P.A.C.E. & Therapeutic Fostering

Our Innovative Training Program in P.A.C.E. and Therapeutic Fostering gives carers all the knowledge and skills needed to support children through the complex process of recovery from trauma.
The PACE model is now recognised as an effective model of care for fostering agencies, residential settings and schools. It has become our most sort after course, with outstanding feedback. PACE has helped thousands of participants understand the children in their care on a much deeper level, whilst also learning how their own thoughts, feelings and needs impact their communication patterns. This is not an easy journey for many, so we have created a suite of new courses to build your team's confidence and competence in this area.

All Courses Delivered by Zoom

P.A.C.E. Training
PACE Therapeutic Parenting

Why choose PACE training?

PACE is the additional training needed to enable carers to offer truly Therapeutic Care to children with complex needs.

Developed by the Clinical psychologist Dan Hughes, the PACE model of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy helps carers form secure attachments with the child and build a safe space for open communication. This creates the ideal environment for positive behaviour change.

 

PACE stands for:

Playfulness

Use a light-hearted, reassuring tone - similar to parent-infant interactions - to create an atmosphere of safety and reassurance where no one feels judged, and your child can cope with positive feelings.

Acceptance

Acceptance is about actively communicating that you accept the feelings, thoughts and internal struggles underneath the child's outward behaviour. It is not about accepting the behaviour but helping teach the child not to feel ashamed of their inner turmoil.

Curiosity

Curiosity, without judgement, is how we help children become aware of their inner life. It's about wondering out loud without necessary expecting an answer in return. Phrases like "I wonder if..." will help the child to name their thoughts and emotions.

Empathy

Feeling a child's sadness or distress and being emotionally available to them during times of difficulty shows the child that they are not alone and that the adult is strong enough to support them.

The results of an integrated PACE way of working

Who is Therapeutic Fostering suitable for?

Our program has been developed to support those that work with children and adolescents who have been impacted by complex trauma. Complex trauma includes a range of stressful experiences which are typically chronic and interpersonal and may affect many different areas of a child or adolescent’s life. Arguably, any carer of a traumatised child needs to become a therapeutic carer, so this course is for both experienced foster carers and those brand new to the profession.

This training suite is also suitable for social workers.

What is our Training Daisy© framework?

After many years of understanding the needs of foster carers, we have created a flexible, component-based intervention. We call it the “Training Daisy©” because each of the three primary domains of intervention (Stabilisation, Adaptation and Integration) have 6 key “Petal” topics associated with it.

The cost of covering these 18 topics through conventional face-to-face training would be prohibitive for many organisations. Instead, our model uses e-learning to cover much of the theory required to really understand all facets of these children. Then for each domain, we include a live workshop where we really bring the theory to life and embed it through interactive exercises and action planning.

Each domain and objective are outlined below, click on each one for more detail:

The ultimate goal of our Training Daisy© program is to support children, adolescents, and caregivers in active engagement in the world, in a manner that is empowered and future-oriented, rather than focused on survival. We see Therapeutic Fostering as being the catalyst for this healing.

What is Blended Learning?

Our Training Daisy© program follows a blended learning format, which means that it combines a face-to-face workshop with online training.

Training your workforce through face-to-face delivery alone places a considerable strain on your budget. E-learning has become a common financial solution over recent years, but it has its limitations.

The Training Daisy© is a powerful combination of the two formats. It ensures that there is time to cover all the much-needed theory, as well as giving participants sufficient opportunity to discuss real-world implementation.

Read a detailed breakdown of our Training Daisy© model HERE or why not take a look at our FAQ page.