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The healing power of play, supporting children and teenagers to heal from trauma- Joanna Fortune

September 28 @ 10:00 am - December 14 @ 4:30 pm

€80 – €140


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Joanna Fortune, Solamh is very popular with social care workers and Health & Social Care Professional’s. In conjunction with Social Care Ireland she will facilitate a four-day series of workshops by virtual classroom from September-December 2020.  It will teach therapeutic techniques suitable for working with trauma and disrupted attachment in children and young people. The techniques will be presented within the theoretical framework of trauma and attachment. Participants will leave the day with practical skills to add to their therapeutic toolkit in working with traumatised children and young people

This course is targeted towards social care workers working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, with young people in residential care, family and community supports, youth justice services, disability services, detention services, it is also suitable for all Health and Social Care Professionals working with children and young people.

Course Facilitator
Joanna Fortune is an accredited psychotherapist and published author. She founded the Solamh Parent Child Relationship Clinic in Dublin in 2010 (www.solamh.com) where she works with families around a variety of issues, specialising in attachment repair and trauma recovery therapy. She is a recognised clinical supervisor, organisational consultant (she works with a number of residential care organisations as external consultant), trainer and conference speaker in her field. In 2017 she delivered a TEDx Talk on the topic “Social media – the ultimate shame game?”. Having previously written a parenting column for the Sunday Times (Ireland Edition) she continues to write and contribute to articles on child development and parenting in various other print publications. She is also a regular media contributor to a variety of Irish/UK radio and TV shows including regular appearances on Ireland AM and RTE’s Today Show amongst others. She is the consultant on the weekly parenting slot on Newstalk FM’s Sean Moncrieff Show. She has contributed to a number of books and publications and her 3 book Parenting series called 15 minute parenting, is available now. Her 15 Minute Parenting model is a practical therapeutic parenting model underpinned by theory and therapeutic play techniques.

Day 1 Monday 28th September; theory of attachment and impact trauma has on attachment formation. This workshop will cover attachment theory and how a healthy attachment develops between a child and their carer’s. We will also define and explore trauma, the different categories of trauma and the impact these have on attachment formation.

Self directed learning ahead of the online section: you will be asked to read 2 papers and watch 2 videos/podcasts ahead of the online section.  You will process the learning from this onto an online platform in advance of the online section using padlet. This will amount to no more than 2 hours work of reading/watching/listening and processing. Participants will be sent this the week before so you can do this in your own time, before day one starts.

10 am – 12:30; Virtual Classroom this will be 2 half hours of online interaction via Zoom.  We will be discussing the material you have been asked to read and prepare ahead of time, we will watch some videos and discuss. There will be time in breakout rooms to do small group process

12:30- 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Virtual classroom this will be 90 minutes of online interaction via zoom.

15:00 – 16:00  self directed learning this will involve supporting reading/podcast materials to supplement the learning online and to give feedback and self-reflection. This will have to be submitted on padlet, before day 2 starts.

Day 2 Thursday 29th October; therapeutic responses to repairing ruptured attachment. This workshop is a follow-on from the attachment and trauma theoretical day. We will look at therapeutic routes to repair of ruptured attachment. We will explore the difference between individual, dyadic (joint carer-child) and group therapy and how each impacts trauma and ruptured attachment. This is an experiential workshop and participants will be practicing therapeutic techniques and in particular therapeutic play techniques.

​Self-directed learning: this will involve being sent some videos of therapeutic techniques that you will be asked to put into practice with service users or at least to try out with somebody in your life ahead of the virtual classroom section.  You will also be asked to read some material ahead of the virtual classroom section and will use the same platform as above to process your key learning points (2 hours). You will be given this information a few days after day one, so you can do this in your own time. You will process the learning from this onto an online platform in advance of the online section using padlet.

10 am – 12:30; Virtual Classroom this will be 2 half hours of online interaction via Zoom. We will be exploring ways to use creative therapeutic techniques via telehealth format.  You will have been advised of basic household supplies to have available ahead of time (toilet roll, cotton wool, newspaper, blank sheet and pen etc).  We will use breakout rooms as small group practice and process

12:30- 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Virtual classroom this will be 90 minutes of online interaction via zoom.

