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Play Therapy Conference 2017 - "Let's Play"

Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, S75 3ET.

9th June to 19th June, 2017
Plenary Day 10th June 2017

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Introduction by Monika Jephcott

Monika JephcottThis year we are “playing” at two PTUK/PTI Conferences.  Our first is an International Congress in Santiago de Compostela in Spain entitled “Play is The Way” and is being organised by Joaquin Blix and his team. Our second is “Let’s Play” at Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Barnsley.  The main difference between the two is that our successful PQ courses will only by run at Wentworth Castle.  Santiago de Compostela is very exciting, located in beautiful countryside and, as it takes place over the Summer Half-Term break might lend itself to an extension for a holiday.

We are thrilled to welcome Professor Fraser Brown to both Conferences. He will be one of the Keynote Speakers in Spain and also our Keynote Speaker for this mini Conference in the UK. He will be presenting different topics for both Conferences. Professor Brown comes with vast experience and a passion for play and leads the way in communicating the importance of play in education and community development

As PTUK/PTI has grown over the years I have not met a number of you and look forward to seeing you at either Conference looking forward to "Playing" together - Monika Jephcott (Chief Executive, PTUK Ltd.)

Introduction to the Conference

"Let’s Play" are surely the two words we would love children to hear throughout their days but sadly most communications from the adults around them are instructions, directions, questions or maybe “Not now Bernard”.   Interestingly, I doubt many of us play therapists need to say those words as we project to our clients our readiness to play and become partners in the chosen theme or tool the client is wanting to use in the session room.  See you in June - Evelyn Saunders

Contents

10th June, 2017

Morning

Plenary Session 

CPD Workshops

(Please note that W1, W2 and W3 will be offered at all three sessions, W4 at 11.45 only, W5 at 14.00 only and W6 at 15.45 only)

  • W1 - Supporting Children Who Face Loss Through Death
  • W2 - Movement Play
  • W3 – Working With Silence In The Play Therapy Session
  • W4 - Supporting Your Supervisee When They Are Involved In Court Work (11.45 only)
  • W5 - Play Therapy for the Adopted Child (14.00 only)
  • W6 – Working with Children Who Disclose Abuse (15.45 only)

From 11th June, 2017

Post Qualifying Courses

Conference Programme of Events & Application Form

Eight CPD points may be claimed for every full day of attendance on any part of the Conference. CPD for PQ courses can be carried over 2 years.

Pre-Conference Day – 9th June 2017

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

Sand play Skills Theory Day – Monday 12th June 2017

PQ Courses – From 11th June 2017

There are four approved Post Qualifying Courses:

  • PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • PQ Certificate in Filial Play Coaching
  • PQ Certificate in Therapeutic Sandplay Skills
  • 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.

Plenary Sessions – 10th June 2017

08.30 - 09.00
Arrival and Registration -  Refreshments will be available.
09.00 - 09.15
Welcome by Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive, PTUK
09.15 - 10.15
Keynote Address by Professor Fraser Brown, Leeds Becket University
10.15 - 10.45
Refreshments
10.45 – 11.30
Keynote Address by Professor Fraser Brown, Leeds Becket University
11.45 - 13.00
CPD Workshops – W1, W2, W3 W4
13.00 -14.00
Lunch
14.00 - 15.15
CPD Workshops – W1, W2 W3, W5
15.15 - 15.45
Refreshments
15.45 -17.00
CPD Workshops - W1, W2 W3, W6

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Fraser Brown
“Stories of Children Playing:  What do they tell us about the Significance of Play and Playwork?”

Professor Fraser BrownFraser Brown is the Professor of Playwork at Leeds Beckett University and a Core Member of the Institute for Health and Wellbeing. He is Link Tutor to all the postgraduate play therapy courses run in collaboration with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy.  His key interests include Playwork and Children's Wellbeing. He has built up substantial research and practical knowledge of Playwork and the value of this element of children's development.

For ten years he was Director of the playwork training agency Children First and previously held advisory posts with Playboard and the National Playing Fields Association. He spent three years as a playworker on an adventure playground in Runcorn and managed a range of projects for the North West Play Association. For two years he was District Leisure Officer in Middlesbrough.

He has spoken throughout the UK and around the world about his research into the effects of therapeutic playwork on a group of abandoned children in Romania. He is the Chair and Co-Founder of the Aid for Romanian Children charitable trust and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Romanian Association of Play Therapy and Drama Therapy.

