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

September 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am - March 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

€120 – €280


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Joanna Fortune, Solamh is back by popular demand  with Social Care Ireland and she will facilitate a four day workshop in Dublin (September-March, the price is inclusive of all four days)  that teaches 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.

Joanna Fortune (MICP; MIFPP; Reg Pract APPI; Ap Sup PTIrl) is a Clinical Psychotherapist specialising in child and adolescent Psychotherapy with over 15 years experience working with children and families. She is a Supervisor with Play Therapy Ireland/UK for over 7 years. Joanna has worked in the NGO sector in Ireland for 12 years (with charities including ISPCC/CARI/Bray Women’s Refuge/To Russia With Love) at frontline and senior management levels specialising in a range of challenging issues. She is a Child Attachment Specialist.

She has completed an 18 month infant observation and has completed additional trainings in all areas of Attachment disorder including Story Stem Assessment Profiling, Child Attachment Interview and Mentalisation Based Therapy (with the Anna Freud Centre London), Play Therapy (APAC/PTIrl/University of Chichester) and Theraplay Level 1 & 2 & her practicum (with the World Theraplay Organisation) and was trained in a clinical supervision group with members of Espace Analytique from Paris. Joanna also does a lot of peri-natal psychother-apy work having completed a clinical rotation in Holles Street National Maternity Hospital. You can read more about her and her work on her clinic site

Venue: ChildVision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Day 1: 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 carers. We will also define and explore trauma, the different categories of trauma and the impact these have on attachment formation.

Day 2: 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. Come dressed comfortably.

Day 3: 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)

Day 4: 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 *we can discuss this more closer to the time

Proposed Dates:

Day 1 Monday 30th September 2019

Day 2 Monday 4th November 2019

Day 3 Monday 13th January 2020

Day 4 Monday 9th March 2020


September 30, 2019 @ 9:30 am
March 9 @ 4:00 pm
€120 – €280
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Charlotte Burke