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Post-qualifying Courses for Therapists

These post-qualifying courses are designed for those who already hold a qualification in counselling, psychotherapy, play therapy or psychology. They are designed for therapists who wish to engage in training that will enable them to extend their practice to a new age range of clients, introduce a creative dimension, or offer a new service as part of their practice. See details of additional course in the section on Short Courses: Advanced Level.

Legal Issues for Psychotherapists, Play Therapists, and Counsellors 2018 (13th April 2019) Leixlip €130

An essential guide to all you need to know when working with children, adolescents and vulnerable adults. Content will focus on legal issues to consider when involved in therapy work with clients of all ages from childhood up, including consent, confidentiality, contracts, legislations, legal procedures, record keeping, and report writing.

Parents in the Playroom: Involving parents in the play therapy process 23rd – 26th April 19, Claudio Mochi. Early Bird Rate €500, standard rate €550. Limerick.

There are many reasons to directly involve parents in the play therapy process by inviting them into the playroom and engaging them in directive and/or non directive approaches that are chosen to best meet the therapeutic needs of the child. Including a carer directly in the therapy process can enhance the child’s therapeutic journey. This skill-building training aims to equip the play therapist to consider and implement plans to include adults in the child’s individual therapy process using skills and activities inspired from a variety of play therapy models including Theraplay®, Filial Therapy and the Learn to Play Programme. This CPD event, to be held in Limerick, is only open to trainee and qualified play therapists. It meets IAPTP attachment training requirements for play therapists to become pre-accredited.

TraumaPlay℠: A Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy Model for Treating Traumatized Children 16th & 17th June 2019 PARIS GOODYEAR BROWN!!       The Johnstown Estate, Co Meath

Learn how to use this playful, components-based, evidence informed treatment with traumatized children and teens. Paris will share her flexibly sequential model, identifying specific treatment goals with corresponding interventions.  TraumaPlay℠ views all change through an attachment focused, neurobiologically informed lens. The training will differentiate between trauma treatment goals that are best accomplished through non-directive methods and goals that are best served by integrating parents as partners, and utilizing somatic grounding interventions, cognitive-behavioral play therapy interventions, expressive therapy techniques and playful ways to complete trauma narrative work. Participants will leave with an overarching paradigm for trauma treatment expanded toolkit of interventions and a revived sense of excitement about the process. Come prepared to play!

Paris is one of (if not the most!) sought after play therapy trainers in the world at this time. This is training not to be missed!

Note: Our Play Therapy ShowcaseApplying Play Therapy Concepts across Diverse Settings is being held at the same venue on the day before this – 15th June. What not attend all 3 days? You will receive an additional €40 discount if booking both!

Paris Goodyear-Brown, the founder and director of Nurture House, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with 20 years of experience in treating families in need. While she specializes in treating trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment and neglect) and attachment disturbances, she often provides help for anxious, angry or depressed children and teens. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lecturer for several universities in middle Tennessee, and has an international reputation as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician. She has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education. She is the author of multiple books, chapters and articles related to child therapy.

Diploma in Creative Supervision (September 19- June 2020)

Creative Supervision includes the use of action methods and creative approaches in the supervision of therapists and other staff involved in clinical work with clients of all ages, utilising a variety of theoretical frameworks, and in a variety of circumstances. These strategies will also prove useful in the mentoring and consultative roles that are part and parcel of many professional lives. This course focuses on utilising new and innovative approaches utilising the creative arts, lateral thinking, and playful activities in the supervision process.

Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (suitable for qualified therapists)

This fully accredited Play Therapy course is available as an advanced supplementary training for those who wish to achieve an academically and professionally validated award in creative psychotherapeutic work with children and adolescents. QQI is the awarding body. 2020 course begins in June and in August.  The Postgraduate Diploma is the first 2 years of the MA In Creative Psychotherapy.

MA Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy)

This is the first accredited programme of its kind here in Ireland to offer advanced entry to qualified play therapists who wish to undertake advanced studies in psychotherapy with a major emphasis on the practice of play therapy, to complete professionally validated psychotherapist training, and to gain an internationally recognised academic MA award. Suitably qualified and experienced play therapists are eligible for advanced entry to year 3 of this four-year part-time experiential and eclectic training that is comprised of personal development, theoretical, practical and skills development components.

Cancer: Shining a Light on Working with Children and Families Affected by Cancer,   €110

This workshop is part of a series of training events which support this diversification of practice by play therapists and other suitably qualified professionals, including teachers, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, early years teachers, family support workers, nurses, and project workers. It is a one day intensive workshop, facilitated by Edel Lawlor, designed specifically to help participants work with and/or support children affected by cancer, including children and teenagers living with cancer, cancer survivors and children who have a family member with cancer.