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
  • Practitioners can deliver this 1:1, in groups or through a home-visiting model
  • Delegate fee 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.

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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

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

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    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'

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    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
  • Delegate fee 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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Baby Bonding

Baby Bonding was developed by big toes little toes Director, Debi Maskell-Graham and is a very effective preventative and early help attachment programme for parents and carers, and their babies. 

This 2-day training uses a simple attachment approach and has been developed around the very latest research. The programme is designed to intervene early when attachment and internal working models are being formed or are most likely to change.

Outline

  • This 2 day CPD accredited training weekend is ideal for all practitioners working with families who may wish to extend their work to babies and their carers e.g. Play and other Creative Arts Therapists, social workers, teaching staff, midwives, nurses, charity workers, family outreach workers, nursery staff, health educators, children’s centre staff and others
  • This training is accredited by the CPD Standards office for 12 CPD Points

Aims

  • Baby Bonding practitioners are trained to empower and encourage parents as the experts in their baby to play the most important role of all in their child’s life as a secure attachment figure
  • Practitioners will learn how to use this flexible programme to provide lovely group or individual sessions filled with enjoyable, interactive activities and resources to help parents and babies build a strong relationship after birth.
  • Practitioners will learn evidence based tools and techniques to help parents manage the transition to parenthood and the challenges that it brings

Baby Bonding can be delivered in groups, one to one, or through a home-visiting model and is suitable from approximately 28 weeks of pregnancy.

Sessions help parents explore all aspects of baby development, including the amazing baby brain, how babies communicate, how we can help calm and soothe babies in this fast-moving world as well as sharing others important developmental information.

The Baby Bonding Training equips you with all you need to deliver Baby Bonding programmes.

Delegates also get access to a comprehensive online site of resources, a quality assurance mark and membership to a closed practitioner community.

 

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