10.30AM – 4PM.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn and understand how Attachment in Play & Drama (APD) works and is used to help people of all age groups with bonding and developmental issues to heal using drama and play.

APD focuses on early play and attachment development, and highlights how intrinsic and important playing is in relation to the development of healthy attachments between children, adults and their caregivers. Incorporating play therapy and dramatherapy evidence-based models.

This is an accreditation course for professionals and students aged 18+. There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake Continuing Professional Development regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. The CPD Certification Service helps organisations such as The AoC formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet those expectations.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive. CPD Certification Service.
CPD is for professionals to show that they are continuing to develop and learn along their career journeys, by maintaining their skills, working safely, updating their knowledge and also working effectively, ethically and legally.

This exciting one day course is for early years staff, teaching staff, primary school staff, midwives, nursery staff, children social workers, senior social workers, children support workers, counsellors, therapists, and all other health professionals who work directly or indirectly with mothers, expectant mothers, primary care givers of young children or babies. This workshop also helps professionals understand, explore and experience the power of the five senses and how it immediately triggers reassurance, sense of belonging, trust, resilience, healthy playful and dramatic interactions between care giver and child and ultimately supports effective child and human growth and development.

Young children and babies interact from very early with their world and if this playful interaction is not reciprocated or halted at any point in their developmental journey, potential serious and long lasting complications regarding attachment and bonding may begin to occur in later life. This course will show you by using a range of Attachment Play exercises, myth stories and drama how to work effectively with babies, young children and their parents/primary care givers.

You will also be encouraged to playful with other participants and experience first-hand some of the strategies used in APD. This course will also assist you, as a professional or volunteer in providing effective ways in which to explore in a safe and exploratory way how to use some of these creative techniques.

On this course you will learn to:

• Understand the core principles behind Attachment in Play & Drama.
• Experience a brief overview of the brain and how it affects child development.
• Understand the developmental journey of Attachment in Play & Drama and their meaning.
• Explore the importance of playing using case studies.
• Experience a range of ADP techniques and exercises.
• Be shown a potential career pathway towards working as an Attachment in Play & Drama Practitioner.

The course will also give you a brief overview of theory and other models that support APD and up-to-date research findings on the subject and an overview of the effects of the self upon emotions. There will be plenty of time for group discussions, reflections, Q and A’s and practical demonstrations of dramatic and playful strategies which you will have lots of opportunity in which to practise and experience.

Our hope is that all participants will leave this course feeling much more confident with what is Attachment in Play & Drama, and how and why it may be applied when working therapeutically with care givers, expectant mothers and their pre-born, new mothers and new-born or young children.

You will, literally, be getting your hands dirty as you explore personal and emotional difficulties such as trauma, bullying, anxiety, and stress. Please bring your own small towel or wet wipes suitable for your skin.

At the end of the course, and satisfactory completion – you will receive a certificate of attendance and receive CPD points. We provide most materials, handouts, refreshments and a tasty light lunch is included. Please let us know of any dietary or disability requirements/needs at least one week prior to the start date of this course by emailing our friendly administrator – Ben Franklin at:

Course places will be allocated on first come first served basis so please do not delay in booking early to avoid any disappointment. Otherwise we are happy to place you on our waiting list until we are able to facilitate a repeat course in the near future.

This course is free as it is funded by The Big Lottery.

The course is facilitated by Play Therapist Julie Franklin-Baker and dramatherapist and professional actor – Christian Dixon, who are also the co-directors of the company – Creative Arts Projects based in Dudley, West Midlands and Umberleigh, North Devon.

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