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ONLINE: ‘Root down to reach up’: An Integrative Approach to Therapeutic Work with Children & Young People


Saturday 12th June
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
£80 – £95

Venue: ONLINE via Zoom, and CATCH-UP for 6 days.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Joining details will be sent to all delegates on Thursday 10th June after bookings close. Please note that by booking a ticket for this workshop, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for Zoom events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm.

Course Fee:

Standard Ticket Price – £95

Available until 11am on Thursday 10th June when bookings close. Pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold.

Discounted Ticket Price – £80 

Available until Saturday 15th May, subject to limited availability. Pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income or a student counsellor/psychotherapist. Proof of student or recent graduate status required.

Ticket Payment: 

Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. All payments via bank transfer must be made by 11am on Thursday 10th June to secure your place! 

CPD Certificates: 

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates AFTER the conference takes place.

Event Description:

Children and adolescents are naturally in a state of developmental flux and often it is when this development is hampered or blocked by something that they present or are referred for therapy. By understanding the connections between developmental processes and the therapeutic relationship we can ensure approaches and interventions in therapy with CYP are effective and client-centred.

This workshop presents an integrative approach to therapeutic work with children and adolescents – 11-18 years. Connections are explored through the symbol of the tree representing the dynamic flow of integrative practice; the tree roots represent our understanding of human development, the trunk represents the therapeutic relationship and process, while the branches and leaves are clinical considerations and presentations. As practitioners we are continuously reaching down into our developmental and theoretical  understandings in order to feed the trunk of the therapeutic relationship, before reaching into the branches of practice.

During the day we will use interactive exercises to explore each part of this dynamic process and consider how they interact to create a coherent unity between understanding, theory and relationship skills, as a foundation for effective practice.

By the end of this workshop attendees will have uncovered this dynamic process as it already occurs in their practice while also understanding how to enhance and develop it in order to strengthen the skills of creating and maintaining effective therapeutic relationships with children and adolescents.

The Workshop:

In the first part of the day we will look at the whole dynamic process of this integrative model before focusing on each part in turn; Development, therapeutic relationship and process and then clinical considerations and contexts.

In the second part we will experiment with mapping clinical cases and vignettes onto the tree to see if this enhances our understanding of the material as well as assists in considering appropriate interventions and approaches.

Who is it for?

This one day workshop is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists and supervisors who are working with children, adolescents and/or their families, and anyone interested in working with this age group. The material will also be relevant to therapists working with young people up to the age of 25 years of age.


Rebecca Kirkbride is a therapist in private practice, working with children, adolescents and adult clients. She is also programme convener for the MA in Integrative Counselling for Children, Adolescents and Families at the University of Roehampton. She is author of several books on the practice of therapy with children and young people, including the upcoming, ‘Skills and Theories of Counselling Children and Young People: An Integrative Approach’ (2021) London: Sage


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