Learn To Play Therapy – Part 2: Refining and Applying Skills (3 Day ONLINE Workshop) Wed 18, Thurs 19, Fri 20 Sep 2024

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Learn To Play Therapy – Part 2: Refining and Applying Skills (3 Day ONLINE Workshop) Wed 18, Thurs 19, Fri 20 Sep 2024

September 18 @ 9:30 am - September 20 @ 4:30 pm


Learn To Play Therapy – Part 2: Refining and Applying Skills

3 Day ONLINE Workshop

Wednesday 18, Thursday 19, Friday 20 September

9:30am – 4:30pm (AEST) each day

Presented by Dr Siobhan Casey and Bridget Sarah


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



This workshop is suitable for those who have completed Learn To Play Therapy – Part 1: Foundation (2 Day Workshop).


This 3 day workshop builds on Learn to Play Therapy – Part 1: Foundation (2 Day Workshop) training as it is assumed that participants understand and have knowledge of the increasing complexity of pretend play ability. Participants will also know how to carry out formalised play assessments using the Pretend Play Developmental Checklist (PPE-DC) and/or may have also been trained in the Child Initiated Pretend Play Assessment-2 (ChIPPA2) with children.


Learn To Play Therapy aims to facilitate the ability of a child to spontaneously self-initiate pretend play.** The therapeutic skills required to facilitate this ability in children, who find it difficult to play, are explored more deeply in this 3 day ONLINE workshop.


The clinical framework and theoretical underpinnings of Learn To Play Therapy are explored more deeply to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the underlying processes and principles. The importance of creating safety for the child in therapy is explored with a strong emphasis on reflecting on therapeutic presence. Understanding of advanced therapeutic skills is considered with video analysis and break out rooms to support the exploration of the therapeutic skills of tracking, empathic reflections, holding, limit setting, and congruence.


Day 2 will also include information/discussion on working with children within the Autistic Community and exploring how Learn To Play can provide support. Learn To Play Therapy within practice, including working with parent/child dyads will be explored. Day 2 also includes exploring the role of Learn To Play and scope of practice in working with children who have experienced trauma.


Day 3 explores the delivery and application of Group Learn To Play Therapy. Goal setting forms a large part of application on Day 3, followed by exploring play activities and case study planning in the afternoon. The workshop focusses on advanced therapeutic application of Learn To Play therapy and supports practical problem solving and discussion on how to facilitate developing play ability in children who find play difficult or present with less complex strengths in their play and interactions.


The online presentations are complemented by pre-workshop activities and open discussion sessions to further explore play materials for therapy sessions, and engagement of children in play. This workshop would be valuable to therapists, social workers, psychologists and early intervention workers who work with families with children under 8 years of age who have concerns about their child’s abilities.


Pre-Workshop Activities:

2 pre-recorded PowerPoint presentations are provided, plus further reading and videos. These pre-recorded PowerPoint presentations provide information relevant to the first and second morning sessions. Also available are 3 more pre-workshop recordings based on therapists’ interests or professional backgrounds.


Workshop content:

Day 1

  • Exploring the complexity of play
  • Therapeutic presence
  • Theoretical framework for Learn to Play Therapy
  • Advanced therapeutic skills


Day 2

  • Learn To Play Therapy for children within the Autistic Community
  • Learn To Play Therapy with children who have experienced trauma
  • Learn To Play- Parent/Child Dyads


Day 3

  • Group Learn To Play therapy
  • Goal setting
  • What activity do I use now?
  • Case Study Application


**The Learn To Play book, available for purchase here: Learn to Play Therapy: Principles, Process and Practical Activities was published in 2021. This 314 page book explains the theoretical underpinnings, principles and process as well as includes an additional 114 pages of play activities by developmental level. Reproducible pages allowed are the play activities, parent handouts, and Play Background Checklist. This book is an essential reference source for Learn To Play Therapy.



Dr. Siobhan Casey is a paediatric occupational therapist and Masters qualified play therapist with 18 years of experience in working with children, their families and teachers in a variety of settings. In 2018, Siobhan was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Emeritus Prof. Karen Stagnitti. Her research primarily focused on understanding the developmental processes of pretend play and self- regulation in supporting the capacity of resilience. Her prior research included identifying important markers and processes for change, for neurodivergent children participating in Learn To Play. Siobhan has presented on pretend play development at conferences both nationally and internationally and enjoys delivering training to a wide range of audiences. She has previously worked in early intervention community settings, private practice and, both mainstream and specialist development schools. She is passionate about promoting positive social and emotional wellbeing for children through providing services that are appropriate, purposeful, and sensitive to the needs of children and their families. Siobhan has recently co-authored a book ‘Learning Through Play in the Primary School’ and continues to research the role of play in supporting child development and building positive relationships.



Bridget Sarah (MCPT, GCHELT, BOccThy(Hons)) is a paediatric Occupational Therapist and Masters qualified, Registered Play Therapist. Bridget has experience working with children and families in a diverse range of clinic, home, school, and community settings.

Bridget is an integrative Play Therapist, trained and experienced in the delivery of multiple play therapy models and approaches, including Learn To Play Therapy and the associated assessment tools. Bridget’s research and clinical interests include scaffolding children’s ability to playfully express their emotional worlds using toys and creative media. Bridget is a lecturer, researcher and author in Play Therapy at Deakin University where she provides education and clinical supervision to students.


September 18 @ 9:30 am
September 20 @ 4:30 pm


Learn to Play
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Online workshop run via Zoom


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Learn To Play Therapy – Part 2: Refining and Applying Skills (3 Day ONLINE Workshop) Wed 18, Thurs 19, Fri 20 Sep 2024
$ 1,125.00 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 learntoplayevents@gmail.com.

Cancellation and refund policy
Please notify Jessica of any cancellations by email: learntoplayevents@gmail.com.
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.