Traditional parenting may not work
Because many of our children have suffered early trauma and neglect, they have often missed out on key developmental building blocks. Therefore they can seem emotionally immature, challenging, aggressive, needy.
Unfortunately, many adoptive families quickly discover that standard parenting techniques are ineffective, even counterproductive. Often a downward spiral of behaviour, attachments and negativity can begin.
Accordingly, therapeutic parenting seeks to repair the brain’s pathways. It can help replace the missing building blocks. Over time it can improve outcomes for families and young people.
Therapeutic Parenting may be the answer
The National Association Of Therapeutic Parents is the brainchild of Sarah Naish. An adoptive mum of five siblings, she had herself undertaken the journey from standard to therapeutic parenting. On their website is a clear definition for the purpose and services offered by the NATP.
What is TP?
The Attachment and Trauma Network describes therapeutic parenting as the term used to describe the type of high structure/high nurture intentional parenting traumatised children need. Because it helps the child develop the feelings of safety and connectedness, they can begin to heal their trauma and develop secure and safe relationships.
Sarah Naish explains it clearly in this video.
So, how might the NATP help you?
- Provides research on and strategies to combat compassion fatigue
- Monthly listening circles – an opportunity to meet other people with the same challenges and exchange ideas and resources. Amazingly supportive
- Training ( online and face to face)
- Facebook support for members on dedicated member’s page.
- Books – for children, parents and professionals (see our books page for details). The A-Z of Therapeutic Parenting is a key life-saver book!
It should be noted that there is a small monthly charge for membership.
Other Therapeutic Parenting Models
There are many other therapeutic parenting models. However, the Dan Hughes PACE model is one of the best recognised. A summary of the model can be found here:
More comprehensive information is available on Dan Hughes’ website
See our Books page for a range of texts on Therapeutic Parenting.