MORE people will be trained to provide innovative therapy to Service children thanks to a partnership between a mental health specialist and a military charity.

The collaboration between Drawing and Talking and the Annington Trust will see volunteers who work with youngsters from military families enrolled on a foundation to drawing and talking therapy training day in April at the Trust’s office in central London.

In addition to hosting the event, the Annington Trust will fund the cost of attendance for five delegates who currently work with Service children.

Catherine Beagley, managing director of Drawing and Talking and the organisation’s co-founder along with mother, said: “We’re incredibly thankful to the Annington Trust for hosting and subsidising this event as it ensures our training is more affordable for those wanting to attend this impactful day.

“It is part of our long-held vision to reach out to as many children, young people and their families as possible to provide the benefit of our highly-effective early intervention therapy method.”

Drawing and Talking was established in 2004 and hosts training days to equip adults with the tools they need to help children who have suffered trauma or who have underlying emotional difficulties.  

The method, stemmed from Dr John Allan’s serial drawing technique, encourages both sides of the brain to work together to process difficult or painful memories by combining drawing – a right-brained activity – and talking, a left-brained activity. Over time, the child becomes more able to process and manage their pain which will often lead to more positive behaviour and engagement both socially and academically.

Helen Liddell, chair of the Annington Trust, said: “As the rise of mental health problems among children and young people remains high on the news agenda, announcing our collaboration with Drawing and Talking could not be more relevant.

“The Armed Forces Foundation Course training day is a brilliant opportunity for those who want to learn how to utilise a powerful healing method for children and young people who may be suffering from emotional trauma.

“We expect the training day to be incredibly popular and would encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible.”

To find out more and to register your place, priced at the special rate of £120 (reduced from £195), call 020 8715 0745 or visit drawingandtalking.com

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