Play Therapy Summer School 2021 Online

Delivered online via Zoom

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. 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.

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.

An electronic certificate will be emailed on successful course completion.

Meet our tutors

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.

Sonia has written a number of publications and chapters, Therapeutic Games to treat Anxieties and Fears - Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Games with Children and Adolescents (2019), Play Therapy in Schools – Becoming and Being a Play Therapist (2019), Symbolic Solutions: Establishing a Sense of Safety for Relationship Repair -Turning Points in Play Therapy and the Emergence of Self: Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (2019), Exploring the Play Therapy Process Through the Lens of Erikson’s Psychosocial Developmental Stages with Dr Nick Banks – British Journal of Play Therapy (2018), Stories used Therapeutically with Children in Education – The Therapeutic Use of Stories (1997)

Suggested Reading List

Please click here for the recommended reading list.

Play Therapy Timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10.00am - 4.00pm Play Therapy Play Therapy Play Therapy            Play Therapy Play Therapy                & Afternoon Plenary Session

Location and booking information 

Date 9/8/2021 - 13/8/2021
Time 10.00am
Duration Five days
Price Early Bird £585 (£615 after June 30th 2021)
Payment Places are awarded on a "first paid, first serve" basis due to demand
Delivery format Online via Zoom
Directions Zoom link will be sent in advance

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