Certificate in therapeutic work with children and young people
861 Holdernesss Road
Module one: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September, 2017
Module two: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October, 2017
Module three: Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, 2017
Module four: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December, 2017
Module five: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January, 2018
Module one: Beginnings, assessment and mental health (two days)
We will look at beginning work with children and young people and how to make assessments with this client group. We will also look at some of the key qualities needed to work with children and young people.
Mental health symptoms in children and young people can be an indicator of vulnerability or distress. We will explore presenting symptoms and their relevance in our interventions. We will also look at the process of diagnosis and the impact of labelling on children and young people.
We will also set out the course requirements and the course assessment, including self, peer and tutor feedback.
Module two: Contracting, limits of confidentiality and safeguarding (two days)
We will look at how to establish a therapeutic contract/agreement with children and young people. We will explore the limits of confidentiality available that apply in therapeutic work with children and young people.
We will cover the development of children’s rights and explore relevant legislation. We will also look at safeguarding/child protection, and the impact that this legislation and processes may have upon the therapeutic relationship.
Module three: Methods of working: The therapeutic relationship, solution-focussed brief therapy and creative interventions (three days)
We will explore the importance of the therapeutic relationship when working with children and young people. We will also explore how the core conditions of congruence; unconditional positive regard and empathy can help establish and develop the therapeutic relationship.
We will look at an introduction to solution-focused brief therapy and how the theory can be employed with children and young people.
We will also how to use creative methods with children and young people. Course participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use sand play, art therapy skills, and also stories.
Module four: Professional practice issues: Sexual abuse and self-harm (two days)
We will explore the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse and look at child sexual exploitation in children and young people. We will also explore what the therapeutic relationship can offer those working with children and young people who have been sexually abused.
We will look at different examples of self-harm and the impact of self-harm on children and young people’s lives. We will also explore what children and young people who are self-harming may need from a therapeutic relationship.
Module five: Professional practice issues: Anger and endings: Bereavement and loss (two days)
We will look at how children and young people deal with anger. We will also look at what happens in the brain and body when children and young people become angry.
We will consider the impact of ending therapeutic relationships with children and young people, and explore how theories of loss and grief may be helpful in understanding these endings.
We will also attend to our ending as a group by reviewing learning from the course.
About the host
John Bradley is a counsellor, supervisor and trainer based at the Ellesmere Centre.
Dr Louise Mowthorpe is a consultant clinical psychologist, and manages a CAMHS service in NE Lincolnshire.
Mark Johns is a safeguarding officer for the NSPCC, York.