Therapeutic interventions: making the right choices


This half day course is aimed at professionals who work with children and families who may benefit from a therapeutic intervention and would like to increase their understanding of different therapeutic approaches. Foster carers, kinship carers and adoptive parents who are considering different options for therapeutic support may also benefit from this training.

We will discuss commonly used approaches such as Theraplay, DDP, and Therapeutic Life Story work, as well as therapies such as EMDR, NVR, Music and Art therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy. We will explore factors which might influence recommendations for interventions and how to review whether a specific intervention is the right one for the child and/or their family.


  • Increase understanding of different therapeutic approaches
  • Explore the factors that may contribute to your choices regarding therapeutic interventions
  • Consider quality assurance and outcome measurement of therapeutic interventions


This event will be delivered by Hedwig Verhagen. Hedwig is a therapeutic social worker who has worked in adoption and special guardianship support services in LA and VAA environments since qualifying as a social worker in 2010.

She was part of the small team who set up a Centre of Excellence in Adoption Support partnership service in 2013, which later became the Centre for Adoption Support at Adoption Matters. Hedwig’s therapeutic work is informed by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), as well as body-based approaches.

Her areas of special interest are Child to Parent Violence and Aggression and the experiences of adopted young people and adults. She is currently undertaking research into birth parents’ experiences of trauma.


This training is aimed at social workers, family support workers, social work managers, foster carers, kinship carers, adoptive parents and health and education professionals.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

There are a total of 22 places on this course.


Registration 9.45 am
Start 10.00 am*
Close 1.00 pm*

*Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member £75.00 + £15.00 VAT - Total £90.00

Individual CoramBAAF member £60.00 + £12.00 VAT - Total £72.00

Non-member £93.00 + £18.60 VAT - Total £111.60

Adopters/Fosters carers £60.00 + £12.00 VAT - Total £72.00*

Student discount for all fees - 20%*
*Please contact the events team


Telephone 020 7520 2043


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