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Creative Interventions with Children with Trauma Workshop

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Presenters Jacki Short
Description Creative Interventions with Children with Trauma

"Often, children are unable to verbally express what they are feeling; thus, in play therapy toys serve as children's words and play as their language."
Garry Landreth

Course overview:

This two day experiential workshop introduces you to approaches and applications of art and play therapy interventions with children and young people who have experienced trauma.

The key advantage with using art and play media in helping children is that, used respectfully, children can express images, thoughts, events and feelings that might otherwise be too difficult to express. The externalising that this media fosters, allows a way of distancing from distress, a safer means of telling and an avenue for reclaiming power.

This workshop will provide valuable tools and processes for clinicians who work with children and who wish to enhance their ways to overcome trauma in a creative and evidence-based way. We will also discuss the do's and don'ts in trauma work, especially when using creative materials.

Case presentations will be used to illustrate assessment and treatment interventions and skills based activities will focus on intervention planning. This workshop provides practical, useful and interactive opportunities to expand your understanding of and ways of working with young clients who have experienced trauma.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

 Identify types and prevalence of trauma in children and young people
 Review appropriate art and play based methods of intervention
 Understand the theoretical basis of working (including Play Therapy, Narrative, Humanist and Strength-Based Approaches)
 Consider the evidence for these ways of working
 See theory application to case studies
 Consider the appropriate developmental, practical and therapeutic benefits and limits of these methods of working
 Practically experience the therapeutic uses of creative interventions
 Practise creative intervention skills
 Consider practical ways to use these methods

What ideas are explored?

What are the different types of trauma?
How common is trauma in children and young people?
How can trauma be assessed?
What does the evidence suggest works in managing trauma?
What art and play interventions work in managing trauma?
How do we know if what we are doing is working?
Does it work for all ages and types of trauma?
When might this form of therapy not be useful?
How can I involve parents?
What are the basic sorts of resources I need?


Are these methods evidence-based?

The current evidence for these creative interventions will be presented and reviewed in this workshop. References and journal articles will also be provided.

Do I need to be creative?

No artistic experience or skill is required for this workshop.


How many people can attend?

To maximise the opportunities for active, experiential, skills-based learning, this workshop is limited to 16 participants. Minimum participants are 6 per workshop.

Workshop Feedback

Great workshop! Learning new skills has never been so active, fun and inspiring. Definitely a workshop that I would recommend to others.

This is by far the most useful workshop I have ever attended. Very good balance of ideas/ practical suggestions and theoretical underpinnings.

This course is excellent. Everything has been prepared so professionally and I have learnt a lot of different tools I can use.

The most valuable thing about this course was being reminded that talking therapy and taking the lead isn't always beneficial for the client and knowing that there's more to counselling than CBT!

I have been to quite a few workshops in recent times and yours was a class above the rest. Unfortunately I have been to plenty of places where an uninspiring presenter puts people to sleep by reading all day from overcrowded power point slides. In contrast your presentation was a brilliant mix of passive and active learning, with lots of interaction.
About the presenter(s) About the Facilitator: Jacki Short is the Principal Psychologist at the Sydney Centre for Creative Change. With over twenty years experience working around Australia and internationally, Jacki offers counselling, supervision, workshops and training. In addition to her extensive experience in counselling children, young people and adults, she is an experienced and Masters qualified adult educator. She is also an APS Member of the College of Counselling Psychologists. Jacki remains committed to the safe and expressive growth of all those with whom she works.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue The Intuitive Well
70 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 16 Sep 2013 to 17 Sep 2013
Time 9am - 4pm
Cost Full $595. Students $495. Early Birds Save $30 by booking 2 months before workshop. Save $50 booking for 2 (people or workshops).
Notes Cost includes:  Comprehensive handbook of written materials  Relevant research articles  Art materials  Certificate of completion  Lunch, morning and afternoon tea  G.S.T.
Organiser Sydney Centre for Creative Change
Contact Name Jacki Short
Telephone 0411 209 802
Email jacshort@hotmail.com
Website www.sydneycentreforcreativechange.com.au
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