Introduction to Play Therapy (March 2021)

Delivered online via Zoom

Play Therapy is an effective psychological treatment for a wide range of child mental health difficulties and stressful life experiences. It has existed as a distinct discipline since the 1940's, emerging from child psychotherapeutic practice and the humanistic psychology tradition. In this introduction you will experience key aspects of play therapy practice.

Intended Audience

Suitable for individuals considering taking up professional training in Play Therapy as well as professionals who are already working with children e.g. social workers, occupational/speech therapists, mental health professionals, residential workers etc. No previous experience of Play Therapy is necessary but a willingness and enthusiasm for play is very much welcomed.


The day is about playing and practising at playing by putting into practice the skills of a play therapist.

Participants will gain an understanding of: the therapeutic relationship; how children communicate through the use of symbolic play and how to facilitate this; how change is promoted through attention to the child’s communication. An electronic certificate of attendance will be emailed on successful course completion.

Presented by

Lisa Gordon-ClarkLisa 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. 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.

Suggested Reading List

  • Axline, V. (1979) Play Therapy. USA: Ballantine Books.
  • Ayling, P., Armstrong, H., & Gordon Clark. L. (2019) Becoming and Being a Play Therapist: Play Therapy in Practice. London: Routledge
  • Cattanach, A. (2003) Introduction to Play Therapy. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Cochran, N.H., Nording, W.J. & Cochran, J.l. (2010) Child Centred Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic relationships with Children. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Gordon Clark, L. (2018 ) ‘Play Therapy’ in Robson, M. & Pattison, S. (eds.) The Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People. 2nd edn. London: Sage, pp.106-119.
  • Landreth, G. L. (2012) Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. 3rd edn. Hove: Routledge
  • Rogers, C. (1986) Client Centred Therapy. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • McMahon, L. (2009) The Handbook of Play Therapy and Therapeutic Play. 2nd edn. East Sussex: Routledge
  • Schaefer, C. (2011) Foundations of Play Therapy. 2nd New Jersey: John Wiley.
  • West, J. (1996) Child-Centred Play Therapy. London: Arnold Press.

Location and booking information

Date 27/3/2021
Time 10:00 - 16:30
Duration One Day
Price £149.00
Payment Places are awarded on a first paid, first serve basis due to demand.
Course Delivery Online via Zoom
Joining Instructions Course attendees will receive the Zoom link in advance

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