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Introduction to Humanistic Play Therapy

An introductory day long training!

Dublin 9th March 18: Limerick 20th April 18            Fee €110 

This experiential day will introduce participants to non-directive play therapy skills and practice. It is not designed to qualify participants to engage in this work with clients – it is an introduction and skill building session that will introduce the theory and practice of play therapy. However, participants will develop skills which can be used to enhance relationships with children with whom they have contact in their personal and/or professional life. Participants will also experience the power of play in a very personal way. It is an ideal introduction to the field and will aid decision making in regard to possible subsequent training in the field.

Non Directive Play Skills – Demonstrations, practice and feedback

  • Selecting and equipping play spaces for non-directive play
  • Appropriate play materials
  • Developing a relationship of trust with the player
  • Providing structure
  • Attending and responding to play
  • Tracking and reflecting skills
  • Reflecting content and feelings
  • Non-verbal messages
    • Child’s level
    • Facial expression and body language
  • Verbal messages
    • Tone
    • Pitch
    • Developmental considerations
  • Esteem building responses
  • Recognising efforts and achievements

Learning Outcome: Participants will have developed:

  • An awareness of the principles of non directive play therapy
  • Non-directive therapeutic skills
  • An increased ability to assist children in developing their capacity for self regulation and decision making within the context of a safe, ethical relationship

Siobhán Prendiville, BEd, PG Ed., MEd., MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, is a teacher, child psychotherapist, and play therapist who specializes in the use of play in education and in therapy. She teaches widely in a number of institutions in Ireland and has been involved in training teachers in pilot programmes to influence the teaching methodologies utilized. Siobhan maintains a private play therapy practice. She has chapters in The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change, Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers, and Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurodevelopment to play and expressive arts-based practice.

Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate

This Level 6 (NFQ) blended learning course runs in Donegal (February 2017), Kerry and Limerick (March 17), Mountmellick (April 2017), Galway, Dunlaoighre and Claremorris (Dates not yet set).  Now booking.

Therapeutic Play Skills is a Level 6 Minor Award (6N4705) offered on a part-time, blended learning basis. It is an experientially based learning programme which will equip participants to plan, deliver and evaluate both group and individual play based interventions. Participants will engage in creative activities that will enhance personal development, develop insight and awareness, and contribute to understanding, and meeting, the needs of all children including those living in adverse circumstances. Directive and non-directive therapeutic approaches will be addressed. This course will be available at various locations around the country.

On completion of the programme and the attainment of 15 credits the learner will be awarded a Level 6 component certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills. This can be used as a component of the Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007) or other Major Awards.

This programme runs at a variety of locations around Ireland and can be run specifically for interested groups or agencies.

Online Component:            Each learner will also have access to the online component of this course for a three month period.

Currently enrolling  for a variety of locations  – email childrenstherapycentre@gmail.com for dates

Applications

Applications are accepted by letter giving details of the applicants name, address, email and phone numbers, educational background, current employment, and reasons for wishing to complete the course. An up to date C.V. should be included.

Post / Email Application Letter and CV to: Children’s Therapy Centre, Slievenagorta, Ballymore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, or email to childrenstherapycentre@gmail.com

Learner Profile: this programme is aimed at learners who:

• Have a particular interest in the therapeutic powers of play and wish to acquire skills to facilitate children and young people to overcome negative influences and circumstances in their lives.

• Wish to attain a recognized qualification and embark on, or enhance, a professional career in working with children in a range of settings.

• Wish to further their own knowledge and understanding of play and its developmental, educational and therapeutic applications.

• Would like to upskill to enhance employment prospects and/or job satisfaction and promotion opportunities

This award will also be of interest to holders of the Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education and to others including teachers, therapists, social workers etc whose professional life brings them into regular contact with at-risk children and children in crisis. It is also suitable for a broad range of childcare staff in community based or residential settings.

To access this programme learners should have reached the standards of knowledge, skills and competence associated with level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experiences.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
It is the aim of this programme to:

1. Equip participants with skills to plan and deliver, individual and group, developmentally appropriate play intervention with children and young people;
2. Enable learners to focus on meeting children’s specific needs and facilitation therapeutic interventions in the context of holistic development using play;
3. Enable participants to use play as a therapeutic and developmental medium in a wide range of settings including educational/learning, residential and day care, recreational and hospital;
4. Equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to use play and its developmental, educational and therapeutic applications.

Content
Unit 1 – Play, Child Development, and Service Provision

Unit 2 – Plan for and Support Self-directed Play

Unit 3 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Non Directive Play Skills

Unit 4 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Therapeutic Storytelling

Unit 5 – Planning and implementing Play Interventions: Creative Visualization

Unit 6 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Interactive Play

Unit 7 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Therapeutic Use of Puppets

Unit 8 – Planning and Implementing Play Interventions: Medical Play

Unit 9 – Working with Groups for Personal and Social Development

Unit 10 – Professional Practice

Cost:          €680 (Payment plan options available on request)

Facilitators:

Anne Brennan MIAHIP, MIAPTP, MIACP is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and play therapist involved in private practice, training and supervision. She is active as a trainer in the field of adult education, training people entering the therapeutic field and the fields of human care, especially childcare and special needs.  She is also a core trainer on play therapy and psychotherapy courses.

Dera Mulholland MIAPTP is a Play and Psychotherapist working in private practice in Donadea, Co. Kildare. She has worked with children for over twenty-five years in settings that have included play school, learning support in primary school, hospital wards and special education for children with autism. She has also worked with children at risk living in socially and economically deprived areas of Dublin.

Edel Lawlor is the founder and Director of Expressive play and has been working with children for over sixteen years and is highly skilled at encouraging children to reach their own unique potential. Edel has a background in Play Therapy, Sand tray Therapy, Art Therapy, Puppetry and Social Care.

Elaine Cunningham H.Dip Applied Social Studies in Social Care, MIAPTP: Elaine is an Accredited Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist and Play Therapist, working with children and families for over 15 years in residential, foster care, and community settings. Elaine has also trained in Filial Therapy, Sandplay Therapy and Theraplay. Elaine works closely with parents exploring parenting, psycho-education and parent-child interventions and specialises working with children with developmental delay & ASD, anxieties & phobias, bereavement & separation, attachment issues and children affected by substance abuse, domestic violence and child neglect. Elaine currently works in a family centre and runs a private practice, Solas Psychotherapy Services, within schools and her private practice in Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

Emer Mc Donagh holds an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and a BA (HONS) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. She has extensive experience working with children who have experienced domestic violence and also with non residential parents and their children, maintaining and promoting quality contact. Emer also provides a family support role with families affected by meningitis. Emer has worked with the Brothers of Charity services and been involved in a number of Humanitarian aid projects in both Ethiopia and Peru.  Currently Emer is in private practice at Acorns 2 Oaks Play Therapy and also provides trainings for professionals working with vulnerable children.

Monique McEvoy, MIAPTP, Play and Creative Arts Therapist (dance & movement), who has worked for over 25 years supporting children and families in community and residential settings. Monique has extensive experience working with children experiencing social and emotional difficulties, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, communication disorders, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Currently, Monique facilitates children with special needs inclusion in mainstream pre-schools, offers staff support in early years school settings and works as a play therapist in community service and private practise at the Listening Tree Play Therapy Centre in Mountmellick.

Nicola Kee, MIAPTP is a Psychotherapist with a Specialisation in Play Therapy. She has a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies with Behavioural Studies and a BA (Hons) in Social Studies in Social Care. She also holds a Certificate in Autism Studies. For over 20 years Nicola has been working with parents and their children who experience psychological distress such as trauma, bereavement, parental separation and separation anxiety. She also works with issues concerning adoption, attachment and behavioural difficulties. Nicola also has a background in working with children with disability using therapeutic play to aid their learning and development.

Laura Coleman MIAHIP is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and play therapist working from an adolescent and child centred perspective. She is also involved in the training and supervision of youth workers, play therapists, and psychotherapists. She maintains a private psychotherapy and supervision practice and specializes in palliative care therapy services, play therapy, group work with adolescents, and with groups dealing with bereavement issues.

