On the 12th February 2019, some Wessex carers and staff attended PACE training in Exeter, delivered by Dr Molly Bodinetz from Psychology Associates. Molly specialises in working with adopted children and their families as well as children who are in care.
PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) is a highly successful approach for working with children who have experienced trauma in their attachment relationships. It was originally developed by Dan Hughes, the founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).
The course outlined the following:
– The foundations of PACE: attachment, trauma and brain development
– Understanding why PACE is a useful approach for children and young people who have experienced trauma
– The four elements of PACE: playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy
– Putting PACE into practice and Trouble Shooting.
Foster carers were able to provide their own examples of caring for children who have experienced trauma and found it really useful to discuss their own experiences. It gave everyone lots of ideas of how to approach parenting using PACE and was also a useful refresher for those who had attended the course in the past.
Many thanks to Dr Molly Bodinetz and all the foster carers who attended the course.