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1 Counselling children Art, sand tray and play therapy

2 Art therapy with children

3 Sand tray therapy with children

4 Session with parents or parent

5 Session with parents Session with parents

6 Initial session with parents or parent  First session with the parents or parent to get information about the situation that doesn't need to be talked about in front of the child

7 Parents – initial session  What works well?  What doesn't work well?  Family background  Are parents together  Are parents separated  Are they re-partnered  Step parenting issues  Parenting disagreements  Boundaries  Strengths and talents of the child  Hobbies  Issues with siblings  Issues that brings child to counselling:  emotional  behavioural

8 Who will benefit from counselling? The parent (s) child / whole family  Assessment of who will benefit most.  What are the issues?-  Do they relate to the parenting or surrounding situations between parents  Child’s issues  Behavioural  Emotional  At home  At school  With friends  With separation from parent ?

9 Child’s emotional signs  Fears: fear of monsters  Nightmares  Fear of new things, fear of going to school, fear of visits etc  General anxiety  Sadness: crying a lot, being clingy at separation of parents, after moving house – loss of friends  Anger and aggression: throwing things, generally angry after certain events, towards certain people,  acting out, destroying toys, hurting siblings, pets etc


11 Child’s behaviour  Aggressive behaviour: kicking things, destroying things like toys,  hitting or kicking others, siblings friends etc  Bullying others,  acting out at school  Not listening  Not obeying, being disrespectful to others  Back chatting to parent (s)  Not wanting to go to school: being bullied by other kids,  Shyness and feeling anxious about going to school,

12 Play is therapeutic in itself

13 What is play and sand tray therapy and how does it work?  Sand tray therapy has been developed by a Jungian therapist over 50 years ago.  She found that this kind of therapy is a non – intrusive, non-judgemental approach to help the child express itself  Play is the natural language of a child  It works often on a symbolic level and lets children work inner and outer conflicts out in a non threatening way

14 Self directed play – story telling  Figurines are placed in the sand tray  The child either talks or is silently placing figures in the sand and moving them around  I ask about the story and who is in the story


16 How it works  Fears can be externalised as a dragon or monster in the sand tray  Sadness can be expressed by choosing a figurine that looks sad – or by isolating a figure  Anger can safely be expressed (motorbikes or warrior figures often help)




20 Kids skills  Kids skills  Learning to have courage  Learning to challenge fears  Turning fears into challenged that can be overcome  Creating support to help challenge fears  Reward system

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