CPD WORKSHOPS – 10th June 2017

Numbers for each of these workshop will be restricted because of their therapeutic and experiential nature.

For this year, you will be able to attend 3 workshops during the Conference Day on 10th June 2017.  You will be asked to indicate your choices in order of preference on the application form. 

All workshop allocations will be on a “first come, first served basis”. 

W1 – Supporting Children Who Face Loss Through Death - Sally Flatteau Taylor

This workshop will use a variety of methods to explore the reactions and responses of children following loss through death.

Experiential exercises and our own processes will be used to explore our childhood experiences of loss.  This will lead us to looking at ways of being and working with children who are bereaved. 

We will also be looking at ways to support ourselves when we are supporting bereaved children.

Sally FlatteauSally Flatteau Taylor MSc., PGDip Couns, Adv Dip Couns. BACP Accred, UKCReg
Founder/Chief Executive, The Maypole Project



W2 – Movement Play - Zillah Harford

Movement Play is an arts-based therapeutic practice that develops self-awareness and self-confidence, awareness of others and positive relationships.  It helps to recognise, experience and express emotions in a safe way. Movement Play nurtures trust, imagination and creativity.

In this workshop you will be able to encourage sensory integration through touch (tactile), balance (vestibular) and body awareness (kinaesthetic). We will be exploring how to support clients to feel safe and connected and give clients opportunity to revisit early attachment experiences.

Workshop participants will be working individually, in pairs and small groups.

Zillah HarfordZillah Harford has a Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills and is a course leader in Sherborne Developmental Movement, with 30 years of dance movement and play. She has trained teachers, play workers and physiotherapists in Movement Play. Currently Zillah works for a charity in children's centre and independently, in primary and secondary schools, using her therapeutic play skills.

W3 – The Value Of Therapeutic Silence In Play Therapy - Karen O‘Neill 

I have had an interest in silence for over twenty-five years.  As a Registered General Nurse, I became acutely aware of silences.  Subsequent training as a Psychotherapist and Play Therapist deepened my awareness of the phenomenon of silence which led me to believe that there is great value in its use as a non-verbal interaction.   In this experiential workshop, we will consider how slice may be a creative space for reverie where deepest emotions are “touched” within the relatedness of therapeutic dyad.  There will be time to reflect on your own experiences of silence and how it can be used therapeutically within play therapy.

Karen O'NeillKaren 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) and Associate Tutor with Leeds Beckett University and has for the past 10 years 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 14 years experience.  

W4 – Supporting your Supervisee When They Are Involved in Court Work - Evelyn Saunders

This workshop will enable you to learn about how Play Therapists can be involved in court work and what we need to do as supervisors to support our supervisees when their work enters the world of the court.  

W5 -  Play Therapy for the Adopted Child - Evelyn Saunders

Can we or can’t we?  Will we or won’t we?  We are always asked about working with clients who have been adopted so this workshop will explore the laws and regulations in working with adopted children and give us the opportunity to discover some ideas of ways of setting this work in place and how we can be ready for what might be brought to the room.

W6. – Working with Children Who Disclose Abuse - Evelyn Saunders

This workshop will focus on working with clients who disclose abuse, how we deal with this following the procedures and how we look after ourselves so other clients are not affected by what we have been told or what we have needed to do.  We will look at the procedures and remind ourselves of the actions we need to take at this sensitive and sometimes difficult time.

Evelyn SaundersEvelyn Saunders has been working with children and families for many years and has been a qualified Play Therapist 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.

POST QUALIFYING COURSES

Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision 

7 days - 11th to 17th June 2017

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

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 1-day Follow-Up Day, to present your supervision requirements in a peer group, is offered the following year at a cost of £130.

Emma SteadmanEmma Steadman is a Certified Play Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer for APAC. She has worked with children and young people within CAMHS who have experienced abuse, including torture.

Emma has a keen interest in the link between the therapist’s self-care and the skills involved in creatively accompanying children and young people in recovering from abusive experiences.

Post Qualifying Certificate in Filial Play Coaching

4 days - 11th to 14th June 2017

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, 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 the 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

The course being offered is an updated version of the original very popular programme. Upon the completion of 40 hours of satisfactory, documented filial play coaching practice, the PTI/PTUK Post Qualifying Certificate in Filial Play Coaching will be awarded. Recognised for academic quality by Leeds Beckett University.

