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Short Courses: Advanced Level

Our advanced courses are suitable for professionals who already have secure foundations in the therapy field. They are designed to enhance the skill base of mental health professionals including qualified and trainee psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, counsellors and others involved in direct therapeutic work with clients. These courses tend to be concerned with working with specific clinical issues, specific client groups or specific media or approaches. 

Legal Issues for Psychotherapists, Play Therapists, and Counsellors 2020 (18th April 2020) Leixlip €130

An essential guide to all you need to know when working with children, adolescents and vulnerable adults. Content will focus on legal issues to consider when involved in therapy work with clients of all ages from childhood up, including consent, confidentiality, contracts, legislations, legal procedures, record keeping, and report writing.

Creative Self Care  – Ideas for the Therapist and the Client   Kerry            Fee: €110                                                                                

Facilitator: Edel Lawlor This is a one-day workshop exploring creative strategies for self-care. The use of art, sand and other creative media will be explored. This is an experiential workshop and all activities can be altered to use with children and teenagers. During this workshop we will look at strategies for your own self-care. In addition, we will also explore the practicalities involved in running your own self-care group/workshop. A day full of practical ideas and a space to reflect.

Fairytales, Music & Play!  Creative approaches for working with children and teenagers.

Kerry                                                                                              Fee: €110

Facilitator: Edel Lawlor Creative ways to support children and teenagers using fairytales, music and play! This important area will be explored by spending time in nature and through sand, art, storytelling and music. It is a one day experiential workshop where we will explore fairytales and how we can use them with children. Participants will take a trip down the fairy trail and may even meet a fairy! Potion making, wand making and shields are ways to engage children in using their imagination and exploring metaphors that can be used to channel and encourage coping skills and recovery. Using music alongside these creative interventions can be extremely beneficial. Music such as songs from “The Greatest Showman” can bring many benefits to children and teens we work with daily. Lots of creative activities that can be used with children and teenagers will be explored in a fun and creative way.

From messy play to monsters: A playful dance through Neuro-Dramatic Play and E-P-R (Ballymore, 4th September 2019) €110

This one-day 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. Sue is in the moving to retirement stage of her career (having planned to retire fully in 2017 she has slowed down this process) so few opportunities to train with her are now available.

Superheroes and Disney in Play Therapy    Dublin: 14th September 2019            Fee: €110                                                                     

Facilitator: Edel Lawlor This one-day workshop provides an introduction into using Superheroes and Disney in therapeutic work with children. The facilitator has seen, first hand, how children have used these metaphors in Play Therapy. She will share her experiences on the beautiful ways in which children can heal and use the power of these wonderful characters and stories. The Lion King, Inside Out, Wonder Woman, Batman and so many others will be explored. This will be an experiential workshop exploring the roles of Superheroes in Therapy and discovering our own Hero’s Journey.

Facilitating parenting support through group workshops/programmes: Creative Interventions, Metaphors and Symbols           Dublin, 15th September 2019            Fee: €110                                                                     

Facilitator: Edel Lawlor Facilitating parenting support through group workshops/programmes – an experiential workshop. It is so important that we are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to support parents in their parenting journey. This day will provide rich learning in a fun, interactive way and will enhance skills and confidence for those in attendance. Leave with a renewed understanding and confidence in your ability to facilitate individual and group parental support

Working with Grief: Supporting children, teenagers, and families with grief and loss.

The day will include a mix of theory and experiential work aimed at increasing participant’s understanding of the stages of grief, the functions of grief and how grief manifests and is experienced at different ages and developmental stages. Traumatic bereavements and the additional considerations necessary to address the trauma and complexity that can coexist with
grief. The day is designed to equip participants with tools to better support children and teenagers who have experienced grief. Creative tools and supportive activities to facilitate processing for children and teens who have experienced traumatic, or complex grief will be explored and practiced. We will also explore creative ways to support children and whole families through the grieving process.

