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Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)  : One-Day Workshop on Wednesday  04 March 2020 in Birmingham

One-Day Overview of By Your Side (transitions from fostering to adoption) : Tuesday 29 October 2019 in Worcester

Two-Day Practitioner Training for By Your Side practitioners : Tuesday and Wednesday 17 and 18 March 2020 in Worcester


The By Your Side website is now live. Visit www.byyourside.online to access resources and training information. 


By Your Side is a new attachment and trauma-informed model for supporting children and the adults who care for them across the transition from foster care to adoption. The By Your Side package includes training courses and three publications:

Not Again, Little Owl / Foster Carer and Adopter Guide / Practitioner Guide  by Vivien Norris - books for foster carers, adopters, carers , practitioners and professionals working with children who are moving to a new family.  Information about these resources is available on the By Your Side website where these books can be purchased.

What do we do?


The Family Place provides specialist and flexible therapeutic interventions for families.  ​


Our central aim is to strengthen relationships between children and young people and their main carers by deepening understanding in a safe and therapeutic environment. 

The team specialises in providing tailored interventions for foster and adoptive families and their support networks, alongside a range of other family issues. 

We understand the impact of developmental trauma on families and the challenges this presents.

The service is available over a wide geographical area from our bases in Clyro near Hay-on-Wye on the Powys/Herefordshire border and from our newly-opened offices in Worcester and Devon (Newton Abbot).

Dr Vivien Norris Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Director The Family Place


Who are we?

We are a multi-disciplinary team with a wide range of experience and skills. The core part of our work specialises in interventions with foster and adoptive families and their support networks.  All team members have significant training in attachment and trauma to provide a coherent approach.


The team is led by Clinical Director, Dr Vivien Norris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Vivien is additionally qualified as a Certified Theraplay® Therapist and a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Practitioner.  Vivien has worked as an NHS psychologist and in private practice for many years and has developed considerable experience with foster and adoptive families. She has written for a number of publications and is experienced in providing supervision and training.  Her book "Parenting with Theraplay®" is available from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Parenting-Theraplay®-Vivien-Norris/dp/1785922092/ 

Team members bring to the work a wide range of professional backgrounds and experience including child psychotherapy, creative arts therapies, counselling, specialist family mediation and therapeutic foster care. A number of team members are currently pursuing advanced qualifications in Theraplay®. This is an innovative and developing service based on the latest research and models of best practice.  For further information please see links to Theraplay® and DDP on the contacts page.


The Family Place is a private limited company.  Registered Number:  8666044 England and Wales.  

Registered Office:  Kilvert's School, Clyro, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5SB.  

Telephone: 01497 822003.  Email: info@thefamilyplace.co.uk