Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP)
an online CPD training course for professionals working with children and families.
Clear Sky are pleased to bring you our renowned Parent-Child Attachment Play (PCAP) online CPD accredited professional training. This course offers family practitioners an innovative early help model that focuses on strengthening the parent/carer (or other adult) – child relationship.

This course is suitable for practitioners working closely with parents/carers (or other adult) and children/teens, such as play and other creative arts therapists, social workers, teaching and support staff, charity workers, family outreach workers and nursery staff.

The PCAP practitioner primarily works with the parent/carer (or other adult) in a one to one or group-based setting. The intervention is aimed at children 3+ to late teens. It can be offered to both neurotypical and neurodiverse children and adapted according to the child’s need.

The PCAP model integrates both theory and practice so that practitioners are confident in ‘the Why and the How’ in delivering this innovative, creative and effective intervention.

PCAP training provides:
  • A strong grounding in the latest attachment, neuroscience and child psychology research and theory that underpins the model
  • ​Understanding of the intergenerational transmission of attachment and how PCAP can play a role in creating long-lasting meaningful change in familial relationships
  • Understanding of a 10-step method that integrates 3 fundamental attachment-focused mechanisms; reflective functioning, child led play and containment
  • ​A clear structure/plan that can be adapted based on your setting
  • ​An experiential and creative learning experience which guides and empowers you as a practitioner​
  • A reflective space to develop your own authentic style of facilitation
  • ​A range of pre and post outcome measures to support evaluation and commissioning requirements
  • Access to a hub of research articles, videos and resources so that you are ready to start offering PCAP sessions on completion of the course!
This is a self-led training which practitioners can complete at their own pace; we recommend setting aside around 6 hours to complete the course. 
What's included in the training?
The training is delivered online as a progressive course of video modules, resources and research with ongoing access after you have completed the course.

The modules are available to watch and revisit as often as you wish. 

Participants are required to submit an evaluation and course assessment in order to receive CPD certification.

This course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office for 6 CPD Points and is licensed by Clear Sky Children's Charity.

This highly regarded training will give you access to:

• Pre-recorded video course modules
• Access to our secure Practitioner Area full of PCAP resources
• Research Library
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Accredited CPD Certification
• Ongoing access to updated materials
• Listing on our Attachment Play Practitioner Directory
• A copy of the Parent-Child Attachment Play book (sent by post upon completion)
• A 12-month renewable quality assurance license
• Membership to a closed practitioner community
• One online group mentoring session
    About the Course Author

    Debi Maskell-Graham has over 30 years' experience of working with families and children. She is passionate about empowering parents and carers with new attachment knowledge and evidence-based skills to help strengthen the parent-child relationship from within.

    As a Play Therapist, Researcher, Trainer and Consultant she is known for her ability to translate the very latest in empirical attachment research into accessible, effective and playful practice. She has published widely including policy and governmental reports. Her book "Parent-Child Attachment Play: Using Reflective Functioning to empower parents and carers as change agents in their own families" is included in the price of this course.

    Clear Sky worked extensively with Debi before her retirement and are now custodians of her legacy, managing the suite of Attachment Play programmes since 2019.

    About the Online Course Presenter

    Jacqui Shankly, has worked for over 20 years supporting babies, children and their families. She began her career making music with babies and their parents throughout Staffordshire and the West Midlands on behalf of local charities and Children’s Centres. 

    “I loved my work, and what fascinated me most was the power of music to stimulate playfulness and connection between children and their parents and carers. Thus began two decades of interest and research into early childhood development and attachment, culminating in a Masters in Play Therapy. I founded Moonbeams CIC, an organisation dedicated to promoting positive childhood mental health through direct work with children, and support and information for the adults around them”.

    We are thrilled to have Jacqui presenting this online course as a licensed training partner of Clear Sky.


    Who is this training for?

    This course is for childcare professionals aged 18 years or over. The training is aimed at practitioners working closely with parents and children with a relevant first qualification such as Play and other Creative Arts Therapists, social workers, teaching staff, charity workers, family outreach workers, nursery staff, health staff, children's centre staff - and others.

    Do I need to anything to take part?

    A notepad and pen is all you need. 

    "An amazing course to learn how to teach parents be playful, accepting their children and connecting 
    with them on a deeper level.”

    "Inspiring and practical"

    “An enlightening course that covers technical, psychological and physical elements all in one."

    "This course was a breath of fresh air; it was just what I needed to learn, and attachment is at the 
    heart of all human behaviours"

    This course is accredited for 6 CPD Points

    Course cost £275* including hard copy PCAP book, one online group mentoring session and one year's practitioner licence

    If you have previously attended a face-to-face PCAP Training Course you can access PCAP Online at a special refresher rate of £195**. Please email to get your promo code

    * Please note that additional mentoring sessions and supervision may be arranged but 
    are charged separately and are not included in the course fee

    ** The PCAP Book and further licence are not included in the refresher course rate.

    If you require an invoice to your organisation please email
    We look forward to welcoming you! 
    If you have any queries, please contact us at 

    Clear Sky Children's Charity 2023
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