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Event Details - Art and Play Therapy with Children

Title: Art and Play Therapy with Children
Type of Activity: Workshops & Seminars
Objective of Course / Workshop:

Learn how to use play therapy with children and improve engagement and outcomes.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify the theory behind child-centred play therapy
  • Consider the evidence which shows this works
  • Build skills in communicating and contracting with parents
  • Practise person-centered empathic counselling skills
  • Learn child-led art and play therapy techniques
  • Consider practical ways to build your art and play therapy kit
Course / Workshop Outline:

Day One

  • Review of history, methods, evidence for play therapy
  • Person-centered counselling skills practise
  • Child -Led Play Therapy principles and techniques
  • Demonstration of play therapy
  • Play therapy practice

Day Two

  • Play therapy practice
  • Art therapy exercises
  • Review of toys and other materials suitable for play therapy
  • Cautions and limits
  • Applications
OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Ideas explored:

  • What is the difference between play and play therapy?                                  
  • How do I explain play therapy to parents?              
  • How does it work as therapy?
  • Does the child need to engage me in play?
  • What do I tell parents about what has happened in a session?
  • What if the child doesn't want to play?
  • How do we know if this is working?
  • When might play therapy not be useful to a child?
  • What if the child wants to take toys home?
  • What toys/ resources do you need for play therapy?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • DVD and live demonstration of methods
  • Practical role play experiences with child-led methods in pairs
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods

Who should attend?

Counsellors, psychologists, social workers, case workers, child and family workers, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students who are currently working or intend to work with children aged 2-10. No artistic experience or skill is necessary. 

Start/End Date: 06/02/2020 to 07/02/2020
Time: 09:00:00 - 16:00:00
Presenter / Provider: Jacki Short
Contact Name: Jacki Short
Contact Phone: 0411209802
Contact Email:
Qualifications: Counselling Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor

Jacki Short is the Owner and Director of Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She has over twenty five years of clinical experience with children, young people and adults. 

As an experienced and Masters qualified adult educator, Jacki has trained thousands of students and course participants in Australia and internationally and remains committed to the safe and expressive growth of all those with whom she works. She gives you practical, evidence-based techniques to help the children you work with talk about their lives more easily, feel better understood and find solutions that are right for them.

Address: Wollaston Conference Centre
Address 2: 5 Wollaston Rd,
Suburb: Mount Claremont
State: WA
Postcode: 2134
Parking: Free
Is there disability parking and entry? Yes
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $660 includes comprehensive work booklet and certificate of attendance
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

Early Bird Price: $630

Student Price: $560

Student Early Bird: $530

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