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Supporting Adopted Children and Young People with Trauma, Attachment Disruption and Neuro-diversity (including ASC/ADHD)

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.


Supporting adopted children and young people facing trauma, attachment disruption, and neurodiversity, including conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), requires a multifaceted approach rooted in understanding, empathy, and specialized care. Recognising the unique challenges these individuals encounter, adoptive parents and professionals must provide a nurturing environment that prioritizes stability, consistency, and therapeutic interventions tailored to their specific needs.

I absolutely loved this training! I think anyone who interacts with young people in their work in any way should complete this training. I learned various new skills to use in my interactions with young people. It has changed the way I think and communicate. Thank you so much. Denise and Zach are excellent at what they do.”– Attendee, 2023

This training course focuses on an attachment, ‘love-based’ approach which is based on techniques and strategies from The Great Behaviour Breakdown; The trainers incorporate their ideas and strategies developed from living and working with children with additional needs, as well as drawing on DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy)/PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance. Curiosity, Empathy, and theraplay) techniques.

I have found this one of the most beneficial training I  have attended. I will definitely be able to use the strategies within my work. the instructors are very knowledgeable, there is a good pace to the training,  with good examples given. I have already started to recommend this course to my colleagues.” – Attendee, 2023

This training focuses on the particular difficulties faced by children and young people in managing stress and provides a to help parents, carers and professionals manage their children’s behaviours and support their regulatory development.

You will learn practical strategies and be provided with a TOOLBOX of techniques to support parents.

Learning 0utcomes

  • Core messages for Parents and Professionals
  • Incorporating the Stress Model: Regulation vs Dysregulation
  • Transforming the Drama Triangle into a Winners Triangle
  • Techniques to deal with Transitions
  • Managing Defiance and Physical and Verbal Aggression

About the trainers

Denise Golding is a senior social work practitioner and counsellor. She has 30+ years’ experience of working with children and families, including the past 25+ years working in adoption. She has worked in Child Mental Health and in Statutory as well as Independent and Voluntary Agencies. Denise now works independently as a trainer and counsellor.

Zach Gomm is a foster carer and adopter; he has fostered many children over the past years and is an adoptive father to his son who he has parented using The Great Behaviour Breakdown techniques with amazing results for the past years. Zach now works as a trainer and online coach offering parenting support.


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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