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Play Therapy Conference 2018 - "Keep In Touch"

Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Near London, Berkshire SL4 2JJ

8th to 16th June 2018
Plenary Day 9th June 2018

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Introduction by Monika Jephcott

Monika JephcottI am delighted that we will be covering ‘Touch’ as the theme of the 2018 Conference as it is a socially sensitive area but at the same time the use of appropriate touch is a valuable addition to our skills.   I am very excited to be able to present the world’s foremost speakers on the subject, Dr. Janet Courtney and Professor Francis McGlone. Dr. Courtney will talk about the practice-based application of touch and Professor McGlone will present the latest neurobiological evidence that explains the importance of the use of touch.  

I hope the wide choice of workshops will enhance your practice.  

I look forward to meeting you all in Windsor - Monika Jephcott (Chief Executive, PTUK Ltd.)

Introduction to the Conference

"Keep In Touch" is often something we say to each other when we are saying goodbye, hoping that the relationship we have with the other person can be maintained regardless of the distance that may be between us and the additional priorities in our lives. Sometimes the contact is kept and our voices can be heard over the miles to let that person know they are important in both our professional and personal lives. This is not always easy and not always necessary. However, we can be reminded of how important it is for a person to be remembered with memories of a shared moment.

I am thrilled that Monika has secured Dr. Janet Courtney and Professor Francis McGlone for the June 2018 Conference, to share with us their work in “Touch” so that we can be reminded of how we, as professionals, can recognise the need for touch from our clients and how we can benefit from the power of touch ourselves.

I hope you will enjoy this year’s Conference and take away a real, warm hug that is full of joy and learning and meet old friends who will, of course, keep in touch.

Evelyn Saunders

Contents

8th June 2018

Pre-Conference One-Day Training Courses

  • Supervisor Follow-Up Day
  • Filial Play Coaching Follow-Up Day
  • Counselling Children and Young People Follow-Up Day

Follow-Up days are for those who have previously completed the PQ courses

  • Supervisor Top-Up Day (for Approved Supervisors)
  • Sand Play Skills Theory Day (compulsory before starting Sand Play Skills Part 1)

9th June 2018

Morning – Plenary Session

  • Introduction by Monika Jephcott
  • Key Note Address by Dr. Janet Courtney
  • Key Note Address by Professor Francis McGlone

Afternoon - CPD Workshops

  • W1 Nurturing Experiences of Touch through FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling Implementing the Magic Rainbow Hug© with Children and Caregivers
  • W2 Further Insights into the Neurobiology of Touch
  • W3 Touching Clay
  • W4 Finding the Inner Fairy Tale
  • W5 Working with Children in Foster Care
  • W6 From Mandalas to Mandorlas
  • W7 Working with LEGO
  • W8 The Importance of Prioritising Self-Care as a Practitioner
  • W9 Creative Supervision
  • W10 Play Therapy and Mental Health

From 10th June 2018

Post Qualifying Courses

  • PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • PQ Filial Play Coaching
  • PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 1 and Part 2
  • PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People

These PQ courses enable you to fulfil your CPD requirements for the whole year. They will significantly enhance your skills and aid your career development and CV. All courses are recognised by Leeds Beckett University as Post Qualifying courses. CPD for PQ courses can be carried over 2 years.

Eight CPD points may be claimed for every full day of attendance on any part of the Conference.

*Please be aware that Conference running order may be subject to change

PTUK CONFERENCE - 9th June 2018

08.30 - 09.00
Arrival and Registration (Refreshments available)
09.00 - 09.15
Welcome by Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive, PTUK
09.15 - 11.00
Keynote Address by Dr. Janet Courtney
Keep in Touch:
Its Ethical and Clinical Use in Practice
11.00 – 11.15
Refreshments
11.15 – 13.00
Keynote Address by Professor Francis McGlone
The Neurobiological Basis of Affective Touch:
A Review of Current Evidence
13.00 -14.00
Lunch
14.00 - 15.15
CPD Workshops
15.15 - 15.45
Refreshments
15.45 -17.00
CPD Workshops

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Janet Courtney
Keep in Touch: Its Ethical and Clinical Use in Practice

Dr. Janet Courtney

Dr. Janet Courtney, Ph.D., LCSW is the founder of FirstPlay® Therapy, is certified as an Advanced Infant Massage Educator and has also received training from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami. As Director of Developmental Play & Attachment Therapies and Adjunct Professor at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, Janet’s career has focused on attachment and bonding between young children and their parents.

