Online - 15 February 2023

Workshop runs 9.00am - 4.00pm

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

Understanding Trauma and using Play Therapy Interventions with children.

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 and other significant adults in their lives. Play is a universal language and significant way of how children understand and express themselves and connect with others and their environment.

This introduction level workshop focuses on introducing attachment and trauma theory, and ways to understand and work with nervous system and emotional regulation to help children and youth cope and work through adverse life experiences. 

It also offers a great opportunity for participants to be introduced to Play Therapy and will provide a variety of tools, along with directive and non-directive interventions to use with clients of a wide age range. This experiential training explores how to understand and apply strategies to support children, youth and families on their path to healing. 

Throughout the presentation we will utilise short videos, hands-on and experiential practices, as well as group discussions. This workshop will cover:

  • Attachment and trauma theory 
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences 
  • Tools for nervous system regulation 
  • Creative Interventions for Emotional Awareness and Regulation 
  • Somatic Approaches and Body-Based (embodied) exercises
  • How Play Therapy can help with Trauma 
  • Creative-Based Therapy 
  • Using Directive and Non-Directive Play Therapy

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

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of attachment theory and childhood adversity in a developmental and relational context
  2. Learn the signs, impacts and approaches to recovery and interventions for early trauma
  3. Describe the principles and benefits of play therapy
  4. Introduce directive and non-directive play therapy tools and interventions
  5. Attain strategies and skills to promote recovery and resiliency 

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

Who Should Attend

This is a beginner 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.

It is for anyone who works with / is supporting families and young people who have experienced trauma.

Online - 15 February

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. 

Zoom Meeting Date & Time

Wednesday, 15 February

9.00am - 4.00pm 

You will be sent the details to access ZOOM after you have registered. 

This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop as this makes the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

We also encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop, or via the chat at the meeting - email

Please note this webinar will not be recorded.

Online - 15 February

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
$305.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person.

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. 

Invoicing Information
We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If your organisation is unable to use our automated booking system and pay by credit/debit card and therefore require an invoice instead to pay by direct bank credit, there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply the following please:

  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 - and , 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

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:

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). 

Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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For further details, please contact:
p: 027 607 3000