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.

More about our workshops and tools

Foundational concepts and skills for child play therapy

A short course developed for mental health care and early childhood education professionals who would like to gain introductory knowledge in the field of play therapy practice. 

This experiential, professional development short course is offered over two consecutive days on a face-to-face basis and integrates practical skills development using play therapy toys, case scenarios and role plays. Practical skills focus on non-directive play techniques. For example, participants learn to observe the child, follow the child’s lead, use child friendly language, including framing questions as statements, and limit setting.

Child Initiated Pretend Play Assessment (ChIPPA) Tool

ChIPPA measures the quality of a child's ability to self-initiate pretend play. It also captures the process of how a child plays. 

The ChIPPA is a norm referenced standardised assessment that is clinically viable. It has proven reliability and validity and allows a child's raw score to be compared to a norm score. The results of the ChIPPA gives therapists and teachers information about a child's ability to play that is not available from any other assessment.

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.