Play Therapy Techniques  Dunlaoighre, (2nd Nov 2019) Galway (9th Nov 2019) €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

Dates have not yet been set for the next round of the following courses

Using Play and Creative Approaches when working with Adolescents,  €110

This experiential training focuses on engaging adolescents in play and creative activities. The teenage years can be very challenging, so too can working with adolescents. It can be difficult to find suitable, engaging, developmentally appropriate activities and techniques to use in our work with adolescents, and indeed pre-teens. This interactive workshop is designed for professionals working with adolescents who are interested in developing their skills for engaging adolescents in playful, creative, activities which are designed to meet developmental and relationship-based needs. A variety of play and creative approaches and techniques, will be explored as a means to engage teenagers and address those needs.

Superheroes and Disney in Play Therapy –  (€110) 

Training with Edel Lawlor. This one day workshop provides and introduction to using Superheroes and Disney in therapeutic work with children. The facilitator has seen, first hand, how children have used these metaphors in Play Therapy. She will share her experiences on the beautiful ways in which children can heal and use the power of wonderful characters and stories, such as The Lion King, Inside Out, Wonder Woman, Batman and so many others. This will be an experiential workshop exploring the roles of Superheroes in Therapy and discovering our own hero’s Journey. The day will provide rich learning in a fun, interactive way and will enhance skills and confidence for those in attendance.

Facilitating parenting support through group workshops/programmes – (€110)

Training with Edel Lawlor. Content includes: Nurturing parents; Linking Dr Bruce Perry’s six R’s in parenting support; Facilitating parents from different backgrounds and delivering interventions/programmes to suit their needs; Using metaphorical work and symbols in parenting support; Setting up your own parenting workshop and parenting programmes, and more!

Running Summer Camps for Children –  (€110)

This experiential training, with Edel Lawlor, addresses all that is involved in planning, developing, and running of summer camps for children. Edel feels very strongly about the importance of play, she has a love of puppetry, clay, and fairies and loves to share the healing that such play brings to all. Summer camps have a huge focus on play, self esteem and creativity.

Edel will introduce you to a variety of types of developmentally appropriate summer camps suitable for children of various ages. These will include a variety of themes and types of camps including a focus on (e.g., Lego Camps, Superhero Camps, Fairy Camps, and Sensory Play Camps.

You will learn:

  1. How to set up and promote creative summer camps
  2. 5 day outline of camps
  3. Therapeutic benefits
  4. End of camp celebration
  5. Materials & costs

Understanding Childhood Trauma and Promoting Emotional Well-Being€110

This experiential training focuses on understanding childhood trauma and promoting emotional well – being through play. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma. They will explore creative and play based interventions and techniques that can be used when working with children and teenagers who have experienced childhood trauma. This workshop is suitable for variety of professionals working with children an and their families, including play therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, teachers, family support workers and project workers.

100 Whispers: Working with Children and Families who have experienced Domestic Violence, €110

Training with Edel Lawlor. This one day workshop is designed for professionals who work with children and families. It will be suitable for a range of professionals including play therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, teachers, project workers, family support workers and psychologists. The day will focus on the complex issues involved when supporting children and parents who are affected by Domestic Violence. The day will explore creative therapeutic inventions that can be safely used when working with children who are affected by this silent war. The “100 Whispers” will be used during the day to give people an in-depth insight into the impact of domestic abuse on children.

Running Play Based Workshops, €110

Training with Edel Lawlor. This one-day workshops is designed for professionals who work with children. This experiential training addresses all that is involved in planning, developing, and running play-based workshops. Play based workshops rely on the idea of helping children blossom through play, fun and creativity. Edel will introduce you to a variety of types of developmentally appropriate workshops suitable for children of various ages.

Cancer: Shining a Light on Working with Children and Families Affected by Cancer, €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.

Delivering Therapeutic Mental Health Programmes in Schools,  (€110)

Training with Edel Lawlor. This experiential training day addresses all that is involved in planning, developing, and delivering therapeutic mental health programmes for children in primary school settings. It focuses on two creative arts based programmes: Happy Hearts, Happy Heads – a mental health programme for primary schools, and To Leave with Ease – making the transition from primary school to secondary school.

Responding Therapeutically to Child Sexual Abuse €500

In this course the process of disclosure, appropriate responses, and practical and therapeutic interventions will be explored. We will address issues involved in working with clients of all ages who have experienced child sexual abuse themselves or are attempting to support a loved one (adult or child) who has been affected.