Summer School at Terapia
28th August 2019 to 1st September 2019
Introduction to Therapeutic Work with Children
This five days experiential workshop is designed to teach you to help children to deal with their difficult feelings and is intended to give participants an insight into the complexities of psychotherapeutic work with children.
This course is designed for practitioners who work with children as social workers, teachers, SENCO, nursery teachers, classroom assistants, school nurses, foster carers etc. In designing this course we considered the many challenges faced by these professionals who encounter on a daily basis psychological distress and emotional difficulties presented by children and feel unsure how to help.
You will learn about therapeutic play and its use in facilitating expression of the child’s inner world. You will also learn basic therapeutic counselling skills, play therapy skills and we will introduce you to child development and neuroscience and an understanding of the importance of systemic thinking in working with children.
This course is not a stand-alone qualification in child counselling or child psychotherapy. Participants of the course will receive a Terapia Certificate in Introduction to Therapeutic Work with Children which equates to 32 CPD hours.
Theoretical and experiential training
The theoretical training is conducted in parallel with the experiential training. Both are designed in such a way that ensures the appropriate grounding of the theory into practice, as well as a gradual introduction into practical work with children.
We would like to recommend the following books to be read prior to the course. Please note that the preparation reading is not compulsory and your knowledge of the material from the books will not be checked or assessed:
Sue Gerhardt: Why Love Matters; How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain (2004). Brunner-Routledge, Hove
Virginia Axline: Dibs in Search of Self (1964). Penguin, USA
Heather Geddes: Attachment in The Classroom: The Links Between Children’s Early Experience, Emotional Wellbeing and Performance at School (2006). Worth Publishing