Play Therapy is an effective therapy for children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. In Play Therapy, children enter into a dynamic relationship with a trained Play Therapist in which they can express, explore and make sense of their difficult and painful life experiences. Using play as the principle means of communication, the child and the Play Therapist work together in a counselling space called a playroom, which is equipped with specially chosen toys to encourage the expression of feelings and support the development of healthier behaviours.

In the first part of this 2 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles, types and use of Play Therapy with a focus on Non-Directive Play Therapy.

The second part will introduce participants to the practice skills of empathic responding and understanding and working with children’s play themes, skills that can used to emotionally support young children in Early Years settings.

Course Tutor

Sarah Rush B.A. Psychology, M.A. Non-Directive Play Therapy

The Introduction to Play Therapy workshop covers:

  1. Play as therapy
  2. The basic principles of Play Therapy and the importance of the therapeutic relationship
  3. Providing emotional support to young children in Early Years Settings using play
  4. Practice skill 1: Empathic responding
  5. Practice skill 2: Understanding and working with children’s play themes

Course Duration and Delivery

Inservice Training Public Training This is a 4h course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event, and a 2h course when delivered by Webinar.

Course Booking

Introduction to Play Therapy. Webinar. 22 May 2021

Public Training

Webinar: Date: 22 May 2021, 10am-12pm.

You will receive instructions on how to register and join the webinar the day before the webinar takes place.

Availability: 28