Training professional practitioners to use a play-based approach to support children and families’ mental health and emotional wellbeing

Parent-Child Attachment Play

Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) was developed by big toes little toes Director, Debi Maskell-Graham, and is delivered in partnership with Clear Sky. Based on the latest attachment research, PCAP offers child and family practitioners an empowering early intervention programme for parents with children aged 3-15+. Practitioners learn practical skills to increase parent-child attachment security through Reflective Functioning.

Outline

  • This 2 day CPD accredited training weekend is suitable for practitioners working closely with parents / carers and children / teens, such as play therapists, social workers, teaching and support staff, charity workers, family outreach workers and nursery staff
  • Training takes place at Clear Sky headquarters – overlooking Wittenham Clumps in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside
  • Practitioners can deliver this 1:1, in groups or through a home-visiting model
  • Cost £220 (includes a copy of the course author’s accompanying book entitled “Parent-Child Attachment Play: Using Reflective Functioning to empower parents and carers as change agents in their own families”

Aims

  • To empower practitioners with a strong grounding in the latest attachment theory and research including what we now know about how attachment security is operationalised within the parent-child relationship
  • To equip professionals with the knowledge, confidence, resources and practical skills to deliver PCAP to as many families as possible
  • To provide delegates with access to online printable resources to support and enhance delivery
  • To share pre- and post-programme outcome measures
  • To reward participants with a PCAP Practitioner Certification and 12 CPD points

Parents and carers are often concerned about their children’s behaviour and that by adopting a playful attachment approach they will somehow lose control over their family life. In fact, the opposite is true.  When the parent-child relationship is working, helpful child behaviour generally follows and family life becomes more manageable. This 10 step programme is based on the latest attachment research which shows that supporting the parent-child attachment relationship sets the scene for the best outcomes for children right into adulthood.

PCAP training provides practitioners with the tools to work with parents and carers and share three main skills through interactive workshop sessions based on;

  1. Play (and the creation of a shoebox or bag of toys/activities designed around the preferences of the child)
  2. Containment (managing time, environment, emotions and helping children to make helpful choices)
  3. Head, Heart and Hands (an attachment tool based on evidence-based Reflective Functioning)

Once parents and carers feel confident in the skills they begin a short weekly “You and Me” play or activity time at home with their child.  This creates a short “ring-fenced” opportunity to practice the skills and enjoy a new way of being with their child.  Once the skills are well-established, the parent or carer is helped to transfer them to problematic areas of home life.  Throughout the process, they are supported by a PCAP practitioner. The 10 step process usually takes around 10-12 hours of practitioner input, although some families may require more support.

© big toes little toes, 2016

Evidence of Success

Research reviewed by the Department for Education shows children with better emotional wellbeing make more academic progress in primary school and are more engaged at secondary school.

  • 100%

    said the training improved their knowledge of the uses of play

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    advised the training increased their understanding of the principles of attachment play

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    expressed that the training gave them the practical skills to increase parent-child attachment security

  • 100%

    felt more confident in having the knowledge and skills to support parents

  • 100%

    rated the trainers knowledge and expertise as 'Excellent'

  • 98%

    rated the trainers delivery and facilitation as 'Excellent'

  • 100%

    stated the course met their learning needs

  • 93%

    rated the training overall as 'Excellent' and the rest as 'Very Good'

  • 100%

    would recommend this training to others

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Heart-to-Heart

Heart-to-Heart was developed by big toes little toes Director, Debi Maskell-Graham, and is delivered in partnership with Clear Sky Children’s Charity. This course offers family practitioners a fun and effective early intervention attachment programme for parents / carers and their children / teens to attend together.

