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Introduction to Therapeutic Work with Children

A five-day experiential workshop, this course is designed to teach participants how to help children deal with their difficult feelings and is intended to give an insight into the complexities of psychotherapeutic work with children.

Designed for practitioners who work with children in a variety of roles, from social workers, teachers and SENCO to nursery teachers, classroom assistants, school nurses and foster carers, the course addresses the many daily challenges faced by these professionals who encounter psychological distress and emotional difficulties presented by children.

This course is not a stand-alone qualification in child counselling or child psychotherapy. Participants of the course will receive a Terapia Certificate in Introduction to Therapeutic Work with Children which equates to 32 CPD hours.


Day One
6pm to 9:30pm

  • Introduction to the course, getting to know each other
  • Contracting/agreement
  • Experiential exercises


Day Two & Three
10am to 5pm

  • Basic skills in therapeutic work with children
  • Understanding of attachment and attachment behaviours
  • Introduction to neuroscience (theories of Sue Gerhardt, Allan Schore, Dan Siegel, Louis Cozolino)
  • Aspects of early experiences of the infant and the infant care-giver relationship
  • Why do we need to observe an infant to understand a child and an adult?
  • Working with developmental trauma
  • Experiential exercises


Day Four
10am to 5pm

  • Therapeutic Play
  • Recognising different stages of play – developmental play paradigm
  • Qualities of play
  • The differences between therapeutic play and play therapy
  • Understanding how play is used to facilitate healing – therapeutic play, play therapy, Theraplay, Filial Therapy
  • The risks of using play and how to keep safe
  • Experiential exercises

We will explore play through exercises that specifically focus on the different stages in the play paradigm and underpin the experiential with a number of theoretical approaches.  Case material will illuminate how a traumatised child can be worked with through the medium of play and how an adult can utilise the child’s own creativity to process and integrate the traumatic material.

Day Five
10am to 5pm

Identifying play therapy and therapeutic play skills that can be used safely by participants in their work with children.

  • Basic skills in therapeutic work with children: relating and active listening.
  • Meaning behind the behaviour, symbolic communication and age appropriate interventions
  • Therapeutic framework and therapeutic alliance – building a therapeutic alliance and rapport.
  • Therapeutic and professional boundaries in working with children.
  • Working with parents and families.
  • Introduction to child development.
  • Experiential exercises.
  • Ending

The following attributes and personal qualities are required in those wishing to join courses at Terapia:

Professional experience or personal interest in therapeutic work with children and young people.

Terapia is associated to the following professional accreditations and academic qualifications:

UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)

We are validated by Middlesex University

Alix Hearn

BA (Hons), MA Child Psych, Dip Supvn, UKCP, Clinical Supervisor & Tutor

Core Teacher

Di Gammage


Core Teacher

Gemma Redfern

Pastoral Support Tutor, MA Child Psych, UKCP, MBACP

Core Teacher

Sacha Chettiar


Course Fees 2021
Introduction to Therapeutic Work With Children

Terapia is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 1144041) and does not profit from course fees.

Self-funded: £380
Employer-funded: £450

Early bird and group booking discounts may apply – please call or email to receive further information.


No funding is currently available for this course.

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