by Daisy Stirpe
Tanya Lyons finishes training programme in filial coaching
In professional development news, our child and adolescent therapist Tanya Lyons has recently completed an academic training course in filial coaching. Having studied under Dr Risë Van Fleet, Tanya will still need to accrue the requisite 40 hours of experience necessary to achieve full accreditation, but at this stage is now trained to conduct this fascinating and deeply valuable intervention.
In summary, filial coaching is a short-term programme of directive sessions aimed at supporting a parent or carer to develop a better relationship with the child in their care, where this is an area that they are having difficulties in. It differs from therapeutic models such as play therapy and theraplay in that the parent, not the child, is the focus of the work conducted.
This is also inclusive of sessions in which the parent/carer and child attend sessions together and take part in play to develop and enhance their relationship. This is facilitated with the help of the filial coach who guides, teaches and encourages positive dyadic interactions. The long-term goal of filial coaching is to impart upon the parent the ability to conduct play with the child in a way that utilises certain techniques of play therapy in daily life.
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