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

Edel Lawlor
Qualifications:MA Psychotherapy and Play Therapy

Edel is the founder and Director of Expressive play, a child and adolescent therapy centre. Edel has over 20 years experience working in a variety of therapeutic support roles with both children and adults. Edel has an a MA in Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and has also trained in Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy, Puppetry and Social Care. She has a unique blend of experience in a variety of roles including; play therapy, integrative psychotherapy, family therapy, parent support and teaching. Edel is a highly skilled, and natural, therapist and trainer, she truly is a joy to learn from.

Edel teaches on our Level 6 Therapeutic Play Skills Certificate in Kerry and also designs and facilitates a range of our CPD training events. Edel specialises in facilitating workshops in our series of training events which support the diversification of practice by play therapists and other suitably qualified professionals, including teachers, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, early years teachers, family support workers and project workers.

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.

Upcoming dates & locations

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