A one day introduction to Play Therapy

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.

Reading List

  • Axline, V. (1979) Play Therapy. USA: Ballantine Books.
  • Cattanach, A. (1992) Play Therapy with Abused Children. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Daniel, D & Jenkins, P. (2000) Therapy with Children: Children’s rights, confidentiality and the law. London: Sage Publications.
  • Landreth, G. (2002) Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship. London: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Rogers, C. (1986) Client Centred Therapy. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • McMahon, L. (1992) The Handbook of Play Therapy. London: Routledge
  • West, J. (1996) Child-Centred Play Therapy. London: Arnold Press.

Presented by

David Le-Vay - March 18th, Elise Refalo- November 25th

Location and booking information

Date 25/11/2017
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.
Venue Whitelands College, University of Roehampton
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Address Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD

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