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Jun 15, 2021 04:00 PM Addressing self-harm in schools

Addressing self-harm in schools, a priority for all

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a registered charity established for over 60 years. We think that our upcoming series of ‘Addressing self-harm in schools, a priority for all’ will be of great interest to your staff, and we ask you to pass on the details to them.

These FREE sessions are an absolute must for those working in an educational setting. Practical, evidence-based examples and advice from world-leading experts including; Professor Joan Asarnow, Dr. Dennis Ougrin, Anne Stewart, Dr. Niki Cooper, Associate Professor Mina Fazel, Professor Tamsin Ford CBE.

We hope you can join us. For full details please visit

Thu, Feb 04, 2021: Children’s Mental Health essential update

Thu, Feb 04, 2021 – 05:00pm

Children’s Mental Health essential update– the impact of COVID-19, trauma and uncertainty

Everything you need to know now to help children thrive through the pandemic (even if you’re feeling anxious and afraid).

The long months of uncertainty, virtual classrooms, and lack of normal routines are bound to have a long-term impact on our children’s mental health. Parents, teachers, and care providers everywhere are wondering what we can do to help them regulate and succeed … now and into the future.

That’s why we’re inviting UKCP registered psychotherapist Peter Fonagy, OBE, FBA, FAcSS, FMedSci, one of the key thought leaders in the world on the mental health of children and young people, to join us for this exclusive free event.

Join us on 4 Feb at 5pm GMT and get first-hand access to the latest, up-to-date research on the impact this crisis is having on our children’s mental health…

… as well as what steps you can take to help them feel safe and find hopefulness in this unsettling environment.

For registration, visit:

Call for Papers: September 2021

Trauma-informed Art Therapy with Children and Young People: Call for papers

The International Journal of Art Therapy calls for papers for this special issue…

This special issue will be edited by Karen TreismanMeagan Corrado and Alex McDonald

Deadline for submissions: 6th September 2021

In order to provide effective, trauma-informed art therapy for children and young people, professionals must understand the impact of trauma on children, young people and their families, and learn how to effectively minimize its effects without causing additional trauma. This special issue will develop knowledge and evidence-based practice in this area by highlighting the latest research on trauma-informed art therapy with children and young people and including detailed descriptions of practice along with service user feedback. This special issue will feature any or all of the following articles:

  • Research Papers reporting studies on trauma-informed art therapy with children and/or young people.
  • Practice Papers describing trauma-informed art therapy practice with children and/or young people including service user feedback.
  • Co-produced Research or Practice Papers where children and/or young people who have had experience of trauma-informed art therapy are co-authors or close consultants.

Deadline:  6th September 2021

Nov 17: Fundamentals of Art Therapy

Virtual Wish Symposium

Art therapist Trish Bedford provides an essential, practical guide to using expressive art as a method for fostering healing and mental well-being. (This session includes practical exercises that require access to basic art materials.)

Venue: Online

Time: 8.15-9pm

To register, visit:

WISH is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing
and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.

DEC. 3rd: Therapeutic Work for Adobtive Parents and Children under 5

Check out The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and families for other free online courses.

Therapeutic work for adoptive parents and children under 5: why, what and how?

Date: 03 December 2020

Venue: Online

Children who are adopted have often experienced trauma in their very early lives. How can we best work with under 5s and their families to make sure that they can get the compassionate care they need?

About this seminar

In this free seminar we will look at we can help children overcome their early experiences and to encourage long-lasting, stable and enduring relationships. We will also look at on a new model of group play work developed and tested by the Anna Freud Centre for adoptive families with under 5s, and hear about the wide range of therapeutic work that the Centre delivers for adoptive families of all ages.


Professor Peter Fonagy: Chief Executive Anna Freud Centre


  • Sally Donavan OBE, adoptive parent, author and founder of The No Matter What
  • Katherine Mautner, Senior Clinician – Adoption (Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Service), Social Worker and Play Therapist, Anna Freud Centre
  • Dr Camilla Rosan, Head of Early Years Programme and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud Centre

Register for free.

Buy an original Art work for Christmas and know you are supporting a good cause!

