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Sheffield Dyadic Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy Training Level 1

This course is for qualified Art Therapists or other qualified creative therapists only. Dyadic Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy is a way of working which focuses directly on the child’s primary attachment relationship. The therapist does not become the child’s therapist or the caregiver’s therapist but the relationship’s therapist.



Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of June 2019

10am to 4pm


Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

The aim of this two day course is practical: to give art therapists what they need to feel confident and competent to work in this way. It will provide a rationale, basic principles and outline how to put these into practice.

Content Description Learning will be through short presentations from the two trainers, role-play, videos, reflective art making and discussion. There will be opportunities to think about your own experiences of working dyadically. The course is appropriate for all art therapists, including those with experience of working dyadically and also those who have never worked in this way.

Learning outcomes

• The rationale for dyadic work

• Three approaches to dyadic work

• The importance of preparing the caregiver

• Principles and competencies

• Planning sessions

Amanda Platt initially worked as a key worker for Sheffield Futures with Primary aged children who were on the verge of permanent exclusion. She began working as an Art Therapist for Sheffield CAMHS in 2003. She continues to work in this service offering a range of interventions including assessments, individual, family and dyadic Art Therapy. Amanda has helped develop an attachment pathway across the service as well as establish Dyadic Art Psychotherapy as a specialist intervention. Training experience includes Watch, Wait and Wonder, Level 1 Theraplay training and Mentalization Based Therapy with Adolescents. Amanda is also an associate lecturer with the Northern Programme Art Psychotherapy course where she provides regular supervision and workshops for the students. She also provides supervision for qualified Art Therapists working with children and families. She is an active member of ATCAF.

Katie Wilson initially trained and worked as a Theatre Designer. Her involvement with Community Theatre inspired a shift in direction which led to her training as an Art Psychotherapist. She began work as an Art Psychotherapist on a short contract within an Adult Community Mental Health Team. In 1997 she joined a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service where she continues to offer a range of Art Psychotherapy interventions including, assessments, individual, family and dyadic work. Katie has joined with other Art Therapists within her team to establish Dyadic Art Psychotherapy as a specialist intervention within the attachment care pathway. Recent training supporting Dyadic Art Psychotherapy includes, Seeing Is Believing: Training in Videotaping Strategies to Improve Parenting, and Theraplay. Katie is beginning to integrate elements of these approaches into her Dyadic Art Psychotherapy practice. Katie is also an associate lecturer with the Northern Programme Art Psychotherapy training course and an active member of ATCAF.

Additional Information:

BAAT Member fee:

Employer funded BAAT Member: £220

Full BAAT member self funded: £200

Under-employed BAAT member self funded: £160

We have reserved 2 reduced places for unemployed BAAT members at £80 on a first come first serve basis. Please email in order to check availability.

Non BAAT member fee: £250 to book please email with your booking enquiry.


If you would like to be invoiced for your place on this conference, please complete this Invoice form Invoice Details Request - Event Booking.docx and return it to If you would like to be invoiced and are not a BAAT member, you will need to create a BAAT booking account by registering via our website here: This does not incur a fee and is free to set up. Please include your registered BAAT number within your form.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Convenors: Katie Wilson & Amanda Platt

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