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Short Courses: Advanced Level

Our advanced courses are suitable for professionals who already have secure foundations in the therapy field. They are designed to enhance the skill base of mental health professionals including qualified and trainee psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, counsellors and others involved in direct therapeutic work with clients. These courses tend to be concerned with working with specific clinical issues, specific client groups or specific media or approaches. 

Cancer: Shining a Light on Working with Children and Families Affected by Cancer, 9th March 2019, Dublin, €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.

Delivering Therapeutic Mental Health Programmes in Schools , 10th March 2019 Dublin, (€110)

Training with Edel Lawlor. This experiential training day addresses all that is involved in planning, developing, and delivering therapeutic mental health programmes for children in primary school settings. It focuses on two creative arts based programmes: Happy Hearts, Happy Heads – a mental health programme for primary schools, and To Leave with Ease – making the transition from primary school to secondary school.

Legal Issues for Psychotherapists, Play Therapists, and Counsellors 2019 (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.

Applying Play Therapy Concepts Across Diverse Settings

15th June 2019, The Johnstown Estate, Co Meath €130 full rate, or special rate of €90 if booked with the TraumaPlay training (16th & 17th June in same venue – see below).

This training will be of great interest and benefit to a range of professionals including, but not limited to, teachers, social workers, play therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, foster carers, family support workers, childcare staff, and parents. Child therapists in attendance will develop valuable skills in working effectively with adults in the child’s wider systems to support their healing and healthy development. We will focus deep attention on the therapeutic powers of play and highlight the importance of the practice of play therapy, and the usefulness of developing skills associated with play therapy for broad a range of those who engage with children who may be struggling with emotional and/or behavioural issues. We will consider a range of diverse settings (e.g. residential, community, medical, therapeutic, care and educational) in which play therapy concepts can be usefully applied.

Gabrielle Eisele will open the day with a Keynote Presentation (Knowing Me-Knowing You) that focuses on how we can provide a therapeutic response to problematic behaviours which are common to children who have experienced developmental trauma and that often act against them getting their attachment needs met. Such behaviours often arouse in others the very opposite response to what the child most needs to experience in relationships. We will then continue with a series of diverse panels and presentations and a whole host of experiential activities. We learn by doing – so active learning for all and an abundance of take home skills for all those who are involved with children and who want to facilitate them in remaining within their zone of optimal arousal!

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! Early bird prices available for early booking.

Note: Our Conference ‘Applying Play Therapy concepts across diverse settings’ will be held on the 15th June in the same venue (see above). There will be a €40 reduction in conference fee (€90 instead of €130) for those booking both events prior to the 28th February 2019.

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.

From messy play to monsters: A playful dance through Neuro-Dramatic Play and E-P-R (Ballymore, 4th September 2019) €110

This one-day training  with Dr Sue Jennings (UK and Romania) will take us on a journey through Neuro-Dramatic Play and Embodiment-Projection-Role – Sue’s amazing paradigms that shape our understanding of children’s play, attachment formation and healing. Sue is in the moving to retirement stage of her career (having planned to retire fully in 2017 she has slowed down this process) so few opportunities to train with her are now available.

Dates have not yet been set for the next round of the following courses

Using Play and Creative Approaches when working with Adolescents,  €110

This experiential training focuses on engaging adolescents in play and creative activities. The teenage years can be very challenging, so too can working with adolescents. It can be difficult to find suitable, engaging, developmentally appropriate activities and techniques to use in our work with adolescents, and indeed pre-teens. This interactive workshop is designed for professionals working with adolescents who are interested in developing their skills for engaging adolescents in playful, creative, activities which are designed to meet developmental and relationship-based needs. A variety of play and creative approaches and techniques, will be explored as a means to engage teenagers and address those needs.

Superheroes and Disney in Play Therapy –  (€110) 

Training with Edel Lawlor. This one day workshop provides and introduction to using Superheroes and Disney in therapeutic work with children. The facilitator has seen, first hand, how children have used these metaphors in Play Therapy. She will share her experiences on the beautiful ways in which children can heal and use the power of wonderful characters and stories, such as The Lion King, Inside Out, Wonder Woman, Batman and so many others. This will be an experiential workshop exploring the roles of Superheroes in Therapy and discovering our own hero’s Journey. The day will provide rich learning in a fun, interactive way and will enhance skills and confidence for those in attendance.

Facilitating parenting support through group workshops/programmes – (€110)

Training with Edel Lawlor. Content includes: Nurturing parents; Linking Dr Bruce Perry’s six R’s in parenting support; Facilitating parents from different backgrounds and delivering interventions/programmes to suit their needs; Using metaphorical work and symbols in parenting support; Setting up your own parenting workshop and parenting programmes, and more!

Running Summer Camps for Children –  (€110)

This experiential training, with Edel Lawlor, addresses all that is involved in planning, developing, and running of summer camps for children. Edel feels very strongly about the importance of play, she has a love of puppetry, clay, and fairies and loves to share the healing that such play brings to all. Summer camps have a huge focus on play, self esteem and creativity.

Edel will introduce you to a variety of types of developmentally appropriate summer camps suitable for children of various ages. These will include a variety of themes and types of camps including a focus on (e.g., Lego Camps, Superhero Camps, Fairy Camps, and Sensory Play Camps.

You will learn:

  1. How to set up and promote creative summer camps
  2. 5 day outline of camps
  3. Therapeutic benefits
  4. End of camp celebration
  5. Materials & costs

Understanding Childhood Trauma and Promoting Emotional Well-Being, Limerick 17th Nov 2018 €110

This experiential training focuses on understanding childhood trauma and promoting emotional well – being through play. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma. They will explore creative and play based interventions and techniques that can be used when working with children and teenagers who have experienced childhood trauma. This workshop is suitable for variety of professionals working with children an and their families, including play therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, teachers, family support workers and project workers.

100 Whispers: Working with Children and Families who have experienced Domestic Violence, €110

Training with Edel Lawlor. This one day workshop is designed for professionals who work with children and families. It will be suitable for a range of professionals including play therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, teachers, project workers, family support workers and psychologists. The day will focus on the complex issues involved when supporting children and parents who are affected by Domestic Violence. The day will explore creative therapeutic inventions that can be safely used when working with children who are affected by this silent war. The “100 Whispers” will be used during the day to give people an in-depth insight into the impact of domestic abuse on children.

Running Play Based Workshops, €110

Training with Edel Lawlor. This one-day workshops is designed for professionals who work with children. This experiential training addresses all that is involved in planning, developing, and running play-based workshops. Play based workshops rely on the idea of helping children blossom through play, fun and creativity. Edel will introduce you to a variety of types of developmentally appropriate workshops suitable for children of various ages.

Responding Therapeutically to Child Sexual Abuse €500

In this course the process of disclosure, appropriate responses, and practical and therapeutic interventions will be explored. We will address issues involved in working with clients of all ages who have experienced child sexual abuse themselves or are attempting to support a loved one (adult or child) who has been affected.