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Foundation to Drawing and Talking

Drawing and Talking

What is it?

The Foundation to Drawing and Talking training day will teach you how to effectively utilise the Drawing and Talking therapeutic technique with the children and adults you work with. Drawing and Talking is a one-to-one person-centred therapy that takes place over a course of 12 weeks, focusing on prevention, early intervention and recovery from emotional trauma. Drawing and Talking is a highly effective therapeutic play work approach. This tier 1-2 intervention is intended to complement rather than replace the work of CAMHS, art or other specialist therapists; enabling children and adults who would otherwise go untreated to get the help they need before problems become entrenched.

Drawing and Talking technique is a safe and easy-to-learn short-term, time-limited therapy to be used with anyone age 5+ who has suffered trauma or has underlying emotional difficulties.

It supports those who are not realising their full potential either academically, professionally or socially.

The purpose of the method is to draw with a person they feel comfortable with at the same time each week.

The trusted person will learn to ask a number of non-intrusive questions about the drawing. Over time a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts and trauma is healed.

Work with children needs to be carried out safely and non-intrusively, with respect for their own pace and state of being. This is why anyone using Drawing and Talking learns to stay in the world of the child’s drawing.

The child sets the pace and decides what to bring to the session.

After completion of Drawing and Talking therapy, children are more able to control their behaviour, better able to access an academic curriculum and, most importantly, have higher self-esteem.

This allows them to thrive in the world around them. We want all children and young people to have the opportunity to achieve and develop the skills and character to make a successful transition into adult life.

The foundation course consists of a full day’s training. It is suitable for anyone working with children or young people. No previous knowledge, training or experience is necessary.

Designed as an easy-to-learn short-term, time-limited one-to-one intervention, participants will learn how to put this simple technique into practice. They will learn how to get started, run a session and deal with common problems which can arise.

During the training, there will be an opportunity to see how drawings change over time, as this powerful yet safe healing method takes effect.

The theoretical component to the training will teach basic neurobiological theory relating to trauma, how to create a safe and containing space, the importance of endings and losses, how to deal with distress and child protection issues.

The course is an opportunity to develop the technique of mentally ‘holding’ and ‘being with’ another human being; an essential part of the therapeutic process.

Participants will be expected to draw, but no special artistic ability is necessary as it is solely to practise, experience and create the sessions for them and people with whom they will be working.

By the end of the training, participants will feel confident enough to implement their new skills and knowledge in their own schools or organisations.

The one-day training course costs £225+VAT per delegate.

Watch a video of children discussing Drawing and Talking here

Need to Know

  1. Create secure attachments by working one-to-one. This is a one-to-one intervention focused on building healthy attachments and resolving trauma.

  • It’s a short-term, time-limited approach. During the 12-week intervention you will meet your client for 30 minutes at the same day, same time, same place each week.
  • Explore a world of dream and fantasy through drawings. Based in Jungian principles, you will be guided through the power of healing when working with the unconscious.

  • “We use a number of therapy methods at school but without a shadow of doubt, Drawing and Talking is by far the most effective”

    Nicola Furey
    Nurture leader

    Contact 020 8715 0745 @drawandtalk @drawingandtalking


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