Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds

A Specialist Therapeutic 8-week Programme for Adoptive Families with Drs Helen Kirkaldie and Jude Courtney (Clinical Psychologists)

An 8-week specialist therapeutic parenting programme for adoptive parents from CCS Adoption, Adoption West and any other agency. Designed for all, but particularly for those who find themselves getting limited rewards from family life, feeling frequent stress, or wanting to think about the parenting of their child. The programme will focus on the 8 habits of the thriving adoptive family and provide strategies on how to embed these into daily family life. It will enhance your existing knowledge and enable reflection on the emotional journey that adoption brings.

Suitable For

This programme will be suitable for those who are trying to improve their family life or just prevent things from getting any worse. It will also be of particular benefit to those who are contemplating, or are about to engage in, therapeutic intervention, providing a good grounding from which to start therapy. Adopters will need to have had a child placed for 6 months or more.

If you parent as a couple, we strongly advise that both parents attend.


Objectives of the programme

— To give parents a thorough understanding of the theory which lies behind therapeutic parenting

— To understand the neurological changes that parenting brings to both adults and children

— To help parents become more confident in therapeutic parenting strategies and learn how to make these become habits of daily life

— To give parents a sense of hope that they are connecting to their complex child and can bring about more open, emotional engagement with them

— To help parents reflect upon the emotional issues that have arisen from adopting a child who has experienced early trauma and might have developed blocked trust

— To help parents find strategies that protect them from moving into blocked care


Location: Online via Zoom

Time: Wednesday evenings 7:30-10 pm

Date: October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rdbreak for half term – November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Fee: £850 PP



— Please return this Reservation Form to the email address below. An acknowledgement email will be sent to you once this form has been received and you will be placed on our reservation list.

— If you have marked on the reservation form that you wish to fund your place via the Adoption Support Fund (ASF), we will take receipt of this form as your agreement for us to contact your Local Authority (LA) to request that they apply for funding from the ASF.

— Once notification of ASF funding is received from the LA, and confirmed to CCS Adoption, your place(s) on the course will be confirmed via email.


For further information, please contact Sarah Greenan, Therapy and Finance Coordinator, at 0117 935 0005 or email therapeuticservices@adoptionsupportcentre.org.


01st Feb 2024


19:30 - 22:00





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Helen Kirkaldie
Helen Kirkaldie

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