Sunderland University Training – CEL&T

The Department of Social Sciences at Sunderland University has launched online training for those working with, parenting, or otherwise supporting children who have experienced loss and trauma (CEL&T).  The training is aimed at those working in social work, education and healthcare as well as foster carers, adopters, kinship carers and others.  The units are affordable, can be done at home and can be clocked up as Continuing Professional Development.

My book The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting is the basis for the three units I’ve produced.  They are (readers will not be surprised to learn) focused on the messy, lived realities of parenting children who have experienced loss and trauma and the approaches and techniques that I have found the most effective.  I’ve worked hard to make the training fresh and practical and I’ve woven in the ways in which children and families may best be supported.  The units all contain written material, links to other resources and are voiced by me (I can confirm that listening to one’s own voice is up there on the list of Most Excruciating).

There are currently nine units available from a variety of ‘service users’ and professionals including Dr Wendy Thorley, Stephanie Hunter, David Harrop and Voices Making Choices and there are more to come.

As well as it’s development of online training, Sunderland University has hosted two conferences to date which focus on the voices of children who have experienced loss and trauma and ways in which services could better tailor support by listening to these voices.  Another conference is being planned for next year.  There are many individuals and organisations working to improve services and there is of course much more to be done and many obstacles blocking the way.  I’m proud to be a part of Sunderland University’s programme.  It’s rolled up it’s sleeves and got on with it, and I like that approach.

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8 thoughts on “Sunderland University Training – CEL&T

  1. Hattie

    Really interested in looking into the Sunderland Uni online courses, would like to understand approximate workload as 2 LO’s due with us by end of September!

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  2. Hattie

    Really interested in looking into the Sunderland Uni online courses, would like to understand approximate workload as 2 LO’s due with us by end of September!

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    1. admin Post author

      Each one should take a couple of hours to complete plus there is some reading a reflective work too. I’d day get your placement underway and get settled first. Julia Davis book ‘Preparing for Adoption’ is a great place to start and I wish I’d had it when we started out. Best of luck x

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      1. Hattie

        Thanks, thought that would probably be best, just finished Julia Davis’ book and have found it and both of yours really useful. Glad your hols were good.

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  3. Wendy Lewis

    Hi Sally. I am reading your 1st book at the moment and am finding it really helpful because my husband & I are in the process of applying for adoption. You have written such an honest book about what it’s going to be like. I was interested to hear that you’ve written some training courses but am wondering when would be the best time to complete these – once adoption goes ahead or before going through the adoption process? Or are they intended for once we have a child? Thank you so much Sally for all your honesty in saying what it’s like to adopt children.
    Wendy

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Wendy, I’d say get settled first, find out what challenges you may be facing and perhaps read The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting first. You may find the first few months exhausting with the need to focus on the children. A book I’d recommend for the early stages of placement is Preparing for Adoption by Julia Davis. The very best of luck x

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