Conferences & Events
Play Therapy Conference 2020
"Children’s Trauma – Building Resilience Through Creative Approaches"
Wychwood Park Hotel and Golf Club Weston, Crewe, Cheshire CW2 5GP
Friday 12th June to Saturday 20th June 2020
Plenary Day Saturday 13th June 2020
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Introduction by Monika Jephcott
For 16 years the PTUK/PTI Annual Conference has been a place where practitioners come together to learn from specialists in the field of children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, concentrating on different approaches. This year, I am pleased to announce that the Keynote Speaker is Joy Hasler. We have known Joy for many years since she developed music therapy skills on our APAC courses. In her keynote speech, Joy is going to share with us her many years of experience in supporting children and families to survive trauma and to discuss how we can build resilience in our clients. The Conference will also provide an opportunity for you to exchange ideas and the wide range of workshops available will give you an opportunity to enhance your practice.
I would also like to invite you to join us at a Reception at the end of the Conference day to enjoy drinks, canapés and the chance to network with your fellow professionals.
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Large Enough to Count
We manage the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, now with just over 2200 registrants practising in 59 countries. Accredited in 2013 by an independent government funded agency, the Professional Standards Authority, this was the first Register in the world specifically concerned with children’s mental health problems. We helped the Authority set the standards and pilot the Accredited Register programme.
This year we are proposing changes to the Authority on how risk should be managed in therapeutic work with children. PTUK is also making recommendations to Parliament upon the drafting of Government policies on transforming children’s mental health.
Our practice, training standards and recommendations are not based on opinions nor just on small scale studies but on a very substantial practice evidence base with over 49,000 clinical outcome measures by parents and referrers and other data provided by our Registrants.
Since our inception PTUK has been an innovative organisation, being the first in our field to introduce a competency framework, a demand model for therapeutic interventions for children, annual auditing of all Registrants’ work and an integrated records management system software.
Small Enough to Care
PTUK is different to other professional organisations in the way it is run.
PTUK is managed by an Executive Board of two, unencumbered by a plethora of committees but guided by the views of our Registrants. We listen. We get things done. The Board actively engages each year with over half of the Registrants. The British Council for Therapeutic Interventions provides input from lay members. APAC, our accredited training provider, has trainers who are all practising Play Therapists and Counsellors working with the children. Our conferences are a forum for discussions about changes in standards and practice.
Join Us for a New Experience.
We always try to hold our conferences in therapeutically sensitive environments. This year is no exception. Surrounded by 150 acres of peaceful parkland, De Vere Staverton Estate is a stylish and contemporary retreat in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.
It is a PTUK tradition to include a special artistic commission or item to celebrate our work with children. In the past, this has included a violin trumpet duet in Chichester Cathedral which included the Conference song; inviting a group of African drummers to Marrakesh where every participant was given a local drum as a gift and invited to join in; a three movement mini suite ‘The Healing Path’ composed and played by the world’s leading classical flamenco guitarist, Juan Martin, in Santiago di Compostela for PTI’s International Conference in Spain and repeated at the PTUK Conference in Barnsley in the same year; and in Windsor in 2018, a Wooden Installation from a New Mexican artist, Pascale Pierme, reflecting the child’s journey through Play Therapy.
This year there will be another SURPRISE!
12th June 2020
Pre-Conference One-Day Training Courses
- Supervisor Follow-Up Day (for Approved Supervisors)
- 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
13th June 2020
PTUK Conference 2020
Morning – Plenary Session
- Introduction by Monika Jephcott
- Key Note Address by Joy Hasler
Afternoon – Workshop (One Choice)
- W1 Therapeutic Responses to Trauma in Children and Their Families Joy Hasler
- W2 The Power of Play Therapy with Siblings Jill Comfort
- W3 Shelters Against Life’s Storms – Exploring Ways in Clay to Seek Safe Places when Abusive and Traumatic Events Have Happened Lynne Souter-Anderson
- W4 The Impact of Client Trauma on the Therapist’s Wellbeing Karen O’Neill
- W5 Developmental Trauma Bonita Fradd / Joanne Bolter
- W6 Therapeutic Life Story Work Khat Ara
- W7 Remembering to Use Therapeutic Story in the Play Therapy Toolkit Christine Barker
- W8 Nesting Dolls: Discovering What is Within - Design, Create and Therapeutically Integrate Karen Collins
From 14th June 2020
Post Qualifying Courses
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.