Majella Ryan M.I.A.C.P is a very experienced child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and utilises play therapy in her work with children. She has a strong interest in supporting healthy attachments. She specialises in working creatively with traumatised children and adolescents and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, a family therapy service and in CARI for 20 years. Majella is a supervisor for play therapists, creative arts therapists, and child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapists.

Siobhán Prendiville, BEd, PG Ed., MEd., Diploma Play Therapy and Psychotherapy, MIAPTP, is a teacher and play therapist who specializes in the use of play in education and in therapy. She teaches widely in a number of institutions in Ireland and has been involved in training teachers in pilot programmes to influence the teaching methodologies utilized. Siobhan maintains a private play therapy practice. She has book chapters in ‘The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change’ and in “Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers.

Overview of Assignments:

1. Project (Practical) 40%: Plan, facilitate and record 1 groupwork and 2 individual play sessions

2. Written Assignment 30%:  Write a well presented paper (1500 words) in relation to the planning and execution of the 3 creative play sessions presented in portfolio above

3. Skills Demonstration 30%: Complete 3 tasks during modules (demonstrate play facilitation skills, lead a group game, make a puppet)

For information / booking for all venues: Email childrenstherapycentre@gmail.com     Phone:087 6488149

Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate

This Level 6 blended learning course will run in Donegal (February 2017), Kerry and Limerick (March 17), Mountmellick (April 2017), Galway, Dunlaoighre and Claremorris (Dates not yet set). Now booking, limited availability. Click on FETAC Level 6 link for details.

A Natural Space for Healing

Due to the incredible success of the Easter School 2014, Maggie Fearn is returning  to Ireland to deliver the 3 day course again in 2015! Very limited places so early booking is essential.

Easter School 2015: 30th March – 1st April 2015

Understanding the relationship between movement and perception is particularly vital to those working in therapeutic relationships with children, because children’s natural medium of communication and expression is a dynamic and subtle process of cue and response within a myriad of environmental stimuli. Being able to tune in on this level of environmental awareness provides opportunities for healing communication.

Underpinning theory draws on the embodiment, projection, role (EPR) dynamic (Jennings, 1999), narrative techniques (Gersie, 1997; Sunderland, 2000) and somatic theory (Bainbridge Cohen, 2008; Olsen, 2002; McHose & Frank, 2006).

Day 1: Understanding a Natural Space for Healing (Theory and Practice)
Play and emotional development: a sensory journey
The influence of environment
Sensory attachment and the development of emotional awareness

Learning Outcomes:
• Review theory that explains the relationship between emotion, perception and attachment
• Explore sensory relationship through play
• Explore inside and outside environments with our senses

Day 2: Exploring a Natural Space for Healing (Practical experiential sessions)
The role of the practitioner in therapeutic outdoor play:
Somatic observation of self
Exploring sensory information
The importance of nonverbal communication

You will have the time and space in which to experience total immersion in sensory awareness and playful relationship drawing on the teaching of movement specialists, nature awareness educators, and creators of environmental art and stories, in a process that combines self discovery, inspiration, and guidance for transferring knowledge and skills into therapeutic practice with children.

Learning Outcomes:
• Experience our physiological response to our environment in relation to somatic theory
• Understand how perceptive awareness can support children’s emotional development and resilience
• Take away a range of simple ideas that support immersion in the natural world and access sensory awareness

Day 3: Developing a Natural Space for Healing (Experiential, discussion and review)
Encouraging the use of outdoor/indoor spaces, natural materials and everyday objects in creating a therapeutic playspace. Exploring the practicalities, and relevant considerations.

Learning Outcomes:
• To understand how to transfer learning into providing a therapeutic space.
• To begin to develop your own strategies and ideas.
• To take away a plan for developing a natural space for healing within your practice.

Maggie Fearn is a specialist in therapeutic outdoor play and environmental arts. She has been a play and community arts practitioner for 30 years and a Forest School practitioner since 2001. She facilitates play sessions with children and young people of all ages and abilities in Wales, and she trains adults in non-directive play skills. She is also a graduate teacher of Body & Earth, experiential anatomy, somatics and authentic movement.

