Art and Play Therapy with Children

Facilitator: Jacki Short

Course Overview:
This two day workshop provides a practical introduction to child-led art and play therapy. Toys are children’s words and play is their language. To understand and help children, we need to allow children opportunities to express themselves in their own language through art and play. Based on the work of international play therapy centres, and the presenter’s own twenty five years of clinical experience, this workshop will demonstrate and give you practice opportunities in child-led play therapy. Through training in expressive play methods using toys, puppets and art media, you will practise the necessary skills and gain an understanding about working therapeutically in both non-directive play therapy and directive art therapy with children. This introductory workshop provides practical, useful and interactive opportunities to start your work with children aged between 2-10. Relevant development principles and current evidence will also be reviewed. Consideration is given to the types of art and play media best suited to this age. 

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

What ideas are 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:
Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, 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. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Workshop Details:
Included in the workshop price:

  • 12 CPD points/hours (24 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training

Workshop Cost:
Regular Price $660
Early Bird $630 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)
Student Price $560
Student Early Bird $530 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

This event counts as 12 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

02/12/2019 - 03/12/2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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