to Apr 20

Pyramid Educational Consultants UK -PECS Level 1 Training

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech.  PECS promotes communication within a social context.  Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions.  An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech.  Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities.  Delegates will be able to use PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.


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9:00 AM09:00

'What's the problem?'

Playful and creative conversations with children, youngsters and adults

A 1-day workshop with Sabine Vermeire, Willem Beckers, Kris Decraemer and Mieke Faes.

From Interactie-Academie, Antwerp, Belgium.

Introducing Mister Super Spider Cool Dude dressed in Batmanclothes, The LP in my head, The Tearmonster, The Tom & Jerry affair, The Black Cloud, The Zeitgeist, The Wall of ideals and the many stories that are connected with them!

Therapists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors,… sometimes we get confronted with the limits of our regular conversations with our clients. At the same time, it seems that in case of serious problems, we are only allowed to speak and think in a serious, strict way. Some clients aren’t that verbal and can feel intimidated by the flood of words. Our questions sound like interrogations or analyses or attempts to re-educate, turning our conversations into a dance where nothing new happens. For these kind of deadlocks, the introduction of alternative languages (images, actions, drama) and materials unfold new possibilities.

In this workshop we offer a basket full of alternative and playful ways to talk about problems, dilemma’s, initiatives, responses to difficulties, local knowledge and skills. Through these different languages children, youngsters and adults get reconnected with what is valuable in their life and with who matters to them. Alternative and creative ways of working will open up different conversations to narrate stories and experiences, creating intriguing ways to explore our relations with the problems or constraints in our lives. Surprising ideas and pathways can be discovered!

Together with this workshop, we will also present the book ‘What’s the problem?’ that we created through playful conversations with our clients. We hope to meet you one of those days!

Sabine, Willem, Kris and Mieke are narrative and systemic inspired psychotherapists working at The Interactie-Academie in Antwerp, Belgium. They specialise in working with children, youngsters, adults, couples and families within marginalized positions, using creative and playful ways when speaking becomes difficult. The combination of working as psychotherapists, trainers, supervisors and authors creates a rich cross-pollination for their ongoing journey to offer counterweight for fixed, dominant and problem saturated stories.  London: April 27th 2018
Fee: £110 + VAT
(20% discount for self-funders)

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to Oct 2

Witnessing resistance to “trauma” and interpersonal & political violence; a social justice approach A workshop with Vikki Reynolds

London, Manchester and Edinburgh, October 2018

Visit www.theint.co.uk for details

In this experiential workshop Vikki presents an alternative approach to work with ‘trauma’, from an ethical stance for justice-doing, which focuses on the resistance of victims of violence and oppression. This is as opposed to attending primarily to the details of the trauma, which can be re-traumatizing for both the person and the front-line worker. Resisting the neutral and medicalized language of ‘trauma’, we will name rape culture, torture and political violence, poverty and other systemic contexts of social injustice that are often hidden in individualized talk. Honouring the wisdom of the people we work alongside in their resistance to abuses of power brings forward their agency and wisdom. Locating sites of resistance, and witnessing the resistance capacities of the people we work alongside, can create identities of knowledge, autonomy and strength, as opposed to victim/survivor identities, or other spoiled identities.

Workshop participants will:

·         Engage in  practice examples of a witnessing approach to work with people who have suffered violence, and look at the questions and dialogues that bring forward the person’s resistance, wisdom, knowledges, courage…;

·         Consider alternative understandings of ‘trauma’, including seeing PTSD as a potential site of resistance;

·         Locate problems of ‘trauma’ in the social world where we have not delivered on a ‘just’ society;

·         Explore their own acts of resistance against power-over and domination;

·         Learn how to structure safety for therapeutic conversations as a foundation of the work;

·         Develop witnessing practices that offer new meanings of traumatic past events;

·         Participate in a Solidarity Group practice that resists ‘vicarious trauma’ and ‘burn out’ in our work and enacts “shouldering each other up” in solidarity with collective care.

You can find many free articles and keynotes on Vikki’s website, www.vikkireynolds.ca

London:                     October 1st & 2nd 2018

Manchester:               October 4th & 5th 2018

Edinburgh:                October 8th 2018

 2-day attendance - £200 + VAT

1-day attendance - £110 + VAT

 It is possible to attend the first day of the two day workshop on its own, but it is not possible to attend the second day on its own.

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7:00 PM19:00

Truths, Half Truths and Lies - Just Kidding

Truths, Half Truths and Lies - Just Kidding

Matthew D'ancona leads a discussion dedicated to the truth, or lack of it.

 Date: Wednesday 7 March 

Time: 7pm

Location: Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London. N7 6PA 

Lying has always been a part of human communication. But have we stopped caring about truth and started to value emotional resonance more than hard evidence? How is our sense of trust affected by this?. Just as a nation no longer trusts its politicians, a child who is lied to grows up with a general mistrust of the world and the adults who inhabit it.  The child also mistrusts the information provided by his or her own senses. These say one thing while parents or other adults say another.   

