What you'll learn
- This course provides important guidance on how to listen to children who have been abused, including through direct work
- You will be helped to appreciate the need for communication to be child centred
- You will explore the impact of abuse on communication
- The use of the toy box method will be demonstrated
Communicating with children in general is skilled work, but when children have been abused, the challenges of effective communication can be much greater. In this course, highly experienced childhood trauma expert Mary Walsh offers useful insights to serve as the basis of high-quality professional practice.
This is one of three courses presented by Mary Walsh based on her extensive experience of working with young children traumatized by abuse. Together the three courses offer a basis and framework for rising to the many challenges involved in working with children traumatized by abuse.
A key part of the course is an explanation and demonstration of her renowned toybox method of direct work. This course highlights Mary Walsh’s pioneering approach. It will be of value to anyone involved in – or training to be involved in – working with abused children by offering not only useful ideas, but also a helpful method for direct work.
We are unlikely to make real progress in helping abused children to recover from abuse-related trauma if we are not effective in communicating with children. There are no magic answers to getting it right, but there is much that we can learn from highly skilled and experienced experts like Mary.
This course will be of value to anyone working with children, especially those that have been subjected to abuse.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone working with or training to work with children who have been abused
Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops.
He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss and now edits the free e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN. His main interests are in the field of well-being: equality and diversity; conflict management; stress; loss, grief and trauma; and reflective practice. He is a sought-after conference speaker, consultant and facilitator.
He also works with Vigoroom UK, a sophisticated employee wellness platform geared towards promoting healthier, happier and more productive workplaces.