Understanding Trauma, Attachment and using Play Therapy Practices as Interventions with Children

Wellington - Now Monday, 6 December

Please Note - Registrations will close Friday, 3rd December

Please email us if you need to contact us.

The date for this training has changed from that previously advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you are waiting on funding approval - we strongly recommend you contact us to pencil book a place - as these workshops do sell out.

Please also contact us if you are interested in attending this training in another location - we are taking expressions of interest.

Chronic stress, childhood adversity and various forms of trauma are often encountered by children, families and communities in our work. Children learn to make sense of their world through a healthy co-regulating relationship with their primary caregiver or a significant adult in their lives. Play is also how children express themselves naturally, connect with themselves, others and their environment.

This interactive workshop focuses on introducing attachment and trauma theory, understanding nervous system regulation and bottom-up processing, along with play therapy to help children and youth cope and work through adverse life experiences.

This workshop also is a great opportunity for participants to be introduced to Play Therapy and will provide an array of practical strategies and tools, along with various directive and non-directive interventions to use with clients of a wide age range. From an experiential lens, this training explores how to understand and apply strategies to support children, youth and families on their path to healing. 

Through presentations, videos, experiential practices and discussions, this workshop will cover:
  • Trauma and Attachment theory 
  • Trauma-informed principles of care 
  • Neuroscience of nervous system regulation 
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences 
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy
  • Using Directive vs. Non-directive Approaches with Children and Youth
  • How Play Therapy can Help with Trauma 
  • Creative Interventions for Emotional Awareness and Regulation 
  • Somatic Approaches and Body-based (embodied) exercises.

Please note: This workshop does not certify participants as a Play or Trauma Therapist – the aim of the workshop is to provide practical strategies for a wide range of helping professionals who support children, youth, parents and families. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain an understanding of attachment theory and traumatic childhood adversity in a developmental context.
  2. To understand the signs, impact and recovery interventions for early trauma.
  3. An understanding of nervous system regulation, bottom-up processing and trauma informed practical tools
  4. An introduction to the principles and benefits of play therapy through an experiential approach
  5. Strategies and skills to promote recovery and resiliency for children and families.

Spaces are limited. Contact us today to make a pencil booking if you are seeking funding approval.

Who Should Attend

This is an introductory to intermediate level workshop suitable for educators, health care and mental health professionals (psychologists & psychiatrists), counsellors, social workers and other professionals wanting to gain increased knowledge and skills in helping children and youth.

Anyone who works with / is supporting families and young people who have experienced trauma.

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

About the Presenters:

Poornima Ranchhod, Play Therapist

Poornima Ranchhod is a qualified and experienced Play Therapist. She is the Founder of Play Sense and is currently working in private practice.  Poornima works with organisations such as Oranga Tamariki, and is a school-based play therapist. Over her career, she has spent many years working with children, young people with complex psychological issues (e.g. depression, anxiety, attachment disorders, family problems) and difficult life experiences (e.g. family stress, divorce, bereavement, family and sexual violence).

Poornima is trained in child development, attachment (the bonding process) and using and understanding play as a child’s natural form of expression and communication. Her specialties include working with challenging behaviour, Neurodiversity, Autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s Syndrome. In the UK she has worked and offered therapy for various intellectual disability services, such as the NHS (National Health Service).

In addition, Poornima holds a BSC (Hons) in Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy by the British Association of Play Therapy (BAPT). She is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society, full member of British Association of Play Therapy and an affiliate member of the New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.

Andra Moldoveanu, Social Worker

Andra is a trauma-informed professional with an extensive educational and work background in social work, psychology and child and youth counselling. In addition, she is a certified yoga teacher, a trained mindfulness facilitator working from a trauma-sensitive lens, and a Registered social worker and a full member of ANZASW.

Andra is focused on creating safer spaces for healing that honour diversity and inclusiveness and foster individual and collective empowerment, connection, integration and growth.

She is a passionate, authentic and empathic social worker working from a strengths-based approach with efficient use of various therapeutic modalities. Her clinical training draws on attachment and complex trauma theory, somatic based therapies, narrative therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, brief-solution focused therapy and family systems therapy.

Andra works from a person-centered, trauma-informed, strengths-based approach with a strong focus on individual agency and choice, invitational language, self-awareness and compassion. 

She brings over 10 years of experience in the helping fields, ranging from teaching in post-secondary educational settings, child protection with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, community mental health and concurrent needs and case management with the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well as family violence, crisis intervention and sexual harm prevention and treatment across Aotearoa. 

Date & Location


Monday, 6 December 2021

Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington

Parking is available at the hotel for $15.00 per day subject to availability. Please visit reception upon your arrival.

Workshops run 9.00am - 4.00pm (**Please note the end time has changed from that previously advertised).

Registration and welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.  
Morning tea and lunch provided.

Covid 19 Alert level changes

IMPORTANT: New Zealand is expected to move into the Covid-19 Protection Framework (or ‘Traffic Light System’) on or about 3 December 2021. To comply with the Framework, the venue will be requiring vaccine certificates for all hotel guests and visitors to the hotel premises

Both of your presenters, Andra and Poornima are double vaccinated.

We are actively following Ministry of Health advice relating to COVID-19 levels and our team will contact those registered for events which may have changes in delivery.

Please be aware of our Cancellation Terms below if a change is required from a face-face event to the workshop being delivered online.

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop

Earlybird Special - $330.00 inc GST
Standard Price - $355.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person. The Earlybird special ends 3 weeks prior to the workshop date.

If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson or phone 027 607 3000. 

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - accounts@grow.co.nz and faye@grow.co.nz , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact faye@grow.co.nz

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Face-Face Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

Online Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Change in Delivery from face-face to online
Please note: Owing to the current COVID 19 situation and uncertainty around future COVID Alert Levels, GROW Ltd reserves the right to offer this face-to-face event via a ZOOM meeting on the same dates shown above due to Ministry of Health advice. Should this occur, we will advise you appropriately and provide you with a refund for the venue and catering costs. The above Cancellation Fees will apply if you wish to cancel.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Arrival tea & coffee, morning tea and lunch are included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact Faye - faye@grow.co.nz /  027 607 3000 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
e: faye@grow.co.nz
p: 027 607 3000