Arts and Play Therapies Summer School 2018

14th Annual Arts & Play Therapies Summer School (23rd - 27th July 2018)

The Arts & Play (APT) Summer School provides an opportunity for participants to engage in an intensive and immersive experiential learning environment that will introduce them to key concepts and ideas in the disciplines of Art Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy, Music Therapy, and Play Therapy.

Participants are invited to select from one of the 5 disciplines as a main experiential group.

In addition there will be an optional evening slot open to all participants consisting of theory lectures, case-study presentations. Applicants are asked to select one of the Main Workshop options from the list below.  

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. Applicants should also note that the active, experiential nature of all the arts and play therapy workshops can be intense and emotionally demanding and are likely to involve a degree of personal disclosure, sharing and exploration.

Places will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Please contact / 0208 392 3795 for further details.

Main Workshop Options

Fees: £585 Early Bird, £615 after April 27 2018

Workshop Leaders

All workshops will be led by experienced lecturers who are also leading practitioners in the various professions and include:

Gregoris Tzsouras: MA Art Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Fine Art  HCPC registered, BAAT Full Member

Grigoris is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Art Psychotherapist and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) with experience of working in the National Health Service (NHS) with adults and young people, offering mental health care for patients with personal problems and severe mental health illnesses. He has also worked at Young Persons’ Services delivering a multi-component risk reduction programmes for young people who are vulnerable to risk taking behaviour including drug and alcohol use, early and unprotected sex and offending. Currently, he is employed by two NHS Trusts where he delivers group and individual art psychotherapy sessions and assessments at adult in-patient acute psychiatric units.Grigorios teaches Art Psychotherapy at both Foundation and Masters Level at the University of Roehampton in London, continuing to develop his identity as an artist, by maintaining his studio practice, commissioning art projects and taking part in art exhibitions and competitions.


Mary-Clare Fearn
Mary-Clare Fearn is an experienced Music Therapist who has a broad range of experience working predominantly with children in the NHS and education. She has for many years been involved in training at introductory and MA level, and following her relocation to Dorset, continues to provide training for the University of  Roehampton. Since qualifying as a Music Therapist from Roehampton in 1990, Mary-Clare has gained extensive experience of working with adults and children who have a wide range of learning, emotional and physical disabilities. She enjoys working with students and has run introduction to music therapy courses and training days for a number of different organisations. She is a registered supervisor with the British Association of Music Therapists and part of her practice is supervising other music therapists. She is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.


David Le-Vay
David Le Vay is a qualified and accredited play therapist, dramatherapist and social worker and has over twenty years’ experience of working with children who have experienced significant loss,   trauma and abuse. David’s work has primarily taken place within a safeguarding context and for 12 years he worked as a therapist within a specialist local authority team that provided assessments, therapy and consultation for children presenting with problematic or harmful sexual behaviour. More recently, he has alongside a number of colleagues, developed an independent, multi-disciplinary therapy and consultation practice based in North Surrey. David is a Senior Lecturer on the MA Play Therapy Programme at the University of Roehampton, London and also provides individual and group clinical supervision to qualified play therapists.


Elise Cuschieri
Elise Cuschieri is a practicing play therapist and a senior lecturer on the M.A. Play Therapy programme at the University of Roehampton. Her clinical practice is informed by humanistic psychology and child-centred play therapy theory. For the past 12 years, Elise has worked with children and their families who have experienced a range of challenging life events such as parental substance misuse, neglect, domestic abuse and traumatic bereavement. Elise’s academic interests include the personal development of play therapy trainees and the roles of personal therapy and process group in arts and play therapy trainings.


Samantha E Adams
Samantha E. Adams, HCPC Registered & Executive member of BADTH, undertook her training as a Dramatherapist at Roehampton. She has over twenty years experience in theatre practice as a performer, practitioner, and storyteller. She regularly works for the National Theatre as a learning associate and mentor, Half Moon Theatre as lead tutor with adolescents with physical and learning disability, and at Central School of Speech and Drama as tutor/director.
As a freelance Dramatherapist she has worked on an acute forensic ward for men with complex needs, and currently works in the community with women at risk, in a primary school with pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs, and at a St Mungo’s homeless residence. She is a visiting lecturer at Roehampton, and teaches Therapeutic Stories on the Dramatherapy MA.


Gerry Harrison
Gerry Harrison has been practising as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist for 25 years, and has worked in Mental Health, often introducing the medium for the first time. Her work has been mainly with in-patient populations, including eating disorders and self-harm, and she currently works on a perinatal unit.

She has been teaching on the DMP MA programme since graduating, and currently contributes to two modules - Supervision and Psychopathology. She also has a private practice.


Geoffery Unkovich
Geoffery Unkovich is a lecturer in dance movement psychotherapy at University of Roehampton, and has taught on DMP training programmes at Goldsmith College and in Croatia and Romania. He has extensive clinical experience in the NHS and local council service delivery with dance movement psychotherapy practice for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. Geoffery was a council member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK for four years; being chair of council for two years of his tenure. He is currently a member of the ADMP UK Professional Development Committee. Geoffery is a co-editor on the book Dance Movement Psychotherapy for People with Learning Disabilities, to be published in 2017. He is a co-founder of DMPLDNetwork, a special interest group for dance movement psychotherapists who specialise in the field of learning disabilities; and is a co-founder of aRTSjAM an Arts Therapies improvisation collaborative. He posits that our life-worlds are sculpted by choices made and how these choices shape our space in the world. These interactions are  further shaped by cultural perceptions of gender definitions that exacerbate or strengthen identity survival in the versatility of expression as man or woman.


Layla Smith
Layla Smith originally trained as a dancer and now works as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (RDMP MA) and Supervisor, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and Movement Teacher (DTLLS). Currently she works in acute adult mental health in the NHS as a DMP and facilitates different DMP (Foundation and MA) workshops in higher education. Alongside a small private practice she creates specialist individual or group Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and movement observation sessions for educational purposes, CPD and personal development. Other DMP experience since 2006 includes: adult and child mental health, medically unexplained symptoms, severe dementia, acute adult mental health, learning disabilities, chronic depression, eating disorders and forensics.


Jenni de Knoop
Jenni has 13 years DMP experience within adult and adolescent mental health, including NHS Deaf services and eating disorders. She is a clinical supervisor, a private practitioner and a visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton.


Location & Accommodation

The University of Roehampton has students from 140 different nationalities studying on its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and the Arts & Play Therapies Summer School welcomes applicants from overseas. For Summer School accommodation queries only, please contact 

For course queries, please contact: or call 0208 392 3795. All applicants not familiar with London will be interested to learn that the Roehampton Campus is situated on the edge of Richmond Park, one of the ‘Royal’ Parks, and the largest in the capital. We are also close to the River Themes and quick transport links to the centre of London making combining attending the Arts & Play Therapies Summer School with a London City Break an attractive option. For further details, please visit: