Professional Development

At Play Therapy Hub, we LOVE to share our knowledge, insights and passion about child and brain development, parent – child attachment, trauma recovery in childhood and play based therapeutic approaches to professionals that work with families with children aged 2-10 years old and the community.

We design and deliver professional development programs based on the needs of early childhood centres , primary schools and the wider community. We have run them in person or via zoom platforms. In addition to the training we offer to professionals, we offer mentoring, coaching and supervision to individuals and groups.

You can select from one of the popular presentations below or you can reach out to our team to learn about tailoring a presentation or workshop that meets the needs of your staff or community.

Responding to Big Emotions in Early Years Services

Whilst your job as an educator may be rewarding at times, it can often be challenging too. A common topic that seems to come up again and again for educators, teachers and really anyone working with children is that of ‘managing challenging behaviours’. Why? Because challenging behaviours are challenging!

In this workshop, we are going to explore this sticky topic and get to know what challenging behaviours are all about. With this knowledge in mind, we will then consider a new way of understanding and responding to challenging behaviours.

Getting to Know the Brain

It is super important for us to get to know the brain and its nervous system when understanding children and behaviours. Why? Because one affects the other. In this workshop, you will explore the inner workings of the brain and its nervous system when feeling grounded and collected and how it affects behaviour. As well as when the brain and its nervous system are overwhelmed or dysregulated.

Enhancing Regulation and Responding to Dysregulation

How to calm the dysregulated nervous system and what we do with ‘self’ and what we do with ‘other’. This workshop focuses on how to foster a relationship to self and other to promote regulation.

How Trauma Impacts Brain and Behaviour and What to do

It is important for educators and teachers to be aware of the various factors that may cause stress and trauma in a child’s life as these experiences impact the way a child learns, connects, and behaves at kinder/school. This workshop explores this in greater depth including how attuned and responsive relationships is the greatest buffer in both preventing and healing from trauma.

Power of Play & Facilitation of Therapeutic Play Skills

Adapting a research based psychoeducation training model called Filial Therapy that involves applying specific play therapy principles and therapeutic skills that focus on being emotionally available, attuned, connected and empathically responsive to children’s big emotions. Educators will learn how to use some of the same ‘tools of the trade’ that play therapists use to help children experiencing social, emotional, or behavioural problems during their play.

The Sensory Perspective

All of our information that we receive from our internal and external world is through our senses.  Learn more about how the relationship between our nervous system and our sensory needs, preferences and responses are closely connected to emotional development, regulation and the brain.

Flourishing Children – Building Resilience and Connectedness through Therapeutic Play

The relationship that is most important in the life of a child, second only to that of a parent, is a relationship with an educator/teacher. The importance of the use of play therapy with children has been well documented preschool and kindergarten, children who may experience behavioural difficulties such as inattention, aggression, or lack of appropriate social skills can pose difficult challenges for early childhood educators. This program allows for learning and growth in four key areas: emotional expression, stress management, problem solving and social skills. This training teaches educators to develop their relationship skills with children by being trained to use child-centered play therapy skills in special playtimes with the children.

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Here’s what our clients had to say about their children and our Play Therapy Hub Melbourne:

Children’s therapy centre

We began play therapy hoping that it would be an effective way of breaking the difficult cycle that I was in with my son. Our play therapist, Mardi, has a beautiful manner with our son and we have valued her insightful observations about what may be underlying his behaviours.

Danielle (Mother)
Filial Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

The combination of the play therapy and implementing her simple strategies has been very effective in changing things at home. We have found play therapy to be very beneficial for our family and are now undertaking filial therapy to continue to reap the rewards of the play therapy approach.

Karen & Rob (Parents)
Play Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Natalie is fun, bright and bubbly. Through Play Therapy, she was easily able to connect with my child and we cannot believe how much he has transformed from being an anxious and unsure little boy, into the settled, confident and social child he is now.

Emma (Parent)

My child has a trauma background. He’s getting the Play therapy for about 9 months now. I can’t not thank Helen enough for her help and support . It’s been a very hard journey but the result is amazing. He has got great control on his emotions. He is a happy boy now 🙂

Mark & Linda (Parents)
Child Therapy Melbourne Testimonial

Donna’s play therapy & animal assisted therapy work has been instrumental in supporting & developing an understanding of the underlying issues of our disengaged refugee students. Her expertise has also been welcomed by staff who needed insight in engaging & developing strategies to meet the needs of our highly challenging students.

Ivan Araujo (Dandenong West Primary Youth Worker)

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