National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP)
Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing parenting approach, with empathy at its core
We use firm but fair boundaries and routines to aid the development of new neural pathways in the brain so children may gain trust in adults. And so their lower brain(survival brain) may connect with their higher brain (prefrontal cortex/thinking brain) so they can link cause and effect.
We provide support, education and resources for Therapeutic Parents and supporting professionals relating to therapeutic parenting, effective interventions, compassion fatigue and the effects of early life trauma.
We exist to promote better outcomes for children who have suffered early life trauma, by significantly improving the consistency and quality of support available to Therapeutic Parents in the UK and Worldwide, regardless of whether they are Foster Carers, Adopters, Kinship Carers, Special Guardians, Step Parents, or Birth parents.
Using boundaries and routines helps children to understand there is consistency and predictably in their lives (they know they will have breakfast, lunch and tea plus snacks). TP advises you use visual timetables to support you children with this.
Respond with empathy using the PACE model (playfulness to connect and diffuse a situation, acceptance of the child whilst not accepting of aggression, curiosity to detect your child's need all steeped in empathy).
- 17 to 25 years old
- 26 to 64 years old
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