She is in demand as a speaker about the therapeutic value of outdoor play, and the importance of attending to children’s perspectives. In 2011 she co-founded Movement Sense, a community interest company established to manage and develop places, spaces and experiences for individuals, groups and communities to access and engage with the natural environment for wellbeing, learning and creative expression, through the moving body.

Price: €300 – Contact childrenstherapycentre@gmail.com for booking form

Legal Issues for Psychotherapists, Play Therapists, and Counsellors

Legal Issues for Psychotherapists, Play Therapists, and Counsellors

All you need to know when working with children, adolescents and vulnerable adults 

Date: 21st April 2018        Dublin                                                            Cost: €130

Content will focus on legal issues involved in therapy work with clients of all ages from childhood up, and will including issues related to:

  • Explicit Consent;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Contracting for therapy;
  • Relevant legislation:
  • Legal system in Ireland:
  • Subpoenas and orders for discovery;
  • Court reports and disclosure of notes, including distinguishing between assessment and therapy reports;
  • Access to notes by client and/or family of child clients:
  • Files and record keeping, including duration of storage;
  • Issues in relation to work setting of therapist – e.g. private practice rather than employee in agency;
  • Responsibilities of practitioners, supervisors and agencies

Essential training for all those engaged in therapy work with children, adolescents, vulnerable adults and for those involved in supervising or managing practitioners, or developing policies for such work.  Anybody engaged in working with vulnerable clients in a variety of settings, will also benefit from this specialized training.

Legal Conference Booking Form

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Principles in Art Therapy Certificate

Starts 13th Jan 2017 in Dublin

The aim of the course is to offer an introduction to the basic principles of Art Therapy. For many this introduction may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist, for others it may introduce them to a more sympathetic understanding of the role of art and creativity in therapy, rehabilitation and development work. Each weekend students will participate in experiential workshops with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through workshops, lectures and seminars. The award is a 10 credit, Level 8 Certificate. The next course runs over 8 weekends (Friday night and full day Saturday) over a six month period.

Crawford College of Art & Design Award delivered by CTC

The Principles of Art Therapy Certificate (formerly Art Therapy Foundation Course) is a HETAC Level 8 (10 credits) certificate comprising of two 5 credit assessed modules. This course provides an opportunity to explore Art Therapy within a group setting. Each weekend students will participate in experiential workshops with qualified arts therapists. A variety of approaches to the process of Art Therapy will be introduced through workshops, lectures and seminars.

For many this certificate course may be a step towards training as a qualified Art Therapist or Play Therapist; for others it may contribute to continuing professional development and serve as an introduction to a more sympathetic understanding of the role of the arts in rehabilitation and development work.

• During the course each weekend is themed around a key principle of the art therapy process. Lectures will be delivered exploring how the process can work in a range of contexts, and with clients of various ages, from Psychiatry, Probation, Pallative Care, Education, to Learning Disabilities. Topics vary from year to year.
• Experiential workshops, facilitated by qualified, registered arts therapists, will provide participants with experience of a range of different approaches to facilitating a group; directive, theme-based, non-directive, etc.
• Seminars offer opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas with visiting and course tutors.
• Participants are required to complete a couple of written assignments and keep a personal journal throughout the course.
• A HETAC level 8 Principles of Art Therapy Certificate is awarded on completion of the course.

The experiential nature of this course can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. The candidate’s previous life experiences will be explored at interview with this in mind. Applicants should be aware of this. Any concerns can be addressed at interview.

The course runs over 8 weekends between January and June 2017, Friday night from 7.30 – 9pm, and Saturday from 9.30 – 5.30. Training dates are 13/14th Jan, 3/4th Feb, 3/4th Mar, 24/25th Mar, 7/8th Apr, 5/6th May, 19/20th May, 10th June

Friday 7.30pm – 9pm: Lecture
Saturday 9.30 – 12.00: Experiential Workshop 1
12.00 – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 3.30pm: Experiential Workshop 2
3.30 – 4pm: Tidy up and Tea/Coffee Break
4pm – 5.30pm: Seminar, Feedback, Reflections

The cost is €1450 including application, registration and exam fees.

