Throughout the year we host a number of training events and post-training support events for professionals. We also deliver bespoke training for organisations.
DDP Level 1 Training
Dates: 28th - 29th September & 12th - 13th October 2021
15th - 16th February & 1st - 2nd March 2022
10th - 11th & 24th - 25th May 2022
4th - 5th & 18th - 19th Octover 2022
Time: 0930 - 1545
DDP Special Interest Group (NI)
This is a free event sponsored by DDP Connects to support DDP Practice in NI. It is open to people who have completed DDP Level 1.
Dates: 4/10/21, 10/01/22, 11/04/22, 4/07/22
Time: 10.30 -12.00
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DDP Principles & Practice Refresher
This is a free event for those who have completed Level 1 DDP Training facilitated by Dr Kerry Sweeney (Consultant Clinical Psychologist and certified DDP Practitioner) & Dr Lynn Connor (Consultant Clinical Psychologist and certified DDP Practitiioner)
Time: 9.30 -12.30
Group Theraplay training is for professionals who want to use Theraplay in classrooms, day care, residential settings or with family groups. There is a One-Day option for those who have taken Level One Theraplay & MIM and a Two-Day option for those who have not.
A Theraplay Group is an adult-directed, structured play group that iincorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. Unlike other play group approaches, Theraplay learning takes place on a non-verbal llevel. Instead of talking about positive social behavior, the group leaders and children DO positive social interaction. Positive messages from the group interaction gradually become a part of the child’s internal sense of self.
Dates: 25th Nov & 2nd Dec 2021(full days)
Venue: Belfast, Venue TBC
Trainer: Amelia Taylor
Build Bridges Narrative Model Training
with Lynda McGill (Therapeutic Social Worker)
Adults strive to support children when they are placed in care, ensuring that the child has a safe home to live in, regular contact with their family, supporting school arrangements and ensuring their Human Rights are upheld. Often less attention is focused on supporting the child with these changes and it can be hard for them to understand the reasons this has occurred in their life and harder still to know what to say about their experiences to parents, siblings, carers professionals, teachers and friends. Left unanswered, children can have great difficulty experiencing psychological safety, adjusting to their new circumstances and accepting the care being offered to them.
Adults are often worried that talking with the children about their circumstances will upset the child further or add strain to relationships.
The Narrative Model provides a set of principles to support social workers, birth parents and carers to work together and to dialogue with the child so they are not left alone with this and are helped to psychologically adjust to their experiences. It promotes the pursuit of congruence in the best interests of the child within the care giver network.
The principles of the Narrative Model may appear easy but they can be difficult to apply in practice. Dr W Coman and Ms Lynda McGill have developed the Build Bridges training programme so that Social Workers have a procedure for applying the Narrative Model and have the necessary competencies and confidence for doing so.
Feedback from Social Work and other professionals across multiple organisations in the UK and Ireland confirms the Face Validity of this Model.
Build Bridges training events are online and require attendance at two half-days (9.30-1pm).
To register, please click on the date of your choice below :
Trainer: Ms Lynda McGill (Specialist Therapeutic Practitioner)
Narrative Model Support Session
These sessions are open to those who have completed Narrative Model Training and are seeking help with a Narrative or further discussion of some aspect of the model. They are provided by Ms Lynda McGill (SSW) - one of the original authors of the Narrative Model.
Support Sessions can include help to:
Support sessions typically last one hour and can be in person (at our office), by phone or by videoconference.
Process: Once you register, you will receive an email confirming the date of the Support Session. You will receive a second e-mail prompting you to complete a form outlining some of the issues you wish to discuss - preserving the anonymity of your client. This form is available to Lynda in advance of the session. Once the session is complete, you will receive an email with a brief outline of the key issues discussed.
Cost: £120 for people who have attended Narrative Model training.