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Dr Judi Parson

Position: Lecturer In Mental Health
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 78985 +61 3 522 78985
Email: judi.parson@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography summary

Dr Judi Parson is a paediatric qualified Registered Nurse, Play Therapist and Lecturer in Mental Health.

She has experienced a clinically diverse nursing career which has taken her across a number of Australian states and to the United Kingdom. She has practiced in various general and specialty fields including, transplant care, radiology, child and adolescent health and acute paediatrics. She enjoyed being a nursing academic in Mackay, Queensland prior to moving to Smithton, Tasmania in 2004, where she completed her PhD. Her doctoral thesis was titled “Integration of procedural play for children undergoing cystic fibrosis treatment: A nursing perspective”.

The results of Judi’s thesis then lead her to investigate further play therapy knowledge and techniques. She completed her MA Play Therapy (with Distinction), at Roehampton University London, United Kingdom, to become a fully qualified play therapist and is actively involved in the development of play therapy in Australia.

Judi has presented in Australia, New Zealand, Oman, Hong Kong, South Korea and United Kingdom and comes to her current position, with teaching and research interests in psychosocial and mental health of children and is the deputy course director for the Master of Child Play Therapy. 

Judi sits on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH) and is the former Chair of the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA). She also supervisors play therapists as well as post graduate research candidates in health and in play therapy.


Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma of Nursing, Australian Catholic University, 1996
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Australian Catholic University, 1997
  • Master of Health Science (Nursing), Charles Sturt University, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Central Queensland University, 2009
  • Master of Arts, 2011


Affiliations

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency: Registered Nurse

Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association: Registered Play Therapist / Supervisor

British Association of Play Therapists: Full member

Association 4 Play Therapy (USA): International member


Professional activities

2015  Association for the Welfare of Children in Healthcare (AWCH). Board member.

2013  British Journal of Play Therapy:  Editorial Board

2013 - 2015  Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association: Chair, Board of Directors.

2007 - 2013  Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association: Board member

LinkedIn profile

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=146262869&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic


Academic

Teaching Interests

Master of Child Play Therapy


Subjects and units currently teaching

Unit chair

HSO710 Foundations of Play Therapy

HSO712 Child-Centred / Non-Directive Play Therapy

HSO715 Childhood developmental neuroscience and psychopathology

HSO717 Professisonal practice and behaviour


Knowledge areas

Child Play Therapy and Medical Play Therapy

Childhood development and psychopathology  

Qualitative research methods: Descriptive phenomenology


Student supervision

Laura West "Play Therapy for children who have a sibling with and Autism Spectrum Disorder." HRD Master of Health Science HSD Deakin University

Julia Mason "What are the interventions, for children (3-15 years), used by health professionals to address childhood complex trauma?" HRD Master of Health Science HSD Deakin University

Kate Renshaw "Play Therapy in schools." HDR PhD HSD Deakin University

Vanessa Tibrook "Real time to real life:  Puppet simulation in health care." HDR Master of Nursing CQU


Conferences and seminars

Recent Conference Presentations

Parson, J. (2015) Play Therapy for children requiring medical procedures: Grand Rounds presentation. Goulburn Valley Hospital. Shepparton. Victoria. November 11.

Hickson, S. and Parson, J. (2015) Playing through the stuck: Supervision in action. Presented at the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association: Towards the future, At Rydges on Swanston Melbourne· August 9

Renshaw, K., Parson, J and Hurt, A (2015) RxTxT: Engaging adolescents with avoidant attachment behaviours by therapeutic texting. Conference Paper: Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association: Towards the future, At Rydges on Swanston Melbourne· August 10

Stagnitti, K & Parson J. (2015) The use of assessment into play therapy practice. Presented at the international play therapy study group Wroxton, United Kingdom June.