Training Venue

MACRO Community Resource Centre, 1 Green St, Dublin 7 (http://www.macrobuilding.ie/index.php)

Car Parking available in Dublin City Council’s Car Park in Mary’s Lane or Parnell Street Car Park or on-street parking on North King Street. Luas from Jervis St or Four Courts (5 mins). Buses to Manor St and Bolton St.

Entry Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have a level 7 award, or prior experience in community education, art, health or social sector work (including counselling and/or psychotherapy). Those with no formal qualifications or art experience will also be considered
E-Mail: childrenstherapycentre@gmail.com or Claire.c.donnelly@gmail.com
Phone 087 6488149 or 087 2055616

Principles of Art Therapy Leaflet & Application Form

International Play Therapy Conference

Play in Practice: Utilizing, evaluating, and reflecting on the therapeutic use of play

Friday 21st June 2013 Pre-Conference Training on 19th & 20th June

Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Ave, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4

CTC’s 3rd Annual International Play Therapy Conference

Timetable:
08.30 – 09.20 Registration
09.20 – 09.30 Opening Address: Eileen Prendiville
09.30 – 11.00 Keynote Address: Ken Gardner: Therapeutic storytelling from the inside out!
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Choice of 3 Workshops
1. Therapeutic stories that really work
2. Therapeutic play for children in health care settings
3. The Child Witness: Working in Partnership
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30 Choice of 4 Master Classes (Tea/Coffee 3.30 – 4pm)
1. Hearing the child’s voice: Research in Play Therapy practice
2. Understanding the Support Needs of Prisoners’ Families
3. Using natural material and found objects in therapeutic play sessions with children
4. Effective Play Therapy with Adolescents: Fun in the therapy room

Conference Fee: €150 including lunch (Tea/Coffee, sandwiches and fruit)
Special rate of €100 if booked concurrently with the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institutes Pre-Conference Event on 19th & 20th June

Email childrenstherapycentre@gmail.com for booking form

21st June 2013: 09.30 – 11.00
Keynote Address: Ken Gardner
Therapeutic storytelling from the inside out!

This presentation focuses on the power of metaphors, symbolism and storytelling in play therapy. It begins with an exploration of theoretical underpinnings and the underlying mechanisms of change, followed by an understanding of how these mechanisms are transformed during expressive storytelling activities. Conceptualization of the transformation process from an “inside-out” perspective will assist the play therapist’s selection, pacing, elaboration and tracking of the effectiveness of storytelling activities.

Learning Outcomes
Program participants will increase their understanding of underlying mechanisms of change and develop a more in-depth appreciation of the transformative process that occurs in therapeutic storytelling. By adopting an “inside-out” perspective participants will also learn how to create and modify stories with the child/client in mind.

11am – 11.30am: Tea/Coffee Break

11.30 – 1pm: Choice of 3 Workshops:

WS 1: Therapeutic stories that really work
Presenter: Ken Gardner

Building on the presenter’s Keynote Address – Therapeutic storytelling from the inside out! – the second part of the program emphasizes the practical side of making therapeutic stories that really work for the child/client. The application of critical success factors, such as therapist immersion and providing safety and distance through the metaphor, are exemplified through specific case referral issues. A variety of expressive play modalities such as puppets, art-making, music and movement will be covered, allowing participants first-hand experiential learning opportunities.

Learning Objectives
Program participants will learn how to tap the transformative power of therapeutic stories, how to facilitate movement in the therapy process, and strategies for observing, tracking and elaborating play across various modalities. Program participants will also understand how an “inside-out” perspective is applied to the design, construction and refinement of therapeutic stories for specific referral issues.

WS 2: Therapeutic play for children in health care settings
Presenter: Dr Meera Oke

This workshop will introduce the participants to therapeutic and developmental play used in healthcare settings. The workshop will use experiential examples of ways in which therapeutic play helps children and adolescents to use play to gain a sense of mastery and enhance children’s ability to cope and feel competent in health care settings, minimizing the stress of hospitalization.

