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					    An Introduction to Creative Therapeutic Communication
                 with Children & Young People

                              Course Information

The Course Curriculum will include:

     Beginnings: Setting boundaries and an introduction to using the arts

     Sandtray World: Containment and the unconscious

     Art: Expression of, or compensation for, inner worlds. Art games

     Clay: Sensory play and monsters

     Play: Embodiment, projection and enactment using multi-arts

     Puppets: Expression of part of ourselves and rehearsal of the possible

     Story: Use of books and telling therapeutic stories through metaphor

     Attachment, Loss & Bereavement: How these are expressed through the
      arts and in the therapeutic relationship

     Trauma and soothing activities: PTSD and current thinking about the child’s
      emotional brain; using multi-arts

     Child Protection: Supervision and report writing, contact with other agencies

     Working as part of an organisation and in schools

     Endings: Reviewing when to finish, use of supervision, how to end


By the end of this course you will have:

     Gained in confidence in your own capacity for creativity and play

     A raised awareness of a variety of art materials and how these reflect
      diversity and equal opportunities

     Explored ways of communicating therapeutically with children & young
      people through the arts and metaphor

     Understood how issues such as trauma and attachment manifest themselves
      in play and the therapeutic relationship

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   Explored ways of establishing boundaries

   An awareness of the role and responsibilities of the counsellor in schools and

   Explored issues connected with Child Protection

Who is eligible to apply?

-   Participants will be post-diploma qualified counsellors.

-   It will be an advantage to have worked with, or to have life experience of,
    being with children and young people.

-   Applicants will possess good self-awareness, emotional resilience, well-
    developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to empathise.

-   Following receipt of your application form, an informal interview or
    conversation with applicants may be requested by the facilitator. References
    will be checked and may be taken up.

Course criteria:

-   Participants will be required to take part in facilitation practice and to keep
    a creative journal throughout the course.

-   Through practical work in triads participants need to demonstrate:

            an ability to identify key emotional issues in the play or art image
            an ability to work with the metaphor or art image
            an ability to respond with empathy

-   Through all the activities and the creative journal-keeping participants need
    to demonstrate:

            an ability to be playful and creative
            an ability to express a personal response to images

-   Feedback will be continual during the course from the facilitator and the
    peer group.

-   An 80% attendance rate needs to be attained.

-   There will be an evaluation form to be completed after 6 weeks and at the
    end of the course.

-   According to the discretion of the course facilitator, if participants do not
    meet the requirements of the course criteria there will be an opportunity to
    arrange an extension of time to complete additional assessments and
    observations. If this is necessary there will be an additional charge to cover
    the facilitator’s tuition time.

On successful completion of the course criterion participants will be awarded a
certificate from Sussex Central YMCA Dialogue Training in consultation with Kim
Crewe, Head of Service.

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The Facilitator:

Sally Meyer was a teacher in mainstream secondary and special education for
over twenty years. She is a qualified play therapist and an Integrative Arts

She currently runs the counselling service for Maternity & Neonatal Services at
The Royal Sussex County Hospital. As a therapist, she has worked in a number
of different settings with children including the Chestnut Tree House Children’s

Since 2003, she has been a counsellor for Dialogue School Counselling Service in
a variety of mainstream primary schools and a special school. She is also a
supervisor for Dialogue School Counselling Service and is in private practice.

She has delivered training for Dialogue, Varndean College and both Brighton and
Sussex Universities. She has been a visiting tutor for The Institute for Arts in
Therapy and Education.

In her therapeutic work, clients are encouraged to create images and metaphors
through art, clay and the sandtray world, all of which help them to understand
their experiences and make links to the unconscious. With children she also uses
puppets, music and stories.

Sally is an artist and published poet.

General course information:

-    Venue address: The Dialogue Centre, 24 Windlesham Road,
     Brighton, BN1 3AG.

-    Pay and Display Parking available. The nearest train stations are Brighton
     (11 mins walk) and Hove (15 mins walk). Buses 81A, 81B, and 81C stop

-    Kitchen facilities will be available plus tea and coffee-making facilities
     available at each session.

-    Course dates: Starts on Thursday 15th September 2011 for 12 weeks up to
     Thursday 8th December 2011 (excluding October 27th 2011).

     Participants are welcome to arrive from 3.45pm and the course will start
     promptly at 4.00pm.

     Please note for 1 week only on November 10th the course will start
     at 5.00pm

-    The wearing of comfortable clothes is recommended!

-    Cost of course: £440.00 - Cheques payable to Sussex Central YMCA
     Please post application packs and payment to:
     The Dialogue Centre, 24 Windlesham Road, Brighton, BN1 3AG
     FAO of Louise Greenshields or email to dialogue@sussexcentralymca

      Closing date: Thursday 8th September 2011

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You are responsible for your attendance but if you are unable to attend a session
for some reason please give as much notice as early as possible to the

Refunds will only be given if sufficient evidence can be shown for withdrawal
from the course. Part-refunds after the course has begun will not be available.

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 An Introduction to Creative Therapeutic Communication
              with Children & Young People

                           Application Form



Tel No.


Emergency contact:

Relevant Qualifications:

Relevant work/life

                                              Form continued overleaf

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Reference 1:

Reference 2:

1. How did you hear about this

2. Why are you applying for
this training and what do you
hope to gain from this


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