Events and Seminars

Event:Working with Children: Violet Oaklander Projective Arts Model
Venue:Friends Meeting House, 17 Woodville Rd, Ealing London W5
Duration:Five Thursdays: Jan 20; Mar 24; May 5; July 21 & Sept 15. 10am -6pm
Extra Info:This ‘hands on’ part experiential, part didactic workshop, now in its sixteenth year, caters for counsellors, psychotherapists, educators, pastoral carers and other professionals working with children. Incorporating the arts in therapy with children offers an ‘experience near’ vehicle for self-expression that aids relational exploration of issues, fosters resilience and enhances wellbeing. Grounded in Gestalt Therapy Theory the course draws inspiration from the projective arts approach of eminent Gestalt child & adolescent psychotherapist Dr. Violet Oaklander ( Windows to our Children* & Hidden Treasure), also ideas from Attachment and Systemic theories. It will also interest those wishing to explore their own relationship with creativity and/or play. The group will experience at first -hand many of the following: drawing, painting, clay, sandtray, music -making, haiku, drama & movement, dream work, sound healing and ‘kitchen puppets’.

Course content: includes key concepts ( awareness, contact, embodiment, Buber’s ‘I-Thou’ relating, support), reasons children enter therapy, developmental principles, conjoint family assessment, conducting a first session, therapeutic process, crisis intervention /blended working, anger & aggressive energy, diversity, grief work, safeguarding, additional needs, group work, reviews, ending. Methods: ‘live’ demonstrations, didactic, skills practice, dyadic and group work, discussion.

Fee £560 (BACS) Early Bird £510 ends 1.10.21. Includes all materials, worksheets, reading list, attendance cert. 35 hours cpd. Book: Email * translations include Hebrew.

Jon Blend MA is an adult, child and adolescent psychotherapist working with children and families in private practice in London. He is also an author, supervisor, trainer and Lifemusician. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education, (IATE) London,, Nurture, Education, Training & Therapy (NESTT) Yorkshire, a guest trainer with Pathways, Prestwich and the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation Jon brings over 40 years’ experience of working with children, young people and families in the fields of community mental health, social work and performing arts. He has delivered workshops and presentations to counsellors, psychotherapists and other health and education professionals in Bath, Budapest, Chepstow, Florida, Goole, Kyiv, London, Manchester, Naples, Oxford, Prestwich, Rzeszow, Sofia, Tbilisi, Toronto and Zagreb. For nine articles and training information visit

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