PTUK CONFERENCE - Plenary Day - Saturday 13th June 2020
|08:00 – 09:00
||Arrival and Registration
|09:00 – 09:30
||Welcome by Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive, PTUK
|09:30 – 11:00
||Keynote Address by Joy Hasler – Part 1
|11:00 – 11:30
|11:00 – 13:00
||Keynote Address by Joy Hasler – Part 2
|13:00 – 14:00
|14:00 – 15:15
||Afternoon Workshop – Part 1
|15:15 – 15:45
|15:45 – 17:00
||Afternoon Workshop - Part 2
|17:00 – 19:00
*Please be aware that Conference running order may be subject to change
Complex Trauma: Developing Resilience Through Creative Therapeutic Responses
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Joy Hasler
In her keynote address, Joy will look at current research and the wider impact of trauma as well as practical therapeutic approaches. She will look at a therapeutic process starting with regulation leading to developing trust and then to resilience for traumatised children and their families.
Joy’s keynote address will be in two parts:
Joy Hasler, M.A. is a Music Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Author and Illustrator. She is the Founder and now retired Director of Catchpoint Consultancy CIC, a registered Adoption Support Agency. Catchpoint is a specialist therapeutic agency offering therapy, support and training for everyone involved with a traumatised child. Joy is Co-Editor and Co-Author of Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: Helping Children and Families in Foster Care, Kinship Care or Adoption published in 2017.
For over 30 years Joy has worked with adoptive and foster families affected by trauma. Joy's experience of fostering and adoption, alongside her training and work as a teacher, music therapist and supervisor, gives her personal and professional insight into the world of trauma, insecure attachment and dissociation that informs her approach to training and guidance for those working with and caring for children and young people suffering the effects of Complex Trauma.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS – SATURDAY 13th JUNE 2020
W1. Therapeutic Responses to Trauma in Children and Their Families Joy Hasler
Many families care for children who have experienced real trauma. In this workshop, Joy will offer a model of Creative Therapy for use with families. This will include Play, Art, Music and Drama Activities.
During the workshop you will:
• Look at the symptoms of Complex Trauma and how parents and carers can recognise the patterns that trigger these symptoms
• Explore practical creative activities for developing attunement and attachment in the family
• Explore different creative approaches for the different stages of recovery
W2. The Power of Play Therapy with Siblings - Dr. Jill Comfort
This workshop will consider the power of play therapy group work with siblings and the honour to work in a particular group space where siblings negotiate their traumas and transitions in a way that enables them to acquire a notion of strengthened self in relation to their sibling identity. The workshop is based on doctoral practice and research which led to the development of a unique Play Therapy group work model with sibling children in the care system facing transition. Supported with experiential exercises, this workshop will consider:
• The premise of the play therapy group work model
• How the children use the group work processes
• The qualities and valiance required of the therapeutic group worker to create a permissive mediated space for siblings
• How associated organisations use the group work
• The outcomes of the group work
Jill Comfort is a Certified Play Therapist (PTUK) and Clinical Psychoanalytic Social Worker with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Jill trained at the Tavistock Clinic and holds a Professional Doctorate in Social Work and Emotional Wellbeing, the focus of which has been her development of a Play Therapy Group Work Model with siblings in care facing transition. Jill has several training interests including writing and delivering theoretical and experiential training programmes in the application of Psychoanalytic Social Work in Practice for Social Workers. She has also written and delivered training programmes to foster carers, special guardians and adoptive parents. She has worked for seven years as a Play Therapist for a consortium of Essex primary schools, as well as having worked in private practice.
W3. Shelters Against Life’s Storms – Exploring Ways in Clay to Seek Safe Places when Abusive and Traumatic Events Have Happened Lynne Souter-Anderson
This workshop is likely to appeal to practitioners of all levels who are interested in using clay in Play Therapy work.
During this experiential, hands-on workshop, discussions and clay activities will focus on creating safety and shelter when abusive and traumatic events are spoken of in Play Therapy sessions. Aspects of fear and anxiety will also be considered for these are prevalent emotions when concerns of this nature are being worked through.
No previous experience is necessary but a willingness to possibly get messy helps!
Dr. Lynne Souter-Anderson was one of the earliest Course Directors with APAC. She is now a Fellow of the National Counselling Society, a BACP Senior Accredited Therapist, Accredited Senior Supervisor with PTUK and registered Consultant 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 has thirty years of experience in this field and is author of Touching Clay, Touching What? The Use of Clay in Therapy (2010), Making Meaning: Clay Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015) and Seeking Shelter, Seeking Safety: Clay Therapy with Families and Groups (2019). Lynne also loves being a Grandma!
