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<font size="5">'''A Living Learning Experience – <br>An Introduction to Therapeutic Child Care'''</font>
::::'''2 day residential workshop'''
<font size="6">'''A Living Learning Experience – An Introduction to Therapeutic Child Care'''</font>
::::'''11 to 13 June 2009'''
::::'''2 day residential workshop
::::11 to 13 June 2009'''
::::'''(Thursday lunchtime to Saturday lunchtime)'''
::::'''(Thursday lunchtime to Saturday lunchtime)'''

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A Living Learning Experience –
An Introduction to Therapeutic Child Care

2 day residential workshop
11 to 13 June 2009
(Thursday lunchtime to Saturday lunchtime)


This Residential Workshop aims to introduce the principles of therapeutic childcare practice. Through understanding disordered attachment and early childhood damage, workers will begin to make sense of distressed behaviour in children and to learn to make use of their own feeling responses as a tool for treatment and nurturing care.

Working method

The working method of the workshop will reflect daily practice in therapeutic communities by using a psychodynamic and group-analytic approach for understanding behaviour. It will offer a programme of practice discussions and reflective workshops as well as facilitated self-experience reflective groups. In all these sessions participants will have the opportunity to make connections between their personal life experiences, their practice experience and theoretical learning.

Workshop leaders

Deborah Best, was tutor on the MA in Therapeutic Child Care course at the Reading University and a

teacher with long experience in SEBD education.

Teresa von Sommaruga Howard, is a group-analytic psychotherapist, an architect, and an organisational consultant. She conducted the Experiential Group on the MA in Therapeutic Child Care
Dave Roberts, Head of Training, The Mulberry Bush School and program lead for the Foundation Degree in Therapeutic work with children and young people.

Who the workshop is for

The workshop is for those with an interest and/or experience in working with emotionally troubled children in any setting, whether residential or day-care, specialist social work (adoption, fostering, disability), mental health or education, in public or private organisations who wish to develop their capacity to work with their own feeling responses. Groups will be in the region of 14 and we are unable to accept more than 2 bookings from any work organisation.

Venue and cost

The Workshop will be held at The Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Barns Conference & Study Centre at Toddington, near Cheltenham which offers good food with comfortable and spacious twin-bedded rooms.

The fee for the workshop, all meals and accommodation will be £450.00.

Further information, including travel details, will be sent out no later than a week in advance of the workshop.


To book please download the Adobe pdf form, or contact

Joanna Jansen, PETT, Barns Centre, Church Lane, Toddington,
Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 5DQ, United Kingdom
Phone: (UK): 01242 621200 / (Outside UK): 44 1242 621200
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