 

Outline

  • This 2 day CPD accredited training weekend is suitable for practitioners working closely with parents and carers of children / teens; such as therapists, social workers, teaching and support staff, charity workers and family outreach workers
  • Practitioners can deliver this 1:1, in groups or through a home-visiting model
  • Training is split across two approximate age ranges; 5-9 years and 10-15 years
  • Cost £220 (includes a copy of the course author’s book entitled “Reflective Functioning and Play: Strengthening Attachment Relationships in Families from Pregnancy to Adolescence”

 

Aims

  • To empower practitioners with a strong grounding in the latest attachment theory and research including what we now know about how attachment security is operationalised within the parent-child relationship
  • To equip professionals with all the knowledge, confidence, resources and practical skills to deliver Heart-to-Heart programmes including specialist attachment skills to as many families as possible
  • To provide delegates with access to online printable resources to support delivery including an example 6 week programme and additional creative resources
  • To share pre- and post-programme outcome measures
  • To reward participants with a Heart-to-Heart Practitioner Certificate and 12 CPD points

 

This flexible programme is based on the latest attachment research which shows that supporting the parent-child attachment relationship sets the scene for the best outcomes for children right into adulthood. Adolescence can be a challenging time for parents and carers and this programme offers an ideal opportunity to share and experience new and empowering evidence-based knowledge with families.

Benefits for Families

  • Practitioners can develop supportive networks by offering local sessions designed specifically for parents / carers and their children / teens which may continue long after the programme ends
  • Parents / carers and their children will come together through enjoyable, interactive and low-key activities which help strengthen their relationship in a contained and nurturing group
  • All group members will be equipped with the latest science of attachment and encouraged to develop attachment skills using a wide variety of enjoyable activities including multi-media clips provided, lego modelling and the occasional junk sculpture
  • Families will explore all aspects of middle childhood and teen development including the amazing changes happening in prepubescent and teenage brains, why teens turn nocturnal and other wonderful aspects of emotional, neurological and psychological development
  • Practitioners will share evidence-based tools and techniques with all group members to help them manage stress and develop resilience

© big toes little toes, 2016

Evidence of Success

Research reviewed by the Department for Education shows children with better emotional wellbeing make more academic progress in primary school and are more engaged at secondary school.

  • 100%

    rated the training overall as 'Excellent'

  • 100%

    stated the course met their learning needs

  • 100%

    rated the trainers delivery and facilitation as 'Excellent'

  • 100%

    rated the trainers knowledge and expertise as 'Excellent'

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Mental Health & Behaviour Support

Clear Sky’s Mental Health & Behaviour Support training for schools focuses on the importance of relationships and provides staff with play-based strategies that can be implemented throughout school to support children’s social, emotional and mental health needs to positively impact on behaviour.

Mental Health & Behaviour Support uses a whole-school approach to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. This is universal and can be used with all children, by all members of staff. However, it is most powerful when staff feel fully supported by their senior leadership team.

Outline

Option 1

  • Open session at Clear Sky HQ for individual members of school staff
  • £125 per person (to be reimbursed if subsequently arrange a whole school INSET)

 Option 2

  • Group training delivered as an INSET day in the school setting
  • There is scope to tailor the session to any particular needs the school might have, which will be discussed in an initial consultation over the phone
  • £1,250 for up to 16 members of staff
  • Course delivered across the South East – Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. If you would like training further afield, travel costs will be incurred. Please get in touch for a quote at info@clear-sky.org.uk.

Aims

  • To provide theoretical understanding of trauma and attachment and strategies to support these children in the classroom
  • To give staff confidence to put in place kind yet firm boundaries that children respond to
  • To advise how to mindfully set up a classroom based on the needs of individuals to create an optimum learning environment
  • To provide insight and understanding of how to respond to behaviour as a form of communication
  • To give staff the practical skills required to help children develop emotional intelligence and self-regulation
  • To bring playfulness into teaching and other interventions

Research reviewed by the Department for Education shows children with better emotional wellbeing make more academic progress in primary school and are more engaged at secondary school.

Evidence of Success

Research reviewed by the Department for Education shows children with better emotional wellbeing make more academic progress in primary school and are more engaged at secondary school.

  • 100%

    rated the trainers knowledge and expertise as 'excellent'

  • 100%

    rated delivery and facilitation as 'excellent'

  • 100%

    said the training met their learning needs

  • 100%

    said they would recommend this training to others

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