Dr. Courtney has been a long-standing supporter of PTI and first presented at the PTUK/PTI World Congress in Chichester in 2004 and in Marrakech in 2010. She has also held workshops at other PTUK Conferences. She is an internationally recognised Play Therapist and has been invited to speak on topics of infant and childhood mental health in England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine and the Cayman Islands.

Dr. Courtney is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy and has developed a new process of storytelling called Kinesthetic Storytelling® which merges imagery relaxation skills with joyful first-play touch activities. Her interactive storybook, “The Magic Rainbow Hug”, makes this technique directly accessible to professionals, parents and the children who can most benefit from its use.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Francis McGlone
The Neurobiological Basis of Affective Touch:
A Review of Current Evidence

Professor Francis McGlone

Professor Francis McGlone is the Head of the Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Group at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology and Professor in Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University.

Professor McGlone’s primary area of academic research is characterising the role of C-fibres and C-Tactile afferents in humans, investigating their role in pain, itch (for which an IgNobel prize was awarded!) and the pleasure of touch. Techniques used in his research include microneurography, psychophysical measurements, functional neuroimaging, behavioural measures and psychopharmacological approaches to investigate the role of the brain transmitter, serotonin, in touch.


CPD WORKSHOPS – 9th JUNE 2018

Numbers for each workshop will be restricted because of their therapeutic and experiential nature. All workshop allocations will be on a “first come, first served basis”.

W1. Nurturing Experiences of Touch Through FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Storytelling®: Implementing the Magic Rainbow Hug© in Practice with Children and Caregivers Dr. Janet Courtney

This workshop will give participants an understanding of how FirstPlay® is adapted developmentally to an Infant Play Therapy model.

Dr. Janet Courtney

Dr. Janet Courtney, Ph.D., LCSW is an internationally recognised Play Therapist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy.


W2. Further Insights into the Neurobiology of Touch
Professor Francis McGlone and Dr. Susannah Walker

This workshop will include:

  • The Biological Role of Oxytocin in Social Behaviour
  • Insights into the development of touch preferences
  • Affective Touch Perception Across the Lifespan
  • Is it you or is it me? Differentiating between self & other touch
  • A Father's Role in Attachment & Touch - Fathers’ caregiving behaviour and its contribution to child development.
Professor Francis McGlone

Professor Francis McGlone is the Head of the Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience Group at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology and Professor in Neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University.


Dr Susannah Walker

After completing her PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews in 2002, Dr Susannah Walker spent 6 years as a Research Associate in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge where she studied the neural and neurochemical basis of executive control behaviours mediated by the prefrontal cortex.

Her research is now focused on how exposure to biologically salient sensory stimuli influences emotional and cognitive behaviour. She is a member of the Somatosensory & Affective Neuroscience group with the LJMU project, investigating the role of 5-HT (Serotonin) in psychological responses to affective touch.


W3. Touching Clay:
A deep way of working that is physical and that can often be an emotional, metaphorical and spiritual experience
Lynne Souter-Anderson

This workshop is likely to appeal to practitioners of all levels who are interested in extending their understanding of working in depth with clay during sessional work with children and adolescents.

Using clay in play therapy work with children and adolescents has proven to be extremely beneficial because it enables communication to take place when worries and problems are difficult to put into words. Touching clay offers a universal language when working with anger, trauma, bereavement, loss, attachment, bullying, conflict, sexual identity, shame, guilt and so on.

During the workshop, experiential work will be accompanied by theoretical input and time will be given for discussion within the group. No previous experience is necessary but a willingness to possibly getting messy helps!

Dr. Lynne Souter-Anderson

Dr. Lynne Souter-Anderson is a Fellow of the National Counselling Society, a BACP senior accredited therapist, accredited senior supervisor with PTUK and registered sandplay therapist with the AST. As founder of the Clay Therapy Community, in 2012 she established pioneering clay therapy training in the United Kingdom. Lynne’s private practice is in Cambridgeshire, UK where she offers psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, clinical supervision and consultancy work. Her expertise in the field of clay therapy, the creative arts and sandplay therapy is acknowledged through invitations to present training and conference workshops across the globe. Lynne is author of Touching Clay, Touching What? The Use of Clay in Therapy (2010) and Making Meaning: Clay Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015) and loves being a Grandma!