The Caspari Foundation are delighted to be joined by Guardian journalist Matthew d’Ancona whose latest book Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back considers how the art of the lie is shaking the foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. He will speak about this and what the truth means to him.  This will be followed by a discussion concerning the impact on a young person's emotional wellbeing and ability to learn, when truth has been withheld or distorted.  

Tickets are £30 per person and available on Eventbrite. Please search Caspari on www.eventbrite.co.uk. Book soon to avoid disappointment!

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to Mar 28

DSC Training Courses

Our charity training equips you with the latest techniques and practical guidance, giving you the confidence to get back to your work and make a real difference for those you're there for.

Wednesday 7 March – Finance for Non-Finance Managers

Do your eyes glaze over at even the slightest mention of financial information? It’s something which a lot of us can admit to, but understanding your organisations finances can vastly improve the way you work. This simple to understand course will help demystify those columns of figures and teach you the basics of financial reporting, obligations, budgets, cash, profit and loss.

Thursday 8 March – Business and Strategic Planning

This course will show you how to create an effective business or strategic plan for your organisation. You’ll learn how to think strategically, beat common problems and lots of practical business planning techniques. You’ll leave ready to create a plan guaranteed to succeed.

Thursday 13 March – Writing for Impact

This course will help you write well, whether you need to influence, inspire or inform. You’ll find out how to use narratives, examples and human interest to bring your text to life.  You’ll also compile a toolkit of techniques that you can apply to personal writing tasks in your own organisation.

Thursday 15 March – Communicating to Influence

Come to this course to explore how people’s minds work, how to appeal to others’ styles and give a clear and effective message – and how you can influence people positively.

Wednesday 21 March – NEW – Elevating your Governance: Applying the Charity Governance Code

How ready are you to apply the new Charity Governance Code – the current standard of effective governance? This course is ideal for all trustees who want a good understanding of their roles, duties and responsibilities.  All trustees need to understand the principles set out in the Charity Governance Code and how the Code applies to their current governance practices.

Wednesday 21 March – NEW – Achieving High Governance Performance through Diversity

Principle 6 of the Charity Governance Code states “the board’s approach to diversity supports its effectiveness, leadership and decision making”. This course will support boards as they develop, review or update their diversity objectives and diversify the makeup of the board.

Thursday 22 March – Personal Power in Leadership: Creating the Climate for Success

This practical course takes you through the mind-set you need to lead a team, helping you to create your own distinctive leadership style that empowers and inspires the people you work with.

Friday 23 March – Moving into Management

Making the transition from led to leader can be tough. This course will explore some of the issues involved in making the transition from staff to manager, examine what is expected of people with a management role and responsibilities, and identify qualities and actions which make an effective manager.

Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 March – Practical Project Management (ILM endorsement available)

This course introduces every aspect of good project management, including planning, budgets, people management, measuring and demonstrating success, plus much more. You’ll leave the course with the confidence to begin managing your own small projects, or to manage better those you are already involved with.

Wednesday 28 March – Increasing Corporate Support and Sponsorship

You’ll learn to distinguish between different types of corporate support and sponsorship, how to ask in the right way depending who you are approaching, and pinpointing what the corporate wants out of the relationship too. This course will increase your confidence in creating long lasting relationships with corporates.

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9:00 AM09:00

Domestic Violence Intervention Project


With one in five children witnessing some form of domestic abuse and an increasing number of young people experiencing domestic abuse in their close relationships, it’s vital that children and young people are given a space to be heard and supported.

Join us in exploring the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people within a gendered analysis of violence against women and girls. Do all children and young people experience domestic abuse in the same ways? What are the existing and emerging good practices in working with children and young people affected by domestic abuse? How does domestic abuse experienced by children and young people interact with other forms of violence and abuse? How can we ensure children and young people’s voices are heard?

Confirmed speakers and workshop facilitators

 Dr Fiona Vera-Gray, Research Fellow in Violence Against Women, Durham University

 DVIP’s Yuva, Therapy and Family Court Teams

 Purple Drum (Imkaan)

 Women and Girls’ Network

 Dr Marianna Tortell, DVIP CEO

Hear from specialist services and practitioners on responding to young people’s experiences and use of violent and abusive behaviour within a feminist, gendered analysis of violence against women and girls.

Take part in interactive workshops to increase understanding of children and young people’s experiences and needs, and knowledge of specialist provision.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will also be time for networking.

Who should attend?

- Specialist young people’s practitioners, including Social Workers, Youth Workers, Teachers, Young People’s IDVAs and Support Workers

- Voluntary and community organisations working with people affected by domestic abuse

- Services that address the needs of those at risk of or experiencing VAWG

- Statutory service providers such as Safeguarding Teams, Children’s Services

- CAFCASS Officers

- Commissioners of VAWG and Young People’s services

If you have any questions, please contact Nathalie Ewing at Nathalie@dvip.org.

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