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Short Courses: Introductory Level

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

Parenting after Separation; Helping you and your child to adjust

25th January 2020, Galway Facilitator: Emer McDonagh Fee: €110

This experiential day will include a mix of theory and understanding of how parental separation can affect both parents and children. The day will include a large focus on practical strategies and supportive therapeutic tools. This day is designed to equip participants with tools to support themselves and the children in their care. It is an ideal day for parents working through a separation and/or adjusting to life after a separation

Through the Fairy Door: An Adventure in Storytelling with Dr Sue Jennings (25th March 2020) €110

This is an attachment-based play course, that develops our right-brain potential for play and stories. Whereas our left-brain supports our logic, numeracy and literacy, our right brain stimulates our magical worlds of ‘let’s pretend’, taking us on a myriad of dances, images and pictures.  We shall discover creative ideas that we didn’t know we had, and sample delights that fly with our imagination.  The underlying theory is the established embodiment-projection-role paradigm, but it is taken to new heights through attachment-based play.

From messy play to monsters: A playful dance through Neuro-Dramatic Play and E-P-R (26th March 2020)  €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. This is a great opportunity to attend training with Dr Sue Jennings as she moves towards full retirement after her full career and amazing contributions to the field. The training takes place in our main centre in Ballymore.

An Introduction to Humanistic Play Therapy Claremorris (Spring 2020), €110

This experiential day introduces participants to non-directive play therapy skills and practice. It introduces the theory and practice of play therapy and developmentally appropriate psychotherapeutic work with young children. Participants will develop skills to enhance relationships with children in their personal and/or professional life. It is an ideal introduction to the field and will aid decision-making in regard to possible subsequent training in this area.

This experiential day introduces participants to non-directive play therapy skills and practice. It introduces the theory and practice of play therapy and developmentally appropriate psychotherapeutic work with young children. Participants will develop skills to enhance relationships with children in their personal and/or professional life. It is an ideal introduction to the field and will aid decision-making in regard to possible subsequent training in this area.

Therapeutic Tools for Parents and Carers to Support Children and Teenagers with Anxiety  Galway (Spring 2020) €110

This innovative day will include an ideal mix of theory presentation and experiential work to enable participants to foster and develop a clear understanding of how and why anxiety occurs, and how best to respond to it. Developmentally appropriate, supportive therapeutic tools will be presented, practiced and explored. The day is designed to equip participants with tools to support themselves and the children and teenagers they support and care for. The course is suitable for a wide range of professionals working with children and teenagers, and for parents of children of all ages. Throughout the day, we will explore creative ways to support children who struggle with anxiety and signpost when further therapeutic intervention may be necessary.

Dates not yet set for the next round of the following courses:

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

Therapeutic Use of Puppets in Play Therapy and Education –  €110

An introduction to puppets and puppet play! This experiential day explores the use of puppets in both therapeutic and educational settings. Participants will gain on understanding of why puppets are so powerful in our work with children. They will develop skills and clinical techniques for using puppets with a range of children. Issues surrounding choosing puppets, equipping your play space and using puppets appropriately will be explored.

Participants will gain an insight into clinical techniques, relating to choosing and using puppets.

  • Therapeutic and educational value of puppets
  • Selecting puppets and equipping play spaces for puppet play
  • Supporting children’s puppet play
  • The practitioners structured use of puppets
  • Developing puppet profiles
  • Puppets and therapeutic storytelling
  • Puppet play to target and improve challenging behaviours
  • Puppet play to foster and promote social and emotional development

Learning Outcome: Participants will have developed:

  • An awareness of the therapeutic and educational value of puppets
  • Their own ability to use puppets with children.
  • A wide range of techniques for using puppets with children.
  • An increased ability to assist children in developing their capacity to gain an understanding of their world, communicate thoughts, express feelings and alter cognitive distortions; all through the use of puppets.

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.