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Short Courses: Introductory Level

An Introduction to Humanistic Play Therapy Galway (20th October 2018, Limerick Spring 2019)  €110

This experiential day introduces participants to non-directive play therapy skills and practice. It introduces the theory and practice of play therapy and developmentally appropriate psychotherapeutic work with young children. Participants will develop skills to enhance relationships with children in their personal and/or professional life. It is an ideal introduction to the field and will aid decision-making in regard to possible subsequent training in this area.

Play Therapy Techniques – Dublin (23rd November 2018)   €110

This experiential day will introduce participants to play, its therapeutic powers, and a variety of techniques used by play therapists and therapeutic play workers. It is an introduction and skill building session that will introduce the therapeutic powers of play and a range of therapeutic play techniques. 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. There will be lots of play and experiential learning built into the day – take home skills galore! It is an ideal introduction to the field and will aid decision making in regard to possible subsequent training in the field.

Play Therapy Techniques – Demonstrations, practice and feedback

  • Introduction to play
  • The therapeutic powers of play
  • Therapeutic play materials
  • Attending and responding to children
  • Therapeutic play techniques for improving children’s self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Therapeutic play techniques for reducing children’s anxieties
  • Therapeutic play techniques for improving children’s emotional understanding
  • Therapeutic play techniques to foster children’s holistic development

Cancer: Shining a Light on Working with Children and Families Affected by Cancer, Limerick, (18th November 2018) €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.

Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate

This Level 6 (NFQ) blended learning course runs in Dunlaoighre (Sept 2018), Claremorris (October 2018), Galway (February 2019), Kerry (February 2019), Mountmellick (March 2019), Donegal (March 2019), and Limerick (April 2019).

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 is available at various locations around the country.

From messy play to monsters: A playful dance through Neuro-Dramatic Play and E-P-R ( 11th Jan 2019)  €110

This 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. This is a great opportunity to attend training with Dr Sue Jennings as she moves towards full retirement after her full career and amazing contributions to the field.

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).

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!


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Therapeutic Use of Puppets in Play Therapy and Education –  €110

An introduction to puppets and puppet play! This experiential day explores the use of puppets in both therapeutic and educational settings. Participants will gain on understanding of why puppets are so powerful in our work with children. They will develop skills and clinical techniques for using puppets with a range of children. Issues surrounding choosing puppets, equipping your play space and using puppets appropriately will be explored.

Participants will gain an insight into clinical techniques, relating to choosing and using puppets.

  • Therapeutic and educational value of puppets
  • Selecting puppets and equipping play spaces for puppet play
  • Supporting children’s puppet play
  • The practitioners structured use of puppets
  • Developing puppet profiles
  • Puppets and therapeutic storytelling
  • Puppet play to target and improve challenging behaviours
  • Puppet play to foster and promote social and emotional development

Learning Outcome: Participants will have developed:

  • An awareness of the therapeutic and educational value of puppets
  • Their own ability to use puppets with children.
  • A wide range of techniques for using puppets with children.
  • An increased ability to assist children in developing their capacity to gain an understanding of their world, communicate thoughts, express feelings and alter cognitive distortions; all through the use of puppets.