W4. Finding the Inner Fairy Tale:
The Use of Fairy Tales in Play Therapy using Imagination, Life Experiences and the Soul
Clare Francica

Fairy Tales have been a very important part of my own personal process as a Jungian-oriented therapist. The aim of this experiential workshop is to give the opportunity for participants to understand the archetypal contributions of stories better, through how they touch their personal lives and how these tales eventually become knowledge which informs play therapists of their clients’ process.

Claire Francica

Claire Francica is an Accredited Play Therapist with PTUK. She offers play therapy for children and adolescents, both in private practice and in schools, on an individual basis and in groups. Her area of specialisation is working with children with an early onset of mental health issues. She is also an Existential Coach and is a registered member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Claire is currently finishing off her Doctorate degree in Counselling Psychology and Existential Psychotherapy with the Existential Academy in London. She is also an advanced candidate in Jungian Sandplay with the British Irish Sandplay Society (BISS) which is also situated in London.


W5. Working with Children in Foster Care
Bonita Fradd and Joanne Bolter

This workshop aims to give therapists an understanding on working with children who have been removed from their birth families and placed in foster care or kinship care. Our experiential workshop will briefly look at how early trauma effects the development of the brain and impacts attachment as well as exploring some of the themes presented within therapeutic sessions.

Bonita Fradd

Bonita Fradd has been working therapeutically with children and adolescents since 2002. Initially trained as an Integrative Counsellor, Bonita is now an Accredited Play Therapist (PTUK), Filial Coach (PTUK), and Supervisor (PTUK). Over the past 8 years, Bonita has worked in schools and Independent Foster Agencies providing play therapy, filial therapy, training and consultations. Presently, Bonita works for an Independent Foster Agency based in Worcestershire where she delivers Attachment and Trauma training to social workers and foster carers, provides play therapy for “looked after” children, engages families in attachment focused therapy (filial and DDP) and offers consultations to all professionals involved with the children in order to support them both at home and in the school environment. Bonita works with Dr. Kim Golding and is currently being supervised by Kim for her clinical work as well as for her training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy which she is currently undertaking.

Joanne Bolter commenced her therapeutic journey in 2009 working with children identified as having emotional, social and behavioural difficulties in a mainstream setting. Since 2014 Joanne has been providing full time therapeutic support in a Specialist Social, Emotional and Mental Health School, across both primary and secondary phases, with pupils presenting challenging behaviours and primarily under Local Authority Care. Interventions include 1-1 play therapy, group therapy, outdoor therapeutic interventions and family support. Joanne is a Play Therapist (PTUK), Outdoor Forest School Practitioner, Trainee Filial Coach and Trainee Supervisor (PTUK).



W6. From Mandalas to Mandorlas
Anne Ambler

If you are already familiar with Mandalas and use them for yourself or in your practice maybe it is time to explore Mandorlas? Never heard of them? Well you are not alone in that! They have great therapeutic use, but do require a more directive approach in therapy. However, they are also very accessible and helpful to use for our own reflections and personal growth too. Is your curiosity roused? Come along to this experiential workshop and reconnect with the magic of Mandalas and find something new in Mandorlas too.

Anne Ambler

Anne Ambler is an Accredited Play Therapist (PTUK), Clinical Supervisor (PTUK), Filial Play Coach (PTUK), Course Director for APAC and Clay Therapist. She has worked therapeutically with children and young people for more than ten years in schools, children’s centres and in private practice. Anne has taught courses in creative counselling for children and young people both in a local FE college and privately and has delivered workshops at various venues in England and Morocco for PTUK/PTI as well as delivering the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills.


W7. Working with LEGO
Aoife Kelly

LEGO is a well-known and creative medium that can be used in Play Therapy. It provides the child with an opportunity to explore and express themselves both on a conscious and unconscious level. LEGO relies on the use of metaphor, physical manipulative skills and imagination. Many studies have shown how it can easily engage a child and help them in their process.

