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									Friday 10th June 2011 2-5pm Pre Conference Master classes
Choose from one of these specialist master classes for experienced BAPT

Alone Together
John Robertson, Play Therapist and Senior Child Care Officer, South Lanarkshire Council.

The starting point for this session will be creative activities which I use regularly with young
people and families who are recovering from Trauma and Loss.
Although I will make some brief references to my own working practice, the focus of the
event will be the therapeutic process itself, offering some time and a safe space in which to
explore and reflect upon
     personal autonomy and shared experience.
     the potential and the limitations of the transformative nature of shared play.
This is an experiential workshop, and all those attending will be asked to participate
individually and in small groups. Due to the experiential nature of the workshop, the
maximum amount of places is 20.
What we end up with must remain open and will be determined by how a particular group of
individuals respond to a particular set of given circumstances; circumstances at least
initially outwith their control.

Trauma in the Play Room

A workshop exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Sonia Murray and Clare Breed
Harrison, Play Therapists.

In this presentation, we aim to interweave some current thinking about addressing trauma
and the use of Prescriptive Play Therapy in a case study. Participants will follow the case
of Joe a nine year old boy who has experienced developmental trauma and the use of
Prescriptive Play Therapy to enable him to explore the trauma. This session will look at
how non-directive and directive techniques were used to facilitate development. This
presentation aims to integrate theory with practice and will demonstrate practical strategies
and interventions.

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”
Play therapy ‘journeys’ through grief and loss following the trauma of brain injury

A workshop in 3 parts presented and facilitated by Jan Vance , Play Therapist and Head of
Play services since 2004 at the residential rehabilitation centre for acquired brain injury at
the Children’s Trust, Tadworth, Surrey.

The first part of this workshop will be a presentation by Jan of a range of case- studies
drawn from her play therapy case-load over the past 7 years involving this highly
traumatised group of children and adolescents. She will identify the key and recurring
themes that she encounters in her work with the young people and their families and what
she has found to be especially effective in helping them to process and psychologically
integrate their losses, so that long-term negative consequences can be prevented. Jan is
especially interested in the concept of ‘post-traumatic growth’ and this will be the focus of
her presentation.
The second part of this workshop will be an opportunity for wider group discussion and
sharing of professional practice about what group members have themselves found to be
effective ways of supporting children and adolescents through grief and loss with a focus
here on debating choices they have made between structured versus unstructured ways
of working. It would be useful therefore for group members to bring along some of their own
cases and if appropriate ‘tool-kits’ they wish to share with colleagues.
The final part of this workshop will be an experiential session to explore ways in which we
can be more ‘knowing and nurturing of ourselves’ when we are involved in the emotional
‘toll and toil’ of play therapy work with grief and loss.

Saturday 11th June Workshops 2-4pm

Choose from one of the following workshops:

Cate Masheder, Winstons Wish
‘Practical and Creative Interventions for assessment and treatment of bereaved children’

David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
‘Making it less bad’ Building on the lecture of the morning, in the workshop we will consider
what can be done by whom to try to repair or replace those helpful factors that are
compromised or missing in the hope that the traumatic or sudden bereavement can
become ‘less bad’

Heather Tilley and Vicky Kammin, CHASE Hospice Care
‘The therapeutic use of music with children facing loss and bereavement’
An experiential workshop exploring the use of music.

Alison Webster, Play Therapist
‘Living with Loss’ Creative strategies to support children, their families and staff coping with
issues around illness, disability, trauma and change.

Berni Stringer, Play Therapist
‘Down load Attachment read as PDF’ The importance of Life Story Work in helping Looked
After Children resolve loss.Exploring Life Story Work and therapy as parallel processes in
the care journey.

Veronica Etherington, Play Therapist
‘Working with bereaved siblings’ Using art/play materials in order to help bereaved siblings
create memories of the person who has died

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