Learning outcomes
1. The participants will engage with therapeutic and developmental play approaches and techniques used with children in health care settings.
2. Discuss experiences of using therapeutic and developmental play in Hospitals based on work done in two hospitals in India (Pune and Bangalore)
2. To dwell on responses of children who experience play in a Health care setting through photographs/pictures to understand the power of play.

WS 3: The Child Witness: Working in Partnership
Presenters: Majella Ryan & John O’Reilly

Exploring the Complexities of Working Therapeutically with a Child alongside a Criminal Investigation.
Working in the aftermath of abuse and in particular sexual abuse with a child can be complex. As therapists our role is post investigation but despite this there can be child protection issues that arise within the work. Our systems seem to be changing at a frightening pace and we have an obligation to remain aware of these changes and the obligations they place on us and the therapeutic process.
New legislation and recent changes where the DPP is now seeking case notes can have a huge impact on our work with clients from contract stage, creating a safe space in the therapy room right up to the court case. Despite being post investigation we must ensure we never do anything to interfere with or damage a criminal case.

During the workshop the following areas will be addressed:
The Gardai procedure of gathering evidence
The complexities of working therapeutically with a child and non-abusing parent during a criminal investigation
How therapists and Gardai can assist each other’s disciplines
What to do in the event of a new disclosure
The importance of ensuring therapy does not encroach on coaching
Existing recommendations, procedures and responsibilities of therapist pending new legislation
Therapists note taking and obligations of disclosure in legal proceedings

The workshop will be interactive with plenty of space for exploration.

Learning Outcomes:
An understanding of the obligations on a child therapist to report new disclosures.
Note keeping in light of recent change in practice in the DPP’s office (requesting all therapy notes).
Understanding the difference between preparing the client for court and coaching.
Understanding of the implications of the new child protection legislation coming into being in both adult and child work including retrospective disclosures.

1pm – 2pm: Lunch Break

2pm – 5.30pm: Choice of 4 Master Classes (Tea/Coffee Break from 3.30 – 4pm)

MC 1: Title: Hearing the child’s voice: Research in Play Therapy practice
Presenters: Dr Kevin Crowley & Nicola Birdsey

This workshop will include a presentation of research findings from studies on children’s understanding of Play Therapy and their perceptions of the role of the Play Therapist in this process. There will be opportunities for participants to share ideas on how to engage children in play therapy research. There will also be experiential exercises to develop skills in researching children’s views and experiences. The importance of undertaking quality play therapy research will also be discussed. The speakers will share their experiences of writing articles and getting published to advise those wishing to become more research active.

Learning objectives:
1. To develop an understanding of research methods used to hear the child’s voice.
2. To appreciate the importance of quality research in play therapy.
3. To understand the procedures and potential pitfalls of publishing research.

MC 2: Hidden Sentence: Understanding the Support Needs of Prisoners’ Families
Presenter: Joanne Mulcahy

This workshop will focus on issues that children may face when dealing with adult imprisonment and consider practical help that can be given at each stage of imprisonment.

The three hour workshop will take roughly the following format:

• Setting the Scene 30mins: the context of the problem (interactive quiz) in small groups.
• The Offender’s Journey 40mins (Presentation on what happens before, during and after imprisonment, including a 15 minute film about a family member returning home from prison)
• Supporting Children 1hr (Experiential learning in relation to supporting children before, during and after imprisonment of a family member)
• Onward into Practice 30mins (Practical techniques for use by play therapy practitioners when working with imprisonment issues)
• Conclusion 20mins (Summary and questions)

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the workshop, practitioners will:
• Be aware of the scope of and effect of imprisonment of a family member on children;
• Reflect upon ways that they can support children who are dealing with the Criminal Justice process;
• Discuss appropriate play therapy techniques that can be used with children dealing with imprisonment of a family member.

