CTC Professional Certificate in Creative Care Creating Joy in Social Care Settings

Starting 21st September 2024


This blended learning course will be ideal for all those working in social care settings who wish to bring fun and creativity into the lives of services users whether they are children, adolescents or adults.   Imagine a childcare setting, residential unit, daycare facility, special needs unit, or mental health setting where everyone can laugh, connect, be actively engaged and have fun regardless of whether they are of pre-school age or in their nineties! A place where music, dance, art, drama, and games are used to enrich lives and promote emotional health and wellbeing. Don’t know where to start to achieve this? Well, the good news is that this course will be the ideal launch pad.


You will experience a wide range of activities that you can use and adapt for your own work setting. You will feel the power of creativity in enriching your day, improving your mood, and building and sustaining relationships. The neurobiological power of play in relieving stress and


Panksepp (1998:283) has helped us to understand how play and creativity inhibits the generalized activation of the survival system and allows for calmness, regulation and interpersonal connection. This facilitates us in gaining empowerment over difficult emotions, sensations and memories. Schaefer and Drewes (2014) have elaborated on the multiple therapeutic powers that are activated for all ages when engaged in playful activities.  What a way to bring about a better quality of life for both service users and staff! Come and join this movement to create joy in social care settings.


Programme Aims

This programme aims to enhance the professional practice of participants by building on skills to engage in creative practice in social care setting with children, adolescents, and adults,  with reference to their age, stage of development, and current needs and priorities.


Participants will engage in theoretical learning and experiential creative activities. Assessment is based on demonstration of achievement of the required learning outcomes through activity based tasks.

This programme is suitable for those who:

  • Wish to develop skills in working creatively within social care settings to enhance the quality of life and bring joy to service users.
  • Wish to further their own knowledge and understanding of how engaging in creative activities supports emotional health and wellbeing at all life stages and regardless of physical, intellectual, developmental, or mental health challenges.
  • Wish to enhance a professional career in working with people in a range of social care settings.
  • Wish to further their skill base in the planning and facilitation of  creative activities, and programmes.
  • Would like to upskill to enhance employment prospects and/or job satisfaction and promotion opportunities


Dates: This course will run over a period of 3 months between 21st September and 13th December. There will be 5 onsite training days (10am – 5pm) in Limerick, 1 live online training day (10am-5pm) and 2 additional online sessions during November (6:30pm-8:30pm)

Sat & Sun -21st & 22nd Sep  – Limerick ; Thurs & Fri – 24th & 25th Oct – Limerick ; Saturday 16th Nov – (Live Online via Zoom);  (10am-5pm); Friday 13th Dec Limerick (10am-5pm)

Wednesday November 6th  & Wednesday Nov 27th : 6:30pm-8:30pm live online via Zoom


Cost:    €750 (Payment plan options available on request)

Venue: CTC, Stewart House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick, V94 KN70.

Materials Required for onsite sessions: you will all need to bring a small kit of creative materials for your own use to the sessions, we will provide details on this closer to the start date.

Participants are required to have the following tools for online sessions.

Space and technology:

  • A confidential room to participate in.
  • Sound cancelling headset if required.
  • A computer or other suitable device that can use Zoom (e.g. i pad), with built in, or external, microphone, speaker and camera.
  • Stable internet connection (download speed of 1.5Mbps)


Note: If you have difficulties with sound (microphone or volume) on computer, use of external microphone and/or speakers may work better than adding a second devise.


And if possible, creative materials that include:

  • A4 paper and a scissors
  • Art material – g. crayons, colouring pencils, markers
  • Small toys and props


The trainer will advise participants of additional resources to have to hand for each session.


Course Facilitator

Edel Lawlor, MA, MIAPTP, ECIP, is the founder and Director of Expressive play. She has over twenty years working in a variety of therapeutic support roles with both children and adults. Edel is highly skilled at encouraging everyone to reach their own unique potential.  Edel has an a MA in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and has also trained in Sandtray Therapy, Art Therapy, Puppetry and Social Care. Edel is a highly skilled, and natural, therapist and trainer: she truly is a joy to learn from.

Edel Lawlor, expressiveplay@gmail.com      Phone: 087 3836456


Applications are accepted by letter/email giving details of the applicant’s name, address, email and phone numbers, educational background, current employment, and reasons for wishing to complete the course. Proof of identity in the form of a scan of official photo id, (e.g. passport) is required.

Applicants must indicate if they have vetting in place in accordance with the policies of their practice setting.

Email application to ctcsiobhan@gmail.com. Phone: 061 338767

Fees: Payable directly to bank account (details available on Fee Statements) or post to Children’s Therapy Centre, Cheques, drafts, PO’s payable to Children’s Therapy Centre, Stewart House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Plassey, Co. Limerick, V94 KN70.

Cancellations: Full fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellations within 14 days of the start of the course. Non-refundable deposit is required on booking to secure your place.

The Children’s Therapy Centre (CTC)  is Ireland’s foremost provider of training in therapeutic play and expressive arts, play therapy, and creative psychotherapy.

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