Department of Psychology works with The Orphan Trust to offer Therapeutic Play course in Bangladesh

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Department of Psychology offered a new pilot course in therapeutic play to professionals at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh to help children who are living in orphanages or on the streets.

The seven day experiential training was delivered by Lisa Gordon Clark, Programme Convenor for the Master’s in Play Therapy at the University of Roehampton and Mostak Ahamed Imran, an educational psychologist linked to the University of Dhaka, who is on a scholarship for Play Therapy, co-funded by the British based charity, The Orphan Trust, and the Whitelands Guild.

Lisa Gordon Clark said “It has been over five years since its original inception to introduce Play Therapy to Bangladesh in partnership with The Orphan Trust. The project aim is to help them realise a dream to better meet the mental health needs of the children of Bangladesh living in orphanages or on the streets. Together with senior staff in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at the University of Dhaka there is a strong commitment to continue with the momentum of this project.”

The Department of Psychology offers a two year full-time MA Play Therapy programme that integrates theoretical learning, clinical skills and in-depth personal development to prepare graduates for clinical practice, predominantly with children, as a professional play therapist within the public and private sectors.