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Creative Interventions with Children with Anxiety

Format Workshop
Presenters Jacki Short
Description Creative Interventions with Children with Anxiety

"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 with children expressing a range of anxiety issues.
Anxiety is one of the main reasons for referral of children to counselling. It is increasingly being seen in children from early primary school age to adolescence. This course will offer a practical guide to the assessment of and types of anxiety in children and options for intervention.

Structured and unstructured assessment tools will be considered for children and young people and a range of ways of using creative intervention strategies in CBT, family therapy, art and play therapy, narrative and solution-focussed approaches will be reviewed.

Case presentations will be used to illustrate assessment and treatment interventions in both individual and group settings. Skill based activities will focus on intervention planning and group work activity design. This workshop provides practical, useful and interactive opportunities to expand your understanding of and ways of working with children with anxiety.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

 Identify types and prevalence of anxiety disorders in children
 Consider a range of assessment tools for diagnosis
 Review appropriate methods of intervention with children and families
 Consider the evidence base for these ways of working
 See theory application to case studies
 Practise creative intervention skills
 Integrate the use of creative therapies into the practice of counselling,
 Consider the appropriate developmental, practical and therapeutic benefits and limits of this method of working,

What ideas are explored?

What types of anxiety disorders are prevalent in children?
How can anxiety be assessed?
Which art and play methods are best suited to manage anxiety?
What methods work well in group therapy for anxiety?
How do we know if these methods are working?
When are creative methods not suitable?
How can parents be best supported in managing their children's anxiety?

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 14 Oct 2013 to 15 Oct 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