Online Course: The Regulation Tool-Kit: Restoring calm for the overwhlemed child

This innovative course, which runs over four weekly online sessions, explores creative tools to support and foster co-regulation and self-regulation. Developmentally appropriate, supportive therapeutic tools are presented, practiced and explored.

The course focuses on using materials commonly found at home and basic art materials to support regulation and restore calm for the overwhelmed child or adolescent. Key techniques are introduced and demonstrated by the trainer and participants have opportunities to practice using these therapeutic approaches themselves. We explore how anxiety, and other big feelings, impact on the brain and behaviour.

We focus on developing new skills and providing creative approaches to calm the brain, ground the body and foster more adaptive behaviours. The course is designed to equip professionals, and parents and carers, with tools for themselves and the children and teenagers they support and care for.

Each session begins with breathing and calming techniques followed by a focus on a particular area.

Regulation through:

  • Art and Drawing
  • Nature
  • Movement
  • Sensory tools

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

Note: Please only use one device during each session – if you have difficulties with sound (microphone or volume) on computer, use of external microphone and/or speakers works better than adding a second device.

And if possible, creative materials that include:

  • A4 paper and a scissors
  • Art material – e.g. crayons, colouring pencils, markers
  • Balloons (if possible) and other basic household material

Before the training, participants will receive handouts that they can print to use in the training. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Fee: €150

Next Course Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th and the 27th of May 2021

Next Course Dates: 24th June, 1st, 8th and the 15th of July 2021

Next Course Dates: 16th, 23rd, 30th Sept and the 7th of Oct 2021

Session Times: Thursdays  7:30pm-9:00pm


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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