Online Course: Supporting children, teenagers, and families through parental separation and divorce.

This new workshop is designed for professionals working with families dealing with parental separation and/or divorce. This experiential training will include a mix of theory and experiential work aimed at increasing participant’s understanding of how parental separation and/or divorce can affect both parents and children. Supportive strategies for the whole family will be explored.

There will be a large focus on exploring ways to empower parents to support their children and teenagers as they come to terms with parental separation. We will explore strategies for members of the family system to support the child while also managing their own level of distress and grief. The day is designed to equip participants with tools to better support children and teenagers who have experienced family breakdowns, parental separation and/or divorce. Creative tools and supportive activities to facilitate processing for children and teens who have experienced this difficult life event will be explored and practised. We will also explore creative ways to support children and whole families through the grieving process. High conflict cases and additional considerations necessary to address parental alienation will also be addressed.

The day will also focus on hope and recovery. We will explore how we use creative and playful approaches to bring about healing and recovery.

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

And if possible, creative materials that include:

  • blank A4 sheets and a scissors
  • art material –  e.g. crayons, colouring pencils, markers
  • a selection of miniatures which can be any objects around the house or toys.

Course Facilitator

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.

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.

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