What is Drawing and Talking?

Drawing and Talking is a safe and easy to learn serial drawing technique for use with children or young people who have suffered trauma or have underlying emotional difficulties. It supports those who are not realising their full potential, either academically or socially.

The purpose of the method is to encourage children to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable at the same time each week. The trusted person will ask a number of non-intrusive questions about the drawing and over time a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts and trauma is healed.

Working with the children needs to be carried out safely and non-intrusively, with respect for their own pace and state of being. This is why anyone using Drawing and Talking learns to stay in the world of the child’s drawing. The child sets the pace and decides what to bring to the session. Once they feel safe, their imagination begins to unfold.

After completion of Drawing and Talking Therapy, children are more able to control their behaviour, better able to access an academic curriculum and most importantly have higher self-esteem; this allows them to thrive in the world around them. We want all children and young people to have the opportunity to achieve and develop the skills and character to make a successful transition into adult life.


The Foundation Training Objectives

During training participants will learn how to put this simple technique into practice. They will learn how to get started, how to run a session and how to deal with common problems which can arise.

During the training there will be an opportunity to see how drawings change over time, as this powerful yet safe healing method takes effect.

The theoretical component to the training will teach basic neurobiological theory relating to trauma, how to create a safe and containing space, the importance of endings and losses, how to deal with distress and child protection issues.

The course will be an opportunity to develop the technique of mentally ‘holding’ and ‘being with’ another human being; an essential part of the therapeutic process. Participants will be expected to draw but no special artistic ability is necessary as it is solely to practise, experience and create the sessions for them and people with whom they will be working.

By the end of the training, participants should be confident to implement their new skills and knowledge in their own schools or organisations.


£195+ VAT (per delegate)