Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting - Unit 2 Understanding Myself; Interactions and Reactions

30 modules


Rosie Jefferies

13 Jul 2017







The Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting is made up of 7 compulsory and 3 optional modules. 

The course can be completed in one year, but may be completed over two if necessary. Learners will attend between 2 and 6 face to face workshops/training courses during the course, which comprise of a 6 hour training day (on average). Face to face training will take place nationwide and learners will be given the option of attending training which is closest to them in proximity. (subject to availability) 

Learners will also complete guided learning through online video based tuition and completion of a reflective journal. Learners will be provided with tutor support, as well as peer supported learning through a forum. A reading list will also be provided at the start of the course.

The qualification is aimed at foster carers, adopters, kinship and other carers of children who have suffered developmental trauma.

Professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in supporting families who care for children with developmental trauma, have the option of completing Unit 9 Caring for Carers, as a stand alone unit. This unit emphasises the need for awareness of Compassion Fatigue, and enables the professionals to develop and implement strategies in order to support Therapeutic parents.

DISCLAIMER: This unit is part of the Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Parenting. Individuals who would like access to this course will need to contact sair@fosteringattachments.co.uk for an application form, in order to go through the selection process. Individuals who decide to purchase the course from this page, do so at their own risk, and the cost of the course is non refundable.


The course will:

  • Give learners a comprehensive overview of how children become traumatised, the effects on the child, and the resulting behaviours.
  • Enable learners to understand the importance of using therapeutic parenting techniques with children who have experienced early childhood trauma.
  • Identify reasons why children with attachment difficulties provoke strong responses in Carers.
  • Enable Carers to recognise their own responses to children with attachment difficulties.
  • Assist carers in recognising and managing compassion fatigue/ blocked care.
  • Provide parents and carers with the skills and knowledge to avoid feeling disempowered and therefore lessen the impact of blocked care. (compassion fatigue) 
  • Provide supporting professionals and mentoring carers with the skills and knowledge to identify manage and support others in blocked care. (optional unit) 
  • Equip parents and carers with the skills and knowledge to begin to work therapeutically with children with attachment difficulties.  
  • Enable parents and carers to apply practical therapeutic parenting behaviour management strategies, when working with children who have suffered early life trauma.
  • Enable parents, carers and supporting professionals to identify therapeutic parenting models and apply the P.A.C.E model. 
  • Equip parents, carers and supporting professionals with the tools to solve complex relationship issues between professionals and carers caring for traumatised children.



Unit 2 Aim and Objectives.
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2a) Introduction to Unit
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2b) The Definition of Empathy.
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2b) The Definition of Empathy - Consolidation
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2c) Triggers and Causes
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2c) Triggers and Causes -- What is Stress?
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2c) Triggers and Causes - Coping Strategies
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2c) Triggers and Causes - Mini Assessment
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2d) Pink Boots - The Emotional Response video
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2d) Maintaining a Conscious Response
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2d) Pink Boots - Conscious Response Video
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2d) Conscious Response vs Emotional Response
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2e) 'Parenting from the Inside Out' Daniel Seigal
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2f) How stress affects your brain
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2f) Additional stresses.
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2f) Coping strategies - Introduction to Mindfulness
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2f) Additional stresses - Questions.
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2f) The effects of stress on the body - negatives and positives.
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2f) Additional Stresses - Mini Assessment .
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2g) Overview of Compassion Fatigue Research
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2g) Compassion Fatigue Workshop
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2g) Compassion Fatigues Research
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2g Compassion Fatigue - Questions.
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2h) Re-establishing Inner Peace, Reconnecting to Your Child.
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Unit Assessment
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Unit 2 - Assessment Task 3
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2i) Reflective practice
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Unit 2 - Assessment Task 4
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Reflective journal
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Unit Evaluation.
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Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Great unit with lots of self-reflection
Added 8 months ago, by Anonymous
I enjoyed this unit of the course
Added 11 months ago, by Anonymous
Reflective practice is an art, although I reflect all the while, I rarely commit anything to paper. I found as I was working through the assignments I identified with the work and wrote from my own perspective.

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