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  Play Therapy Conference    

Follow the Yellow Brick Road - Celebrating Ten Years of APPTA

Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour Hotel

Haymarket, Sydney, Australia


13-15 August, 2017

This conference gathers international experts and a rich array of mental health professionals who work with children in the Australasia Pacific. Participants will share advancements in play therapy and learn play therapy theories and techniques.


Conference Themes

Presentations will be arranged around the following 'Wizard Of Oz' themes:


Dorothy – If I only had a home

Hope, foster care, homelessness, adoption, out-of home-care, refugee and asylum seekers, displacement, systemic work, community- based work, cultural considerations.


Lion – If I only had the nerve

Self esteem, resilience, self-confidence, managing adversity.


Scarecrow – If I only had a brain

Cognition, metacognition, neuroscience, self-belief, research, theory of mind.


Tin Man – If I only had a heart

Attachment, therapeutic relationships, love, friendship, filial bonds.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr Sue Bratton (USA)


Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Director of the UNT Center for Play Therapy and Professor at the University of North Texas with over 20 years of experience as a university professor, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Bratton is a nationally and internationally known speaker and author with more than 60 publications in the area of child counseling, play therapy, trauma, expressive arts, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT). 


Mr Claudio Mochi  (Italy)


Claudio Mochi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (APT-USA) and expert in emergency and disaster mental health, including the use of clinical/community psychology and Play Therapy in post-disaster situations. For more than a decade he has created and developed psychosocial programs addressing the needs of disaster survivors and trained local professionals in several countries such as Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Haiti. 



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* Up to 16 CPD hours

* New ideas, research and clinical updates on play therapy

* Theoretical and experiential training

* Chance to meet international play therapy experts

* Networks with regional, national and local mental health professionals using play therapy

* Party time at the The Pumphouse cocktail party