Arts and Play Therapies Summer School 2020

15th Annual Arts & Play Therapies Summer School (July 27th-31st 2020)

The Arts & Play Therapies (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 five disciplines as a main experiential group from the workshop options below. In addition there will be an optional evening slot open to all participants from 4.30 - 5.30pm consisting of theory lectures, case-study presentations.  

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 23rd 2020

Workshop Leaders

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

Art Psychotherapy

Grigoris 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.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy
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.

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.


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 15 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.



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.
Music Therapy

Tina Warnock

Tina qualified as an HCPC Registered Music Therapist in 2000, following a BA Hons in Social Psychology from Sussex University in 1992 and several years writing and performing her own music. She has extensive music therapy experience with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism, complex needs, emotional and behavioural difficulties and challenging behaviour. This includes seven years in the NHS for a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Child Development Centre in London, twelve years at a Special School, two years in Elderly Mental Health, and one year in Adult Learning Disability Services. Tina currently runs the Belltree Music Therapy Centre CIC in Brighton which she set up in 2008 alongside her clinical supervision practice and is a visiting lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course at Roehampton University. Her special area of interest is voice work.

Play Therapy

Caroline LoweCaroline Lowe
Caroline Lowe, a highly skilled play therapist and occupational therapist. She has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents and their families for many years within schools, social services, private practice and for the past 8 years CAMHS as the lead clinician of a specialist service for children in care with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. Caroline has been a visiting lecturer on the MA Play Therapy course for several years offering workshops in child mental health, working with traumatised children and the value of sensory play within the therapeutic space. Caroline’s specialist interest is helping children to regulate their emotions and build psychological resilience. Caroline is HCPC registered and a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists.


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 Please note that a limited number of student rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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: