Child play therapy workshops

The School of Health and Social Development offers several two-day workshops in the concepts and practice of child play therapy. 

These workshops explore the foundational concepts and practice for child play therapy and play therapy methods.

Other workshops include training in the assessment tool Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment (ChIPPA), and engaging children with autism in play.

Upcoming workshops

The School has scheduled workshops for the Blue Mountains New South Wales and Geelong in late 2017.

26 – 27 October 2017 – Foundational Concepts and Skills in Child Play Therapy (2 days)

Location: Lilianfels Resort, Katoomba Blue Mountains, NSW


28 – 29 November – Foundational Concepts and Skills in Child Play Therapy (2 days)

30 November – Engaging Children with Autism in Play (1 day)

Location: Geelong


More about our workshops and tools

Foundational concepts and skills for child play therapy

This 2-day workshop is ideal for both existing practitioners, therapists and teachers and for other professionals looking to progress toward a career in child play therapy, or those wishing to pursue professional development opportunities in the basic concepts of this exciting field of mental health.

Each day will be led by Deakin University’s internationally-trained play therapists Dr Judi Parson and Ms Kate Renshaw. Dr Parson and Ms Renshaw have over 40 years combined experience in the application of therapeutic play and play therapy in diverse settings including child and adolescent health and schools.

Integrating practical skills development using play therapy toys, case scenarios and role plays, you will be able to apply the basic concepts of child play therapy to scenarios relevant to your interests or current practice. Practical skills focus on non-directive play techniques, such as observation and following the child’s lead, using child friendly language and limit-setting.

Engaging children with Autism in play

A one-day course that focuses on specific techniques to engage children with autism in play. Participants will be exposed to theoretical underpinnings of learn to play therapy. The goal of the training is to deepen participants’ understanding and experience of how to engage children with autism
in play.

Play ability is a deficit in this group of children. Often, children with autism present behaviour problems and social and language delays. Building the ability to play with these children has a large impact on their functioning, however, engaging them in play is a skill that requires training.

Participants will be assisted to assess the play ability of a child with autism. The course will highlight specific presenting issues and identify ways to work with children with autism, as well as when to include family members. Participants will also engage in experiential activities as part of their skill building, complete case studies and discuss video presentations. The course will also highlight developmental considerations.

For more information about any of our workshops, please email Stacie Bobele.