W4. The Impact of Client Trauma on the Therapist’s Wellbeing Karen O’Neill
This workshop is likely to appeal to practitioners of all levels who want to consider their own self-care.
Using theory to underpin practice and experiential exercises, this workshop will explore vicarious (secondary) trauma and how therapists can support themselves within these processes.
Karen O’Neill is an Accredited Play Therapist and Senior Certified Supervisor (PTUK) and a Senior Accredited Therapist (BACP). She has 20 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy and before this was a general nurse. Karen has a specialist interest and experience in the field of Attachment and Trauma. Her private practice is in Colchester, UK where she offers psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, clinical supervision and consultancy work. She has trained in EMDR and Somatic Trauma Therapy, the basis of much of her clinical work. Karen has recently written a chapter for Seeking Shelter, Seeking Safety: Clay Therapy with Families and Groups (Souter-Anderson, 2019) and contributed to Messy Play in the Early Years: Supporting Learning through Material Engagements (Gascoyne, 2018). She is an avid creative writer and, as a senior Course Director with APAC, is passionate about making a difference within the field of Play Therapy.
W5. Developmental Trauma Bonita Fradd and Joanne Bolter
The workshop aims to give therapists a basic understanding of Developmental Trauma and the impact it has on children. Babies and children who survive multiple experiences of attachment disruption, trauma and separation very often face profound and complex difficulties. This three-hour training course offers delegates a brief understanding of how prenatal and postnatal trauma impacts child development and can lead to behavioural difficulties that can be hard to fathom. As well as providing a theoretical background behind developmental trauma, this workshop will give delegates the opportunity to explore and understand the emotional and developmental needs of these troubled children so that we can understand their presentation through the lens of Developmental Trauma.
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, Filial Coach and Supervisor (PTUK), and a Certified DDP Practitioner and Trainer. Over the past 10 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 multiple trainings including 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.
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, She 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 one-to-one play therapy, group therapy, outdoor therapeutic interventions and family support. Joanne is a Certified Play Therapist, Trainee Filial Coach and Trainee Supervisor (PTUK) and Outdoor Forest School Practitioner.
W6. Therapeutic Life Story Work Khat Ara
Therapeutic Life Story Work is an integrative approach that is very useful in working with children, adolescents and adults. As a therapeutic intervention it has been growing in use, particularly within the adoption and children in care population and with those that have experienced adverse childhood experiences such as trauma, separation and loss.
This workshop will provide an insight to the benefits of Therapeutic Life Story work and how it can be an effective intervention. We will also be exploring some of the tools available to help children move towards understanding and integrating their past and look towards the future with hope.
Khat Ara is a Certified Play and Creative Arts therapist and Clinical Supervisor (PTUK). Her work with children in care and adopted children and their families spans over 20 years, beginning as a social worker within the Local Authority and extending to a number of different charitable organisations. Khat completed her Masters in Therapeutic Childcare, Play Therapy (2013) and research in Therapeutic Life Story Work. Currently, she works for Pears Therapy, undertaking assessment, consultation and therapeutic interventions, primarily with attachment and complex trauma.
W7. Remembering to Use Therapeutic Story in the Play Therapy Toolkit Christine Barker
Storytelling connects us to an important source of wisdom. For centuries, across cultures people have told stories, myths and tales to help make sense of their worlds. Within a therapeutic relationship we can use fantasy to connect with the inner world of the child, stimulate imagination and relate in metaphor to something being grappled with – offering a different way through.
Working with traumatised children, I use therapeutic story to acknowledge a child on their journey, to support them to process feelings that have the potential to otherwise overwhelm or to give as a gift as our sessions end. Story within this special relationship is a powerful tool, yet one as I talk to peers we can forget.
In this workshop we will consider therapeutic story in relation to the children we are seeing. We will use fantasy and metaphor to make connections, spinning threads rich with meaning that may support a child (in the playroom or within ourselves) to take a deep breath, make connections and move forward.
Christine Barker is a Certified Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor (PTUK). She works within the NHS offering play therapy through a child and adolescent community mental health team and is based in Hull offering creative supervision to practitioners from a range of disciplines. Play Therapy training further developed and integrated her background in mental health nursing and humanistic psychology. Children have been at the heart of Christine’s practice for the last ten years; her journey to primarily non-directive Play Therapy holds many stories – sometimes with recurring themes! Christine has two ‘grown-up' children and five step-grandchildren. In addition to work, she gardens to ground herself and sculpts and paints to play.
