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  • CPD: ASCHP/CCSA: 10 Points
    SACSSP: 6.5 Points
  • Manual
    Certificate of attendance
  • 2 days (09:00 – 14:00)
  • R2500

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Anschel Pieterson
Anschel PietersonSocial Worker in Private Practice Specializing in Play Therapy
BSW MSW (Play-based Intervention)
SACSSP Registered
Member of SAASWIPP
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Working with children can bring about an array of joys as well as challenges. We do not expect children to function on the level of adults in their day-to-day lives, nor should we expect children to experience, work through and communicate trauma or difficult life changes in the same manner as adults do. If you want to work with children successfully, you have to let go of adult– norms and standards, find the child within, get down to your child-client’s level and communicate with him there. A full and in-depth understanding of the child is necessary, understanding developmental stages, any developmental delays, attachment as well as temperament is crucial in order to successfully work with children.

In this 2 day course, presented by Anschel Pieterson, various aspects with regards to working therapeutically with children will be discussed and where possible, practical implementation thereof will be outlined.

Anschel Pieterson is a registered social worker, with specialization in Play Therapy (BSW; MSW (Play Therapy)). She has been focussing on working with children for the past 10 years, and has been in private practice, specializing in Play Therapy since 2016.

What you can expect of this course:

  • The theory of Attachment
  • Childhood development
  • Understanding the language of children
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Resistance
  • Play based communication
  • The therapeutic process
  • Play based mediums and techniques
  • Difficult scenarios in the playroom
  • Ethics in working with children

In the professional setting of counsellors, social workers, psychologist, youth workers and pastors there seems to be a focus on equipping professionals to either work therapeutically with adults or with young children. But what about that in-between age group!? In our practice alone, we have seen a major increase in requests for counselling for teenagers. These; not-yet-adults, but-not-kids-anymore-either; age group is in desperate need of age appropriate intervention and assistance, and yet we have identified a huge lack in training or courses adequately equipping professionals in the field of working therapeutically with teenagers.

In this 2 day course, presented by Anschel Pieterson, social worker in private practice, and Alicia Coertze, specialist wellness counsellor with special focus on teens, various aspects with regards to working therapeutically with teenagers will be discussed and practical implementation thereof will be outlined.

What you can expect from this course: 

  • Comprehensive Theory of Attachment; focusing on teenagers
  • A brief look at Childhood development with special focus on adolescent development
  • How to work with, and what to expect from teenagers in a counselling/therapeutic setting
  • How to build a solid and trusting relationship with a teenager
  • 55+ practically applicable tools to use with teenagers for different themes such as:
    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Anger
    • Self-Esteem
    • Loss & Grief
    • Emotional Regulation
    • Exploration and MORE!
  • How to handle difficult situations like cutting and suicide
  • Ethics in working with children under the age of 18 years


SACSSP: 4 CPD Points

R2500 pp (Includes 2 days of training, 55+ practical tools that can be used in the counselling room, handout, and more!)

Thank you so much for the course. It was insightful and I learnt a lot. As student it equipped me better to work at my current internship as well as next year when I enter the private practice sector. Thank you for the opportunity.

Elizna Stapelberg

Thanks so much for the wonderful training – it was really superb! I am now in my new role as school counsellor and your worksheets have been so useful.

Twinita Pattenden

It was a great course. Very informative and I now feel better equipped to work with teenagers. I enjoyed getting little tips, sayings and worksheets to practically use in practice.


Thank you so much for all the ‘tools’ that you shared with us. I use them often and they work really well.

Wilna Vlok

It was really well done for an online course and worth the cost.