P.A.C.E Training – Foster Carers and Supervising Social Workers

I initially trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and subsequently throughout my 21 year career trained in Attachment Therapy, PACE model (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy), Narrative Story Stem Assessing, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Systemic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approaches and specifically working therapeutically with trauma and abuse. Within this career I provided complex mental health assessment and therapeutic intervention for children and young people in foster care, leaving care and those transitioning to adoptive care. I have also managed the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) 0-19 service as well as the CAMH Looked after Children service in Plymouth.

Trained in the P.A.C.E model of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, I now train foster carers and supervising social workers to incorporate this model, attitude and way of being in interacting & communicating with children and young people in foster care and  responding to their complex emotional needs.


  • What is meant by P.A.C.E and this model of engaging with children and young people
  • What P.A.C.E is not
  • The use of P.A.C.E with discipline
  • Building relationships using P.A.C.E
  • Providing structure and supervision with traumatised children using P.A.C.E as a responsive model
  • Managing confrontation and coercive interaction
  • Managing behaviour using P.A.C.E as a model
  • How do you look after yourselves in this process.





“I have just finished a two day course with Helen on PACE. I have done this course with other trainers at least 4 times in my 12 years of fostering. I thought I understood it but struggled to apply it in its entirety to my every day life.
2 days with Helen and I (and my colleagues who also attended the course) now fully understand exactly what PACE is and how to live it with our children.
I feel empowered, confident and excited.
Looking forward to more of her training”

Pamela Dale. Plymouth Local Authority Foster Carer. November 2019


Learning Objectives

  • Explore what P.A.C.E actually is
  • Explore how foster carers and supervising social workers can integrate P.A.C.E into their work
  • Understand how foster carers and supervising social workers can respond to and support children and young people using the PACE model
  • Discuss the difficulties in integrating the model into their fostering work and seek an autonomous process by which they can manage these individual difficulties effectively.
  • Understand the impact of Blocked Care on providing PACE within the relationship, and the difficulties in parenting children and young people who show resistance.
  • Develop P.A.C.E skills and tools in professional, personal and emotional development within the fostering context.

Commissioning and Pricing 

The training is commissioned by local authorities and private fostering agencies. I

I am a trusted P.A.C.E training provider for Plymouth Children and Families Services. 

Pricing of the 2 day course is available on request by contacting me directly either by email or phone. 


“The training was very successful……..it was well received and a great addition to the training package Plymouth offer their foster carers” 

Hayley Johns. Fostering Reviewing & Training Officer.





Helen Ferguson Psychotherapist

Childhood, Complex, CPTSD Trauma Healing & Sexual Abuse Recovery

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