Working with looked after and adopted children: complex trauma and art therapy

This course promotes best practice in working safely, ethically and effectively with children who are looked after, on Special Guardianship orders, in kinship care or adoption. The aim is for participants to gain knowledge of current good practice in this field and be familiar with the specific contribution’s art therapists can make when working with complex trauma.

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Date & Time

Friday 24 - Saturday 25 March 2023

10am - 4pm

Tickets

Non-members: £285

Associate members: £220

Full members
Employed: £220
Underemployed: £190
Unemployed/retired: £180

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Delivered via Zoom, information for the day and invite to join will be sent 1 week before

Working with looked after and adopted children: complex trauma and art therapy

This course promotes best practice in working safely, ethically and effectively with children who are looked after, on Special Guardianship orders, in kinship care or adoption. The aim is for participants to gain knowledge of current good practice in this field and be familiar with the specific contribution’s art therapists can make when working with complex trauma.

Open to all qualified arts therapists.

More and more art therapists are working with this population of children through different funding streams and in different organisational settings, particularly schools. Many are working as independent or private practitioners. The work is often complex and requires systemic and holistic thinking, and a thorough understanding of the neurobiology of maltreatment and the importance of family and relational healing. It is a specialist area of work requiring specialist knowledge, which this course aims to provide.

Learning will be through presentations by the trainers, small and large group sharing and discussion, and experiential learning and will include:

• Outline of our understanding of complex trauma in children and its impact on body/brain development

• Implications of this for therapeutic practice

• Practical ideas for helping children with emotion regulation

• The key role of caregivers/parents in supporting and being involved in the therapy and the recovery process

• The impact of caring for or being part of the system around a child/young person with a complex trauma history

• Experiential learning in the form of art making/art materials and their role in emotional regulation and sensory integration Learning Outcomes

• How to work safely and ethically with children who are looked after, in kinship care, adopted or on Special Guardianship Orders

• Knowledge of current best practice in working with children who have experienced complex trauma

• Understanding of the important role of caregivers/parents in a child’s recovery

• Which specific contributions art therapists can make when working with complex trauma

Tutors: Anthea Hendry & Katie Wrench

Excellent course providing essential information for working with this client group.

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