Drawing and talking - a therapeutic method for working with children and young people
Who is the course for?
Counsellors, teachers, learning mentors, teaching assistants, nurses and other clinicians or any other empathic adult working with children on a regular basis.
Aims of course:
Drawing and talking is a safe, easy to learn method of working with children. It aims to help in the relief of any underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting behaviours and learning. The core of the method lies in encouraging the child to draw with a person they feel comfortable with, at the same time each week, while asking gentle non-intrusive questions about the drawing.
Over time a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts and old traumas can be healed. The child will become more able to control their behaviour and better able to access the learning process in school. Based on Jungian principles and developed by Dr John Allans, this drawing technique was used by him to train students at the University of British Columbia.
- Theory (psychology and neurobiology of trauma).
- The stages of drawing (initial, middle and ending).
- Practical (skills practice and supervision).
About the host
Elaine Leonard is a qualified British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy counsellor and supervisor. She has extensive experience of working therapeutically with children and young people. Elaine is an experienced trainer and group facilitator. Elaine is the Clinical lead at The Counselling & Family Centre.