Soothing Transitions & Separations

CTC Training Course

Specialised Courses for Parents,  Carers and Professionals 

Soothing Transitions & Separations:

Helping the child who finds it hard to leave caregivers 

Live Webinar                                                                   Webinar Fee: €30 

 Webinar Date: Thursday 23rd  September 2021

 Session Time: 10am-11:30am

This live online course will look at supporting children who find it difficult to leave a parent or carer. It is suitable for parents and carers and also for professionals working with children. It will be particularly beneficial for parents and carers of children who are experiencing difficulties with transitions and separations and for teachers and ECCE practitioners. The webinar will be facilitated by a highly experienced child and adolescent psychotherapists with a specialisation in play therapy. During the webinar we will:

  • Explore the difference between separation anxiety, anxiety at separating and transition difficulties.
  • Look at the experience for the child, the caregiver and the other adults involved, exploring what will help and support all involved to help the child overcome their difficulty.
  • Explore how to use play to soothe the anxiety, using games and  books therapeutically.
  • Consider targeted interventions which can increase security and safety at times of transitions.

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: In the event of any cancellation a booking fee of €50 will be retained. Full fee is non-refundable in the event of cancellations within 2 weeks of the event, You may nominate another eligible person to take your place – simply notify us and provide us with their contact details.

Emer McDonagh

Emer 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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    September 23, 2021

    Soothing Transitions & Separations

    10:00 -11:30
    September 23, 2021

    This is an online course, so participants are required to have: a headset or confidential room to participate in, a computer or other suitable device (e.g. iPad) ideally with a microphone & camera, and uninterrupted wi-fi connection.

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