W8. Nesting Dolls: Discovering What is Within Design, Create and Therapeutically Integrate Karen Collins
The aim of this workshop is to help you explore the theoretical use of nesting dolls and how to integrate them into your practice, as well as help you design and create your own bespoke set.
The workshop will provide a brief history of nesting dolls, to explore their multiple non-directive and directive uses and gain an overview of the range of theories to support the use of nesting dolls in Play Therapy, counselling and Filial Play Coaching. We will look at a wide range of nesting doll sets and examples of their successful use with my own clients in helping them move forward in their therapeutic process as well as how to choose the right set for you and your client group. The workshop will also offer you an opportunity design and start to create your own bespoke set of 5 nesting dolls to take away.
Karen Collins is a Certified Play Therapist and Filial Play Trainee (PTUK) passing her Diploma in Play Therapy with distinction. She is an experienced Counsellor having worked as an adult and child Counsellor since 2005 with clients with a large range of issues including trauma, attachment difficulties, SEN (ASD & ADHD), phobias and anxiety. Karen is an adoptive parent and works for Barnardo’s LINK, an OFSTED registered Adoption Agency offering therapeutic interventions, through local authority referrals, to families who have LAC children placed for adoption, children under special guardianship orders (SGO) or who are adopted and are having attachment difficulties. She ran a workshop on Attachment Strategies at the annual ‘Medway Child Health Conference’ in July 2018 and has received commissions to present workshops in primary, secondary and NHS settings. She has run a number of workshops covering ‘Front-Line Strategies for Emotional Well-being’, ‘How to Reduce Anxiety’ and ‘Understanding Neuroscience and the Impact of Trauma on Children’s Brains’.
POST QUALIFYING COURSES
Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision
14th – 20th June 2020 (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 14 venues in the UK, three in Ireland, one in France and in 12 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 300 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
The course has been updated to take into account the requirements of ‘Right Touch’ regulation and the use of Skype for supervising overseas students. Recognised for academic quality by Leeds Beckett University.
A Follow-Up Day, to present your supervision requirements in a peer group, will be offered in 2021 for those who complete the PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision in 2020.
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 and is currently 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 and 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 is a Certified Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor (PTIrl). Aoife works with individuals and groups both in schools and in private practice. She is an APAC Course Director for the Certificate and Diploma courses and is also a Course Director for the PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision. Aoife recently completed the MA ‘Exploring the effectiveness of using LEGO in Play Therapy’; her research showed that LEGO is an effective tool for children attending Play Therapy either as individuals or in a group setting.
Post Qualifying Certificate in Filial Play Coaching
14th – 17th June 2020 (4 Days)
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.
Course content includes:
• An understanding of the main models of filial play and 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 the 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 the 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 the parents know how to use encouragement during a filial play session
• Advising parents upon 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
There will be a Follow-Up Day in 2021 for those who attend the 2020 course.
Karen O’Neill is an Accredited Play Therapist and Senior Certified Clinical Supervisor (PTUK) and a Senior Accredited Therapist (BACP). She has 20 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy and before this was a general nurse. Karen has a specialist interest and experience in the field of Attachment and Trauma. Her private practice is in Colchester, UK where she offers psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, clinical supervision and consultancy work. She has trained in EMDR and Somatic Trauma Therapy, the basis of much of her clinical work. Karen has recently written a chapter for Seeking Shelter, Seeking Safety: Clay Therapy with Families and Groups (Souter-Anderson, 2019) and contributed to Messy Play in the Early Years: Supporting Learning through Material Engagements (Gascoyne, 2018). She is an avid creative writer and, as a senior Course Director with APAC, is passionate about making a difference within the field of Play Therapy.
Post Qualifying Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
14th – 20th June 2020 (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 can change. This 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 2021 for those who attend the 2020 course.
Jessica van Maanen is an Accredited Play Therapist, Supervisor and Filial Play Coach (PTUK) with 17 years’ experience of working with vulnerable children and families. She provides play therapy and counselling services to foster children and their families and 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.
Pre-Conference One Day Training Courses
12th June 2020
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
PTUK Conference 2020
13th June 2020
|08:00 – 09:00
||Arrival, Registration and Refreshments
||Welcome by Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive PTUK
|09:30 - 11:00
||Keynote Address by Joy Hasler – Part 1
|11:00 - 11:30
|11:30 - 13:00
||Keynote Address by Joy Hasler – Part 2
|13:00 - 14:00
|14:00 - 15:15
||Afternoon Workshop – Part 1
|15:15 - 15:45
|15:45 - 17:00
||Afternoon Workshop – Part 2
|17:00 - 19:00