Child play therapy workshops

In addition to a range of workshops and masterclasses for your professional development, our annual 2-day Foundational Concepts of Child Play Therapy workshop will provide you with practical skills to apply in your current education, counselling, clinical or allied health practice.

This 2 day foundations course is also a great introduction to this innovative approach to mental health in children and adolescents.

Upcoming masterclasses and workshops in 2018

17 August 2018 – Engaging Adolescents using Therapeutic Play and Creative Arts

Location: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

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7 – 9 November 2018 – Filial Therapy

Location: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

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12 – 13 November 2018 – Play Therapy Clinical Supervision

Location: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne

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26 – 27 November 2018 – Foundational Concepts of Child Play Therapy (with 3 day option to include Engaging Children with Autism in Play)

Location: Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong

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28 November 2018 – Engaging Children with Autism in Play

Location: Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Geelong

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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.

Engaging Adolescents Using Therapeutic Play

Engaging adolescents using therapeutic play and the creative arts is a masterclass developed for mental health care, social care and education professionals who would like to gain introductory knowledge in engaging with adolescents using therapeutic concepts.

This experiential professional development Masterclass is offered over one day on a face-to-face basis. There will be an integration of practical skills development using play, expressive materials, case scenarios and role-plays.

Practical skills focus on humanistic ways of being where participants learn. For example, to implement careful observation, follow the young persons lead, use child friendly language, including framing questions as statements, and limit setting.

Masterclass in Filial Therapy

Filial therapy is a Masterclass developed for registered play therapists who would like to specialise further in more systemic approaches to play therapy.

This experiential professional development Masterclass is offered over three consecutive days on a face-to-face basis. There will be an integration of practical skills development, case scenarios and role-plays.

Practical skills focus on filial therapy skills where participants learn, for example, to assess the suitability of referrals for filial therapy, plan and implement a filial therapy intervention and evaluate practice.

Masterclass in Play Therapy Clinical Supervision

The supervision Masterclass is designed to prepare participants to supervise play therapists. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore various models of supervision.

During the program, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups, debrief supervisory experiences and learn about practical playful supervision strategies. This training will be useful for participants who are not yet supervising others, but would like to more fully explore their work with children in supervision.

This Masterclass is designed to be two days face-to-face and one day non-contact; this will enable the class to meet APPTA’s requirements for supervision training and participants may then be eligible to apply for supervision registration with APPTA. The one day of no-contact will be comprised of:

  • Designated pre-readings
  • Post readings
  • Post reflections
  • Possible post test

For more information about any of our workshops, please contact the School of Health and Social Development.