There will be a Follow-Up Day in 2018 for those who attend the 2017 course.

Karen O-NeillKaren O’Neill is a PTUK accredited Play Therapist and senior Certified Clinical Supervisor. She also has an MA in Practice based play therapy. In addition, she is a BACP senior accredited Counsellor, with over 14 years experience.  She has a specialist interest in attachment and trauma and has trained in Attachment Focused Therapies including Theraplay®, Filial Coaching, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy as-well as EMDR and Somatic Trauma Therapy.  Her private practice is in Essex, UK, where she offers play therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, clinical supervision and consultancy work.  She has a wealth of experience using the creative arts in a therapeutic setting and has provided a range of bespoke training to a number of organisations including Health, Education, Local Authorities, Counselling Services.   She is a Senior Course Director with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) and Associate Tutor with Leeds Beckett University and has for the past 10 years delivered training on a range of courses for APAC accredited by PTUK/PTI in the UK and overseas.

Post Qualifying Certificate in Sandplay Skills Programme Part 1

4 days 13th to 16th June 2017

Attendance at Theory day 12th June 2017 compulsory for Sandplay Skills Part 1  

Post Qualifying Certificate in Sandplay Skills Programme Part 2

3 days – 17th to 19th June 2017

(Please note Parts 1 and 2 cannot be taken in the same year) 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 Parts 1 and 2 of the training and 50 clinically supervised hours of practice.

Eunice StaggThese courses are facilitated by the highly experienced Sandplay Therapist and Trainer, Eunice Stagg.   Eunice Stagg MA, MBACP (Senior Accredited), AST STR-Supervisor, Dip Theology. She is a Registered Sandplay Therapist and a 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). She has been an Associate Lecturer for both Canterbury Christchurch University in the UK and the National University of Ireland Galway.  She is an Accredited Play Therapist, Senior Supervisor and Senior Trainer for Play Therapy International (PTI) and has conducted Sandplay training in the USA, Africa, India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore and many countries throughout the world. 

She 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

7 days – 11th to 17th June 2017

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
  • 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 2018 for those who attend the 2017 course.

Susan AtkinsSusan Atkins has over 30 years’ experience of working with children and families in a variety of settings. For the last ten years she has provided Play Therapy within primary schools and more recently has a private practice working with adults. Susan is an Accredited Play Therapist and Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer for APAC.


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Conference Programme - June 2017

Pre-Conference Courses - Friday 9th June 2017


09.00 – 17.00


  • Clinical Supervisors' Follow Up
  • Clinical Supervisors’ Top Up Day
  • Counselling Children and Young People Follow Up Day
  • Filial Play Coaching Follow Up Day


PTUK Conference 2017 – Saturday 10th June 2017

08.30 - 09.00
Arrival and Registration -  Refreshments will be available.
09.00 - 09.15
Welcome by Monika Jephcott, Chief Executive, PTUK
09.15 - 10.15
Keynote Address by Professor Fraser Brown, Leeds Becket University
10.15 - 10.45
Refreshments
10.45 – 11.30
Keynote Address by Professor Fraser Brown, Leeds Becket University
11.45 - 13.00
CPD Workshops – W1, W2, W3 W4
13.00 -14.00
Lunch
14.00 - 15.15
CPD Workshops – W1, W2 W3, W5
15.15 - 15.45
Refreshments
15.45 -17.00
CPD Workshops - W1, W2 W3, W6


PQ Courses – 11th – 19th June 2017


Sunday 11th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision Day 1
PQ Certificate in Filial Play Coaching Day 1

PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People  Day 1
Monday 12th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision Day 2
PQ Certificate in Filial Play Coaching Day 2
Sand Play Skills Theory Day
PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People Day 2
Tuesday 13th June 2017 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 1
PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People Day 3
Wednesday 14th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision Day 4
PQ Certificate in Filial Play Coaching Day 4
PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 1 Day 2
PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People Day 4
Thursday 15th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision Day 5

PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 1 Day 3
PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People Day 5
Friday 16th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision Day 6

PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 1 Day 4
PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People Day 6
Saturday 17th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00
PQ Certificate in Clinical Supervision Day 7

PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 2 Day 1
PQ Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People Day 7
Sunday 18th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00


PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 2 Day 2

Monday 19th June 2017 09.00 – 17.00


PQ Certificate in Sandplay Skills Part 2  Day 3


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