Date: 17 - 18 June, 9.30am – 5.00pm

Duration: 2 days

Location: The Living Centre
16 Trinity Place, East Melbourne 3002

Participants: Maximum 20 people

An Integrated Play Therapy Approach to Working Therapeutically with Children

Join us for a two-day immersive workshop where you’ll explore key principles and skills rooted in humanistic play therapy approaches. Delve into a blend of developmental and attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, parts-work, systemic techniques, and presence-based practices for a holistic learning experience.

You will explore the intelligence and wisdom inherent in both the body and mind, and the dynamic interplay of systems within the practitioner/therapist and child relationship.

Over two days, engage in teachings, experiential exercises, role-playing, discussions, and personal reflections. You will acquire practical play therapy skills that can be immediately applied and tailored to various work settings.

This training is suitable for professionals working with children as well as those seeking to enrich their practice through the integration of  some basic humanistic play therapy principles and techniques.

Play Therapy

Play therapy has roots that date back to the early 20th century. The field emerged as psychologists and clinicians began to recognize the significance of attachment and social interactions for emotional wellbeing and the  importance of using play as a medium for understanding and addressing the emotional and psychological needs of children.

Virginia Axline, a child psychologist, played a pivotal role in bringing non-directive play therapy to prominence with the release of her influential book “Dibs in Search of Self” in 1964. This work demonstrated how play could be a transformative force, promoting emotional expression and facilitating growth in children.

Since then, play therapy has continued to evolve, with various therapeutic modalities and approaches being developed. Today, it is recognized as a valuable and evidence-based intervention for children facing a range of emotional, behavioural, and developmental challenges.

Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach primarily designed for children to better understand and express themselves and resolve emotional and behavioural challenges through the lens of relationship and play. By utilising various toys, games, and creative activities, play therapy interventions can provide a safe and supportive environment where children can explore and process their feelings, experiences, and thoughts. Trained play therapists observe and interpret the child’s play to gain insights into their inner world, facilitating healing and personal growth. This approach recognizes the importance of play as a natural medium for children to process complex emotions, unintegrated trauma, develop coping mechanisms and navigate developmental issues.