• The Drawing and Talking therapeutic technique empowers you to create a whole school approach that supports the mental health and emotional wellbeing of your entire community.

    Manage the increasing numbers of children who would benefit from early intervention as well as the ability to ensure your staff can access a therapeutic technique that supports their emotional wellbeing.

    After the 1-day Drawing and Talking Foundation courseyour Drawing and Talking Practitioners can begin handling the backlog of children awaiting therapeutic intervention the very next day.

    Drawing and Talking Foundation course delivers everything needed to begin using this powerful and simple child-centred therapeutic approach, without additional degrees or specialist training. 

    Your school can offer effective therapeutic intervention in-person or online, should the class be in quarantine or the child unable to be at school. 

    Drawing and Talking Therapy sessions are 30-minutes, once a week for 12 weeks so that your staff can see more children in the same period of time.

    Children, who would otherwise go untreated, get the help they need before problems become entrenched. 

    Shifting school culture from reactive to proactive

    Drawing and Talking is a Tier 1/2 therapeutic intervention that complements rather than replacing the work of CAMHS, art or other specialist therapists. 

    Conserve your budget and financial resources since you can leverage your existing team, rather than hiring new staff or therapists. 

    The Drawing and Talking Foundation course reliably teaches practitioners how to facilitate the entire 12-session process in 1 day of training.

    Your new Drawing and Talking Practitioners will return ready to help those on the waiting list and support children dealing with pain and trauma who are not yet ready to talk about it. This is what sets Drawing and Talking apart from solution-focused and cognitive-based therapies and interventions.

    Accreditation and Certification

    The Foundation to Drawing and Talking Therapy Training is certified and accredited as meeting the CPD Guidance and Principles Framework. This course is worth 5.5 hours of CPD.

    Adopted by 1 in 10 UK Schools

    40,000 Practitioners Trained

    Millions of Children Supported by Drawing and Talking 

    Creating a school that puts Mental Health first

    Creating a safe space to process pain and trauma.

    Imagine the shift at your school when children heal from intense emotions and trauma and your staff re-energise their passion and love for helping kids. 


    Foundation to Drawing and Talking Therapy Training


    1 day (9.30am to 3.30pm BST)


     £299.00 + VAT (per delegate)


    The Training Day

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    What you will learn:

    • How to run a Drawing and Talking therapy session
    • How to combat any problems that can arise in these sessions
    • Learn how to identify the different stages within the drawings as this healing method takes place
    • Basic neurobiological theory relating to trauma
    • How to create a safe and containing space
    • The importance of ending and losses
    • How to deal with distress and child protection issues

    Designed as an easy-to-learn short-term, time-limited one to one intervention, 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 that 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 will be confident to implement their new skills and knowledge in their own schools or organisations.

    The Drawing and Talking Therapeutic Intervention.

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    Creating Secure Attachments working One to One

    This is a one to one intervention focused on building healthy attachments and resolving trauma.

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    A Short-Term and Time-Limited Approach

    During this 12 week intervention, you will meet your client for 30 minutes on the same day, same time, same place each week.

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    World of Dream and Fantasy through Drawings

    Based on Jungian principles, you will be guided through the power of healing when working with the unconscious.

    Drawing and Talking technique is a safe and easy to learn short term, time-limited therapy to be used with anyone (age 5+) who has suffered trauma or has underlying emotional difficulties. It supports those who are not realising their full potential either academically, professionally or socially.

    The purpose of the method is to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable at the same time each week. The trusted person will learn to 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.

    Work with the individual 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 individual’s drawing. The individual sets the pace and decides what to bring to the session. Often in a first session, a child will produce a very neutral drawing, something in the room or the view from a window, however, once they feel safe and have created a secure attachment, their imagination begins to unfold.

    After completion of Drawing and Talking Therapy, individuals 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.

    Who should attend the training:

    It is suitable for anyone working with children, young people and adults. No previous knowledge, training or experience is necessary.



    Learning Mentors

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    Nurture Groups

    Mental Health Lead


    Children’s Charities

    Hospices and Bereavement

    Women’s Refuges


    Child Poverty

    Mental Health

    Social Care 

    Social Workers

    Family Liaison Officer

    Adoption or Fostering

    Transition from Care teams

    Youth Offending Teams



    Mental Health Nurses



    Who Benefits from Attending Drawing and Talking Sessions:

    Children 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 are 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

    Adults who: 

    • Have suffered trauma recently or in the past
    • Were adopted or in foster care
    • Going through a separation or divorce
    • Care for their parents or their own child
    • Experience emotional trauma because of their LGBT status
    • Are socially disadvantaged
    • Are suffering from the effects of domestic violence past or present
    • Suffer from anxiety, stress or phobias
    • Have suffered loss or bereavement of any kind
    • Are withdrawn or continually unhappy
    • Families dealing with illness or disabilities
    • Feel isolated, unable to connect with family or friends
    • Find it difficult to control their anger
    • Suffer from disrupted or disturbed sleep
    • Feel dissatisfied with life, stuck in a cycle of behaviours

    Further help and support:

    If you have any questions or queries, please contact Drawing and Talking on info@drawingandtalking.com or call 0208 715 0745.