Playful Therapy for Children and Young People: Narrative Based Activities for Assessment and Intervention

Facilitator: Kim Billington

Course Overview:
This one day workshop is designed for those in child counselling and mental health services who want to ‘hear the voice of the child’. Learn how to therapeutically and playfully engage with young clients for assessment, intervention and outcome evaluation.

Practice creative child counselling interventions, imaginative play-based engagement and assessment tools that have been used effectively by the presenter for over 12 years in managing family violence, significant losses and trauma. Inspired by Narrative Therapy’s playfulness and inventiveness, gain skills in responding to problems and in collaborative identity restoration.

This workshop will assist you to develop simple, respectful ways to establish boundaries, explain confidentiality and assess risk with clients 5-17 years old. It will incorporate a range of engaging, imaginative activities to invite connection, foster enjoyable participation and help a child both explore their current problems, and reveal and name their resourcefulness, strengths, hopes and values.

The workshop has a child-centred approach, but is not about ‘child-directed play.’ The smorgasbord of inventive, evidence-based practices are informed by the principles of Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Brief Solution-focussed, Strengths-based, Systems Theory, Single Session Therapy and a sprinkling of Mary Poppins’ magic.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your curiosity and openness to a child’s presentation and responses
  • Foster imaginative and playful conversations about serious problems and possible ways to resolve them.
  • Practice how to help a child or young person talk about and be re-energised by new ways of relating to their feelings, values, hopes and intentions.
  • Explore practical ways to help children externalise and gain some perspective on their challenges.
  • Learn how to not get stuck in a mire of problem stories.
  • Consider relevant theory on child development, therapeutic approaches, responding to risk and trauma and practitioners’ self-care.

What ideas are explored:

  • What therapeutic activities can help the child see their problem and strengths in a new light?
  • How can therapeutic conversations foster playfulness, delight, hope and new possibilities?
  • How can we help the child tell their story in ways that are important to them?
  • What theories inform this work?
  • Do these activities work for all ages?
  • How can I use these method in safe and respectful ways?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Experiential activities
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods

Who Should Attend:
All those working with children and young people in a counselling or case work capacity who want to work in more engaging, strength based and creative ways. Counsellors, psychologists, school counsellors, social workers, youth workers, case workers, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines working with children and young people. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Workshop Details:
Included in the workshop price:

  • 6 CPD points/hours (24 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training

Workshop Cost:
Regular Price $330
Early Bird $300 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)
Student Price $270
Student Early Bird $250 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

This event counts as 4 hours of category A and 2 hours category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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