15:00 – 16:30  Self directed learning, you will be asked to plan out an engagement with a service user using some of the techniques discussed and why.  Ideally you will get to actually do this and share your learning from doing so as part of feedback and self refelection (90 minutes work). This will have to be submitted on padlet before day 3 starts.

Day 3 Monday 16th November; caring for the carer – vicarious traumatisation, compassion fatigue and how to defend against this, including case management versus clinical supervision. This workshop is about looking and reflecting inwards so that we can keep giving to others in our work. We will explore and reflect on the theory and reality of Vicarious trauma resulting in compassion fatigue in the professional. We will especially look at how high level of trauma and working with disorganised attachment impacts on the professional. We will explore and experience some reflective and self care techniques including mindfulness and clinical supervision (versus case management).

​Self Directed learning: (2 hours) you will be asked to do some self reflective exercises and share these via online platform.  You will be asked to engage in 15 minutes of self-care exercises (meditation, reflection, exercises) each day for 2 weeks leading up to this training day.  You will be sent some supportive material to view/share feedback on

10 am – 12:30; Virtual Classroom this will be 2 half hours of online interaction via Zoom. We will process the self-directed learning and use some techniques in small breakout room groups to share that learning.  We will look at the theory and practice of self-care and vicarous traumatisation

12:30- 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Virtual classroom this will be 90 minutes of online interaction via zoom.

15:00 – 16:00  Self directed learning, You will be asked to design a self care plan that involves a minimum of 15 minutes of self-care a day every day building up to 3  15 minutes segments of self care per day.  You will be asked to share this with the tutor

Day 4 Monday 14th December; Case consultation format. Bring a case you are trying to use the therapeutic responses (above) with and lets, via group supervision, problem solve the blocks using attachment theory and a trauma informed framework approach. Participants who have used some of the theory and practice from the previous 3 days training are invited to bring a case for us to reflect on together. This will be like a group supervision experience and we will use a variety of creative techniques in deepening learning and understanding of the work we do. If you wish to present a case (we could do 3-4 in detail) please send information on the case to Joanna in advance. This will be discussed this closer to the time

​Self-directed learning: 90 mins. You will have been asked to hold in mind a case of your own that comes to mind throughout each of these days.  Now you are being asked to send the tutor an anonymised and summarised case study.  The tutor will synopsise themes of each case study onto an online platform (all anonymised) and the group will be asked to virtual vote on which cases we will discuss in the virtual classroom.  The top 3 will be selected for group supervisions/case discussion

10 am – 12:30; Virtual Classroom this will be 2 half hours of online interaction via Zoom. We will take 3 cases giving them a total of 45 minutes each.  We will discuss these as a large group with the tutor providing clinical case consultation and we will discuss the themes present in light of the material covered across the days in this course.  There will be 30 minutes of breakout room process group to reflect on the themes that resonate with you in your work and why/how.

12:30- 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Virtual classroom this will be 90 minutes of online interaction via zoom.

15:00 – 16:00  Self directed learning,You will be asked to complete a self-reflection on the learning points of this course (you will have been tracking these after each day) and how they have or will influence your own work.  You will be invited to share your 3 key learnings/take away points on the same online platform we have been using throughout this 4 day course.

You will need a computer AND smart phone available at the same time to do this course.  This is because some of the virtual classroom components require you to use your phone while being actively signed in on Zoom.  You will need to know you have reliable wifi to undertake this 4 day course.  The course will not be recorded to watch at a later date so attendance at all 4 days is ideal to maximise your benefit.  We are using a virtual classroom format, which incorporates a blend of self-directed, online and reflective learning.  Each day is a total of 6 hours work in total (the same as if you came for an in-person course of 10am-4pm) so ensure your agency is freeing you up for all of that time as opposed to just the time online because each section is an important part of the course and is required.  The aim is to integrate each day into a case of your own.  This is an experiential and practical course…albeit via virtual classroom.  You will learn new creative techniques to integrate into your therapeutic toolkit along the way.

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September 28 @ 10:00 am
December 14 @ 4:30 pm
€80 – €140
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Charlotte Burke