Introduction to PACE

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An introduction into what PACE is and how to use this approach to meet children’s distress with Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy and to understand their behaviour, support feelings of safety and promote emotional regulation. Date: May 5th 10am-3pm Venue: Wibsey Community Garden

Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Dan Hughes, the PACE approach is a way of thinking, feeling and communicating that aims to support children to feel safe and build trusting connected relationships.

This attachment and trauma-informed approach helps us to understand distressed behaviour and support children to learn emotional regulation. You will have opportunities to practice how to use this approach in a forest school setting and be better informed with underpinning knowledge to advocate for children’s free expression of their distressed, confused or upsetting feelings – all behaviour is communication.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session participants will:

* Have been introduced to the basics of Attachment Theory and how this affects children’s behaviour

* Examined each element of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) and practiced how to implement this in a forest school setting

* Reflected on your practice and beliefs about why children behave in certain ways


About the trainer:

Julie West is freelance Forest School Practitioner and registered with the British Association of Play Therapist and works independently in schools and woodlands across Bradford and Kirklees. Julie was Bradford Council’s Play and Playwork specialist trainer, has taught on the Playwork Degree at Leeds Beckett University and has published work on child centred practice. Importantly, Julie brings a sense of fun into all of her training and is passionate about supporting children’s well-being through freely directed play.


Date: Friday May 5th 2017

Time: 10am-3pm

Cost: £30 (for practitioners living or working in the Bradford District, £60 for practitioners outside of the district).

Venue: Wibsey Community Garden, Wibsey, Bradford


For more information or to make a booking contact Jen Scott


tel: 01274 397641


Published: 24/04/2017
Audience: All Staff, Forest School Practitioners, Support Staff, Outdoor Learning Coordinators, Learning Mento
Contact: Jen Scott

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