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Psychology: Skills and Theory for Working with Children

Saturday 22 June 2019
11:00 - 15:00
4 Hours / 1 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

Course description


An introduction to core psychology skills, techniques and theory for professionals working with children. Improve your communication and increase your self-awareness, learn about relationship-building and its connection to attachment theory. Find out about a range of creative strategies to support the children you work with, as well as carrying out the therapeutic process using a range of art techniques. The course will cover aspects of the art therapy process including: drawing, painting, use of dolls and other objects. You will also learn the theory behind art techniques.


Entry requirements


Some professional experience of working with children.  An interest in learning about working with children in a therapeutic context.


What you will learn


An introduction to core psychology skills, techniques and theory for professionals working with children.  You will participate in active learning about practical creative strategies to use with children, as well as art techniques that can be used therapeutically. NB This course is not intended as a source of personal therapy.


• Creative strategies

• Therapeutic art techniques

• Underpinning theory


How you will learn on this course


Teaching methods will include lectures, PowerPoint presentations, the use of video and internet material, group discussions, case studies, group work, role play, and participation in an art based inter-personal learning group. NB A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants.


How you will be assessed on this course


child development

• Describe the development of children and young people

• Describe the early stages of interpersonal development

• Describe the early stages of cognitive development

• Describe a key theory of child development


attachment theory

• Identify the attachment patterns found in children and adolescents

• Identify the development of attachment in young children


play therapy

• Explain the development of play and its key stages

• Experience non-directive play


art as a therapeutic tool

• Explain the use of art therapy in various settings

• Explain how to use art therapy safely

• Explain the role of boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding and information sharing

• Describe how to facilitate communication through art


other creative therapies

• Explain the use of music therapy

• Explain the use of movement therapy

• Explain the use of storytelling therapy


sources of training and support

• Identify key public and charity support

• Identify other professionals and referral processes

• Identify further training and development, including internet resources


Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)


None, although a certificate of attendance is available on request.


What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time


Research, project work, optional journal.


What you need for your course


Basic stationery. Reading materials (articles and reading lists) will be provided.

All art materials and equipment will be provided.


What you need to bring to the first class


Paper, pens or pencils, optional A4 binder for storing notes, handouts, etc.


What you can do next


A selection of CPD workshops offered throughout the year at the College.

Undertake an accredited course covering working therapeutically with children.





Additional Information


Paperwork to help your learning


At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course.  Your tutor may ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals.


This paperwork is a requirement of the College’s Quality Improvement Programme.



The College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


The VLE may be used as part of this course.  You can register on the VLE at this address:  http://vle.lecb.ac.uk/



Further information and careers advice


If you require any further information or careers advice please contact the College on 020 3045 5176

or email guidance@lecb.ac.uk


Venue Information


5 Brampton Road,


Kent DA7 4EZ


Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath.

Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422


Car park available onsite.  Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed.


For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking


Please note:  This course outline is correct at the time of printing. Please keep for future reference.