Training and CPD


Many of our practitioners have areas of specialism and offer training and continuous professional development workshops for groups including young people and families, schools and colleges, local authorities, businesses, community organisations and healthcare professionals.

Our training methods

P1010397We believe in making training fun, interactive and creative – full of opportunities to learn kinaesthetically in a non-pressured environment.  We like to limit the use of powerpoint and provide useful hand outs so you can concentrate on listening and participating.  We often employ people with lived experience of the issues we are discussing to be co-designers and/or trainers.

We have a range of training sessions we can provide including:


  • Working more creatively with groups
  • Creative consultation methods
  • Mental health awareness for young people
  • Mental health awareness for school and colleges or in the workplace
  • Forum Theatre
  • Working creatively with bereavement and loss
  • Autism awareness talks with trainers on the spectrum

Please email us to request more information.  We also design bespoke training for specific organisational needs.

Future courses:

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for arts and healthcare professionals 

Spring 2021, date tbc

10am – 4.30pm, Exeter. £80 (£70 concessions).

About the course:

This one day course will introduce bereavement and its impact on children and young people. Loss in its broadest sense will also be examined through the lens of bereavement psychology which can usefully be applied to the myriad of other (non-bereavement) losses, yet losses that provoke bereavement responses.

For professionals working with children and young people its important to be able to recognise grief responses in its many forms and to enable expression of those feelings if we are to effectively support young people through that process. In adult life much poor mental health has consistently been attributed to earlier unresolved grief either from a bereavement or other significant loss.

“If we can recognise, support and contain the grief process as its occurring in a timely fashion then we may help prevent significant mental health issues later on and even premature death.” Craig Barrett, Course Leader.

The course will also offer some practical exercises that you may use in your own practise to enable the appropriate expression of grief.

About the trainers:

The course will be co-facilitated by Craig Barrett – Youth Arts & Health Trust (YAHT) Therapist & Laura Blatherwick YAHT Founder & Arts Therapist.

Craig has worked for the past decade with Children and Young People in Foster Care and their carers as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinician and as therapist and trainer for a large independent Fostering Agency specialising in ‘difficult to place children’. He has significant experience as a grief counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care and has an interest in the relationship between attachment and Grief. Craig has worked with Laura Newton for the past decade on a number of Arts Initiatives and recently was pleased to be invited to join YAHT as part of the therapy team.

Please email for more information and a booking form


Previous courses:

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Forum Theatre techniques for arts and healthcare professionals

About the course:
Forum Theatre offers a powerful and accessible set of techniques for working with groups and individuals more creatively. This practical course will focus on how specific methods can be used to open up dialogue in group situations and lead to the expression and exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We will share examples of our previous work, and tools which we have used and developed to enable people to find new insights and confidence through rehearsing for real life, within their own stories as well as the fictional role. No experience of drama necessary.

Course testimonial:

donna“I would just like to say how much I enjoyed your training last week. The day was mapped out perfectly. The theory, backing up the experiential work was really helpful. The trainers worked beautifully together and were very containing and enabling.”

Donna Osmond, Dramatherapist, Somerset