Thinking about Children who are Fostered or Adopted: A Work Discussion Seminar

  • Commencing on Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 16:00
  • A series of 10 online seminars, weekly on Wednesdays
  • Lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

The seminars take place on the online meeting platform Zoom. 

Zoom is easy to use on your laptop, PC, tablet or phone and you will be sent all the information you need from the tutors beforehand.  This includes a password for the online meeting space in order to respect the privacy of the clinical material being discussed (see programme below).

Who’s it for

This is beneficial for those working with children who are fostered or adopted, such as: social workers, teachers, counsellors and people working in the voluntary sector.

Seminar leader

Debbie Hindle


Children who are fostered or adopted have often experienced separation and loss, trauma, deprivation or abuse. Those working with children and young people or caring for them are often on the receiving end of powerful emotional experiences which may reflect and provide helpful ways to understand the impact of traumatic experiences on these children’s emotional and personality development and on their relationships. In terms of care planning, workers are often involved in working with wider networks of professionals or making difficult decisions in relation to contact, sibling placements or court hearings.

This series of 10 online seminars are designed to provide an opportunity for a range of professionals working with children who have been fostered or adopted to think about the challenges the children face and the challenges they pose for those caring for them.

The seminars focus on gaining understanding of some of the dilemmas which confront the children and their families as well as the how this might impact on those working with them.

Psychoanalytic theory is used to throw light on the complex issues that often arise for children and young people and in the context of therapeutic relationships.

Seminar structure
  • Participants are expected to record a discrete piece of current work written in the first person which includes the seminar member’s own actions and comments as well as those of the young person. Note that you should anonymise the information you share (e.g. do not use real names).
  • Each participant will have two opportunities to present current material for discussion which involves the exploration of presented material.

It is hoped that through this process, participants will be able to think together, to reflect on the adolescent process, and gain a different perspective on the work.

NB This is not intended to replace work-based supervision, nor is this ‘individual supervision’ in the presence of others.


£160 for all 10 seminars

Course limit
  • 5 participants
  • Please note that spaces are limited to a certain number of participants to ensure an enhanced learning experience for everyone.
About the seminar leader
Debbie Hindle

Dr. Debbie Hindle is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic. For ten years, she was Head of the Clinical Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh and worked clinically in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Glasgow for children who were fostered or adopted.

She has written extensively, including three co-edited books – Personality Development: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (1999); The Emotional Experience of Adoption: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (2008); and Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental and Systemic Approach (2014). Now retired from the NHS, she continues to teach, supervise and lecture in affiliation with Human Development Scotland.

Refund policy
  • A cancellation can be made up to 4 weeks before the event and a full refund will be issued. 
  • After this date, a refund cannot be processed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • No refund will be issued for non-attendance.
  • We can accept substitute delegates at any time, although sufficient notice should be given where possible.

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