Family Practitioner Training: Heart-to-Heart (September 2021)

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OX10 9JD

The Pavilion


OX10 9JD

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This course offers family practitioners a fun and effective early intervention attachment programme.

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Course Outline:

Heart-to-Heart was developed by big toes little toes Director, Debi Maskell-Graham, and is delivered in partnership with Clear Sky Children’s Charity. This course offers family practitioners a fun and effective early intervention attachment programme for parents / carers and their children / teens to attend together. 

  • This 2 day CPD accredited training weekend is suitable for practitioners working closely with parents and carers of children/teens; such as therapists, social workers, teaching and support staff, charity workers and family outreach workers

  • Practitioners can deliver this 1:1, in groups or through a home-visiting model

  • Training is split across two approximate age ranges; 5-9 years and 10-15 years.

  • Cost £275 (includes a signed copy of the course author’s book entitled “Reflective Functioning and Play: Strengthening Attachment Relationships in Families from Pregnancy to Adolescence”

This flexible programme is based on the latest attachment research which shows that supporting the parent-child attachment relationship sets the scene for the best outcomes for children right into adulthood. Adolescence can be a challenging time for parents and carers and this programme offers an ideal opportunity to share and experience new and empowering evidence-based knowledge with families.

The Benefits for Families:

  • Practitioners can develop supportive networks by offering local sessions designed specifically for parents / carers and their children / teens which may continue long after the programme ends

  • Parents / carers and their children will come together through enjoyable, interactive and low-key activities which help strengthen their relationship in a contained and nurturing group 

  • All group members will be equipped with the latest science of attachment and encouraged to develop attachment skills using a wide variety of enjoyable activities including multi-media clips provided and the occasional junk sculpture

  • Families will explore all aspects of middle childhood and teen development including the amazing changes happening in prepubescent and teenage brains, why teens turn nocturnal and other wonderful aspects of emotional, neurological and psychological development 

  • Practitioners will share evidence-based tools and techniques with all group members to help them manage stress and develop resilience

 Course Aims: 

  • To empower practitioners with a strong grounding in the latest attachment theory and research including what we now know about how attachment security is operationalised within the parent-child relationship

  • To equip professionals with all the knowledge, confidence, resources and practical skills to deliver Heart to Heart programmes including specialist attachment skills to as many families as possible

  • To provide delegates with access to online printable resources to support delivery including an example 6 week programme and additional creative resources

  • To share pre and post-programme outcome measures

  • To reward participants with a Heart-to-Heart Practitioner Certificate and 12 CPD points   

© big toes little toes, 2016

About the Course Author:

Debi Maskell-Graham has over 30 years' experience of working with families and children. She is passionate about empowering parents and carers with new attachment knowledge and evidence-based skills to help strengthen the parent-child relationship from within.

As a Play Therapist, Researcher, Trainer and Consultant she is known for her ability to translate the very latest in empirical attachment research into accessible, effective and playful practice. She has published widely including policy and governmental reports. Her book "Reflective Functioning and Play: strengthening attachment relationships in families from pregnancy to adolescence" is included in the price of this course.

About the Course Facilitators:

Becky Hill is a qualified Dramatherapist and Head of Therapeutic Thinking at Clear Sky.

Becky has always had an interest in working with children because she loves their playful energy and enthusiasm! During her studies she volunteered in a special educational needs primary school before going on to do a degree in Drama & Physical Theatre. Whilst doing this she taught children’s drama classes and following graduation became a drama facilitator at a day centre for adults and young people with a variety of needs. Here she was able to see the benefits of drama and movement first-hand on reducing anxiety and building relationships. This inspired Becky to undertake a Masters in Drama and Movement Therapy where she was able to explore her passion to support children and their families to reach their full potential. 


BA Hons Drama and Physical theatre 

MA Drama and Movement Therapy

Miriam Muldal is a qualified Art Psychotherapist working with children and young people in mainstream and specialist education settings. Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that can help people to express and explore feelings and thoughts that are at times confusing and difficult to put into words. Miriam is committed to enabling young people to express themselves using art materials in order to open their personal creative growth. She has worked with young people throughout her working life, initially in paediatric special needs nursing, followed by comprehensive school art teaching and then found these strands of experience weaving organically into art psychotherapy. Miriam has experience of using art therapy with young people in areas of learning difficulties, bereavement, mental health and eating disorders.


