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Improving children's mental health using the principles of Theraplay®

Success In Schools

Monday, 25 June 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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A Practical Introduction to the principles of Theraplay®

Ensuring the positive mental health and well-being of children is one of the most important aspects of growing up. It is not always easy to know how to do this, especially with younger children. Theraplay® is an evidenced-based approach to help build and enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others using joyful engagement. It is particularly helpful for children who have experienced trauma or find social engagement difficult.

Recent statutory guidance, 'The Designated teacher for looked after and previously looked-after children' (DfE, 2018), says, staff must understand 'the emotional, psychological and social effects of loss and separation (attachment awareness) from birth families and that some children may find it difficult to build relationships of trust with adults because of their experiences'. This seminar will help schools understand the issues and develop some key skills and practial ideas to support children with these life-impacting needs. 

Who should attend?

Anyone working with primary-aged children who are vulunerable, looked-after, adopted or an the autism spectrum
Designated teachers for Looked-after Children, or previously Looked After Children
Designated teachers for the mental health of children
Nurture group staff

What will you learn?

Practical ideas to support the motivation of children to learn
Understand how Adverse Childhood Experiences affect behaviour in the classroom
Improve children's readiness and ability to learn
Understand how attachment impacts throughout life
Understand how to develop positive relationships between adult and child
Understand the principles of Theraplay®


What is Theraplay®?

Theraplay is an evidenced-based therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between adult and child and is personal, physical, and fun.

Our seminar leader, Certified Theraplay® Therapist and Trainer, Fiona Peacock, says, 'This workshop will look at why Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have a lifelong impact on the health and wellbeing of people. It will show how focussing on improving attachment seeking behaviours in the classroom might promote resilience in children to lessen the impact of ACEs and support them in accessing the learning opportunities of school.'


About the seminar leader: Fiona Peacock

Fiona PeacockFiona Peacock is a Senior Accredited Counsellor and a Certified Theraplay® Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Fiona Peacock works in private practice taking work commissioned by local authorities and Independent Fostering Agencies, specialising in working with Looked After and Adopted children using Theraplay®. She is a Teaching Associate in University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education.

Fiona is a published author, contributing to Therapy with Children and Young People (McLaughlin & Holliday, 2014); co-authored Fostering Good Relationships (Richardson & Peacock 2016); and wrote two of the modules in the MindEd programme.

Currently Fiona is also studying for an EdD at Cambridge researching into the experience of Theraplay®; she also provides generic schools counselling.

Fiona Peacock’s website can be found here:

About the venue

Training Room Success In SchoolsThe venue for this seminar is the learning development suite at the offices of Success In Schools, in the beautiful north Essex village of Steeple Bumpstead. When driving on the M11, leave at junction 9 when traveling northbound, but southbound traffic should leave at junction 10. Journey time is about 30mins from these junctions. 

Do you have questions about Improving children's mental health using the principles of Theraplay®? Contact Success In Schools

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Success in Schools
Blois Meadows Business Centre
Blois Road
CB9 7BN Steeple Bumpstead
United Kingdom

Monday, 25 June 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST)

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