Continuing Professional Development 2018-19

Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life – the McCluskey Model

with Eliane Meyer
Saturday 9th February 2019

Experiences of careseeking and caregiving have their roots in infancy and shape our expectations and responses to careseeking and caregiving in adult life. The dynamics of attachment consist of several goal-corrected systems, which work together as a single process to contribute to and maintain maximum wellbeing.

This workshop includes an introduction to the theory and an opportunity for experiential group work. It is suitable for anyone working in the caring professions and is designed as an introduction to those new to the model.

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Play, Therapy and the Polyvagal System

with Natalie Hadiprodjo
Saturday 29th June 2019


This workshop will explore the polyvagal theory in more detail, including its implications for post-traumatic play and creative therapies and the importance of therapist arousal and self-regulation. Natalie will share video material from her recent research into the physiological responses of children and therapists during Play Therapy, and there will be opportunities for some experiential exercises.

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Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People

October 2018 – June 2019

We are delighted to be offering this course for the second time in 2018-19. The contents have been updated to ensure that they meet BACP Stage Two curriculum requirements for work with young people aged 11 and upwards.

This course takes place across six weekends, providing a total of 60 hours of face-to-face training. It is open to Play Therapists and counsellors of all disciplines who have a reasonable understanding of adolescent development and want to develop their skills in working with this age group.

Full details of this course can be found here, and we are now accepting applications.

Our 2017-18 cohort have just finished their training with us, and gave the following feedback:

“Great experiential training. Warm, approachable trainers.”
“Fun, interesting, informative – confidence has definitely increased as a result.”
“I feel more confident offering my clients a greater range of ways to engage with therapy.”
“A wonderful in-depth course designed to meet both BACP criteria and introduce key creative therapeutic approaches. Kind, passionate and experienced trainers with a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise.”

Non-Directive Play Therapy: Principles and Practice

Friday 19th – Saturday 20th October 2018

This two day workshop introduces students to the principles of Non-Directive Play Therapy through an intensive, interactive workshop. It is suitable for anyone working in a supportive role with children and young people, as well as counsellors and therapists who are interested in developing their skills in working with creative media.

More details of this training event are here.

Our Play Therapy training is always well received, and recent participant feedback included the following comments:

“Informative, interactive, imaginative and powerful!”
“I found the presentation and practical a good balance. Content was directly applicable and accessible. Very relaxed, pleasant atmosphere.”
“Encouraged me to think about ways to include play / sensory and be comfortable with ‘being with’ clients.”
“I would definitely recommend to a friend.  It brings out the child play in you, it’s a great feeling!”


Other training events

We are in the process of organising several one-day training events, and details will be published here shortly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us stating that you would like to be kept informed of future training.