N.B – Below are examples of the face to face training we offer to organisations.

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Therapeutic Parenting (PACE) in Real Life

This course aims to share information regarding the complex behaviours of children we care for. All attendees to be given the tools to implement P.A.C.E. and get practical real-life strategies when caring for children with AD. We will consolidate Therapeutic Parenting strategies, used when looking after children with AD. This course will help solve complex relationship issues between parents and supporting professionals which often arise when caring for children with developmental trauma. Improves communication, empathy and understanding.

Strategies to Manage Behaviour in Adolescents

A course for parents and care professionals who are looking after teenagers with developmental trauma. Explores how Developmental Trauma displays 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.

Managing Feelings (for Parents)

This course assists parents to identify compassion fatigue and to acknowledge their own feelings and responses to children with Developmental Trauma. ‘Inspire’ believe that this is a fundamental keystone to being able to implement any subsequent strategy effectively. Giving a deeper understanding of Secondary Trauma, self-recognition and an ability to take action in the future to avoid compassion fatigue.

Managing Feelings (For Professionals)

This course helps supporting professionals who work with parents to identify and manage compassion fatigue and to assist parents 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 parents, engaging in the ‘Therapeutic Parenting’ model. (T.R.U.E)®

Often delivered prior to 'Strategies to Manage Behaviour' two day course.

Understanding Developmental Trauma

and the Therapeutic Parent (for Panel members)

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

Developmental Awareness

Enabling parents 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.

Parenting Using Non-Violent Resistance Approach

to Overcome Difficult Behaviours

The day looks at a child-focused approach to parenting children who may present an angry and aggressive response to those who care for them. Children can have unmet needs which they often cannot express, and this approach looks at meeting those needs whilst also supporting the parents.

The focus will be on using the technique of Non Violent Resistance which rebuilds the parent-child relationship through de-escalation, acceptance and reconciliation to allow the child's needs to be met through the love and care of the parent. The approach can be used by any parent and it can also be used by staff in schools to build strong relationships with pupils.

By the end of the day you will have:


  • An understanding of Non-Violent Resistance and how it can help you

  • Some strategies to start using straight away

  • An understanding of how to prioritise your concerns

  • An understanding of your own feelings


Understanding and Managing Eating Disorders

in Traumatised Children and Young People

This course will help all parents 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.

Understanding and Managing Sexually Problematic Behaviour

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

Domestic Abuse Awareness

This course will explore the effects of domestic abuse upon children and what is considered to be domestic abuse. Covers re-enactment within the home/placement. We will look 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 parents to manage behaviours linked to domestic abuse. Parents will have a deeper understanding of complex trauma arising from living with domestic abuse, parents will have developed strategies to reduce re-enactments and promote safety.

Strategies to Manage Behaviour

This course will equip parents with the skills and knowledge to begin to work therapeutically with children with developmental trauma. It will enable parents to apply practical behaviour management strategies when working with children with developmental trauma. We will provide parents with the skills and knowledge to avoid feeling dis-empowered and therefore lessen the impact of Secondary Trauma.


This course is best delivered as day two and three, following straight on from the ‘Managing Feelings’ course (however not mandatory). The trainers assist participants to relate the training to real life events and problems and to implement strategies which have proven effective. Includes de-escalation strategies as required under the new NMS (fostering). A key message is empowering all parents to lessen the effects of Secondary Trauma.

Managing Violent Behaviour - in Children and Adolescents

This is a ground breaking, approved course, for which we have contracted Gerard O’Dea from Dynamis Training & Insight who is an excellent, highly skilled trainer whose ethos and values merge closely with Therapeutic Parenting.

Inspire Training Group will deliver the first day which will be focused around de-escalation strategies and avoiding conflict. Day two will be delivered by Gerard O’Dea and will focus on practical training, conflict management for those times when contact is unavoidable due to high risk actions and danger to others.

Course Aims:

To offer those who are parenting children who sometimes display violence which could result in harm to themselves or others. A law - and guidance - based decision-making framework, along with specific last-resort physical control options (and their working principles), which would allow them to create physical and emotional safety in situations where otherwise a child or parent would be more significantly harmed or injured.

Learning Outcomes:

• Understand why children might be violent.

• To assist parents in de-escalating aggressive behaviours.

• To put in place practical strategies to keep the child safe and to avoid conflict.

• Describe how self-awareness, non-escalation and de-escalation are primary responses to a child who is being violent.

• Explain the status of physical force, as a last resort, in the context of parenting a child who is being violent.

• Use a decision-making framework, based on duty of care concepts, for how to respond to a child who is being violent.

• Understand the core legal principles of Reasonable Force and how they relate to e.g. Fostering Regulations Guidance.

• Recognise 'survival' strategies for keeping themselves safe if they need to respond to a child who is being violent.

• Recognise 'holding' strategies for control of a child if they need to respond to a child who is being violent.

• Explain the role of Disengagement and Containment strategies in response to violence, particularly when alone.

• Describe the risks of physical intervention including those of Restraint-Related Sudden Death, which should be avoided.


Adoption Preperation

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.

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