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Eileen Prendiville
Tír na nÓg
Co. Westmeath
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Phone: +353 (0)87 6488149


Overview of Training Courses Available
This first page gives a very brief outline of the different courses. These courses are held in Westmeath (near Moate), and occasional courses are held in different venues around the countryand at international venues. In-service courses are also regularly arranged for agencies both in Ireland and abroad. You can click through for more info on each course listed below.

  • Professional Training in Play Therapy and Child Psychotherapy
    This is a comprehensive part-time training in Play Therapy and Child Psychotherapy that will equip graduates to work as psychotherapists with children, adolescents and adult carers. Suitable candidates for this course will have relevant training and/or experience in working with children and families. Successful graduates of the 2nd year will be awarded a Diploma in Play Therapy. Graduates of the 3rd year will be qualified as Child Psychotherapists with a specialisation in Play Therapy.
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  • Professional Training in Creative Psychotherapy
    Graduates of the Diploma in Play Therapy and Chid Psychotherapy (above) will be eligible to continue training to work with adults as primary clients using play and creative mediums in addition to the more traditional approaches. This training (1 year) is also on a part time basis and includes supervised practice.
  • Introductory Level Courses leading to Certificate in Therapeutic Playwork

    The Certificate in Therapeutic Playwork is a modular training designed for a wide range of practitioners in child-care, education, health and social services including child-care workers, project workers, occupational therapists, creative arts therapists, play therapists, nurses, classroom and special needs assistants, pre-school teachers, day care staff, staff in special needs settings (day care or residential units), anyone wishing to work oversees as a volunteer in developing countries or disaster areas, and for anyone wishing to work creatively with children or vulnerable adults. There are 3 core courses that are repeated regularly:

    • Creative Care Course (6 Days)
    • Summer School: Creative Play, Drama, and Storytelling (5 Days)
    • Therapeutic Work with Children: The Power of Play course (5 Days)

    This course will equip participants to work with children and vulnerable adults utilising a broad range of therapeutic skills and media. The course trainers are Dr Sue Jennings and Eileen Prendiville, both are IBECPT Accredited teaching Professors so all training hours will automatically qualify for CPD points with IBECPT (The International Board of Examiners of Certified Child and Play Therapists). The Psychological Society of Ireland alse accredit this training for CPD.

    Participants who successfully complete the Creative Care course, The Summer School, and the Power of Play Intensive 5 day training, and associated assignments, will be awarded the Certificate in Therapeutic Playwork.
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  • Advanced Training Courses for Qualified Therapists
    Certificate in Child Psychotherapy
    This course is designed as a supplementary training for qualified therapists and psychologists, to work creatively with children and young people. Traditional psychotherapy training focuses on work with adults. This specialised course builds on core training to develop the expertise and skills necessary to work successfully with young clients. more info >>

    Diploma in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy
    This Modular training is now available to graduates of the Certificate in Child Psychotherapy and includes comprised modules from the range of themed and intensive training course to suit individual participants.

    Diploma in Creative Supervision
    Creative Supervision includes the use of action methods and creative approaches in the supervision of therapists and other staff involved in clinical work with clients of all ages, utilising a variety of theoretical frameworks, and in a variety of circumstances.  These strategies will also prove useful in the mentoring and consultative roles that are part and parcel of many therapists professional life. This course will focus on utilising new and innovative approaches utilising the creative arts, lateral thinking, and playful activities in the supervision process. PSI Approved for CPD.
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  • A Range of Certified 2, 5, and 6 Day Intensive Training Courses
    Current courses include:
    Summer School 2007: Elemental Play Therapy - Creative Play, Drama and Storytelling
    This course, taught by Dr Sue Jennings, provides essential skills for your play and creative practice with children and vulnerable adults.  You will experience play, drama, movement, music and dance and a range of non-verbal methods to encourage withdrawn people and contain the most active.  We shall include sensory play and work with body self and image, as well as many drama games.  You will learn projective methods for all abilities and ages.  We shall include collage work and painting, clay and modelling, dramatic play and theatre in order to create an inclusive practice.  We shall develop non-invasive techniques for evoking children's individual stories through verbal and non-verbal methods more info >>

    Therapeutic Work with Children - The Power of Play
    An experiential training suitable for anyone who works with children to gain a personal understanding of how play therapy and therapeutic play works, the safety and boundary issues to consider, develop skills and explore ways to ensure that their work with children, in whatever setting, has the potential to become therapeutic. An ideal extended introductory course for those considering training as Therapeutic Playworkers and Play Therapists and for others working with children. more info >>

    Certificate in Creative Care
    This is an introduction to Creative Play, Drama and Human rights. It is a six day course incorporating three two day modules:

    Working with Pre-school Children and Clients with Special Needs
    Working with International Children (in Ireland and abroad)
    Introduction to Storytelling and Play Skills

    Modules can be taken individually or in any sequence for Certificate

    Dr Sue Jennings, renowned international trainer and author of over 20 Play Therapy and Creative Arts books delivers this exciting training. Courses delivered by Sue will automatically qualify for CPD points with IBECPT (The International Board of Examiners of Certified Child and Play Therapists)

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    Creative Therapy with Adolescents and Adults
    This training, suitable for, qualified and student, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, play therapists, counsellors and others involved in direct therapeutic work with clients, covers a range of interventions and approaches (including Sandplay, art, movement, storytelling, drama) to facilitate therapy with young clients and with adults with whom talking therapy is not enough. more info >>

    Creative Arts Therapies Workshop - Communicating with Children
    A unique opportunity, using dance movement, music, art, drama, and play therapy, to explore your own childhood experiences and adult life, finding ways to relate to children in ways that allow them communicate more freely with you and deepen your relationships. A wonderful opportunity to experience the creative approaches that are part and parcel of the play therapy approach and develop a portfolio of new skills. A great introduction to Play Therapy and to introducing creative approaches in general psychotherapy practice. more info >>

  • Specialist Courses in Relation to Child Abuse
    Understanding Child Abuse
    Child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence are significant problems in Ireland today. We focus on developing recognition and intervention skills, and a broad knowledge base and understanding of the dynamics, impact and prevention of child abuse. Essential training for all who work with children and any clients traumatised by abusive experiences in childhood. more info >>

    Responding Therapeutically to child sexual abuse
    Practical and creative responses for one to one work with children, teenagers and adults whose lives have been affected by sexual violence against themselves or a loved one. Develop your portfolio of skills utilising non-directive and directive approaches as appropriate and learn to understand the therapy process of those who have experienced sexual abuse. more info >>