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|Description||Drawing and Talking is a safe, easy to learn method of working with pupils, in both primary and secondary schools, to help with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour. The core of the method is encouraging pupils to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable, regularly, at the same time each week, and this person asking some non-intrusive questions about the pupil’s drawings. Over time, a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts, old trauma is healed and the pupil is more able to control their behaviour and better able to access the curriculum. Training is designed for: Headteachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors, SENCo’s, Teachers or anyone working with children.|
|Duration||1 Day - (9am-3pm)|
|Categories||Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Management, Support Staff, Teaching staff, CPD Leader, Headteacher, Head of year / Pastoral leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Learning Support, Pupil Support, Other support staff, Pupil mentor, Parents and Community, Wider Context, Behaviour for Learning, Inclusion, SEND, Out of school, In school, Behaviour Interventions, One-to-one, Social and Emotional, Teaching Assistants, School closure day, Evaluates the impact of different strategies for deploying TAs, Short periods (5-10 weeks) of intensive sessions , Targeted interventions for those diagnosed or at-risk of emotional or behavioural disorders , Programmes with a proven track record of impact, Training of facilitators or professional development , Sensitive and targeted intervention may benefit at risk or more vulnerable pupils|
|Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students||
Working with the child’s inner world needs to be carried out safely and non-intrusively, with respect for the child’s 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. Often, in a first session, a child will produce a very neutral drawing, something in the room or the view from a window. Once they feel safe, their imagination begins to unfold.
It is now estimated that ten percent of pupils in our schools, suffer with some kind of mental health problem. Every Child Matters now requires that schools meet all the needs of all children. Drawing and Talking provides an effective school-based intervention, which is intended to complement rather than replace the work of CAMHS, Art or other specialist therapists, enabling children who would otherwise go untreated to get the help they need before problems become entrenched.
The Foundation Training Course
The foundation course consists of a full day’s training. It is suitable for anyone who is working with primary or secondary school pupils. No previous knowledge, training or experience is necessary.
Participants will learn how to put this simple technique into practice. They will learn how to get started, how to run a session and how to deal with common problems which can arise.
Drawing and Talking is a serial drawing technique which takes place over one term. 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 experiential component will be 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 should be confident to get started in their own schools or clinics.
|Evidence underpinning this approach||
"Good use is made of 'additional therapy' throughout the school." - Sutton School Ofsted Report June 2006
"The drawing and talking enabled children through an unthreatening medium, with a known and trusted adult, to explore their thoughts, feelings and anxieties." - Head Teacher, Mainstream Primary School, South London
"Drawing and Talking has proved invaluable with secondary students who find it differcult to talk about their emotions." - Clinical Psychologist
"Very useful, insightful and relevant to the Learning Mentor's role. The child has developed trust and grown in confidence. He seems happier around the school when I see him" - Learning Mentor, Mainstream Primary School
"I remember, a long time ago, when we did the drawng. I've still got all the drawings and I keep them in my safe place and only show them to very special people." - Six year old child, seven months after completion of Drawing and Talking.
|How users/participants can evaluate success||
Drawing and Talking is not a cognative therapy, and is therefore a complex intervention to 'measure results' however we recommend that staff working with young people use the Strengths and Differculties Questionnaire to asses before, after, and a year on from intervention.
|Follow-up activities and support||
Once participants have complete training they will be ready to return to their place of work and begin using the Drawing and Talking Therapy technique with children and young people they feel will benefit.
There is a members forum which is free to register once particpants have completed training and staff of the company are ready to answer any queries and offer support should the need arise.
This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.