MC 3: Using natural material and found objects in therapeutic play sessions with children
Presenter: Maggie Fearn

This workshop will encourage the use of natural materials and everyday objects in therapeutic play sessions, indoors or out.
Participants will be encouraged to reflect on a perceptive process of movement, discovery and transformation, gaining insight into our continuous, usually unconscious, sensory interaction with our environment.
You will have the time and space in which to experience total immersion in sensory awareness and playful relationship.
Understanding the relationship between movement and perception is particularly vital to those working in therapeutic relationship with children, because children’s natural medium of communication and expression is a dynamic and subtle process of cue and response within a myriad of environmental stimuli. Being able to tune in on this level of environmental awareness provides opportunities for healing communication.

Learning Outcomes:
• To experience our physiological responses to natural and found materials in relation to developmental play theory, somatic theory, and narrative techniques.
• To take away a range of simple ideas that support immersion in sensory play with natural materials and found objects
• To understand how perceptive awareness can support children’s emotional development and resilience
• To understand how to transfer this learning into providing a therapeutic space.

Underpinning theory draws on the embodiment, projection, role (EPR) dynamic (Jennings, 1999), narrative techniques (Gersie, 1997; Sunderland, 2000) and somatic theory (Bainbridge Cohen, 2008; Olsen, 2002; McHose & Frank, 2006).

MC 4: Play Therapy with Adolescents and Adults
Presenter: Laura Coleman

Adolescents face many challenges to their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health on a daily basis. This workshop will give you the tools that will make it easier for you to guide your adolescent client onto a healthy happier path, ease discomfort, and provide enlightenment. This interactive master class will be an experiential collaboration in which you will experience a host of creative activities that are tried and tested in therapy sessions with adolescents. You will leave the session with a tool kit of activities and ways of working that will make it much easier for you to connect with your adolescent clients. We will look at the developing teen brain, and how that affects the psychotherapy process. We will also look at relationships, addictions, drug and alcohol use/misuse, technology, education and bereavement.

Learning Outcomes:
• You will experience yourself as a ‘fun’ person and learn new creative ways of communicating with adolescents on a fundamental emotional level.
• You will take away many tools to use in your work which will be useful in play therapy practice with children, adolescents and adults.
• When we play we feel energized, this workshop is all about being energized by your work/play.

Details of Presenters

Joanne Mulcahy is currently employed by a London-based charity called Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust) as a Family Support Co-ordinator for HMP Swansea.
She has been working in the field of children’s play since 2000, first as a Playworker and then as a Play Development Worker where she gathered experience in training and community development. She completed the MA in Developmental & Therapeutic Play at Swansea University in 2010.
Her current role involves supporting prisoners and their families through the process of imprisonment, and raising awareness of this issue. She is also a qualified counsellor and volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care, using play therapy techniques to support children who have suffered traumatic loss.

John O’Reilly was an Irish Police Inspector with thirty years experience investigating serious crimes. His investigative experience involved sexual abuse of children and adults, investigation of murders, terrorism, and other serious crime. He holds a diploma in ‘Child Psychology’ a diploma in ‘Forensic Psychology’, a degree in ‘Police Management’, a Master in Science in ‘Child Protection and Welfare’ and a practitioner’s diploma in ‘Clinical and Therapeutic Hypnosis’ and Meridian Energy Therapy .
John is author of ” Sex Slavery The Way Back”.

Dr Kevin Crowley graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Applied Psychology in 1988. He then completed an MA in Applied Psychology at Cork, followed by a PhD in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 1994 he took up his lecturing post at the University of Glamorgan, where he is currently a Principal Lecturer in Psychology. He teaches on the university’s BSc (Hons) Early Years Development and Education and BSc (Hons) Childhood and Youth awards. He is also a course tutor on the MSc Play Therapy award. He has a range of interests in child development. His PhD research looked at relations between reading and musical skills in young children, a more recently he has published research papers in the areas of bilingual language and literacy development, literacy skills across the lifespan, and the role of play in early years education, and perceptions and awareness of play therapy in childcare professionals.

