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Training and events

ARC training is informed by the contact and feedback ARC has had from parents over the last 25 years, and research in the field. The training affords practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences around issues such as communicating risk, delivering difficult news and supporting parents' decision making.

It takes time, experience and training to gain the confidence and competence needed to provide individualised care to parents through antenatal testing and its consequences. ARC training days are designed to help healthcare professionals to respond both practically and emotionally to parents' needs, as well as to consider their own support needs.

Training Days with ARC:

“I am grateful to ARC not only for what it does for parents but also for the way it helps professionals do their jobs better by increasing awareness of the needs of parents facing these dilemmas. ARC works together with hospital staff and other professionals in order to improve the care that parents receive. We all value their work highly."

Professor Charles H. Rodeck, Former Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Free and University College London Medical School.

All ARC training days are held in London unless otherwise specified.

Cost of attending

All ARC training days are £85 per person, per day.

There is a 10% discount available for booking all three days at once - pay just £230 to attend all three of ARC's highly regarded accredited training days!

ARC training days are accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

Did you know as a healthcare professional member of ARC you are entitled to discounted study days and will pay just £75 per day?

There are also many great additional reasons to join including:

  • Free set of ARC publications worth £21
  • Confidential ARC healthcare professional forum
  • E-newsletter written exclusively for professional members containing news of the latest developments in policy and research and ARC events
  • 25% discount on a British Journal of Midwifery subscription

See all the advantages of being an ARC healthcare professional member.

Are you a student?

Students are able to book ARC training days at a discounted rate. We also offer a Day 1 and Day 2 package for students. Click here to book ARC's student training days. You will be asked to provide proof that you are a student.

Day 1 – Communication skills and delivering difficult news: The implications of antenatal screening and diagnosis

Please note: Our Day 1 and 2 training days are not recommended for those who have not yet begun their studies. The training is aimed at healthcare professionals already working in antenatal care, or students who have been studying for at least two years.

Training aims

The course focuses on self-awareness within the context of antenatal screening and the diagnosis of fetal anomaly and includes a combination of theoretical learning, group-work and discussion. The training affords practitioners an opportunity to develop the skills needed to give sensitive care to their patients. Emphasis is placed on the parent's perspective of antenatal screening and the experience of the healthcare professional.

Learning outcomes

Attendees of Day 1 training will:

  • Understand the parents' experience of screening and diagnosis
  • Develop effective listening during times of stress and crisis
  • Find new ways of explaining statistical probability to parents
  • Explore ways of delivering difficult news
  • Support and inform the decision-making process
  • Become aware of attitudes, values and preconceptions
  • Become aware of aspects of grief and bereavement after fetal loss
  • Develop principles of good practice

The training day can be offered as an 'all healthcare professionals' day' aimed at obstetricians, midwives, sonographers, and all other healthcare professionals working in the field; including administrative staff.

“I know my communication skills have now improved and an appraisal in EPU underlined this. I was told my communication skills were ‘much better’.”

Course participant

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Available dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 8th July 2017 in London
  • Saturday 23rd September 2017 in London
  • Saturday 9th December 2017 in London

ARC training is £85 per person, per day.

Day 2 – Supporting parents’ decisions

Training aims

Day 2 training from ARC continues where our popular Day 1 training 'Communication skills and delivering difficult news' breaks off - at the point where parents have been given a diagnosis of fetal anomaly and must now consider their options. Supporting Parents’ Decisions looks at how healthcare professionals can best inform and support parents whilst they are in the process of making a decision, and once the decision has been made.

Learning outcomes

Attendees of Day 2 training will:

  • Examine ways of supporting parents through a diagnosis of fetal anomaly and the decision-making process
  • Understand how to provide parents with non-directive support
  • Understand the specific issues and support needs of parents who are continuing with an affected pregnancy
  • Understand the specific issues and support needs of parents who are ending an affected pregnancy
  • Help deal with healthcare professionals' own ethical dilemmas
  • Develop principles of good practice

“The day made me examine my own beliefs and values. It gave me the confidence and understanding to deal with parents who are making difficult decisions.”

Course participant

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Available dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 28th October 2017 in London

ARC training is £85 per person, per day.

Day 3 – When a prenatal diagnosis is made: Providing best care

Please note: Day 3 is an advanced level session which is aimed at practitioners who have experience of working in the field of antenatal screening, fetal medicine, or genetic counselling. The course draws on participants’ experience of discussing abnormal results and complex cases. Because of this, we do not usually recommend this course for students.

Training aims

This study day aims to help participants consider the key factors that will ensure high quality care is in place for women and couples who have had a fetal anomaly diagnosed. The day is interactive and based around a series of ‘real-life’ case studies along with feedback from parents who contact ARC to encourage participants to reflect on their practice and share what they feel might be most helpful to women and couples. Day 3 also explores the latest developments in prenatal testing and the impact these are likely to have on care.

Learning outcomes

Attendees of Day 3 training will:

  • Consider some of the complex issues parents face after a prenatal diagnosis
  • Explore the components of the high quality care required for the parents in five ‘real life’ case studies
  • Examine the barriers to providing individualised care 
  • Agree on core principles underpinning individualised care 
  • Gain insight into some of the latest developments in antenatal testing technologies and their implications for practice  

Book now to avoid disappointment.

Book Your Place Now

Available dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 11th November 2017 in London

ARC training is £85 per person, per day.

In-house training

As well as delivering all of our full day training in-house, ARC can also provide healthcare professionals with tailored training sessions designed specifically to meet their requirements, with two hour or half day workshops delivered on site. If you would like to find out more about how ARC can offer a training programme to meet your team's needs, please contact us for further information