The course is designed to support counsellors and therapists whose primary training is with adults and who wish to extend into working creatively with children and young people. It is also adaptable for other types of therapeutic relational work. The training is loosely grounded in a focus around bereavement, but activities can be adapted for other forms of loss and / or difficult experiences.

This training involves three 1-day modules to be completed sequentially:

  1. An introduction to working therapeutically with children and young people
  2. Developing the creativity of the therapist
  3. An introduction to understanding and working with trauma in children and young people

We aim to facilitate therapists to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to use creative approaches through experiential training.

The following themes are included:

  • Child development and grief
  • An introduction to a range of creative tools and their application
  • Working with emotions
  • Helping children to tell their story
  • Memory making
  • The importance of endings and rituals
  • Working with parents and protecting confidentiality
  • Understanding the nature, origins and impact of trauma on children and young people
  • Adverse Childhood experiences (ACES)
  • Recognising and working with trauma responses in children and young people including panic attacks, dissociation, nightmares and flashbacks
  • Psychoeducation: translating trauma theory into child-friendly language
    Day Date Time Venue
    Saturday 9 March 9.30-4.30 Treetops Hospice
    Saturday 13 July 9.30-4.30 Treetops Hospice
    Saturday 23 November 9.30-4.30 Treetops Hospice

For more information email: education@treetopshospice.org.uk

The cost of the each module is £85 per person.

The courses are  held at Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire. DE72 3SS