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.
Child Play Therapy
Play Therapy for children who have experienced trauma
Paediatric (Hospital, Medical and Procedural) Play Therapy
Assessment in Play Therapy
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
Master of Child Play Therapy
HSO710 Foundations of Play Therapy
HSO712 Child-Centred / Non-Directive Play Therapy
HSO715 Childhood developmental neuroscience and psychopathology
HSO717 Professisonal practice and behaviour
Child Play Therapy and Medical Play Therapy
Childhood development and psychopathology
Qualitative research methods: Descriptive phenomenology
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.
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
Highest Academic Acheivement Award - Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Adolescent health - Advanced paediatrics) ACU
Australian Postgraduate Award
B Sarah, J Parson, K Renshaw, K Stagnitti
(2021), Vol. 26, pp. 257-267, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, London, Eng., C1
A Thorne, K Stagnitti, J Parson
(2021), Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, C1
T Ward, S Goldingay, J Parson
(2019), Vol. 189, pp. 270-283, Early child development and care, Abingdon, Eng., C1
J Edwards, J Parson
(2019), Vol. 63, pp. 77-83, Arts in psychotherapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
A Tilbrook, T Dwyer, K Reid-Searl, J Parson
(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 73-79, Nurse education in practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1
J Edwards, J Parson, W O'Brien
(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 133-145, International journal of play therapy, Washington, D.C., C1
E Green, L Fazio-Griffith, J Parson
(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 162-176, International journal of play therapy, Washington, D.C., C1
(2009), pp. 132-143, Play as therapy : assessment and therapeutic interventions, London, England, B1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
No Funded Projects at Deakin found
Thesis entitled: Pretend Play and Executive Function in Children with Acquired Brain Injury
MAppSc, School of Health & Social Development
Thesis entitled: Occupational Therapists' Practice with Complex Trauma: A Profile and Perspectives
Master of Applied Science (Health & Social Development), School of Health & Social Development