Baby Bonding Professional CPD

Baby Bonding is an early help programme that guides and empowers parents and carers to develop secure relationships with their babies.

This flexible and accessible programme can be delivered with groups, 1:1 or through a home-visiting model and is suitable from 28 weeks of pregnancy.

This training is accredited by the CPD Standards office for 12 CPD Points.

Aims of the course

Baby bonding practitioner training offers you the following:

  • A strong grounding in the latest attachment and neuroscience research and theory that underpins the Baby Bonding programme.
  • Understanding of the role parents and carers play in ‘wiring up’ their baby’s brain and how this lays the foundation for social and emotional wellbeing in later life.
  • Understanding baby behaviour and temperament through a sensory lens
  • Knowledge of concepts such as regulation and co-regulation, reflective functioning and mentalization and how they are woven throughout the programme through gentle, creative and playful activities
  • Tools to empower parents & carers and support emotional resilience as they journey into parenthood
  • A reflective space to develop your own authentic style of facilitation
  • A range of pre and post outcome measures to support evaluation and commissioning requirements
  • Access to a hub of research articles, videos and resources including example session plans so that you are ready to start offering Baby Bonding sessions on completion of the course!
  • Access to an online community of like-minded practitioners for ongoing support.

Who is this course for?

This 2 day CPD accredited training course is ideal for all practitioners working with families who may wish to extend their work to babies and their carers e.g. Play and other Creative Arts Therapists, social workers, teaching staff, midwives, nurses, charity workers, family outreach workers, nursery staff, health educators, children’s centre staff and others.

All of our Attachment Play Practitioner Courses are available to book as full courses in lots of locations across the UK and Ireland.  If you have 10 or more people then please contact us on [email protected] with your requirements.

When is this course?

 2-3 March 2024, Dublin – Book Here

Online – Book Here

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Dublin – The Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip, Co Kildare

Online – wherever you are!

Course leader

Sophia O’Neill is a Play Therapist MA, and a Baby Bonding, Toddler Bonding and Heart to Heart practitioner & trainer; working with families across Dorset. Sophia is Course Director for the Postgraduate Masters in Practice-Based Play Therapy and newly appointed Director of Research.

Linsey McNelis works mainly as a Play Therapist in Galway city. Ruth McDonagh works as a project worker for Barnardos in a family support project in Athlone and part time as a Play Therapist. They have always been interested in supporting the parents of the children they work with and when they first came across Big Toes Little Toes work in the form of Baby Bonding in 2012 they became hooked! They went on to study in the three Attachment programmes and found these to be invaluable in their work in strengthening the parent- child relationship.

Jacqui Shankly has worked for over 20 years supporting babies, children and their families. She began her career making music with babies and their parents throughout Staffordshire and the West Midlands on behalf of local charities and Children’s Centres. “I loved my work, and what fascinated me most was the power of music to stimulate playfulness and connection between children and their parents and carers. Thus began two decades of interest and research into early childhood development and attachment, culminating in a Masters in Play Therapy. I founded Moonbeams CIC, an organisation dedicated to promoting positive childhood mental health through direct work with children, and support and information for the adults around them.

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