CPD Workshops

Here we present a programme of one day workshops exploring various topics from a play therapy perspective. Whilst this will not mean you can deliver therapy, there are key transferable skills and knowledge which you can integrate into your current practice.  

These interactive workshops use a variety of play resources and techniques to explore key issues in childhood practice around physical, social and emotional development, communication, trauma, stress, relationships and emotions.  Each workshop will be delivered by qualified practicing play therapists. It will be 9:30 to 3:30 pm usually on a Friday and some on Saturday. Lunch is included as are tea coffee and snacks. A CPD certificate from With Kids accompanies each workshop. 

Our workshops offer an experiential experience in small groups. There will be presentation of up to date research information, participatory group activities, group discussions with support and reflections from our facilitators. We aim to offer a full learning experience which involves a certain amount of self-reflection on personal practice. 

In doing so the aim is to help you as professionals to better understand how children may think, interact with the world, develop emotional regulation and form working models for relationships, learning and self-development. We will also focus and recognise the important role you play in facilitating these. 

Our workshops are suitable for anyone working with children but it is essential you have an interest in entering the world of childhood with an open mind and young heart.

  • Workshop - Introduction to Play Therapy

    Introduction to Play Therapy Play Therapy can help to support children dealing with traumatic or chaotic backgrounds. Young children can often struggle to understand or verbalise their experiences and this can have an adverse affect on their ability to manage their emotions. A therapist will help the child to make sense of and understand their feelings, this enables them to cope better. This workshop is suitable for individuals considering taking Read More
  • Workshop - “I am speaking.” – The difference between children and adult communication

    “I am speaking.” – The  difference between children and adult communication If a child’s primary mode of communication is play how do they use this to show us how they feel in a world which prefers words. How many times do adults’ use questions such as “How are you?”, “Why did you do that?”, “What happened?”, “What were you thinking?” or “Tell me how you feel…”  In this workshop we Read More
  • Workshop - “Elementary, my dear Watson.”- Detecting and responding to emotions.

    “Elementary, my dear Watson.”- Detecting and responding to emotions. People have an innate ability to recognise emotions and respond to facial expressions and body language it is an essential component of our evolutionary survival mechanism. So why in working practice do we sometimes feel confused or misinterpret how children feel?  Emotions can be fluid and hard to describe. They often start as a physical sensation long before they emerge as Read More
  • Workshop - “Can’t play? Won’t play?” – Puberty, transition, relationships and upper school play.

    “Can’t play? Won’t play?” – Puberty, transition, relationships and upper school play. Children undergo many changes in Primary 6 and 7. There are physiological changes to their body, an emotional rollercoaster through hormone spurts and the overwhelming need to socially fit in. This is also a time for transitions as they think about leaving primary school and heading off to secondary. This period is marked for its emotional upheaval and Read More
  • Workshop - “It wasn’t me!” – Shame – the unrecognised emotion underlying distressed behaviour

    “It wasn’t me!” – Shame – the unrecognised emotion underlying distressed behaviour There is lots of information and training around the effects of trauma in early childhood. A subject rarely touched on is the effect of shame on the way children feel about themselves and their interaction with others. When children are displaying difficult or distressed behaviours shame is often the hidden overwhelming driving factor. It can be hard to Read More
  • Workshop - “Stop doing that!” – Understanding the “aggressive” play of children

    “Stop doing that!” – Understanding the “aggressive” play of children We talk a lot about the best way to tackle “aggressive play” in children, particularly boys. Despite attempts to limit or ban this type of play children can often be found endlessly challenging each other with themes inspired by personal experience , the news, computer games, films and television. As adults working with children we often feel compelled to explain, limit Read More
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