This workshop will explore how it can be used both in individual and group play therapy sessions to help children presenting issues such as anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, communication/socialisation, bereavement, adjustment, lack of imagination, parental separation and many more. LEGO can also be used in conjunction with other mediums such as sand, clay, water, etc.

LEGO can also be used in clinical supervision as a creative medium to assist a supervisee to explore issues that they may bring to supervision.

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly is a Certified Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor (PTIrl). Aoife works with individuals and groups both in schools and in private practice. At present, she is completing her MA in Practice Based Play Therapy researching the ‘Effectiveness of using LEGO in Play Therapy’. Aoife is also an APAC Course Director for the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and a Course Director for the PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision.


W8. The Importance of Prioritising Self-Care as a Practitioner
Amber Cawley and Avalon Thomas

The workshop on self-care will look at the different methods available for self-care, including developing our inner supervisor. It will highlight why it is important and why it is one of our ethical principles. We will use creative externalisation tools to look at what we need as individuals to self-care, focusing on our mental, physical and emotional nourishment. The workshop will include creative visualisation and movement as part of this process. Our aim is to support and remind practitioners to continuously prioritise their self-care and share some ideas of simple strategies to use every day whilst working with clients.

Amber Cawley

Amber Cawley is a Certified Play Therapist and Creative Clinical Supervisor (PTUK) and in addition has completed the initial training to become an Assistant Course Director with APAC. She has been in private practice as a Play Therapist for 2 years working with children from 4 to 16 years with complex needs, including ASD, ADHD, anxiety related difficulties and looked after children. Amber works in mainstream schools with specialist provision for children excluded from mainstream education in South West London.


Avalon Thomas

Avalon Thomas is a Certified Play Therapist and Creative Clinical Supervisor (PTUK). She has also completed the initial training to become an Assistant Course Director with APAC. Avalon has been practising as a Play Therapist for over 5 years, she specialises in working with children in care and adopted children. She also works in Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD) schools and mainstream primary schools in the South West of England. She also provides therapeutic life story work to children in care and adopted families.


W9. Creative Supervision
Evelyn Saunders

This workshop will look at how and why we need to work creatively with our supervisees and what types of activities can be used in both individual and group supervision.

The focus of the workshop will be experiential and hopefully will enhance your knowledge and skills in supervision giving you opportunity to enjoy your work.

This workshop will be a small taster of a CPD workshop due to be advertised soon.

Evelyn Saunders

Evelyn Saunders is a Senior Course Director with APAC who has been working with children and families for many years. She has been a qualified Play Therapist (PTUK) since qualifying with APAC after completion of one of their early courses. Her interests in training and providing opportunities for play therapists to gain a greater understanding of their clients and their own model of working has been demonstrated through the CPD workshops in topics such as sand, art, small world play and containing the mess, all of which aim to aid the client’s move towards autonomy.


W10. Play Therapy and Mental Health
Beth Wiseman and Lauren Lamberton

Have you ever thought one of your clients might meet diagnostic criteria? Are you unsure of who would be the most appropriate person to refer on to? 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem (Mental Health Foundation). By coming along to our workshop, we will help you identify when a diagnosis may be considered and what you need to do to help your client get the assessment they need. Sometimes, additional intervention from other agencies would enhance the care and treatment for your client; this workshop will help you make these considerations. It will also increase your knowledge of what you need to consider and the best approaches to use. Overall aims of the workshop: When to refer to CAMHS / Social Work, common mental health conditions, Process and Procedure (Scotland /England/ Northern Ireland), Should Play Therapy continue? Managing Expectations, Integrated Working, Sharing information/ Confidentiality.

Beth Wiseman

Beth Wiseman is a registered mental health nurse, Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor (PTUK) who has worked in Mental Health for the last 20 years. Starting her journey in Adult Acute Admission wards, she has for the past 8 years been the Team Manager for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Ayrshire and Arran (Scotland). Her role has covered both regional and national work improving patient safety through identifying areas of ‘harm’ and how this can be improved; addressing issues such as transition of care, interagency working and clearer multiagency pathways.


