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July 2016

Learn to Play (2 day workshop) 18 – 19 July 2016

July 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 19, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Free

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Learn to Play (2 day workshop) + ChIPPA (3 day workshop) 18 – 22 July 2016

July 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 22, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Free

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ChIPPA (3 day workshop) 20 – 22 July 2016

July 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 22, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$845

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January 2017

Parent Learn to Play: Train the Trainer
(One Day Workshop) 23 Jan 2017

January 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street
Geelong, VIC 3220 Australia
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$320

This one day workshop trains participants to run the Parent Learn to Play course for parents. This practical workshop would be valuable to therapists and early childhood intervention workers who work with parents and children.

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Play in Schools for Teachers and Therapists
(One Day Workshop) 24 Jan 2017

January 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street
Geelong, VIC 3220 Australia
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$320

This workshop combines the expertise of Karen Stagnitti (play) with Louise Paatsch (language and literacy and education) to bring to teachers and therapists, ideas and explanations of why and how to embed play in the classroom.

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July 2017

Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course
(2 Day Workshop) 3-4 Jul 2017

July 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - July 4, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$650

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This workshop uses a mixture of information giving case studies, video analysis and practice of the key skills involved in the process of Learn to Play Therapy. This workshop would be valuable to therapists, early childhood teachers, social workers, psychologists and early intervention workers who work with families with children under 8 years of age who have a developmental delay.

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Advanced Learn to Play Therapy
(2 Day Workshop) 5-6 Jul 2017

July 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - July 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$650

This 2 day workshop builds on the Learn to Play Therapy - Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop). In Advanced Learn to Play it is assumed that participants have knowledge of the development of pretend play and assessment of pretend play.

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July 2018

Learn to Play 5 Day Workshop DISCOUNT(2-6 Jul 2018)

July 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$1550

The Learn to Play 5 Day Workshop cost includes discounted registration for the Learn to Play Therapy: Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 2-3 Jul 2018; Parent Learn to Play: Train the Trainer (1 Day Workshop) 4 Jul 2018; Advanced Learn to Play Therapy (2 Day Workshop) 5-6 Jul 2018; pre-workshop refreshments, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, all workshop resources and a copy of Parent Learn to Play: Facilitator Manual and Parent Handbook.

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Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 2-3 Jul 2018

July 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$650

Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving. This workshop would be valuable to therapists, early childhood teachers, social workers, psychologists and early intervention workers who work with families with children under 8 years of age who have a developmental delay.

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Parent Learn to Play: Train the Trainer (1 Day Workshop) 4 Jul 2018

July 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$385

This workshops provides specific information on working with parents using the principles of Learn to Play Therapy. This course builds on the Learn to Play Introduction workshop and knowledge on the development of pretend play and how to assess spontaneous pretend play ability in children is assumed knowledge for participants who wish to participate in this workshop. This practical workshop would be valuable to therapists and early childhood intervention workers who work with parents and children.

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Advanced Learn to Play Therapy (2 Day Workshop) 5-6 Jul 2018

July 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - July 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$650

This 2 day workshop builds on the Learn to Play Therapy Introductory 2 day workshop. In Advanced Learn to Play it is assumed that participants have knowledge of the development of pretend play and assessment of pretend play.This workshop would be valuable to therapists, early childhood teachers, social workers, psychologists and early intervention workers who work with families with children under 8 years of age who have a developmental delay.

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August 2018

Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 8-9 Jul 2019

August 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$690

Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving.

This workshop would be valuable to therapists, early childhood teachers, social workers, psychologists and early intervention workers who work with families with children under 8 years of age who have a developmental delay.

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October 2018

“Imagine, Create, Belong”: a new intervention for adolescents with social difficulties (1 Day Workshop) 22 Oct 2018

October 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$320

This is a new workshop presented by Learn to Play Events for 2018. Research using Learn to Play Therapy has been extended to work with adolescents who experience social difficulties. This workshop introduces the newly developed assessment called the Animated Movie Test. This is an assessment of the abilities underpinning pretend play. This assessment is suitable for children aged 8 years to 15 years. This workshop would be valuable for those working with young adolescents who have social difficulties including social workers, occupational therapists, specialist teachers of young adolescents, psychologists and play therapists.

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Therapeutic Play in Medical and Health Care Settings (2 Day Workshop) 25-26 Oct 2018

October 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - October 26, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$650

Therapeutic play is a specific approach to engage children, because it is a developmentally sensitive way to communicate and facilitate expression of the child’s thoughts and feelings, and may be applied to medical and health care settings and experiences. Therapeutic medical play may also be used proactively to prepare children before and to debrief after medical encounters, and using specific approaches during procedural phases.

This two day workshop integrates knowledge of paediatric medical and health care, childhood development and therapeutic play. It has been developed to extend the clinical skills of health care professionals who work with children and their families in health care settings.

DUE TO SMALL REGISTRATION NUMBERS THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE EMAIL learntoplayevents@gmail.com WITH EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST.

