Our core model, which is integrative holistic, has evolved since 1998 from more traditional and less effective models. It makes the course unique in integrating: non directive and directive approaches; working with both conscious and unconscious processes; the use of a wide range of creative arts media and the integration of research with practice.
The programme content is based upon the theory and practice of neurobiology, humanistic psychology,particularly that of Virginia Axline (“Dibs In Search of Self”), Carl Rogers and the Gestalt Play Therapy approach of Violet Oaklander. It recognises contributions made by others in the 20th century such as Barnes, Bowlby, Erikson, Freud, Jung, Lowenfeld, Mahler, Klein, Piaget,Pavlov, Vygotsky, Donald Winnicott, etc. It also places importance on the spiritual aspect of human development. Opportunities for personal reflection and all forms of creativity will enrich your experience of the course.
Our model offers a child the opportunity of making choices and taking responsibility for them; expressing him/herself freely; being accepted unconditionally; having his/her deepest feelings respected and accepted. For these reasons their play is not interpreted and no judgements are made.
Such freedoms may only be obtained within the provision of a strong framework. Therefore, the adult takes responsibility for the safety of the child, themselves and the environment. Within these constraints, the child has complete freedom to choose.
Time boundaries are also considered to be very important thus adding a sense of security by adhering to beginnings and endings.In our model the non-directive approach is complemented by other approaches. These are introduced at appropriate points. The main items in the ‘Creative Arts Tool-Kit’ are taught and put into practice.
The overall purpose of the course is to enable participants to practice safely and effectively integrating counselling skills with play and creative arts skills in a variety of settings, to provide emotional support for individual children.
The Advanced Diploma Course commences with an orientation to setting up a creative therapy practice using non-directive play which enables you to work straight away as a trainee on a one to one basis with children who have slight to moderate social, emotional and behaviour difficulties.
During the Advanced Diploma Course you will learn how to use symbolic Play Therapy tools and metaphor safely, building upon knowledge gained through teaching and practice.You will acquire a sound working knowledge of ethical principles, child protection issues, child development, neurobiology, attachment theories that underpin practice as well as sound records management including the latest data protection requirements.
Assessment is based on a careful balance of a growing mastery of the theoretical perspectives that the programme offers, the development of greater professional confidence, and the application of competencies in practice. It’s serious learning – but you’ll have a great deal of fun as well!
15 days normally over a 12-month period, divided into 5 blocks of 3 days in the UK. (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays).
Advanced level 6 diploma from Leeds Beckett University with 60 credits
PTI/PTUK registration as a ‘Play and Creative Arts Counsellor of Children and Young People’