Courses & events for parents & carers

We offer various training options for parents and carers, including live courses which we deliver on various dates throughout the year and on behalf of other organisations such as autism charities and support groups. We also host Q&As and provide pre-recorded webinars and videos on various topics.

Further details are available below or, to quickly navigate to a specific training option, please use the following links:

Live coursesQ&A Live eventsQ&A recordingsRecorded WebinarsFree webinars & videos

Live courses

Our live courses are delivered either in-person or online via Zoom by our training facilitators who have valuable lived experience of PDA as parents, carers, partners, family members and PDAers themselves. 

Each course we offer includes the following general content:

  • what is PDA?
  • demands and their effects
  • how PDA can feel
  • helpful approaches (including collaborative problem solving)
  • signposting to resources & support

These themes are then developed with additional material included depending upon the course – detailed below.

Please note: any legislation/diagnostic approaches discussed are related to England unless stated otherwise. Parent/carer programmes are also available covering the Welsh education system, please ask for details.

If you aren’t sure which course is the right one for you, have any questions about any of our courses or would like to enquire about costings or making a booking on behalf of an organisation, please email* our training team at: training@pdasociety.org.uk

Courses we’re currently offering for parents and carers include:

Understanding PDA for parents/carers

5.5-6 hour programmes (delivered in-person on one day or online via 2 sessions)

Suitable for parents and carers of PDA children (whether formally diagnosed, self-identified or exploring the profile) up to age 18 years. Families with young people aged 18 years+ are very welcome to join the course but due to time constraints we’re unable to cover more specific adult approaches and ideas. Delegates are requested to watch a 20min introductory webinar prior to attending the training.

Additional material: anxiety, rewards/praise/sanctions, siblings, diagnosis, transition to adulthood, and education.

Tickets for upcoming public course dates are available below.

What is PDA?

2.5-3 hour programmes

Introductory session discussing PDA, including an opportunity to ask questions to a PDA Adult. Suitable for parents and carers who would like to learn more about PDA.

Dates for next public course to be announced here soon.

What is PDA? for male parents and carers of PDA children and adults

2.5-3 hour programmes

This course is suitable for all male and non-binary people who are the parent or carer of a PDA person (whether formally diagnosed, self-identified or exploring the profile) and will be delivered by trainers and a guest speaker with lived experience of PDA. They’ll share an overview of PDA, consider what demands are and their effects, explore PDA demand avoidance, share approaches that might be beneficial, and signpost to additional resources.

We recognise that the majority of our training is attended by people who identify as female. This session may be beneficial for people who would appreciate the shared perspective of our male trainer and guest speaker as PDA parents and wish to access our training with other male and non-binary people.

Supporting PDA young people & adults

3.5-4 hour programmes

Suitable for parents and carers supporting PDA young people and/or adults (whether formally diagnosed, self-identified or exploring the profile).

Additional material: teenagers & adults; distressed behaviours; individual needs; inclusive support.

Tickets for upcoming public course dates are available below.

Introduction to PDA

1 hour programme for support groups only.

Please email training@pdasociety.org.uk to make a booking enquiry.

Q&A Live events

Our online Q&A Live sessions invite guest speakers to answer questions about PDA and specific topics live via Zoom. We are delighted to be able to offer these sessions for ‘free’ thanks to a generous grant from the Openwork Partnership. Links here are available for the live session only. The Q&As will be recorded but you will need to register separately for the recording after the event via the PDA Society training hub. Each new recording will initially be ‘free’ but will become a ‘paid resource’ after a total of 500 live & recorded registrations have been received so please do act quickly! 

Questions can be submitted at the time of booking and/or via the Zoom chat function on the night.

It may not be possible to answer all questions depending on the numbers attending and the amount of questions asked. Also it won’t be possible to answer specific questions on personal situations within these Q&A sessions – if you require support please contact our enquiry line.

New Q&A Live events to be announced soon

Q&A recordings

We have replays of our past Q&A sessions, where guest speakers answer questions about PDA and specific topics, available to purchase for 30 days by clicking or tapping on the images below.

Already purchased a Q&A recording? Please sign in to the PDA Society training hub (using the same login method used to make the purchase) to access the recording via your dashboard. For further information about using the PDA Society training hub, please refer to our user guide.

Supporting male parents and carers

Q&A recording. Supporting male parents and carers

The Importance of Diagnosis

Q&A recording. `Importance of Diagnosis

Selective Mutism

Q&A recording. Selective Mutism

Navigating Distressed Behaviours Pt. 2

Q&A recording. Navigating Distressed Behaviours Part 2

Education Other Than At School

Q&A recording. Education Other Than At School

Safer PDA Panel Guidance

Q&A recording. Safer PDA Panel Guidance

Emotionally based school avoidance

Q&A recording. Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Effective Provision for PDA Learners

Q&A recording. Effective Provision for PDA Learners

Navigating distressed behaviours

Q&A recording. Navigating distressed behaviours

Transitions into college and work

Q&A recording. Transitions into college and work

Eating Disorders (Lived Experience)

Q&A recording. Eating Disorders with a PDA young adult

LGBTQIAP+

Q&A recording. PDA and LGBTQIAP+

Sensory Processing

Q&A recording. Sensory Processing

Eating Disorders (Ellern Mede Group)

Q&A recording. Eating Disorders with Ellern Mede Group

Understanding social care

Q&A recording. Understanding social care

Balancing needs within the family

Q&A recording. Balancing needs within the family

Gaming

Q&A recording. Gaming and the benefits

Neurodivergent parenting

Q&A recording. Neurodivergent parenting

Sleep

Q&A recording. Sleep

Q&A holidays and special occasions

Q&A recording. Q&A holidays and special occasions

Teenage years including puberty and personal hygiene

Q&A recording. Teenage years including puberty and personal hygiene

Education in conversation with Jilly, Libby & Kym

Q&A recording. Education in conversation with Jilly, Libby & Kym

Looking after ourselves as caregivers

Q&A recording. Looking after ourselves as caregivers

See all Q&A recordings

See all Q&A recordings

Recorded Webinars

In addition to our live training opportunities we are pleased to now offer recorded webinars exploring a variety of topics.

These are available to purchase for £10 each and that will provide you with access to the webinar for 30 days.

PDA approaches – an overview

See all recorded webinars

FREE webinars

The following pre-recoded webinars, videos and podcasts which may be of interest to parents and carers are free to watch by clicking or tapping on the images below.

Introduction to PDA

What is PDA?

Q&A: What is PDA for parents & carers

Demand Avoidance of the PDA Kind

PDA & school avoidance

PDA & masking

Best practice – the PDA community’s voice

Best practice – the professional voice

See all free webinars

If you aren’t sure which course is the right one for you, or have any questions about any of our training, or would like to enquire about costings or making a booking on behalf of an organisation, please email* our training team at: training@pdasociety.org.uk

*Please note: our emails can sometimes be filtered into junk/spam/social/promotions folders – please check yours if you haven’t heard back from us in your inbox within 3-5 working days.