Non-directive communication is an approach that has its roots in client centred counselling and in play therapy.

Non directive communication gives us another way to ‘be‘ with children and young people, getting alongside them by following their interest and attention. A non-directive approach can be used in most settings and situations. It is a very effective way to build rapport and to safely elicit children’s evidence or views; it is radically child centred and can also be used to sort out the grown-ups!


  • To be able to build rapport with children
  • To safely elicit children's evidence or views

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

Comfortably 'be' with children and young people, using a non-directive approach, in any situation where it is required. Understand that this process is completely child-centred and must not be controlled by any adults in the room.


Maxime Cole works for Triangle directly with disabled children in a range of settings, and has particular interest in working with children whose behaviour is seen as challenging. Maxime also leads the youngest consultative group of children working within Triangle (4-9 year olds) and has worked alongside different institutions to support their development of children's rights and advocacy.

For more information please call on 01273 305888 or email