Newsletter: December 2023

We are very excited to announce we are a new therapeutic training organisation, bringing a new training perspective to the world of children, young people and adult mental health. 

What makes us different from other training organisations?

The School of Play and Creative Therapies is a therapeutic training organisation run by therapists. We have significant experience of working therapeutically with all age ranges and understand the holistic and diverse needs of our students.  As experienced practitioners and educators in the field of mental health, our knowledge and experience has enabled us to consider the educational requirements for working therapeutically with children, young people, adults, parents, professionals and stakeholders. 

Our team recognises the importance of being able to access high quality Continued Professional Development (CPD). Working within a specialist profession can often limit opportunities to find good quality affordable courses which develop knowledge and skills to empower professionals within the work they undertake with children, young people and adults.

Meet the team!

Alun John, B’Ed

Alun has vast experience working with children and young people. Alun was an assistant pastor with responsibility for children and youth projects. He was a professional actor and worked in theatre in education for many years. He trained as a teacher and qualified with a B.Ed. and taught for many years. As a teacher he worked with primary children as well as 14 – 16 year olds in a pupil referral unit (PRU). He has managed the children and youth work programmes for charities. Alun trained to become a play therapist and as an accredited play therapist and clinical supervisor Alun became the Clinical Director of Catchpoint, a therapeutic organisation. He led a team of therapists that worked exclusively with looked after children who had experienced complex trauma. Alun is now an adult educator with both national and international experience. He has been able to use his varied experiences to find a unique way of communicating the skills and passion needed to be an authentic therapeutic practitioner.

Eileen Braham, MA

Eileen has worked with children and families for over 28 years. Her professional background began in Early Years Care and Education with a specialist interest and passion in child development and attachment theory, which supported her work with children and families who witnessed and experienced trauma. Eileen began Play Therapy Training in 2006. During this time she was a Manager and Clinical Lead at a Children’s Centre. Eileen’s Play Therapy specialism was working mostly with children who had experienced complex trauma. Eileen is a Clinical Supervisor and Creative Arts Counsellor for Children and Young People. Her interest developed undertaking further training in Systemic Family and Organisational Therapy, Dyadic Developmental   Psychotherapy, Parenting Trainer and Adult Education. Eileen not only teaches in the UK, but is also an International Speaker and Lecturer. 

Jill Cooper, MA

Jill has over thirty years’ professional experience of working with children, young people and their families. She has extensive experience of managing different services, including youth services, family support and domestic abuse services both for a local charity and a Local Government department (Children’s social care). Jill is passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and adults. Jill is an experienced adult educator and holds a formal adult teaching qualification alongside an internal assessor qualification. Jill has experience of teaching adults in the UK and internationally too. She is also an Adult Counsellor, Accredited Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. As her career progressed she became a Clay Therapist, Outdoor Play Therapist and is currently training to qualify as a Sand Play Therapist and within Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, so far reaching, level one.

Susannah Bradley, MA

Susannah has extensive experience of working with children, young people and families. She has had a number of roles in a number of different family charities and child focussed organisations. Her play therapy career began in 2006 following her completing a degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and completing her adult Counselling training. She went on to complete her MA in Practice Based Play Therapy. Subsequently she worked as a self employed therapist in different schools and organisations and went onto set up a local Community Interest Company (CIC) to provide therapeutic services for those who needed them. This CIC has developed over the years and has successfully provided therapeutic support to many children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced complex trauma and have additional needs. She is an Accredited Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, a Clay Therapist and has completed her Sand Therapy training, she has also completed Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy training. Susannah also delivers training in the UK and Internationally, her passion is to ensure that those that need it have access to therapeutic interventions. 

Continued Professional Development COMING SOON!

We have great pleasure announcing Dan Hughes and Robert Grant are two of the great therapists, trainers and international speakers who are collaborating with the School of Play and Creative Therapies Ltd.

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