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Play Therapy Summer School

Our Summer School this year provides participants with the opportunity to experience an intensive 5 session experiential class within their chosen specialization. In addition we provide optional early evening sessions comprising of case studies and theory seminars. Our Summer School provides direct experiential learning about the Arts & Play Therapies MA Art  Programmes at the University of Roehampton. It is therefore of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about training in one of these disciplines as well as individuals wanting to explore their creativity in a unique environment. In addition this Summer School may be of interest to mental health professionals, teachers and social workers etc. interested in learning more about these unique and creative forms of therapy. A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants who should therefore be prepared for a degree of personal disclosure, sharing and exploration.

The Play Therapy summer school is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to learn and experience some of the theory and practical  of Client-Centred Play Therapy. Participants who attend will be able to use their learning to enhance both their understanding of children’s emotional and behavioural development and their skills in working with children who experience difficulties. 

The summer school is mainly workshop-based as we aim to learn through practice and experience -
participants are asked to come prepared to play! A variety of areas will be explored, including Client-Centred Theory and how this can be applied to Play, understanding and using ‘Symbolic’ play, and the use of different media when working with children, including sand-play, art, drama etc. As well as being of interest to those seeking to prepare to apply for a qualifying Play Therapy training, this Summer School can also serve as CPD to anyone already professionally involved in working with children including those working in Education, Social-Work and Child Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Presented by

Caroline Lowe

Caroline Lowe is a highly skilled play therapist and occupational therapist. She has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents and their families for many years within schools, social services, private practice and for the past 8 years CAMHS as the lead clinician of a specialist service for children in care with developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. Caroline has been a visiting lecturer on the MA Play Therapy course for several years offering workshops in child mental health, working with traumatised children and the value of sensory play within the therapeutic space. Caroline’s specialist interest is helping children to regulate their emotions and build psychological resilience. Caroline is HCPC registered and a full member of the British Association of Play Therapists.