Engaging Families through play is a 1-day experiential workshop. The training covers the use of play as a tool for engagement between parents and children. Using Play has the potential to support helpful communication, support attunement and empathy and will help parents gain a greater understanding of their child’s world. Observing the family at play can offer great insights into the family dynamics.


The course will address basic knowledge and skills about play and play materials in relation to child development as well as factors that can influence healthy play developments in children and parents. It includes practical play exercises, exploration of self in relation to play experiences and play materials and the practice of skills in play facilitation. There will be a list of play ideas and activities available. Participants will also be asked to bring their own ideas and favourite play or toys.


During the training, attention will be given to observations of the dynamics of the family at play and ways of sharing these observations with parents and children to help them gain insight in their interactions.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will:
  • Gain knowledge about play and play development
  • Examine how play facilitates meaningful interactions
  • Explore playful activities and materials
  • Gain an understanding of use of self (as group facilitator) in play activities
  • Observe family group dynamics
  • Develop feedback methods to use with families.
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When: Friday 17th November 2017 from 9.30am to 4.30pm 

Where: CatholicCare Training Room, Mary Potter Building, 2C West St, (corner Thomas St), Lewisham NSW
Cost: $200.00 (IGL members) or $250.00 (non IGL members) - (GST is not applicable). Morning tea and lunch is provided. Please email admin@igl.org.au if you have any special dietary requirements.  
To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.
Facilitator: Annette Bex 
Annette was introduced to Play Therapy during her studies in The Netherlands. She felt fascinated by the world of play and decided to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy. Once she settled in Australia, she successfully completed a course in Expressive Therapies for Children and Adolescents. Annette used play as a therapeutic tool in residential care, special education, children’s hospitals, a community based therapeutic program for mothers and their young children called Newpin and currently in a family counselling role. Annette is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge with others. She contributed a chapter about the use of therapeutic play to a book about Newpin. She also conducts 1 day workshops on the use of Play Therapy Skills in a variety of settings and has done consulting work with Burnside programs and other agencies.



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