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Fri 29 Nov

Drawing and Talking Therapy Training

9am to 3pm

Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road, Headford Point, Galway,

 Drawing and Talking 

Foundation to Drawing and Talking: A therapeutic method of working with children young people 

 Friday 29th November

 Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road, Headford Point, Galway, H91 ET6N


 9am – 3pm

Drawing and Talking Therapy Training has been designed for professionals working on the front line of Children Services, supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of children in education and social care system. 

What is Drawing and Talking?  

Drawing and Talking is a safe and easy to learn proactive technique for use with children, young people or adults who have suffered trauma or have underlying emotional difficulties. It supports those who are not realising their full potential, either socially or academically. The purpose of the method is to encourage the child or young person to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable at the same time each week. The trusted person will ask a number of non-intrusive questions about the drawing and over time a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts and trauma is healed. 

It is a useful tool for social workers who have regular weekly contact with children or their families, and know that they will be with that child for a period of 12 weeks or longer.   

Drawing and Talking is a safe and easy to learn ‘tier 1-2’ therapeutic intervention, that enables a child to work one to one building a secure attachment to an adult they trust.  Many social workers have found that using Drawing and Talking with families in their caseload, has enabled a deep relationship to form and can often lead to help being received more positively as time progresses. 

This intervention is not used to ‘find out’ what has happen or what is ‘going on’ for a child, but rather to help them process the internal pain they are feeling that may be effecting there mental health and wellbeing due to the trauma they are suffering. 

Drawing and Talking is designed to support the Mental Health and wellbeing of CYP who may be suffering from (but not limited to) the following:

Are not realising their full potential, either academically or socially • Are at risk of being/is excluded from school • Have suffered trauma • LGBT • Are (or are in the process of being) adopted or fostered •  Suffer because of separated or divorced parents • Suffer from anxiety, stress or phobias • Have suffered a loss or bereavement of any kind • Are withdrawn or continually unhappy • Depression

  • Showing signs of self-harm or harming others • Are ill, disabled or autistic • Find it difficult to make friends • Quarrel frequently with peers or siblings • Bully others or are bullied themselves • Display inappropriate behaviour • Don’t play• Gang related trauma •On poverty line • Suffer with transition 

 Who Should Attend Training: 

EDUCATION: School Counsellors, Teaching support staff, Learning Mentors, Family Support, Special needs teacher, Nurture Groups, Mental Health Lead, SU

CHARITIES: Children’s Charities, Hospices and Bereavement, Women’s Refuges, Refugees, Child Poverty, Mental Health

SOCIAL SERVICES:  Social Workers, Family Liaison Officer, Adoption or Fostering, Transition from Care teams, Youth Offending Teams, Child Slavery, Child Exploitation

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Mental Health Nurses, Therapists, Counsellors, Youth Workers 

The training is suitable for anyone working with children or young people, no previous knowledge, training or experience is necessary. Drawing and Talking provides an effective pro-active intervention which is intended to complement rather than replace the work of play, art or other specialist therapists; enabling children who would otherwise go untreated to get the help they need before problems become entrenched. 

Course Objectives

  • Participants will learn how to put this simple technique into practice.  They will learn how to get started, how to run sessions and how to deal with problems that can arise. 
  • Drawing and Talking is a serial drawing technique which takes place over a 12 week period.  During training, there will be an opportunity to see how drawings change over time as this powerful, yet healing method takes effect.  Participants will understand process children will move through so able to monitor the progress of the child. 
  • The theoretical component to training will teach basic neurobiological theory relating to trauma, how to create a safe and containing space, the importance of endings and losses, and how to deal with distress and child protection. 
  • The experiential component will be an opportunity to development 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 who they will be working. 
  • By the end of the training, participants should be confident to get started with children they feel will benefit. 

What ‘s included:

  • Training Manual 
  • CPD Certification (5.5hrs)
  • Access to a free ongoing CPD Support via online Graduate group 

250 Euro per delegate  

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To ensure you are receiving the best value for money should you attend or place staff on training, please be aware the Drawing and Talking Technique is a one to one intervention, delivered over 12 x 30 mins sessions in a one to one capacity. 

If you have any further questions around the training please do not hesitate to contact us at   

We look forward to working with you.