resilient and supportive environments for adopters and their families
  • Navigating challenges and promoting healing in the adoption process

These learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of theoretical input, small group discussions and reflection on a case study.

Learning 0utcomes

  • Considering the benefits of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice in adoption service
  • Exploring models of trauma-informed practice
  • Exploring attachment patterns and the potential impact of traumatic experiences on attachment behaviours
  •  Planning next steps in the process of increasing trauma-responsiveness for practitioners, teams and the organisation

About the trainer

Hedwig Verhagen is an independent therapeutic social worker and a social work lecturer at the University of Leeds. She has an MSc in Therapeutic Interventions for Psychological Trauma. She has worked in adoption and special guardianship support services for many years and was part of the small team that set up the Centre for Adoption Support in Warrington. Hedwig has a special interest in attachment, sensory processing and body-focused approaches to working with trauma.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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