Ken J. Gardner M.Sc. R.Psych, CPT-S is the co-director of the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Founded in 1996, RMPTI is a nationally and internationally accredited training institute that offers experiential learning opportunities, integrating theory and practice. Ken is a past executive board member of the Canadian Association for Child and Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and was the 2010 recipient of the Monica Herbert award for dedication to play therapy in Canada. Ken specializes in the areas of learning and development, achievement motivation, attachment, and play therapy. He provides consultation to early intervention services as well as to therapists, schools, and case managers. Ken is a former teacher of young children with special needs and director of a continuum of services for children and adolescents with developmental challenges. Ken is the past co-chair of the SCOPE Society for individuals with developmental issues. He is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, the Canadian Association for Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy, and the Association for Play Therapy.

Laura Coleman is a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist and play therapist working from an adolescent and child centred perspective. She provides individual, group and family therapy and majority of her clients are adolescents and their families. She is also involved in the training and supervision of youth workers and psychotherapists. She is the resident adolescent therapist in a Family Centre, in Westport. She maintains a private psychotherapy and supervision practice and specializes in palliative care therapy services, group work with adolescents, and with groups dealing with bereavement issues.

Maggie Fearn MA, specialist in therapeutic outdoor play and environmental arts, has been a play and community arts practitioner for 30 years and a Forest School practitioner since 2001. She facilitates play sessions with children and young people of all ages and abilities in Wales, and she trains adults in non-directive play skills. She is also a graduate teacher of Body & Earth, experiential anatomy, somatics and authentic movement.
In 2009 she completed an MA with distinction in Developmental and Therapeutic Play. Her research looked at nonverbal communication behaviour between mothers and children under 3yrs during object play outdoors. She is in demand as a speaker about the therapeutic value of outdoor play, and the importance of attending to children’s perspectives.
In 2011 she co-founded Movement Sense, a community interest company established to manage and develop places, spaces and experiences for individuals, groups and communities to access and engage with the natural environment for wellbeing, learning and creative expression, through the moving body.

Majella Ryan M.I.A.C.P has been working in the CARI Foundation since 1994 and is the Head of Therapy in CARI Limerick. CARI provides specialist therapy and support services to families affected by child sexual abuse. Majella is a very experienced child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and utilises play therapy in her work with children. She has a strong interest in supporting healthy attachments. She specialises in working creatively with traumatised children and adolescents and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, a family therapy service and CARI. She also maintains a clinical practice with adults. Majella is a supervisor for play therapists, creative arts therapists, and child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapists.

Meera Oke PhD (Human Development). Initiated in India- Hospital Based Play (Pune and Bangalore) and developed an APA credited training program for play therapy. She has over 25 years of experience in training, teaching and research both at grass root and academic levels in India. She currently serves on the Board of BSSK and CHUGRAD Pune, India and is involved in developing a Bachelors program in the Early Years and teaching at Portobello Institute, Dublin, Ireland.

Nicola Birdsey is a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Glamorgan where she is the co-Award Leader for the MSc. in Play Therapy and MSc. in Play and Therapeutic Play. She also teaches on undergraduate Psychology and Early Years Development and Education programmes. She graduated from Cardiff University with a first class BA (Hons) in Education and Psychology before training as a Primary School teacher, working in schools across South Wales for a number of years before moving into the field of eduactional psychology research. Her PhD research looks at motivation among children in low achieving locales, focusing on the social and cultural influences on children’s engagement in learning. She has published papers and presented at conferences on a range of developmental issues, including play, shyness and emotional intelligence.

Resources
A range of Play Therapy and Creative Arts books and resources, including puppets, will be available for sale throughout the training.

Nearby Accommodation:
The Hampton Hotel, 016680995, is on the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Morehampton Road – just a few hundred yards from the Avila Centre.

Conference Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be notified in writing. Cancellations prior to 1st May will be refunded subject to a €40 administration fee. No refunds are possible after that date but substitutions can be made. CTC reserves the right to make alterations to the Conference Programme as necessary.

Cancellation Policy for Conference and Pre-Conference Bookings
All cancellations must be notified in writing. In the event of cancellations prior to the 28th February a booking fee of €100 will be retained, between 28th Feb and 19th May a fee of €250 will be retained. Fee will not be refunded in the event of cancellations within 1 month of the event/s although substitutions may be made.

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