Online - 21 & 22 August 2024, 9am - 12.30pm

Delivered over 2 Sessions with Poornima Ranchhod

Understanding 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 ways to understand and work with emotional regulation to help children and youth cope and work through adverse life experiences.

It 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.

This workshop will cover:

  • Attachment and trauma theory

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • How play therapy can help children promote recovery

  • Play and creative interventions for emotional awareness and regulation

  • Using directive and non-directive play therapy

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of attachment theory and childhood adversity in a developmental and relational context

  • Describe the principles and benefits of play therapy

  • Introduce directive and non-directive play therapy tools and interventions

  • 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.

Please note: This workshop does not certify participants as a Play 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.

Who Should Attend

This is a beginners 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 supporting families and young people who have experienced trauma or difficult life changes.

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Poornima present face-face to between 15 - 40 members of your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

Private face-face and online workshops also available.
Contact us for more information.

*Workshop content can be customised to meet your specific needs 

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 Presenter:

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 children who are Neurodiverse. 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.

ZOOM Date & Details

2 sessions - Wed, 21 & Thurs, 22 August - 9 am - 12.30 pm

These workshops will be delivered via ZOOM and you will be sent the login in details once you have registered, and emailed resources prior to the training. There will be group discussions and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

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

This training will not be recorded.

Price & Registration process

Price: $320.00 per person, including GST, for both sessions.

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: 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 from Lil Regie confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON. 
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.

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

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 organisation 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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