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Drawing and Talking Foundation Course

Chilton Primary School, Downside, Chilton, Didcot
Course Tutors
Jane Woollard
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Target Audience
Assistant Headteachers / Deputy Headteachers / Headteachers / SEND Practitioners / Teachers
Course Types
Training day
Course Categories
Teaching and Learning
Counselling / Psychology
Course Description

Drawing and Talking is a safe, easy to learn method of working with children, teenagers and young adults, to help with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour.  The core of the method is encouraging the pupil to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable, at the same time each week, and this person asking some non-intrusive questions about the pupil’s drawings

Over time, a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts, old trauma is healed, and the pupil is more able to control their behaviour and better able to access the curriculum

The foundation course consists of a full day’s training and will be led by Jane Woollard a much valued trainer who has delivered the Drawing and Talking Foundation course to thousands of delegates. Having used this technique with hundreds of children in a mainstream setting, Jane's insight into the theory underpinning the Drawing and Talking technique is invaluable to the participants she now trains.

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



Cost £185 plus VAT per participant includes refreshments

Training Objectives
Learning Outcomes


Participants will learn how to respect  the child’s own pace and state of being.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. Often, in a first session, a child will produce a very neutral drawing, something in the room or the view from a window. Once they feel safe, their imagination begins to unfold.


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.


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.

Additional Information

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 get started.

Start Date
Monday 5 November 2018
End Date
Monday 5 November 2018
Closing Date
Friday 2 November 2018
09:00 - 15:00
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