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November 2018

Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment – 2 (3 Day Workshop) 14-16 Nov 2018

November 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - November 16, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$930

The ChIPPA is a norm referenced assessment of a child’s ability to self-initiate play. This workshop will be focussed on the ChIPPA-2. The ChIPPA would be valuable to occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers and psychologists who work with children under 8 years of age who have difficulties in social interaction and/or language and find it difficult to function within their social context.

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January 2019

Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 21-22 Jan 2019

January 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - January 22, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$690

Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving.

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 a developmental delay.

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Play in Schools for Teachers and Therapists (1 Day Workshop) 23 Jan 2019

January 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$345

This workshop combines the expertise of Karen Stagnitti (play) with Louise Paatsch (language and literacy and education) to bring to teachers and therapists ideas and explanations of why and how to embed play in the classroom. This workshop will cover why play is relevant to learning and the classroom, how to assess and report progress in play ability, how to link play ability to language and literacy, and how to embed play in the classroom to extend children’s language and literacy.

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July 2019

Learn to Play 5 Day Workshop DISCOUNT(8-12 Jul 2019)

July 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 12, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$1590

The Learn to Play 5 Day Workshop cost includes discounted registration for the Learn to Play Therapy: Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 9-8 Jul 2019; Parent Learn to Play: Train the Trainer (1 Day Workshop) 10 Jul 2019; Advanced Learn to Play Therapy (2 Day Workshop) 11-12 Jul 2019; pre-workshop refreshments, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, all workshop resources and a copy of Parent Learn to Play: Facilitator Manual and Parent Handbook.

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Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 8-9 Jul 2019

July 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 9, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$690

Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving.

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 a developmental delay.

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Parent Learn to Play: Train the Trainer (1 Day Workshop) 10 Jul 2019

July 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$410

This workshops provides specific information on working with parents using the principles of Learn to Play Therapy. This course builds on the Learn to Play Introduction workshop as knowledge on the development of pretend play and how to assess spontaneous pretend play ability in children is assumed knowledge for participants who wish to participate in this workshop.

This one day workshop explains how to include parents as part of parent-child dyads in therapy as well as training participants to run the Parent Learn to Play small group course for parents. 

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Advanced Learn to Play Therapy (2 Day Workshop) 11-12 Jul 2019

July 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 12, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$690

This 2 day workshop builds on the Learn to Play Therapy Introductory 2 day workshop. In Advanced Learn to Play it is assumed that participants have knowledge of the development of pretend play and assessment of pretend play.

Participants are introduced to the framework which surrounds Learn to Play Therapy and the theoretical underpinnings of Learn to Play. The play room is discussed and advanced processes and principles are covered and are practiced.

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The Learn to Play program for Kindergarten Teachers (1 Day Workshop) 29 Jul 2019

July 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$345

The Learn to Play program for Kindergarten Teachers is designed to support teachers in a deeper understanding of pretend play, how it develops, and why pretend play is important for literacy, narrative understanding, social competence, and self-regulation.

Alignment to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework will be explained in reference to the evidence base for the Learn to Play program.

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January 2020

Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 20-21 Jan 2020

January 20 @ 9:00 am - January 21 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$695

Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving.

The workshop uses a mixture of information giving case studies, video analysis and practice of the key skills involved in the process of Learn to Play Therapy.

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 a developmental delay.

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Learn to Play 5 Day Workshop DISCOUNT (20 – 24 January 2020)

January 20 @ 9:00 am - January 24 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$1550

The Learn to Play 5 Day Workshop 20 - 24 January 2020 cost includes discounted registration for the Learn to Play Therapy: Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 20-21 Jan 2020; Play in Schools for Teachers and Therapists (1 Day Workshop) 22 January 2020; Imagine, Create, Belong: A new interventions for adolescents with social difficulties (2 Day Workshop)23-24 Jan 2020; pre-workshop refreshments, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, all workshop resources.

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Play in Schools for Teachers and Therapists (1 Day Workshop) 22 Jan 2020

January 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$350

This workshop combines the expertise of Karen Stagnitti (play) with Louise Paatsch (language and literacy and education) to bring to teachers and therapists ideas and explanations of why and how to embed play in the classroom. This workshop will cover why play is relevant to learning and the classroom, how to assess and on play using the Pretend Play Checklist for Teachers, how to link play ability to language and literacy, and how to embed play in the classroom to extend children’s language and literacy.

This is a very practical and hands on workshop with examples linking play abilities to the Australian curriculum.

This workshop would be valuable to professionals who work in schools and are interested in play, language and literacy.

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“Imagine, Create, Belong”: a new intervention for adolescents with social difficulties (2 Day Workshop) 23-24 Jan 2020

January 23 @ 9:00 am - January 24 @ 4:30 pm
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 328 Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$695

Research using Learn to Play Therapy has been extended to work with adolescents who experience social difficulties. This workshop introduces the play assessment for young people called the Animated Movie Test. This is an age appropriate assessment suitable for young people aged 8 - 15 years. The new intervention called Imagine, Create, Belong will also be explained. This new 8 week intervention for young people who are neurodiverse who attend mainstream high schools has been trialled in two research studies and found to increase young people’s self-insight into their social ability, maintain their flexible thinking and increase their narrative thinking. This results in more competence in their social ability. The manual also includes 16 Sessions for adolescents who attend special school and have challenging developmental issues.