BA Hons Fine Art

MA Art Psychotherapy



How does Heart-to-Heart differ from Parent-Child Attachment Play training?

Both Heart-to-Heart and PCAP are based on attachment theory and take a child-led approach. However, Heart-to-Heart gives practitioners the skills and knowledge to work with parents AND their children / teens together.  PCAP focuses on supporting the development of play skills with the parent / carer providing them with the skills to deliver play sessions to strengthen attachment at home. These courses offer very different but complementary methods to strengthen the parent-child relationship. 

Which age group is Heart-to-Heart targeted at?

Heart-to-Heart offers early help for children and their parents / carers together across two approximate age ranges of 5-9 years and 10-15 years. The younger bracket focuses on play-based techniques whereas the older age category pulls on interactive activities and managing stress collaboratively.

How can I use Heart-to-Heart after I have completed the training?

Heart-to-Heart aims to equip you with the skills you need to work with parents / carers and their children / teens together in a collaborative way. You will be provided with all the research, knowledge, tools and techniques to run your own programmes and build supportive networks of families in your local area.

What have previous attendees said about the course?

Feedback on the course to date has been overwhelmingly positive! Here are a few examples of feedback received from previous course delegates:

"An amazing and inspiring course"

"A gentle approach using play to enrich the parent-child relationship"

"It is fantastic, informative and playful"

"This course is accessible to non-therapists; the skills and knowledge learnt is invaluable in school"

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This event is for childcare professionals aged 18 years or over. The training is aimed at practitioners working closely with parents and children; play and other creative arts Therapists, social workers, teaching staff, charity workers, family outreach workers, nursery staff, health staff, children's centre staff - and others.

Is there parking available at the training venue?

The training venue has plenty of parking available.

Do I need to bring anything to the event?

A notepad and pen is all you need. Please also make sure you are dressed in comfortable clothes as many training activities will take place on the floor!

Will lunch be provided?

All refreshments and a light sandwich lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies upon registration.

How do I get to the venue?

We are in the small picturesque village of Moulsford, situated between Streatley and Wallingford.

Look out for the Clear Sky flags when you arrive in the village. The Pavilion is in the centre of the village with a large free car park at the front.

If you are travelling by car:

For sat navs please use 'OX10 9JD'. There is plenty of parking available.

If you are travelling by public transport:

Moulsford is not served by public transport. The easiest option is to get a taxi for the last part of your journey to us. 


Here are a selection of Taxi Companies you could use:

Go Green Taxis - tel 01235 811100 (Didcot), 01491 524343 (Wallingford)

Taxis Wallingford - tel 01491 902903

Pryors Taxis - tel 01235 812345


The nearest local train station is Cholsey.

The nearest mainline train station is Didcot Parkway. 

National Rail Enquiries

Buses and Coaches

National Express Coaches stop in Oxford.

Local Bus Services also run into nearby towns and villages. 

Is there accommodation available?

Accommodation is not included. To follow is a selection of B&Bs hotels nearby (please note, we have not visited these hotels ourselves so would always recommend you check reviews before booking):

The Bull at Streatley, RG8 9JJ

The Swan at Streatley, RG8 9HR

The Miller of Mansfield, Goring on Thames, RG8 9AW

The Coachmakers Arms, Wallingford, OX10 0EU

The Town Arms, Wallingford, OX10 0BL

There are also a number of Airbnbs in the area. www.airbnb.co.uk Just put in the postcode 'OX10 9JD'

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any further questions regarding the event please contact us: info@clear-sky.org.uk or call 01865 362789.

What is the refund policy?

  • More than 3 weeks before course starts - 100%
  • 1 - 3 weeks before course starts - 50% refund
  • Cancellations less than one week before course starts - no refund

For further information on this course or Clear Sky's other services please visit www.clear-sky.org.uk.

COVID-19: This course will run if Government Guidelines Allow. 


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