Online or On Campus
Places are awarded on a "first paid first serve" basis due to demand
2023 date to be confirmed
Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD
Our Summer School this year provides participants with the opportunity to experience an intensive 5 session experiential class, and involves direct experiential learning about the MA Play Therapy Programme at the University of Roehampton.
The Play Therapy summer school is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to learn and experience some of the theory and practical of Client-Centred Play Therapy.
Participants who attend will be able to use their learning to enhance both their understanding of children’s emotional and behavioural development and their skills in working with children who experience difficulties.
The summer school is mainly workshop-based as we aim to learn through practice and experience - participants are asked to come prepared to play! A variety of areas will be explored, including Client-Centred Theory and how this can be applied to Play, understanding and using ‘Symbolic’ play, and the use of different media when working with children, including sand-play, art, drama etc.
As well as being of interest to those seeking to prepare to apply for a qualifying Play Therapy training, this Summer School can also serve as CPD to anyone already professionally involved in working with children including those working in Education, Social-Work and Child Psychotherapy and Counselling.
It is therefore of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about training in this discipline as well as individuals wanting to explore their creativity in a unique environment.
In addition this Summer School may be of interest to mental health professionals, teachers and social workers etc. interested in learning more about these unique and creative forms of therapy. A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants who should therefore be prepared for a degree of personal disclosure, sharing and exploration.
On Campus Timetable
Lisa Gordon Clark
Lisa Gordon Clark, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Dip. Play Therapy, BAP-reg Play Therapist, Fellow HEA, was until recently a Senior Lecturer on the Play Therapy MA at the University of Roehampton and was the Programme Convener for a decade.
Lisa Gordon Clark
For the past 9 years she has also led the annual 20-week Play Therapy Foundation Course and she also co-delivers BAPT-approved trainings in Child Parent Relationship Therapy, a post-qualifying Short Course offered by the Psychology Department. Lisa has her own private Play Therapy practice, PlayFully, based in Wiltshire.
Sonia Murray - Behaviour Support Consultant/Play Therapist (NNEB, DipSW, BAPT-RPT).
Sonia Murray holds a Diploma in Social Work (Social Work England registered), is a registered Play Therapist (BAPT) and is a Strategic Attachment Lead for Schools.
She has 30 years of experience as a practitioner in the fields of attachment, child abuse, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, children’s mental health, childhood trauma, parenting programmes and Play Therapy.
Sonia trains nationally and internationally on topics related to Attachment, Trauma, Play Therapy, understanding behaviour, play, communicating with children, behaviour management, positive parenting.
Her work history includes employment as a childcare Social Worker, parent worker, Play Therapist in Education and Social Care and Health settings. She has worked for 22 years in a specialist school for children with complex social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties. Sonia provides consultation, supervision and training in both statutory and voluntary fields of children and Young people’s services.
Sonia is also a visiting Lecturer at University of Roehampton and University of Northampton.