The Association of Child Art Psychotherapists are holding an Art Sale to raise funds to support the growth of the Child Art Psychotherapy profession in working with some of Ireland’s most vulnerable young people. Browse through our selection of art works donated by ACAP members – some of the artists focused on themes of ‘connection’ during Covid.

Browse through the art works below, If there’s no red dot, then there’s still time to purchase.

For enquiries on available art works, email

Sep 15, 2020: NHS: Delivering Arts Therapies services virtually – lessons from lockdown

Delivering Arts Therapies services virtually: lessons from lockdown

Tue, Sep 15, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Join us for this interactive webinar for mental health workers, nurse therapists, psychological therapists, peer support workers and students. It may also be of interest to other allied health professionals interested in how arts-based processes and psychodynamic approaches can be used with children and young people or adults in the community in virtual environments. –
• Introduction: Kate Pestell (Head of Arts Therapies, NHS Lothian)
• Remote relational frameworks in the context of Community Mental Health: Emma Maclean (Music Therapist and Team Lead – Community) and Catherine Chalmers (Art Psychotherapist)
• Practical demonstration of lessons learned from delivering art therapy: Catherine Chalmers and Hannah Reilly (Art Psychotherapist)
• Remote relational frameworks in the context of CAMHs and other services for children and young people Claire McCarthy (Music Therapist and Team Lead – Children and Young People) and Hannah Reilly
• Practical demonstration of lessons learned from delivering music therapy (Emma Maclean and Claire McCarthy)

April 4-2020: Getting started with Tele-Play Therapy

In the current situation where therapists are restricted in providing face-to-face services, CTC is providing this training to equip child therapists with an alternative way to engage in non-contact clinical practice, including the use of play and creative media, with child and adolescent clients and their carers. Practitioners may well find that this way of working offers viable alternatives even in times when social distancing is not required for health reasons.

Telehealth resources can support interactions when therapists cannot meet with children, youth and families because of distance, or because it is unsafe to do so.  Telehealth has long been utilized to provide medical services (both consultation and treatment) especially in remote geographical areas. Now it is time to expand its use to facilitate continued therapeutic support when health considerations place restrictions on face-to-face sessions.

Participants  in this web-based course will learn about how to utilize  digital online tools in mental health service provision, including play therapy and creative psychotherapy with children, youth and families. Participants will observe a mock tele-play session to identify play themes and practice play therapy record keeping. Participants will also engage in dyadic play experiences in small meeting rooms. There will be opportunities to ask questions about the applicability of telehealth play therapy  services as they relate to play therapy practice.

This online course, intended for play therapists and child/adolescent psychotherapists, will address the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of teleplay therapy;
  • Identify  requirements for a successful and ethical teleplay therapy;
  • Videoconferencing service;
  • Identify how your informed consent forms and office practices need to be adapted to include tele-play therapy;
  • Review play therapy models that can be utilized in a tele-play therapy setting;
  • Identify healing tools that can be utilized to create a tele-play therapy kit for children, youth and families that we support;
  • Practice observing play therapy themes and therapeutic powers while observing a mock tele-play session;
  • Practice using tele-play therapy with other course participants.

Participants are required to have,

1) Space and technology:

  • Sound cancelling headset or confidential room to participate in
  • A computer with a web camera
  • Uninterrupted Wi-Fi connection

2) Healing tools that include: 

  • 20 miniature toys of the participants choosing
  • Drawing paper
  • crayons and markers
  • A shoe box, cardboard box
  • Rice or sand in a small plastic container
  • A few bibliotherapy books about topics the children and youth/ families that you support are working through or experiencing.

Before the training, participants will receive handouts that they should print out to utilize in the training.  All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

APT Approved Provider 11-294    5.5 Play Therapy Credit Hours

Note: Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals

Discounted price of €60 in light of current crisis

Course Facilitator

Theresa Fraser is the owner operator of Maritime Play Therapy Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is an approved provider of Play Therapy training in Canada and also co-facilitates live online sandtray training courses in Australia. She is adjunct faculty for Mount St. Vincent University. Theresa’s work has been recognized with provincial, national and international awards. Theresa is known for her expertise in working with individuals who have complex trauma experiences.