Drawing and Talking is a child-centred therapy focusing on prevention, early intervention and recovery of mental health issues. 


Foundation  Course Training

£195.00 + VAT per delegate 

Reduced rates for INSET or Cluster training please contact us directly.

Duration of training

1 day (9am-3pm)


Drawing and Talking Therapy Training is an experiential training programme designed for professionals who work with children and young people.

Originally created by Dr John Allan in 1967, then further used and researched at University of British Columbia from 1973-1997 in the  training of Master's and Doctoral students in School Counselling, the 'Serial Drawing Technique',published in Dr.Allan's Inscapes of the Child's World:Jungian Counseling in Schools and Clinics,  was bought to the UK in 2002 by Michael Green, British Jungian Analyst, for a pilot project in UK schools.

After receiving consent from Dr John Allan, Michael Green and Maria Beagley who is a SENCo embarked on developing the experiential training component currently delivered and , with the permission and backing from Dr Allan, changed the name to Drawing and Talking.

Drawing and Talking now trains staff and carers in a number of organisations  around the world.

Drawing and Talking is a safe and easy to learn serial drawing technique for use with children and young people who have suffered trauma or have underlying emotional difficulties affecting their mental health and well-being. The technique is based on Jungian and Attachment (Bowlby) theories.

Drawing and Talking therapy supports those who are not realising their full potential either socially or academically.


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Therapeutic intervention, such as Drawing and Talking can help children and young people who:


  • Have suffered trauma 
  • Have been or are in the process of being adopted or fostered
  • Suffer because of separated or divorced parents
  • Are young carers
  • Are vulnerable teenage parents
  • Experience emotional trauma because of their LGBT status  
  • Are socially disadvantaged
  • Are suffering from the effects of domestic violence
  • Suffer from anxiety, stress or phobias
  • Have suffered loss or bereavement of any kind
  • Are withdrawn or continually unhappy
  • Are ill, disabled or autistic
  • Find it difficult to make friends
  • Quarrel frequently with peers or siblings
  • Bully others or is bullied themselves
  • Suffer from disrupted or disturbed sleep 
  • Display inappropriate behaviour
  • Do not play
  • Are not realising their full potential either socially or academically
  • Are at risk of being, or have been excluded from school


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Too often people feel afraid to admit they need help around their mental health.  We worry about what people will think of us, whether you are a child or young person, adult or grandparent we all at times feel like we are struggling.  The important thing to know and remember is you are not alone and help is available.


  • If you are a child or young person who is looking for support around your mental health and well-being there are lots of adults willing to help.
  • Try to think of an adult you can trust, perhaps your parent or another family member, a teacher or your doctor and try to talk with them. 
  • If you would like to find out if your school or local charity has trained someone in Drawing and Talking then you can find a practitioner.  The contact details of each organisation or private practitioner will be listed.



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