Parson, J., Edwards, J. and Lord, J.  (2014) Supporting the hospitalised child through play therapy and music therapy. Australian Childhood Foundation: Unique International Trauma Conference; The Melbourne Convention Centre 4-8 August.

Parson, J (2013) “The state of play therapy in Australia” Keynote presentation Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association’s - Diversity in Play Therapy Conference. Seaworld Resort. Gold Coast Queensland. August 21-24.

Anderson, J & Parson, J (2013) “Understanding the Diversity of play therapy - theoretical frameworks and models” Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association’s - Diversity in Play Therapy Conference. Seaworld Resort. Gold Coast Queensland. August 21-24.

Parson, J (2013) “The lighter side of caring for a person with dementia” Alzheimer’s Association Fifteenth National Conference: Tiles of life.  Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania. May 14-17.

Parson, J (2013) “The art of integrating play into rural paediatrics” 12th National Rural Health Conference: Strong Commitment, Bright Future. Convention Centre Adelaide, South Australia.  April 7-10. Proceedings published.

Parson, J. and Hallowell, L. (2008) “Play for hospitalised children: The need for collaboration.” Hospital Play Specialist Association of Aotearoa/ New Zealand. 4th International Pacific Rim Conference. Spencer on Byron, Takapuna, Auckland New Zealand. March 28-30.

Parson, J. (2008) “Play as a nursing discourse.” Hospital Play Specialist Association of Aotearoa/ New Zealand. 4th International Pacific Rim Conference. Spencer on Byron, Takapuna, Auckland New Zealand. March 28-30.

Parson, J and Locke, M (2008) “The child’s experiences of play within a hospital setting: Interdisciplinary perspectives”. Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association Conference: Healing Child Hurt. Brisbane, Australia. August 5-9.

Parson, J. and Hallowell, L (2007) “Educating children’s nurses in play through collaboration.” International conference to celebrate 100th anniversary of College of Nursing, Seoul National University: Excellence in nursing through collaboration. Seoul, South Korea. October 17-18.

 



 

Awards

Awards and prizes

Highest Academic Acheivement Award - Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Adolescent health - Advanced paediatrics) ACU

Australian Postgraduate Award


Research

Research interests

Child Play Therapy

Play Therapy for children who have experienced trauma

Paediatric (Hospital, Medical and Procedural) Play Therapy

Assessment in Play Therapy


Research grants

J. Parson and J. Edwards "Establishing a research partnership to develop culturally appropriate child play therapy provision for indigenous communities" ($4995)

J. Edwards and J. Parson "Applying the UN principles of Rights of the Child: Training and practitioner perspectives" ($3290)


Research page

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Judi_Parson


Publications

Publications

West, L. and Parson, J. (2015) Play Therapy for children. Belonging Early Years Journal. 4 (3) p. 16-18

Pidgeon, K., Parson, J., Mora, L., Anderson, J., Stagnitti, K., and Mountain, V. (2015)  “Play Therapy” in Noble, C. and Day, E. (Editors) Psychotherapy and counselling; Reflections on practice. Oxford University Press.

Parson, J. (2015) Child Play Therapy comes to Deakin University, Australia. Play and Folklore no. 63. April. P.13-14

Parson, J and West, L. (2015) Play Therapy in early childhood. Belonging Early Years Journal. 4 (2) p17-18, 20.

Green, E. J., Fazio-Griffith, L., & Parson, J. (2015) Treating Children with Psychosis: An Integrative Play Therapy Approach. International Journal of Play Therapy. Advance online publication – March 9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039026

Parson J (2015) Holistic mental health care and play therapy for hospitalized chronically ill children. In E. J. Green, and A. C. Myrick (Eds.) Play Therapy with vulnerable population: No child forgotten.  pp.125-138. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Parson, J. (2009) Play in the hospital environment. In Stagnitti,K., and Cooper. R. Play as therapy: Assessment and therapeutic interventions. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
 


Link to publications

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/77753/Dr-Judi-Parson


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