The Imagine Create Belong social program for neurodivergent adolescents. Part 1: Foundation (2 Day ONLINE Facilitators’ Workshop) Thurs 20 – Fri 21 June 2024

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The Imagine Create Belong social program for neurodivergent adolescents. Part 1: Foundation (2 Day ONLINE Facilitators’ Workshop) Thurs 20 – Fri 21 June 2024

June 20 @ 9:30 am - June 21 @ 4:30 pm



The Imagine Create Belong social program for neurodivergent adolescents.

Part 1: Foundation (2 Day ONLINE Facilitators’ Workshop)


Thursday 20 June , 9:30am – 4pm

Friday 21 June , 9:30am – 4:30pm



Presented by Sophie Goldingay and Belinda Dean 


*Start and end times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, UTC+10:00



This foundation workshop is for those who have not yet undergone facilitators training for the Imagine Create Belong (ICB) Social Development Programme for Adolescents. This workshop would be valuable for those working with tweens/teens who are neurodivergent and/or would like to develop socially. Professionals who often attend our workshops include social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, psychologists, teachers, members of school wellbeing teams, youth mental health nurses and play therapists.

This workshop involves immersion into many of the activities within the ICB programme manual ‘Storying Beyond Social Difficulties’ to enable you to then facilitate tweens / teens through the programme confidently. A copy of the “Storying Beyond Social Difficulties with Neuro-Diverse Adolescents: The “Imagine, Create, Belong” Social Development Programme Manual will be posted to each participant prior to the workshop. You will apply the ICB method in a small group throughout the workshop to create your own characters and story, culminating in creation of a movie by the end of the training, which you can record and retain for future use.



A list of pre-readings, pre-recorded videos and a list of materials needed for the interactive workshop, to prepare you for participation, will be sent to you prior to the commencement of the workshop.



Following the workshop you will be invited to undertake a short online assessment and if completed successfully,  you will receive a signed certificate from Learn To Play.



 9.30-11.30 (2hrs)

What is Imagine Create Belong (ICB) and How does Imagine Create Belong work?

  • Exploring issues for neurodivergent tweens and teens: their characteristics, strengths, and challenges
  • Working through the aims of the programme and how ICB will assist your tween / teen clients.
  • Working through what is needed and basic principles for success.
  • Exploring the structure and content of the programme in detail including how to use the Storying beyond social difficulties with neurodiverse adolescents: The “Imagine, Create, Belong” Social Development Programme Manual

20-minute break

11.50-1.20 (1.5hrs)

  • Testing participants’ progress: The animated movie test.

40-minute break

2.00-4.00 (2 hr)

Planning for experiential activities and opportunity for questions

  • Outline of structure of experiential activities, what to expect, structure of the group, some examples from previous groups, and practice with the interactive technology (Zoom™ and Padlet™) plus sound effects and music.
  • Opportunity for discussion and questions
  • Information about NDIS funding for participants



DAY TWO Immersion into the programme

 Note: you will be placed into breakout groups according to discipline area and will be in a combination of a large group and small groups throughout the day.

You will also need to organise some inexpensive materials for the interactive training day (details to be advised).

 9.30-11.30 (2hrs)

Immersion into sessions one and two:

  • Setting the scene and development of the self as storyteller and self as creator of characters
  • Small group work creating characters.

20-minute break

11.50-1.20 (1.5hrs)

Immersion into sessions three, four and five:

  • Narrative and identity – creation of ecomaps, Tree of Life* and roles for character/s you have created.
  • Creation of context, plot structure, props and scenes in small groups via interactive technology

*Tree of Life is a well-known concept that has been adapted to provide a symbol for representation of a person in their family/community/Country by Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles.

40-minute break

2.00-3.45 (1.75hrs)

Immersion into sessions six to eight: 

  • Further developing narrative and props, sound effects and music
  • Bringing it all together
  • The grand finale – filming the movie you have created together.
  • Epilogue – extending the benefits and ideas for 16+ age groups (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons)

15-minute break

4.00-4.30 (.5hrs)

Debrief and opportunity for movie viewing discussion and questions, including how the groups worked together and contingency plans.




“We operate from a strengths-perspective, drawing on theorists such as Vygotsky and Rogers, enlisting a person-centred approach involving unconditional positive regard.”


Sophie Goldingay


Sophie Goldingay is an Associate Professor at Deakin University and the lead author of the Imagine Create Belong programme, the website and the the Storying Beyond Social Difficulties training manual. Sophie is an experienced trainer of ICB facilitators and has facilitated ICB groups with young people in schools. Sophie’s expertise is in identity, well-being, and inclusion, especially for neurodivergent adolescents. She won the Vice Chancellor’s award for ‘Excellent Contributions to Equity and Access’ in 2012 and the Deakin University Vice Chancellor’s Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education and Employability’ in 2022.  She is also the recipient of three teaching awards.


Belinda Dean


Belinda is a Lecturer in Play Therapy, a Play Therapy Supervisor, PhD Candidate and author of Imagine Create Belong programme and the training manual. Belinda is a facilitator of ICB groups with young people in schools and clinic settings. Belinda’s area of research is in play-based learning to promote wellbeing for children, adolescents and within territory education. Belinda’s expertise is in translating cross disciplinary knowledge between the fields of Play Therapy and Nursing Practice. Belinda is the director of Light Heart Publications and Play Based Learning (Play Therapy).



June 20 @ 9:30 am
June 21 @ 4:30 pm


Online workshop run via Zoom


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The Imagine Create Belong social program for neurodivergent adolescents. Part 1: Foundation (2 Day ONLINE Facilitators’ Workshop) Thurs 20 - Fri 21 June 2024
$ 795.00 GST incl
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10% Group Discount
Organisations sending 5 or more staff members to the same workshop on the same date are entitled to a 10% discount off the total price. To apply for the discount please email Jessica directly at

Cancellation and refund policy
Please notify Jessica of any cancellations by email:
To receive a full refund please advise your cancellation 8 or more days prior to the commencement of the workshop.
Cancellations made within 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop will be refunded 50% of the original workshop fee paid.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 48 hours before the commencement of the workshop.
Learn to Play reserves the right to cancel the workshop and issue a full refund of the workshop fee to registrant.