Therapeutic Play and Child Play Advisory Board

Our play therapy courses are the first of their kind offered by an Australian university. Our Play Therapy and Childhood Advisory Board contributes to the relevancy of these courses and our research. This ensures learning outcomes are informed by the latest knowledge from industry figures and Deakin representatives.

Industry members

Juliette Cox (Chair)

Michelle Perin

Michelle has been working as a Child Life Therapist in paediatric hospitals in NSW for over twenty years. She is currently working at John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, where she supports children and families from diverse backgrounds in their healthcare experience. She has a focus on improving procedural care outcomes for children and young people during their treatment. Michelle uses a play-based approach to connect with children and young people and to empower them to be active participants in their treatment.  Michelle represents the child life profession and the ACLTA (Association of Child Life Therapists Australia) on the advisory board.

Dr Lorri Yasenik

Lorri Yasenik PhD, RSW, RFM, RPT-S, CPT-S is the Director of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (RMPTI) in Calgary, Alberta Canada and the Co-Director of the International Centre for Children and Family Law (ICCFL) in Australia/Canada. Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute is approved by the Association of Play Therapy (USA) and the Canadian Association for Play Therapy to provide the necessary hours to register/certify as a play therapist. RMPTI is celebrating its 25th year anniversary of delivering quality play therapy training.

Lorri is a Registered and Certified Supervisor of Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy and delivers approved training programs nationally and internationally in the areas of child and play therapy, play therapy supervision and child inclusive practice in the family law sectors. Lorri has delivered approved play therapy training in the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Ireland, and the UK.

Lorri is the co-author of the books Play Therapy Dimensions Model: A Decision-Making Guide for Integrative Play Therapists and Turning Points in Play Therapy and the Immergence of Self: Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model.

In addition, Lorri has authored and co-authored over 12 chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the areas of play therapy supervision, play therapy practice, play therapy case conceptualisation, children’s voices and children and family law. Lorri is the recent past president for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AB), the past President of the Alberta Family Mediation Society and a founding past Board member for the Alberta Play Therapy Association. Lorri is currently on the Therapeutic Play and Child Play Advisory Board for Deakin University, Australia.

Pip Westwood

Pip Westwood has a Bachelor of Psychology (Newcastle University, 2011) and a Master of Child Play Therapy from Deakin University, completed in 2021. She has worked to provide group and family therapy delivered resilience-based programs in schools and worked alongside case managers in a foster care agency to promote a child-centred and therapeutic approach. She has also worked in child protection within South-West Sydney.

Since graduating from her masters, Pip has opened Wildflower Play Therapy, a play therapy private practice in Prospect, Adelaide, delivering integrative play therapy interventions to children and families across Adelaide. She also works sessionally for Deakin University. She has recently become a member of the Board of Directors for the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association.

Michelle Carlyle

Michelle Carlyle is the Chief Executive Officer at Be Centre Foundation Limited, which is a mental health charity providing play therapy for children aged 3-12 years. With a long-standing passion for mental wellness, Michelle co-founded a mental wellness coaching practice which continues to support teenagers and adults. Before joining Be Centre, Michelle held senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector as well as multi-national corporates. Michelle has a Master of Business Administration, is a graduate of the Company Director’s course, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a Fellow of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Universal Business School of Sydney. Michelle currently leads the team at Be Centre to fulfil the organisation’s Purpose, Vision and Mission.

Deakin members

Professor Jenny Watts, Head of School, School of Health and Social Development

Dr Judi Parson, Discipline Lead, Child Play Therapy

Dr Natalie Hadiprodjo, Course Director, Child Play Therapy

Student representative

Kelly Pickford

Renee Stewart

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