Family Practitioner Training: Parent-Child Attachment Play (Sep 2022) Leeds

Family Practitioner Training: Parent-Child Attachment Play (Sep 2022) Leeds

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The Old Fire Station

Gipton Approach



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This course offers family practitioners an innovative and empowering early help attachment programme for parents with children aged 3-15+.

About this event

Course Outline:

Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) was developed by Debi Maskell-Graham and is delivered by Clear Sky Children’s Charity.

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

Training takes place at the wonderful community hub - The Old Fire Station, Gipton, Leeds.

Practitioners can deliver PCAP to parents and carers 1:1, in groups or through a home-visiting model

Cost £275 (includes a copy of the course author’s accompanying book entitled “Parent-Child Attachment Play: Using Reflective Functioning to empower parents and carers as change agents in their own families”)

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 the knowledge, confidence, resources and practical skills to deliver PCAP to as many families as possible

To provide delegates with access to online printable resources to support and enhance delivery

To share pre and post-programme outcome measures

To reward participants with a PCAP Practitioner Certification and 12 CPD points

Parents and carers are often concerned about their children’s behaviour and that by adopting a playful attachment approach they will somehow lose control over their family life. In fact, the opposite is true. When the parent-child relationship is working, helpful child behaviour generally follows and family life becomes more manageable. This 10 step programme shows that supporting the parent-child attachment relationship sets the scene for the best outcomes for children right into adulthood.

PCAP training provides practitioners with the tools to work with parents and carers and share three main skills through interactive workshop sessions based on;

Play (and the creation of a shoebox or bag of toys/activities designed around the preferences of the child)

Containment (managing time, environment, emotions and helping children to make helpful choices)

Head, Heart and Hands (an attachment tool based on evidence-based Reflective Functioning)

Once parents and carers feel confident in the skills they begin a short weekly “You and Me” play or activity time at home with their child. This creates a short “ring-fenced” opportunity to practice the skills and enjoy a new way of being with their child. Once the skills are well-established, the parent or carer is helped to transfer them to problematic areas of home life. Throughout the process, they are supported by a PCAP practitioner. The 10 step process usually takes around 10-12 hours of practitioner input, although some families may require more support.

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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 "Parent-Child Attachment Play: Using Reflective Functioning to empower parents and carers as change agents in their own families" is included in the price of this course.

This course offers family practitioners an innovative and empowering early help attachment programme for parents with children aged 3-15+.

About the Course Facilitator

Phil Barker - Phil is a PTUK & BACP registered Play Therapist, Family Practitioner and SEND Lead Practitioner, he's used his senior leadership experience in Special Education as a basis from which to develop by becoming a Therapist and Trainer.

He specialises in Trauma/Attachment, Pervasive Developmental Disorders such as Autism and school engagement and parenting. Whenever possible he works systemically to support children's development both proactively by engaging with parents, carers, schools and other agencies and reactively by providing Therapy to children across the age range.

Phil works with Charities, Schools, Local Authorities and privately to promote child and family wellbeing.

He lives on the North Yorkshire Coast with his two teenage daughters where he spends his downtime sailing, dog walking and generally being physically active.


How does PCAP differ from Heart-to-Heart training?

Both PCAP and Heart-to-Heart are based on attachment theory and take a child-led approach. However, 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. Heart-to-Heart gives practitioners the skills and knowledge to work with parents AND their children in a group setting. These courses offer very different but complementary methods to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

Which age group is PCAP targeted at?

PCAP is aimed at children and teens aged 3-15+ and is easily adapted for a range of contexts and additional needs including ASD.

What have previous attendees said about the course?

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

"A fantastic learning opportunity with lovely like-minded facilitators and colleagues, such a refreshing and buzzing experience"

"An excellent course that helps me to work more playfully with parents"

"Empowering feel good confidence boosting"

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 with a relevant first qualification such as 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.

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?

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?

By Car: Sat Nav – please use postcode LS9 6NL

From Leeds City Centre, on the A64, go straight on through the major traffic lights at the junction with Harehills Lane (under a footbridge), keeping to the inside lane. You will pass a large care home on your left, and an Auto Money business. Take the next left onto Gipton Approach and The Old Fire Station is almost immediately on the left hand side.

Coming towards Leeds on the A64, after passing Asda on your right, stay in the right hand lane as you go straight on through the major traffic lights at the junction with Selby Road A63

The Old Fire Station has plenty of on-site free parking. Once parked please proceed to the main entrance to the reception.

By Bicycle

The Old Fire Station is on one of the main cycle super highways in Leeds City Centre on the A64 please use to plan your route. We have a bike store on site.

Public Transport

Train: The Old Fire Station a short 10-minute taxi ride from Leeds station.

Leeds station connects us with all major UK cities and has a fast and efficient London service. For train information and timetables visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

There is a taxi rank outside of the main station entrance, with taxis available 24/7.


There are number of excellent bus services in Leeds. The Old Fire Station is located on Gipton Approach, just off York Road (A64). The following First Leeds bus services stop on York Road: 5, 11, 19, 56, 49 and 64.

Visit the West Yorkshire Metro website and First Leeds for timetables and general information.

Is there accommodation available?

Accommodation is not included. There are many hotels and a number of Airbnbs in the area. Just put in the postcode 'LS9 6NL'

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any further questions regarding the event please contact us: or call 01865 362789.

What is the refund policy?

More than 3 weeks before course starts - 100% refund

1 - 3 weeks before course starts - 50% refund

Cancellations less than one week before course start - no refund

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