Christian Counselling Conference – Focusing on Children in Crisis: 16 – 17 May 2008


 

Speaker

Topic

Dr Daniel Sweeney

Traumatized children need a therapeutic experience that is physically, emotionally and spiritually secure. Play and Sandtray therapy are psychologically and Biblically sound interventions which meet this need. This workshop will discuss the pervasive effects of trauma, the benefits of play and Sandtray therapy as a developmentally appropriate intervention, and practical application of play and Sandtray therapy.

Dr Rinda Blom The development of emotional intelligence in children through play therapy activities
Definition of emotional intelligence and play therapy
Skills that need to be addressed with reference to the child’s self- awareness, motional management, empathy and interpersonal relationships, as components of emotional intelligence. Play therapy techniques that can be applied to address the skills that children need to master in order to improve their emotional intelligence.
Play therapy techniques that can be applied to address the skills that children need to master in order to improve their emotional intelligence.
Aspects to consider when implementing an emotional intelligence programme for children

Mr Gert Jonker Child and youth development and professional parenting

This programme addresses the training needs of the alternative parent, i.e. the foster parent, the place of safety parent or the adoptive parent.  The training covers issues such as, why parents want to be involved (introspection), The Child Care Act, childhood development, age-appropriate discipline as well as specific ways to deal with certain behaviours, as well as a section on the HIV infected child. This programme provides potential foster parents with insight and empowers them before they take the responsibility of fostering.

The course is targeted to address the training and support needs of volunteers, foster / adoptive parents and anyone working with abused and abandoned children.  The content centres on self-exploration, preparation with regard to the legal procedure and screening requirements, as well as knowledge-building with regard to childhood and skills-building in parenting.  The practical parenting skills taught through this course will also assist with aspects such as step parenting and age-appropriate discipline of children.