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Working with looked after and adopted children: complex trauma and art therapy

This course promotes best practice in working safely, ethically and effectively with children who are looked after, on Special Guardianship orders, in kinship care or adoption. The aim is for participants to gain knowledge of current good practice in this field and be familiar with the specific contribution’s art therapists can make when working with complex trauma.

Friday-Saturday 9-10th September 2022



(Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent 1 week before)

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**This course is open to qualified Art Therapists and other qualified Creative Therapists from around the world**

More and more art therapists are working with this population of children through different funding streams and in different organisational settings, particularly schools. Many are working as independent or private practitioners. The work is often complex and requires systemic and holistic thinking, and a thorough understanding of the neurobiology of maltreatment and the importance of family and relational healing. It is a specialist area of work requiring specialist knowledge, which this course aims to provide.


Learning will be through presentations by the trainers, small and large group sharing and discussion, and experiential learning and will include:


• Outline of our understanding of complex trauma in children and its impact on body/brain development


• Implications of this for therapeutic practice


• Practical ideas for helping children with emotion regulation


• The key role of caregivers/parents in supporting and being involved in the therapy and the recovery process


• The impact of caring for or being part of the system around a child/young person with a complex trauma history


• Experiential learning in the form of art making/art materials and their role in emotional regulation and sensory   

   integration Learning Outcomes


• How to work safely and ethically with children who are looked after, in kinship care, adopted or on Special

   Guardianship Orders


• Knowledge of current best practice in working with children who have experienced complex trauma


• Understanding of the important role of caregivers/parents in a child’s recovery


• Which specific contributions art therapists can make when working with complex trauma


Anthea Hendry has worked as an art psychotherapist with children, young people and their families for many years initially in CAMHs and for the last 12 years as an independent practitioner, trainer and supervisor. She has specialised in working with children and young people who have experienced complex trauma. Prior to qualifying as an art therapist she worked as a social worker in fostering and adoption and then managed a voluntary sector After Adoption service. She is the co-editor of Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: Helping Children and Families in foster care, kinship care or adoption published in 2017, and the author of several journal articles and book chapters. She teaches on The Northern Programme Art Psychotherapy course and is a trainer for the post qualifying Dyadic parent –Child art Psychotherapy BAAT training. She is an active member of both the BAAT special interest group Art Therapists working with Children and Families (ATCAF) and the Self-Employed, Private and Independent Practice (SIPPSIG).


Katie Wrench is a social worker and art psychotherapist, who has worked for over twenty years with children in care and adopted from care and their families; as a social worker, therapist and foster carer. She currently manages a Therapeutic Social Work Team 4 days a week and continues to provide independent consultation and training to frontline social care practitioners and therapists, adoptive parents and foster carers around life story work and other areas of social work and fostering/adoption practice across the UK. Katie has written three highly accessible books entitled Life Story Work with Children who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Ideas and Activities, (Wrench & Naylor 2013), Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents to Stay Safe. Creative Ideas and Activities for Building Protective Behaviours (2016) and Creative Ideas for Assessing Vulnerable Children and Families (2018). All three are full of tried and tested creative activities for professionals, parents and foster carers who may have little time and experience of direct work and limited resources. 


Additional Information:

PLEASE NOTE: Booking closes 1 week before


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £180.00


Full Underemployed Member: £190.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £220.00


Associate Member: £220.00


Employer Funded Members: £255.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £285.00


x3 Reduced places (for Unemployed BAAT Members): £140.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here: 


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.


Convenors: Anthea Hendry & Katie Wrench

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