Newsletter: January 2024

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This months top news

What’s New?

All of our current courses can now be viewed and booked via our online shop from our website http://schoolofpact.com

We are offering a range of online and face to face CPD’s and training. If you have any questions about our courses please contact us at [email protected]

Coming soon...

Dan Hughes developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Renown for his work with traumatised children and their parents through playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). Author of Building the Bonds of Attachment, Attachment Focused Parenting, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and many more powerful and  insightful books.

CPD (part one): Providing Therapy and Care for Children and Youth with problems due to Relational (Developmental) Trauma. 

When: 09/03/2024 Time: 13.00-19.30. Online. £85.00. CPD Points 6.5

Robert Grant, creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. Author of AutPlay® Therapy for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. The AutPlay® Therapy handbook and many more.

CPD: Supporting and working with parents in child and play therapy. 

When: 26/03/2024 Time: 17.30-20.30. Online. £50.00. CPD Points 3

For full details of each event please see our website http://schoolofpact.com 

What has been achieved in recent months

An Indonesian adventure!

What an opportunity! A week in Jakarta headlining a conference on resilience and Play Therapy with Eileen Braham as the Keynote speaker. 

The only problem is the 18 hr flight! 18hrs of watching films… No problem.

Let’s skip the flight and get to Jakarta.

The CEO of PT Indonesia, who had invited us, met us at the airport and drove us to the hotel. It was obvious from the start that she was a quality person and very passionate about play therapy and supporting children.

For the next few days we were met by and hosted by the team of therapists known as the conference committee. We were taken to cultural museums to enlighten the mind and spa afternoon to attune the body (I got a true beating from the smallest girl I have ever met and I hurt for days). My lasting impression of this trip is not the country, beautiful as it is, or the conference, well organised as it was, or the food, spicy and delicious as it was, but the people. Everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home. My best memories from the trip are of us all laughing around tables of food and enjoying each other’s company.

Like I said, the conference itself was brilliantly organised by the conference committee, all of whom were therapist’s. An opening ceremony that brought out the wonderful culture of Indonesia and the passion for play. Eileen’s keynote Resilience, therapists and clients recovering from the trauma of the pandemic was brilliant. If you know Eileen then I don’t need to tell you that.

An afternoon and two full days of workshops followed, where we covered topics such as Developing resilience in our practice, Trauma and burnout, Working therapeutically with adolescents 10 – 18 year old, Infant and child mental health, Considering our clients through the use of art and clay and Therapeutic benefits of clay in developing resilience. The workshops were a joy to present as the team supported and encouraged us throughout.

All too soon we were on our way back to the airport. We have made many quality friendships on our trip and are thrilled to have been part of their conference. It was genuinely a privilege to have met and worked with our friends from Indonesia.

Something to ponder on...

“We are all just walking each other home”

I have just watched the new BBC film “Men Up”. During the film two men are talking and one says to the other that his departed wife knew the secret to life. He then quoted the poet Baba Ram Dass, “We are all just walking each other home”. It was a heart-warming moment in a truly lovely film.

It got me thinking about how connected we all are and how we need to support each other through life. I thought about the role that kindness plays in our world. Our actions can affect our day and the days of people we meet. Friends, family, and strangers.

Our actions can set us on a pathway of anger or delight. A simple smile can change your day as can a one finger gesture. These are our choices. 

My question is… why don’t we choose kindness and just help to walk each other home?

Alun

“It takes courage to be kind” Maya Angelou (2014)

Spotlight

We be will regularly ‘Spotlighting’ courses and information from members of our growing community. Working together is always better than working alone.

This month focuses on Clare Beckell and Ceri Seel’s ‘Polyvagal Pathways’:

 

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