Lauren Lamberton

Lauren Lamberton is a Play Therapist (PTUK), Clinical Supervisor (PTUK) and Social Worker. She is currently the Team Leader of Step 3 CAMHS service in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has 15 years experience working with children and young people in a variety of contexts including play therapy, CAMHS, looked after children, young adults leaving care and community work. Lauren has a special interest in attachment and trauma within mental health. She has worked in Northern Ireland, England as well as internationally including in Africa, South America and Asia.


POST QUALIFYING COURSES

Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision

10th – 16th June 2018 (7 Days)

The role of the Clinical Supervisor will become even more important with ‘Right Touch’ regulation. This course will enable you to leverage your play therapy experience to help many more children by advising and supporting other practitioners through clinical supervision to maintain high standards of practice.

PTI/PTUK accredited training courses are now run at 10 venues in the UK, 3 in Ireland, 1 in France and in 6 other countries, producing a stream of Play/Creative Arts Therapists who require clinical supervision. This course is designed to help to fill the shortage of suitably trained supervisors. Becoming a Certified Clinical Supervisor is also an essential step on the way to becoming a PTUK Certified Play Therapy Trainer. Both of these career opportunities will provide extra job satisfaction and additional income.

The course is designed for those who have at least 200 hours experience of working with children or adolescents using play/creative arts therapy as well as experienced, accredited counsellors. It includes:

  • A model for the supervision of play and creative arts therapies
  • Agreeing contracts
  • Using creative arts for supervision
  • Using the Play Therapy Dimension Model for supervision
  • Supervisees’ training requirements
  • Dealing with supervisees’ career development issues
Susannah Bradley

Susannah Bradley is an Accredited Play Therapist and Certified Supervisor (PTUK). She began her play therapy journey in 2006 completing her MA in 2012. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of environments. Currently she is self-employed, working in a number of local schools and doing some charity work. Susannah works with varying levels of need, largely in disadvantaged areas. She is also a school governor and trustee of a local children’s charity. She is a Clay Therapist and loves working with clay which she finds a really powerful medium.


Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly is a Certified Play therapist and Clinical Supervisor (PTIrl). Aoife works with individuals and groups both in schools and in private practice. At present, she is completing her MA in Practice Based Play Therapy researching the ‘Effectiveness of using LEGO in Play Therapy’. Aoife is also an APAC Course Director for the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and a Course Director for the PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision.


Post Qualifying Certificate in Filial Play Coaching

10th to 16th June 2018 (7 Days)

  • Days 1 – 4: Filial Play Coaching
  • Day 5: One Day of Additional Practice
  • Days 6 and 7: Filial Play Coaching for Groups

The PQ Certificate in Filial Play Coaching has been restructured for 2018 to include one additional day of practice with two further days for practitioners to gain additional skills working with groups/families. There will be an opportunity later in 2018 for those who have attended previous 4-Day Filial Play Coaching courses to attend the new, additional 2-day course to add to their skills.

Filial Play Coaching is a natural career development for Play Therapists and other practitioners who wish to work with parents and families.

The PTUK model places an emphasis on working with socially deprived families. The purpose is to provide practice-based training to enable participants to coach parents/carers to use filial play effectively with their children, including the use of touch.

You should be able to incorporate the techniques taught on this course into your work to open up new career opportunities. During the first 4 days, the course content will include:

  • An understanding of the main models of filial play, their pros and cons
  • How to assess the parents and children being considered for filial play
  • Teaching parents the importance of play, the main types of play and their purpose so that they can achieve a suitable balance with their children
  • How to ensure that parents know how to structure a filial play session
  • How to coach parents in the four key skills of filial play
  • How to ensure that parents know how to focus on the child during a filial play session
  • Demonstrating the use and applicability of the main filial play tools: art media, music, movement, sand tray, storytelling and puppets, clearly indicating which are appropriate for use at home and those that may be used in the therapist’s play room
  • Advising parents on acquiring, making and using appropriate equipment, materials and toys during their home play sessions according to their circumstances
  • How to ensure that parents know how to use encouragement during a filial play session
  • Advising parents on how to make notes on home play sessions suitable for use during the coaching discussions
  • How to integrate the use of filial play with play therapy if this is being used concurrently
  • Maintaining suitable records of progress and carrying out quality management of filial play work
  • How to brief other involved organisations and colleagues upon the purpose and methods of filial therapy

On Day 5 you will be able to practice the skills you have acquired during the first part of the course. On Days 6 and 7 practitioners will learn how to apply the four key skills: boundary setting, focusing, reflecting and predictability to working with groups of parents/carers. The Filial Play Coach will help parents/carers to develop insight and have the opportunity to share their experiences about their relationship with their child. Facilitation of the group process will include demonstration and modelling of the four skills. Emphasis will be placed on empowering the parents/carers to be the agents of change in their children’s lives.

