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Professional Development

ChildPlayWorks offers professional development training workshops for all those who work with children (and their families). We also offer professional development for play therapists in the form of webinars and/or teleconference presentations. 

2020 Professional Development Training Workshops & webinars

1-day Staff Professional Development Workshops    

1-day professional development workshops are available to early childhood centres, primary schools, and other interested social service agencies for staff development. 

Please Contact Us for further information. 


"An Introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy" 

This popular 3-day professional development workshop offers course participants an introduction to Child-Centered Play Therapy, with this being a very unique, deeply heartfelt, relational way of being with children. This workshop also holds credits for Stage 1 of the ChildPlayWorks Clinical Play Therapy Training Programme for those who wish to apply and who meet the entry criteria. 

Presenters: Judi and Megan from ChildPlayWorks

Dates: 17-19 September 2020

Fee: $795 earlybird or $830 standard fee

Location: Houchen House, Hamilton

Please download file for workshop information and to click here to registerPlease Contact Us for further information.  


"The Wonderful World of Child-Centered Play Therapy" 

This 5-day professional development workshop explores the theoretical model and philosophical framework of CCPT and it covers a basic understanding of the dynamics and importance of the unique, therapeutic CCPT relationship. Facilitative, relationship-building ways of responding to children and core CCPT skills are introduced in role play demonstrations and these are further developed in experiential role plays. These skills are then able to be used to strengthen relationships with children in most external working contexts.

This 5-day workshop also becomes Stage 1 of the ChildPlayWorks Clinical Play Therapy Training Programme for those who meet the entry criteria. 

Presenters: Judi and Megan from ChildPlayWorks

Dates: 17-21 February 2020 (Dunedin) / 16-20 March 2020 (Hamilton)

Fee: $1350 earlybird or $1395 standard fee

Locations: Dunedin location to be advised / Houchen House (Hamilton)

Please download file for further workshop information and click here to register. Please Contact Us for further information. 


"The Effects of Trauma on Children's Attachment Relationships"

A 1-day professional development workshop with Dr Wendy Kelly, focussing on the impact of trauma on early attachment relationships and how this affects children’s view of themselves and other people, their development and their social and emotional well-being. It will also cover theory and provide ideas and techniques for understanding the issues facing maltreated and traumatised children and a practical method of working out what the child needs to learn from current relationships, both caregiving and therapeutic.  

Presenter: Dr Wendy Kelly  

Date: 2020 dates to be advised

Fee: 2020 fee to be advised

Location: Houchen House, Hamilton

Please download file for workshop information. Registration details are on the form or click here to register

Please Contact Us for further information.


"Working with Parents" 

Presentation Type:

A series of three 90 minute interactive webinars with Dr Bill Nordling. 

This series of three webinars is available for ongoing professional development for all play therapists. Whilst CCPT training is not required, Dr Nordling will reference this theoretical school for examples. 

Presentation Title:

Building and Maintaining Successful Working Relationships with Parents of Children in Play Therapy

Presentation/Series Description:

Building and maintaining successful working relationships with parents whose children are in play therapy is vital for successful treatment of children.  This presentation series will focus on major competencies and skills sets for successful work with parents.

Presenter: Dr Bill Nordling

Dates: 2020 dates to be advised

Times: 2020 times to be advised (Online webinar via the 'Zoom' platform)

Fee (for series of three presentations): 2020 prices to be advised

Please download file  for workshop information. Registration details are on the form or click here to register

Please Contact Us for further information.  


"AEAI: Adult Exploration of Attachment Interview"

Andrea Broadhurst and Heather Chambers present this popular 1-day professional development workshop in which they teach a therapeutic interview to assist parents in their relationship with their co-parent and/or their children. The interview is designed to reveal to the individual their early relational learning, which drives their feelings, responses and behaviours in key relationships.

Presenters: Andrea Broadhurst and Heather Chambers

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019

Fee: $175 earlybird or $225 standard fee

Location: Houchen House, Hamilton 

Please download file  for workshop information. Registration details are on the form or click here to register

Please Contact Us for further information.