Free NVR sessions

We get sent lots of emails from various adoption support agencies. This one arrived today and it looked really helpful to many of our families.

Non Violent Resistance – NVR

FREE – 9 Week Group Sessions

for Parents and Carers

of Children and Young People
Challenging, Destructive and Violent Behaviour

Thursday mornings 10.15 – 12.45
20 Oct 2016 3, 10, 17, 24 Nov 2016 1, 8, 15 Dec 2016 12 Jan 2017

Venue: ‘Freedom from Torture’, 111 Isledon Road, London N7 7JW (see map on back)

This is a closed group that includes training on NVR.
If you are a two-parent family it is most beneficial if both parents attend where possible.
Please only enrol if you can make it a priority to attend each week.
(We will be running another group from January 2017.)

We wish to use parts of this course in our ‘Training for Trainers Course.’ We therefore need participants’ agreement to video the sessions. Please note the camera will directed at the group facilitators. The material will only be used for future NVR trainers and group facilitators.
Participants will learn to:
· Feedback from 2 parents from the last course

‘There has been no advice as valuable as the ideas and delivery of this course, even if some of it seems alien – hang on in there.’

Exceptionally good, knowledgeable, and experienced course facilitators. Every adoptive family needs these people. Top marks.
Take a firm stance against violence

· Hold back from physical or verbal violence

· Increase positive presence in your child’s life

· De-escalate conflicts

· Break the cycle of shame and silence

· Make changes in relating to your child in the long term

· Reduce distress for parent and child

· Feel more in control

· Recruit and use supporters

· Enjoy the benefits of being part of a group

To register, please use the following link: , open the link to “Workshops for adoptive parents” and complete the online form. Please make sure that you confirm your registration after you submitted the form. You will then receive an email confirmation.

The facilitators

Michelle Shapiro is an experienced chartered clinical psychologist with 10 years’ experience in a CAMHS service. Michelle was one of the original team trained by Haim Omer, who then began implementing NVR in the Bexley and Greenwich CAMHS service (Oxleas). Since 2013 Michelle has been an independent practitioner, specialising in NVR and trauma work.
Sue Dromey has worked in the field of fostering and adoption for over 35 years as an integrative child psychotherapist, drama therapist, trainer and social worker. She has worked as a therapist and Practice Manager for PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service for 15years. Sue has a special interest in helping families deal with the impact of trauma on their daily lives. She is interested in integrating NVR with therapeutic work which addresses trauma.
Ruth Pimenta: joined PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service in 2013 as child and family therapist. She was a teacher in London for 16 years. She qualified as a therapist in 2000 and has worked in local authority, the voluntary sector and in private practice and is a member of BACP. She has a wealth of experience as a child mental health worker and as a trainer with foster carers, adoptive parents and social workers.
We are joined by 2 graduate NVR parents – who have both ‘been there and got the t-shirt.’
Participants have found it invaluable to have the parent facilitators as part of the team
Tamsin: parent co-facilitator who became a parent through adoption and has been using NVR with her family.
Dawn: parent co-facilitator and adoptive parent who has been using NVR with her family and has facilitated an NVR parenting programme within a school.


Nearest Underground station: Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria lines).
Bus routes: 4, 29, 90, 153, 253, 254, 259, and 279. This purpose-built treatment centre has wheelchair access and a WC adapted for use by disabled people.
Parking: Sobell Centre Car Park – this centre is a little down the road from ‘Freedom for Torture’, on the other side of the road. There are parking metres in most of the streets nearby. At the back of the 115 Isledon Road, there are some parking facilities and payment by mobile phone.

Mila Coronado
Team Administrator
t. 020 7284 0555
f. 020 7482 2367

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