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Trainers & Consultants


Trainers 

Judi Jacobsen MNZAC

Judi is a qualified counsellor and child therapist. Alongside working with adults in counselling, Judi specialises in working with children in Child-Centered Play Therapy. Judi has worked with children professionally for over 25 years and comes from a background of primary teaching. Judi is a full member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors).

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Megan Longman MANZASW

Megan is a registered social worker and child therapist. She has worked with children and their families for 40 years beginning as a primary school teacher and then moving into early childhood education through joining Playcentre. Megan is a registered Social Worker and a full member of ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers).

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Guest Presenters

Trish Searle

Trish is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at WINTEC in Hamilton and she has experience in various aspects of children’s education and care. Trish has lectured at WINTEC for 9 years specialising in topics related to play and child development.

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Heather Chambers

Heather is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist in private practice at The Child and Family Development Centre on the Kapiti Coast. She originally began her work in psychotherapy with adults in 1986 and trained further in psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy in 1991, receiving her Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy at Otago University, Dunedin. She is a registered psychotherapist for both adults and children and holds an advanced clinical practice certificate through NZAP.

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Clinical Supervisors & Consultants 

Alongside the clinical supervision which Judi Jacobsen and Megan Longman provide, ChildPlayWorks offers trainee play therapists clinical supervision with international supervisors of the highest calibre. Consultation is also provided for ChildPlayWorks for the further development of the Childplayworks Clinical Play Therapy Training Programme and for the development of Child-Centered Play Therapy within New Zealand.

Nancy Cochran

Nancy H. Cochran, MA, CAS, LMHC is an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee.  Nancy has over 20 years experience serving children, youth and families, in school and agency settings, as a school psychologist and child-centered play therapist.  

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Dr Jeff Cochran 

Jeff L. Cochran, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling and is the Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Tennessee. His counseling experiences range from agencies serving troubled youth to elementary schools and universities.

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Jeff and Nancy frequently write, present, and teach together.  They have published numerous articles regarding outcomes and applications of therapeutic relationships and are the authors of The Heart of Counseling: A Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships (Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2006) and with co-author, Bill Nordling, of Child-Centered Play Therapy – A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children (Wiley, 2010).

Dr Bill Nordling

Bill Nordling, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and full Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences – a doctoral level degree training program in psychology in Arlington, Virginia (USA) – where he teaches coursework in Child-Centered play therapy (CCPT) and Filial family therapy.  

Dr. Nordling has conducted over 150 multi-day training workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally in the areas of play and Filial therapy.  He has authored a number of publications in these areas including the book Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children (co-authored with Nancy and Jeff Cochran).

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Dr Kathryn Sleet

Kathryn has a BA (Hons) Social Sciences MA (Ed) in Guidance and Counselling (1989), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1990) and a PhD in Counselling (2004), from the University of Durham in the UK. In addition she has a Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy (1997) and Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (1999) from Roehampton University in the UK. Kathryn is an accredited counsellor with BACP (British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy) and she is a full member of BAPT (British Association Play Therapists).

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Quality Advisor (Processes, Assessment and Moderation)

Tyra Cuddihy

Tyra is the Training and Assessment Advisor for ChildPlayWorks. She also assists when and where she can with Administration. Tyra lives in Wellington, where she works as a Quality Advisor for Assessment and Moderation.