Play therapy undergraduate course starting 2015

My Health Career is pleased to publish a guest article by Josephine Downs about play therapy, a specialised area of practice in the health industry.

“My name is Josephine Downs; I am a Registered Play Therapist.  I live in Darwin, Northern Territory.  I have been passionate about Play Therapy since I was just 16 years of age, when I read the book “Dibs in Search of Self”   by Virginia Axline.   My path to become a Play therapist was long and winding.   I did psychology at High school and then at University but still had to go on to do private training.  So I did family therapy and then counselling.  Finally I started private training in Play Therapy.  I was so inspired by Dr Garry Landreth.  Then I went to the United States to meet him.  I travelled to Texas and was provided with the amazing opportunity of learning Play Therapy at the University of Northern Texas. The leading Play Therapy Training facility in America.   I have been the Director of Play Therapy Northern Territory since 2004 and really just love my work so much.

So what is Play Therapy?

“Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. Play therapy utilizes play, children’s natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words.   Even more simply put Play Therapy is a specialist form of children’s counselling.

Australia’s Play Therapy Association:

I am also the founding president of the Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (APPTA) .  The association began as a result of a conference that was held in Darwin in 2007.   The association now has members within Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.   It is working toward building a solid reputation for all Play Therapists.

Studying Play Therapy

Play Therapy is soon to be offered as an Undergraduate course at Charles Darwin University in Darwin.  This is an amazing development and one that has been a working progress.   this course is going to be offered with online components and face to face modules as well.

Play Therapy Day:

It is also very exciting to let you know about Play Therapy Day, celebrated on July 1st of each year.  This is the fourth year that Play Therapy Day has been celebrated.  It’s a great day to create awareness about Play Therapy and the wonderful work we do with children.”



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