NEW Play Therapy and the Outdoors – Forest School, Play and Play Therapy

This 2 day course will help those working with groups of young people and children in the outdoors or at Forest School to understand why some children present difficult behaviours and are unable to participate in the group activities. We explore strategies and methods through Forest Play and while this is not a therapy intervention the methods will incorporate a therapeutic approach. The play skills included will include sand play, music, fire and puppet play and story making.
Trainers will be Marina Robb, who has worked for many years in nature connection and with groups that have specific needs, and Kate Macairt, who has worked as a play therapist for 10 years and has been teaching on the post graduate diploma course for 7, will be facilitating the course.

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – with Jon Cree

This level 3, 3-day accredited course will delve into what challenges us as leaders in the outdoors, looking at causes, and ways of dealing with real life scenarios. We will look at certain behaviour types and how to work with these – moving towards an ‘equal learning community’.

The course will also look at de-escalation techniques, policies, support for this type of work and ways of motivating young people, all in the outdoor environment. In order to gain the accreditation participants will apply the learning after the course, in their work, and produce a small amount of written work.

“This has been a life-changing and psyche-changing three days for me, my learners and family. It has shown me how important the outdoors is for our mental and physical health and what a regulator it can be for behaviour management… better than any OFSTED regulation!” Course participant, spring 2017.

Cost: £325 or 295 if booked two months in advance.

Resilience Outdoor Alternative Education

Outdoor Education programme for Alternative Education Provision.

Designed for ASD, ADHD, SEMH participants.

Incorporating elements of Forest School, Outdoor Learning and John Muir Awards, we focus on building resilience through development of self esteem, self confidence, understanding of the world, emotional literacy, new perspectives, communication and physical skills.

Forest School and Autism Workshop with Michael James

This will be an interactive workshop with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion as well as reflection.

What is Autism? Discussion of the process and history of AS diagnosis and why the learner led ethos of Forest School can suit AS learners.

  • Partnership working and the importance of preparation
  • Communication and social interaction – individual communication profiles and effective channels of communication that work well e.g. social stories
  • Social interaction and play – time and space inherent in the Forest School approach
  • Executive function and systemising
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Supporting people during stress and anxiety
  • Planning for autism inclusive Forest School.

Cost: £130 incl VAT.

Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors – OCN Level 3

A 3-day accredited CPD course with Jon Cree (unaccredited option available).

We will unpick theory, look at real life case studies, outdoor activities and have chats round the fire!

The days will be participatory and crammed full of tips, ideas, and activities that can be used in any natural setting. There will be time and space to consider specific issues that participants may be encountering with specific individuals in their care.

If you opt for the accredited option you have the opportunity of gaining a level 3 accreditation (worth 3 credits) from the OCNWMR (please note that this option requires some assessment via discussion participation and coursework to meet assessment criteria).

The course will include:

  • What do behaviours communicate and what is ‘challenging behaviour’?
  • The 3 C’s – models for working with behaviour
  • Why outdoors? – what needs does the natural world cater for?
  • Interventions & De-escalation – ways of working with behaviours
  • A ‘needs – based’ approach and what needs the outdoors satisfy
  • How to work with various ‘needs’ from neuro-typical through to various ‘attachment’ needs, including ASD, sensory attachments and more!
  • Self- care – Looking after ourselves
  • Working within Educational Settings, including policy & procedures.

This course is for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of ‘challenging behaviour’ expressed by learners (of any age) and how working outdoors within a natural space can be a catalyst for change.

Suitable for: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Early Years Practitioners, Outdoor Educators and Forest School Practitioners, Home School Educators, Play Workers.

Cost: £295 accredited or £235 unaccredited.

Landplay Therapy

Post qualifying training for Play Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

This two-day training will provide you with the tools you need to extend your therapeutic practice to include indoor and outdoor sessions.

Landplay training ensures the practitioner is confident in providing safe and boundaried therapeutic play space in a natural outdoor environment. It encourages practitioners to incorporate a simplified tool kit with a focus on more natural materials.

Those participating in the training need to have studied Person Centred Counselling and be a qualified child and/or adult counsellor and/or need to have trained in Jungian or Person centred approach and have a post graduate qualification.