Who should attend

Drawing and Talking has been carefully designed by Child Psychotherapy and Mental Health Experts to be safe to deliver by individuals who have been trained by Drawing and Talking in the therapeutic technique.

Drawing and Talking can be delivered in a range of settings where there are children and young people in need of additional therapeutic support.

Drawing and Talking is currently used across Education, Children's Services, Community Support and Health organisations.

The current Mental Health and Wellbeing landscape in the UK

  • One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021.
  • The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition more than tripled between 2010 and 2018-19
  • 83% of young people with mental health needs agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse
  • Suicide was the leading cause of death for males and females aged between five to 34 in 2019
  • One-third of mental health problems in adulthood are directly connected to an adverse childhood experience (ACE)
  • Just over one in three children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition get access to NHS care and treatment
  • In a YoungMinds survey, three-quarters (76%) of parents said that their child's mental health had deteriorated while waiting for support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • In a YoungMinds commissioned survey by Censuswide, two-thirds (67%) of young people said they would prefer to be able to access mental health support without going to see their GP but half (53%) said they didn't know how else to access this help

Anyone with the capacity to learn how to create safe environments and secure attachments is warmly welcomed onto Drawing and Talking training courses, regardless of qualifications or background, it is about creating a future where everyone has access to the protection, support and resources to thrive in life.

Find out more about how Drawing and Talking has been used in your sector and learn how to join our movement towards a world of wellbeing.

Institutions in the United Kingdom


  • Teaching Assistants
  • Learning Mentors
  • Family Support
  • SENCOs
  • Nurture Groups


  • Children’s Charities
  • Hospices and Bereavement
  • Women’s Refuges
  • Refugee Charities
  • Mental Health Charities

Children's Services

  • Social Workers
  • Family Liaison Officer
  • Adoption or Fostering
  • Transition from Care Teams
  • Youth Offending Teams

Health Care

  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Education Mental Health Practitioners

Institutions in the United States


  • Student Support Specialists
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Teachers Assistants
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Behavior Aides

Children's Services (or Child Welfare)

  • Social Workers
  • Family Support Workers
  • Mental Health Technicians
  • Foster Care Specialists
  • Child Protection Specialists

Community Support

  • Youth Care Workers
  • Community Support Workers
  • Family Advocates
  • Refugee Support Specialists
  • Bereavement Coordinators


  • Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Mental Health Clinicians
  • Behavioral Health Professionals
  • Child Life Specialist