There will be a Follow-Up Day in 2019 for those who attend the 2018 course.

Karen O'Neill

Karen O'Neill is a PTUK Accredited Play Therapist and Senior Certified Clinical Supervisor. She is a Senior Course Director with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), Course Director of the new Advanced Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and Associate Tutor with Leeds Beckett University. For the past 10 years, she has delivered training on a range of courses for APAC, accredited by PTUK/PTI in the UK and overseas. She also has an MA in Practice based Play Therapy. In addition, she is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, with over 15 years experience. Karen offers a range of attachment focused interventions to children and families, with an interest in attachment and trauma.


Post Qualifying Certificate in Sandplay Skills Programme Part 1

10th to 13th June 2018 (4 days)

NB. Attendance at the Theory Day on 8th June 2018 is compulsory before attending Sandplay Skills Part 1

Post Qualifying Certificate in Sandplay Skills Programme Part 2

14th to 16th June 2018 (3 days)

NB. Attendance at the Theory Day on 8th June 2018 is compulsory before attending Sandplay Skills Part 1

If you are a play therapy practitioner, counsellor, psychotherapist or other mental health practitioner who wishes to extend your skills in the therapeutic medium most frequently chosen by children and also to use Sandplay Therapy with adolescents and adults, choose this programme.

In Sandplay therapy the client sets up a world in a sand tray that corresponds to their inner state, using objects/figures and in the arrangement of the sand. In this manner, through free, creative play, unconscious processes are made visible in a three-dimensional form. Through a series of images that take shape in this way, the process of individuation described by Carl Jung is stimulated and brought to fruition. Sandplay has been termed an ‘X-ray of the Psyche’. You can see the changes in the clients’ processes and progression.

Experiential Training

Doing one’s own Sandplay work is essential. In order to engage in the medium of Sandplay with a client, the therapist must have experienced the movement of his or her psyche by the same means. To attempt to engage in Sandplay with a client without having undergone one’s own Sandplay work would not be safe.

The 7-day experiential training that is required is offered in two parts:

  1. Certificate in Therapeutic Sandplay Skills - Part 1. This four-day course, preceded by the compulsory theory day, will enable you to start practising
  2. Certificate in Therapeutic Sandplay Skills - Part 2. This 3-day course is for those who have previously completed Part 1 and have at least 20 hours of Sandplay Therapy practice.

Theory

It is vital that Sandplay therapy practitioners have an embedded knowledge of the underlying theoretical principles. This is most effectively accomplished by reading ‘The Handbook of Sand Play Therapy’ by Barbara Turner in advance of the Theory day. (The cost of the book is not included in the Conference progamme but may be purchased through the Amazon link on the PTUK website www.playtherapy.org.uk ). This theoretical part of the programme does not, on its own, provide the competencies required to practice as a Sandplay therapy practitioner.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued after each experiential training course. The final award of PTI/PTUK ‘Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Sandplay Skills’ will be made upon satisfactory completion of both Part 1 and Part 2 of the training and 50 clinically supervised hours of practice.

Eunice Stagg

Eunice Stagg, MA is an Accredited Play Therapist, Senior Supervisor PTUK and Senior Trainer for Play Therapy International (PTI), MBACP (Senior Accredited), AST STR-Supervisor, Dip Theology, Registered Sandplay Therapist and Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Eunice is a teaching member of, and serves on the council of The Association for Sandplay Therapy (AST). In the past, she has been an Associate Lecturer for both Canterbury Christchurch University in the UK and the National University of Ireland, Galway through working for APAC and has conducted Sandplay training in the USA, Africa, India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore and many other countries throughout the world.

Eunice is a contributing author to The International Book of Sandplay Therapy (Routledge 2017) and has published articles in The Journal of Sandplay Therapy and The Jungian Sandplay Therapy Almanac. She lives and works in the United Kingdom and has a private Sandplay Practice working with both adults and children.


