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Introduction to

Play Therapy Dimensions Model 

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This model was developed to help play therapists "'answer the Who, What, When, Why and How of the Play Therapy process"'. 

Lori Yasnik and Ken Gardner, 2004

Course overview:

Expand your knowledge and skill in play therapy approaches with children. This two day experiential workshop introduces you to four approaches and applications of play therapy interventions with children. Play therapy provides children with a developmentally appropriate means of expressing, exploring and resolving challenges through play. Much like counselling methods for adults, play therapy can take many forms. Inspired by The Play Therapy Dimensions Model, developed by Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner, we will explore a variety of play therapy approaches to address a range of presenting issues and problems.


This Model is an integrative framework that includes four different play therapy approaches that considers the dimensions of consciousness and directiveness in play therapy.


This workshop will provide valuable tools and processes for mental health clinicians who work with children to enhance their ways of providing tailored play therapy interventions. Case presentations will be used to illustrate treatment interventions and skills based activities will focus on intervention planning and delivery. This workshop provides practical, useful and interactive opportunities to expand your understanding of and ways of working with children.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about The Play Therapy Dimensions Model
  • Hear the theory and evidence for play therapy
  • See case study applications
  • Match play interventions to presentations
  • Practise play therapy interventions
  • Review methods and formats for play therapy session notes
  • Consider practical ways to use these methods
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group environment.

What ideas are explored?

  • What can play therapy be beyond Child-Centered Play Therapy?
  • When and how might other approaches be suitable?
  • What are the dimensions in the Play Therapy Dimensions Model? 
  • Which play therapy methods are best suited to older children?
  • What play therapy methods work well for children with trauma and other presentations?
  • How do we know if these methods are working?
  • What toys and materials are required? 
  • How can session notes be made for play therapy?

Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, case workers, child and family workers, mental health and pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students who are currently counselling children (or intend to). Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Workshop Facilitator

Jacki Short  - Counselling Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist


Workshop Venue

Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood, NSW



24-25th July, 2018


Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 12 CPD points/hours (24 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $660

Early Bird              $630 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

Student Price        $560

Student Early Bird $530 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)


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