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January 2019

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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