Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) Professional CPD

Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) is an innovative early help model that focuses on strengthening the parent/carer (or other adult) – child relationship.

The PCAP practitioner primarily works with the parent/carer (or other adult) in a one to one or group-based setting. The intervention is aimed at children 3+ to late teens. It can be offered to both neurotypical and neurodiverse children and adapted according to the child’s needs.

The PCAP model integrates both theory and practice so that practitioners are confident in ‘the Why and the How’ in delivering this innovative, creative and effective intervention.

Aims of the course

PCAP training provides:

  • A strong grounding in the latest attachment, neuroscience and child psychology research and theory that underpins the model
  • Understanding of the intergenerational transmission of attachment and how PCAP can play a role in creating long -lasting meaningful change in familial relationships
  • Understanding of a 10-step method that integrates 3 fundamental attachment focused mechanisms; reflective functioning, child led play and containment
  • A clear structure/plan that can be adapted based on your setting
  • An experiential and creative learning experience which guides and empowers you as a practitioner
  • 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 PCAP sessions on completion of the course!

PCAP online is now available!

We are thrilled to share that PCAP is now available as an online offering.

With practitioners in Australia, Malaysia and beyond travelling overseas to learn the PCAP approach and returning eager to share it with their colleagues, it was vital we worked to offer this training virtually. Whether you’re based in the UK or overseas, you can now access this training from the comfort of your own home.

Here’s what other PCAP practitioners have to say about the course and intervention…

“A playful, gentle and nurturing approach that provides you with the skills to support the development of attachment in an honest and genuine way”

“Every therapist should do this course!”

“Attachment theory was explained very clearly and the best I’ve ever heard it explained”

“The training offers a practical framework to practitioners, that supports strong attachments between parent and child.”

“The course is informative and the 10 step programme is simple to deliver and powerful in its impact on children’s relationships with their parents and carers. “

“An important course that I feel that all parents/anyone working with children should attend! It is so simple but incredibly impactful!”

If you have already purchased PCAP Online you can log into the training dashboard here.

Who is this course for?

This CPD accredited training is suitable for practitioners working closely with parents / carers and children / teens, such as play therapists, social workers, teaching and support staff, charity workers, family outreach workers and nursery staff.

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?

Dublin – 21-22 September 2024 Book Here

Online – any time! Book here

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Dublin – Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

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What is the difference between PCAP and Heart to Heart?

Both our PCAP and Heart-to-Heart courses are based on attachment theory and take a child-led approach.

However, PCAP focuses on supporting the development of play skills with the parent / carer providing them with the skills to deliver play sessions to strengthen attachment at home. Heart-to-Heart gives practitioners the skills and knowledge to work with parents AND their children in a group setting, allowing them to deliver playful and interactive sessions.

These courses offer very different but complementary methods to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

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