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November 2017

4 Day Intensive Filial Play Therapy Training

Geraldine Thomas MSc.  and   Virginia Ryan, PhD

Certified Filial Therapists and Instructors


For qualified BAPT  Play Therapists

Dates:  Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8, Thursday 9, Friday 10, November 2017

Venue: The Tabernacle, Powis Square London W11 2AY

Nearest tube stations: Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove


Filial Therapy Training Information

This course trains participants in the original Guerney family therapy model of Filial Therapy focused on dynamic family issues related to Attachment and Trauma. It is a highly effective evidence-based intervention integrating family therapy and play therapy to address child and family problems. In this intensive practice based training therapists learn to train and supervise parents as they conduct special child-centred play sessions with their own children (ages 3-12+) to address a range of child and family problems and to strengthen family relationships.

The efficacy of Filial Therapy is demonstrated by a 50 year research history in which its approach to empowering parents to help their children with oppositional behaviours, anxiety, depression, abuse and neglect, traumatic events, attachment difficulties, adoption and foster care, relationship problems, parental divorce, family substance abuse, family reunification, chronic illness, and others is evidenced.

Offering a unique and playful approach to parents, Filial Therapy is a relatively short term intervention with long term benefits for child and family change.

Please contact Geraldine Thomas at


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Play Therapy Summer School

August 8th  -12th :


Play Therapy Foundation Course Roehampton  October 28th 2017 – March 24th 2018:

Play Therapy Foundation Course Northampton October 29th 2017 –  March 25th 2018:


Play Therapy Introduction Day November 25th 2017:



BAPT ACCREDITED SUPERVISION TRAINING – Getting Started as a Clinical Supervisor

What to consider when setting up as a clinical supervisor for play therapists, counsellors or professionals who work with children, young people and families.
Simon Kerr-Edwards is delivering a 5 day course on how to get started as a Clinical Supervisor. The courses are aimed at preparing Play Therapy practitioners for the step to becoming Clinical Supervisors. They introduce theory and practice to do with Clinical Supervision and how this may be applied to the discipline of Play Therapy. This will enhance core skills for the participants in how to deliver effective and considered Clinical Supervision and therefore increase the ethical strength of those who supervise within the profession.

Course 1 (Starting February 2017) – Play Therapy Base Limited,32/13 Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Dalhousie Road, Eskbank, EH22 3NX

Course 2 (May 2017) – Resthaven, Chinnor Road, Bledlow Ridge, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 4AJ

Course 3 (Sept 2017) – Stepping Stones (Child Therapy Consultants) Ltd. 4 Richmond Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AS
Simon is an Independent Play Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer with over 25 years’ experience of clinically supervising others. He supervises practitioners in various health, education and social care and third sector organisations as well as those who are self-employed.
Cost will be £650 per person for the 5 days (35 hrs taught time & CPD) – lunch will be included each day.

BAPT Endorsed Training
Please register your interest with Simon at


Apple Tree Centre – Children’s wellbeing and therapy centre in Sheffield and are running a series of 3 hour long CPD workshops starting in September. :


2-18 Britannia Row, London N1
Tel: 020 7354 2913