Post Qualifying Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People

10th to 16th June 2018 (7 Days)

We all know that young children often do not use talking as a way to resolve their issues but as they grow older this changes. This new course is designed for Certified or Accredited Play Therapists who wish to extend their skills to use talking therapy with children and young persons as well as creative arts media.

You will learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively using listening, reflecting, empathy, attending, observing, paraphrasing and summarising skills with children and young people in the therapeutic relationship
  • Have a better understanding of transference and counter-transference as it arises in the therapeutic relationship and how to respond effectively
  • Identify the ways in which children and young people manage and process their emotions, including the ability to recognise situations where they are finding it difficult to access these emotions
  • Help the child or young person to find appropriate words to describe their emotions
  • Help the child or young person to verbalise the key concerns, meanings and memories which emerge out of emotional arousal
  • Help the child or young person identify and verbalise the wishes, needs, behaviours and goals associated with feelings and emotions
  • Integrate the use of therapeutic creative arts media (from your Play Therapy experience) directively with talking therapy skills
  • The course will help you increase your self-awareness and understand how this can help or hinder the therapeutic relationship

There will be a Follow-Up Day in 2019 for those who attend the 2018 course.

Jessica van Maanen

Jessica van Maanen is an Accredited Play Therapist, Supervisor and Filial Play Coach (PTUK). Jessica has 17 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and families. She provides play therapy and counselling services to foster children and their families, children on the autistic spectrum both in mainstream and special needs schools. Jessica also provides supervision to trainee and Accredited Play Therapists and works as a Course Director for APAC, delivering the Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and Diploma in Play Therapy courses.


Renate Andrews

Renate Andrews is a Play and Creative Arts Therapist (PTUK) and Counsellor who is committed to improving access to quality services and in helping to change policy, developing projects and delivering therapy and training. She develops and delivers effective, safe services to children and young people as a voluntary sector manager and independent practitioner. She co-runs an independent In-School Counselling service in Orkney offering Creative Arts Counselling, Play Therapy, Peer Mentoring and staff support. This is now in its 7th year and has become an integral part of the local education department. Renate is also an APAC Course Director, Supervisor and COSCA Accredited Trainer with a diploma in training.


Conference Programme – June 2018

Pre-Conference One Day Training Courses


8th June 2018


09.00 – 17.00

Supervisor Follow-Up Day
Filial Play Coaching Follow-Up Day
Counselling Children and Young People Follow-Up Day
Supervisor Top-Up Day
Sand Play Skills Theory Day


PTUK Conference 2018


9th June 2018


08.30 – 09.00
Arrival, Registration and Refreshments
09.00 – 09.15
Welcome by Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive PTUK
09.15 – 11.00
Keynote Address by Dr. Janet Courtney
11.00 – 11.15
Refreshments
11.15 – 13.00
Keynote Address by Professor Francis McGlone
13.00 – 14.00
Lunch
14.00 – 15.15
CPD Workshops
15.15 – 15.45
Refreshments
15.45 – 17.00
CPD Workshops
17.00
Conference Ends

Post Qualifying Courses

10th – 16th June 2018


Sunday
10th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00

PQ Certificate in
Clinical Supervision
Day 1
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 1
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 1
Day 1
PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 1
Monday
11th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00

PQ Certificate in
Clinical Supervision
Day 2
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 2
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 1
Day 2

PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 2
Tuesday
12th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00

PQ Certificate in
Clinical Supervision
Day 3
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 3
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 1
Day 3

PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 3
Wednesday
13th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00

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Clinical Supervision
Day 4
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 4
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 1
Day 4

PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 4
Thursday
14th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00

PQ Certificate in
Clinical Supervision
Day 5
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 5
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 2
Day 1

PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 5
Friday
15th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00

PQ Certificate in
Clinical Supervision
Day 6
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 6
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 2
Day 2

PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 6
Saturday
16th June 2018
09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in
Clinical Supervision
Day 7
PQ Certificate in
Filial Play Coaching
Day 7
PQ Certificate in
Sandplay Skills Part 2
Day 3

PQ Certificate in
Counselling Children and
Young People
Day 7

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