A Certificate in
Nature, Craft and Family Systems
An experiential and therapeutic approach to working with children and families
A course for provision of creative and practical therapeutic skills for use in therapeutic work with children and adults, in a family oriented focus of delivery.Embedded within the course is a Systemic and Family Psychotherapy foundation course, for which accreditation will be retrospectively applied for from the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.The training will follow the method used by Dandelion Time in its work with families that have been affected by attachment difficulties , neglect and trauma through abuse.The course integrates the healing potential of both the natural environment and families.
Topics include:
• An introduction to the Dandelion Time models of therapeutic working
• Theories of mind
• The relationships between natural, social and family systems
• The use of gardening and animal care in therapeutic change
• Sensory experiences in the natural world
• Craftwork and creative imagination as contexts for therapeutic change
• The use of seasonal, rhythmic and sequential action in change
• Working with trauma and attachment
• The history of family therapy
• Theories of change which focus on context
• Theories of change which focus on behaviour
• Theories of change which focus on meaning and beliefs
• The human life cycle and family patterns through time
• Working with difference and diversity
• Ethical perspectives on therapeutic working
• The use of self, reflexive processes
• Power dynamics in human relationships

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The course assists learners to develop competence in working with
vulnerable children and their families with complex issues in relationships, behaviour and emotional wellbeing.On completion of the course it is anticipated that learners will have gained, through both theoretical and experiential learning, basic competencies in the following areas:• How being immersed within nature can be a healing context for working with children and families with complex struggles
• How working with the senses, rhythm and craft can be a healing context for working with children and families encountering complex struggles
• Systems theory and practice, as encountered both within human relationships, and how humans are in relationship to the wider ecological world
• The use of learning from both human cybernetic and linguistic understandings and how to apply them in working therapeutically with children and families
• The use of other therapeutic models in a nature and craft-based context
• The development of techniques from family systems therapy
• Working therapeutically in a collaborative, non-discriminatory and ethical manner
• Using the course learning to apply new knowledge, understandings and skills to the learners’ working context
Applicants should have experience or qualifications in fields such as counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, health visiting, mental health nursing, social work, education (for example special educational needs co-ordinators, family liaison officers, specialist teachers) or relevant voluntary or statutory sector experience.All Applicants will need to provide evidence of the academic ability required to successfully complete the course. Applicants will be required to have been successful at interview. During the period of the course, the learner will be expected to work with children and families, in a setting to be agreed as suitable (Dandelion Time may be able to assist in finding suitable placements if required).
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Carol Bridges is a founding member of Dandelion Time with 40 years’ experience supporting families.
She is an experienced counsellor with an extensive nursing background.
Carol has studied at masters’ level working with practical skills in therapeutic education and has a passion for bringing families together within the setting of the natural world to forge new and positive experiences and relationships.
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Graham Carpenter BEM is a founding member and CEO of Dandelion Time.
He is an experienced leader in charitable and commercial organisations with the last twenty years spent working in the areas of adult chronic health conditions, family work and work with children and young people.
Graham participates actively in the delivery of the service at Dandelion Time and is a qualified counsellor working systemically with families and individuals in biographical work.
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Dr Nigel Jacobs is an accredited systemic family psychotherapist and UKCP
registered supervisor, working for 12 years in the NHS as a senior clinician. He has extensive teaching experience in systemic theory and practice and is on the Board of Directors of both Dandelion Time and the Association for Family Therapy.
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John Hills is a systemic psychotherapist and supervisor.
He co-founded “Context”, the principal practitioner publication for the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and wrote “An Introduction to Systemic and Family Therapy: A User’s Guide” alongside countless articles.
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Chiara Santin is a systemic and family psychotherapist, systemic supervisor and has extensive experience as a systemic trainer.
She has developed a dual expertise in social care and systemic psychotherapy, using and promoting a systemic approach to working with children and families at high risk.
She has published extensively.
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Dr Joe Hinds is a senior lecturer in psychotherapy and an integrative psychotherapist.
He has published a number of papers related to the relationship between the natural environment and psychological wellbeing including a recent co-edited volume (Ecotherapy) that examines the diverse psychotherapeutic ways of encountering nature.
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Dr Lesley Hanney is a consultant systemic family psychotherapist and accredited systemic psychotherapy supervisor with over 25 years’ experience in the area of child and adolescent mental health.
She has published articles in attachment and developmental trauma.
Visiting lecturers will include: Andy McGeeney, psychotherapist and author of With Nature in Mind: the Ecotherapy Manual for Mental Health Professionals; Jan Parker, systemic and family psychotherapist; Roger Duncan, systemic and family psychotherapist and author of Nature in Mind: Systemic Thinking and Imagination in Ecopsychology and Mental Health.
The course will be delivered at Dandelion Time’s premises in eight blocks of 3 days.The course is delivered through a mix of academic teaching, group discussion, role play and learner presentations alongside practical and experiential craft and creative activities.Approximately 4 to 5 hours a week should be allowed for home study.Assessment will be through observations of discussions, presentations and written assignments.
West Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent ME15 0NY
5th, 6th, 7th January 2019
9th, 10th, 11th February 2019
30th, 31st March and 1st April 2019
11th, 12th, 13th May 2019
8th, 9th, 10th June 2019
6th, 7th, 8th July 2019
31st August and 1st, 2nd September 2019
5th, 6th, 7th October 2019
Cost :
Please email training@dandeliontime.org.uk for an application form.
Applications must be submitted by the end of November 2018.
Applicants must be available to attend an interview.