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PACE Foundations (1/5) – OPEN COURSE

£35.00 3 hours


This PACE training provides a theoretical foundation for the PACE model (developed by Dan Hughes). It is the first module in a series of five and it is crucial for all carers and front-line workers to undertake the subsequent four modules to gain a comprehensive grasp of the approach and its context.

The PACE model prioritises creating and maintaining secure attachments with children and young people who have undergone early-life traumatic relationships. Caregivers are encouraged to examine approaches they have used in the past when caring for these children and reflect on why other methods may not yield the desired results.

This training module significantly emphasises developing meaningful relationships with children to establish a secure and reliable connection before addressing their behaviour. The PACE model has been widely recognised as an effective care model for foster care agencies and residential settings.

Throughout this course and the following four modules, we equip you with practical resources and strategies for effectively evidencing your therapeutic engagement using PACE. We also offer recording methods that can help you effectively showcase your work to Ofsted and other partner agencies.

Please be reminded that this course is the first module of a five-module series. Please book all five modules to enable an understanding of the critical principles and implementation of PACE.

** We recommend that workers take this training annually to ensure that practices stay fresh and are implemented in day-to-day dealings with young people. Refreshers also help to mitigate against the worker reverting to the more typical styles of parenting they may have experienced themselves **

Learning Outcomes for the PACE Model course:

  1. Understanding the national profile of trauma.
  2. Understand more about the responses to loss - including grief, separation, divorce and illness
  3. Understand the workings of the Secure Base Model and the key part it plays when working with attachment challenges
  4. Overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (A.C.E.) and self-medicating behaviours
  5. Be able to identify critical biological and psychosocial implications of experiencing trauma.
  6. Develop a working knowledge of what Dan Hughes defines as "Brain-Based Parenting."
  7. Understand the roots of negative behaviours in young people and how this should be seen as communication.
  8. Explore the foundations of PACE and how we unpack each unit to build the therapeutic alliance towards attachment, trauma and brain development.
  9. Discuss the difficulties involved in using PACE as a model of care.
  10. Gain practical resources and strategies for effectively evidencing your therapeutic engagement using PACE, enabling you to effectively showcase your work to Ofsted and other partner agencies.


Format: This is a live training session through the platform "Zoom". It includes taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, and whole group discussions.

Hand-outs & Certificates: Downloadable course notes and certificates of attendance are provided.

Those seeking to be certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) are invited to visit the founder’s website.

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They are nothing like e-learning! The training is live and interactive. Participants can ask and answer questions just as they would in face-to-face training.