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Play and the Outdoors – an Experiential & Theoretical Journey into Forest School, Outdoor, Creative and Therapeutic Play

  • Location: Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Marina Robb and Kate Macairt
  • Dates: Monday 12 March 2018 to Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Times: 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON RESIDENT - booked 2 months in advance: £180
  • NON-RESIDENT: £195

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Emotional insecurity can prevent children from positive participation in activities and relationships. Children often use unacceptable behaviour as the way of coping with negative feelings. Forest Play recognises that these children require a more therapeutic approach to enable them to calm anxiety and fully engage in forest school.

On our two day CPD course on 13th and 14th March 2018 you will learn new creative strategies to help manage difficult behaviour and help young people enjoy all the benefits of forest school and outdoor play.

This course is suitable for forest school leaders and facilitators, outdoor educators, teachers, youth workers and anyone who works with children.

Day one

  • Theory: Including – Child development and attachment; How to grow a brain; Importance of nature in childhood; Sensory Play and Stress; Group Dynamic: Importance of connection to others; Spectrum’s of emotions.
  • Activities: Role-play – The brain, baby to adult; group work to develop your skills and confidence. Group games and sensory experiences – forest school, fire and the creative use of clay, storymaking and puppet play setting up your space – tarps and shelters, sand play in nature.

Day two

  • Builds on the outdoor skills of participants – fire-lighting, knots, mask making and story making.
  • Importance of risk and challenge. Focus on the need for individual therapeutic play when working with groups and developing skills.
  • Theory: Principles of child-led play – wild play/free-play/therapeutic play; Communication skills – instruction/reflection; Safe boundaries & Health and Safety in the outdoors; Risk Assessment; Directive/non-directive.

Trainers will be Marina Robb who has worked for many years in nature connection and with groups that have specific needs and Kate Macairt has worked as a play therapist for 10 years and teaching on the post graduate diploma course for 7 will be facilitating the course.

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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