Being with Big Feelings

CTC Training Course

Specialised Courses for Parents,  Carers and Professionals


Being with Big Feelings


Live Online Course                                                             Course Fee: €35  

 Course Date: Tuesday 11th June

 Session Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm


This live online course will look at how we can help adults to support children in their care who are experiencing big or overwhelming feelings. It is suitable for parents and carers and also for professionals working with children. The webinar will be facilitated by a highly experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist with a specialisation in play therapy.


During the webinar we will:

  • Learn about the how feelings are processed in the brain.
  • Look at how to grow the child’s capacity to experience big feelings without experiencing overwhelm.
  • Learn how to soothe and regulate the child while the big feelings are present.
  • Learn how to support yourself in regulating the child.

The course is designed to equip professionals, and parents and carers, with helpful tools for the children in their care.


Participants are required to have the following tools.

Space and technology:

  • Sound cancelling headset or confidential room to participate in
  • A computer or other suitable device (e.g. i pad), ideally, but not essentially, with built in (or external) microphone, speaker and camera.
  • Uninterrupted internet connection


Note: Please only use one devise during each session – if you have difficulties with sound (microphone or volume) on computer, use of external microphone and/or speakers works better than adding a second devise.


All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Cancellations: Full fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellations within 14 days of the webinar. You can nominate another person to attend in your place.

Emer McDonagh
CTC Staff
Role:MA Course Leader

Emer is the Assistant MA Course Leader at CTC. She 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 has been involved in the Daphne III programme Responding to Child Parent Violence action research project, training in Non Violent Resistance and the Break 4 Change programme targeting services to families affected by Child Parent Violence. Emer has also completed Intensive Filial Therapy Training, and mindfulness training. Emer also provides a family support role with families affected by meningitis. She has developed a number of workshops to support adults such as “You, Your Thoughts & Your ACTions”, addressing stress and anxiety, “Don’t Just Survive, Thrive!, parenting children affected by Meningitis”. She has also developed and facilitated workshops to support whole families including “Reconnecting after Meningitis” and the sibling support workshop “Me Too!”. 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 Therapy Services and also provides trainings for professionals working with vulnerable children. Emer facilitates our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Galway and also works as a CTC supervisor.

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