Parenting after Separation; Helping you and your child to adjust

This innovative day will include a wonderful mix of theory and understanding of how parental separation can affect both parents and children. There will be a large focus on practical aspects where supportive therapeutic tools are practiced and explored. This is an ideal day for parents adjusting to life after parental separation.

The day is designed to equip participants with therapeutic tools to support themselves and the children in their care. We will practice a range of creative ways to support children who struggles with parental separation. Effective methods of establishing and maintaining open communication with children will be explored. Self-care strategies that will support parents and carers in discussing the situation, ex partners and the child’s experience will be identified. These will greatly aid parents and carers in having age and developmentally appropriate conversations with their children.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the impact of parental separation
  • Learn how to establish and maintain open lines of communication with your child
  • Learn practical techniques for supporting your child during transition times or access times

Facilitator

Emer McDonagh
Lecturers
Qualifications:SIAPTP
Role:Lecturer

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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