This workshop would be valuable for those working with young adolescents who have social difficulties including social workers, occupational therapists, specialist teachers of young adolescents, psychologists and play therapists.

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May 2020

Online Q&A Series: Topic 1. What do I do when a child begins to self-initiate their own play? What do I do when I’m not sure where the child is taking the play?

May 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

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Online Q&A Series: Topic 1. (2nd) What do I do when a child begins to self-initiate their own play? What do I do when I’m not sure where the child is taking the play?

May 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

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June 2020

Online Q&A Series: Topic 2. Play assessment – what do the different play assessments offer and how do I score a certain behaviour on the Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist/Animated Movie Test or ChIPPA 2.

June 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

Online Q&A Series: Topic 2. (2nd) Play assessment – what do the different play assessments offer and how do I score a certain behaviour on the Pretend Play Enjoyment Developmental Checklist/Animated Movie Test or ChIPPA 2.

June 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section. Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

Online Q&A Series: Topic 3. I work with a very rigid child. How do I move this child’s play?

June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

Online Q&A Series: Topic 3. (2nd) I work with a very rigid child. How do I move this child’s play?

June 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

July 2020

Online Q&A Series: Topic 4. The child is imitating what I do but I don’t think the child understands what is happening?

July 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

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Online Q&A Series: Topic 4. (2nd) The child is imitating what I do but I don’t think the child understands what is happening?

July 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section. Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

August 2020

Online Q&A Series: Topic 5. What is the difference between co-playing and leading the play?

August 11 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section.  Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

Online Q&A Series: Topic 5. (2nd) What is the difference between co-playing and leading the play?

August 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$30

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti is running a series of Q & A sessions designed for therapists and practitioners who use Learn to Play Therapy in practice. The Q & A series is aimed at those who have attended previous workshops and/or use Learn to Play in practice and may have specific questions or concerns about aspects of the Learn to Play therapy.

The Q & A sessions are offered to small groups of participants using Zoom interactive video conferencing. The sessions will run for 1.5 hours and have a maximum of 20 participants and a minimum of 10 participants. The maximum of 20 participants is to allow discussion, sharing and support for all participant questions. Participants will be invited to submit specific questions around the specific topic to be addressed prior to the session. At the beginning of each session a list of questions to be addressed will be presented (about 10 minutes). This will be followed with a semi-structured discussion around the listed questions (about 60 minutes). Depending on the questions, there may be a short powerpoint and/or video to watch. After this there will be time for open questions and individual case evaluation and discussion (about 50 minutes) and participants are particularly encouraged to share their experiences, difficulties and concerns during this section. Each session will have a particular emphasis so that you can choose which session best suits your current needs. There is no restriction on the number of sessions you can attend. Each session costs $30.

If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, after you register, please send your question/s to learntoplayevents@gmail.com at least 48 hours prior to the session. Karen will look over the questions and collate them. All questions will be answered and as these sessions are interactive, participants will be invited to provide examples of cases, verbally, during the session when their questions are being answered.

Each session will run for 1.5 hours, every 3 weeks from May to August. The times given are Australian Eastern Time – that is NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania time.

The platform used to run the series is Zoom. You will be sent a link before the session. If you join early you will be linked to a ‘waiting room’ and when the session begins you will join automatically. On Zoom, a chat section is also available for all participants.

Find out more »

September 2020

MOVING ONLINE: Learn to Play Therapy – Introductory Course (2 Day Workshop) 10-11 September 2020

September 10 @ 9:00 am - September 11 @ 4:30 pm
$695

DUE TO THE CONTINUED UNCERTAINTY REGARDING COVID-19, THIS WORKSHOP WILL NOW BE RUN ONLINE

Learn to Play Therapy aims to develop the capacity in children to self-initiate their own pretend play. Being able to play is essential to children because through play children learn about themselves and their world. Pretend play is complex play and research evidence has shown that children who develop more complex levels of pretend play increase in their abilities in social competence, narrative language, language, self-regulation, creativity, and problem solving.

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 a developmental delay.

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MOVING ONLINE: The Learn to Play program for Kindergarten Teachers (1 Day Workshop) 14 Sep 2020

September 14 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$350

DUE TO THE CONTINUED UNCERTAINTY REGARDING COVID-19, THIS WORKSHOP WILL NOW BE RUN ONLINE

The Learn to Play program for Kindergarten Teachers is designed to support teachers in a deeper understanding of pretend play, how it develops, and why pretend play is important for literacy, narrative understanding, social competence, and self-regulation.

This workshop provides for small group work to design play activities within group settings and to identify how these play activities build foundational skills for children's school readiness.

Alignment to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework will be explained in reference to the evidence base for the Learn to Play program.

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