The Centre for Play Therapy and Training focusses on the training of Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors. Educationalists and Occupational Therapists working with children that are referred to them for assistance, intervention and therapy.
Gestalt Play Therapy
The Gestalt Approach forms the underlying foundation of our play intervention training programmes.
The Gestalt approach with its strong emphasis on bringing the child into awareness of his situation, empowers the child most successfully to understand his situation, accepting and building a new awareness and to change his behaviour accordingly. The child is supported by the practitioner to express and communicate by means of play. In doing this the practitioner will make use of different awareness techniques and mediums such as for example sand and clay. The child will express and communicate their needs in form of thoughts, wishes, dreams and fears.
They also like to demonstrate their foreground needs by playing with toys like for example puppets or clay figures.
The following awareness techniques are important in the training:
• The dream technique.
• The wish technique,
• The rosebush technique;
• The object technique;
• The monster technique
• Technique of exploration
The emphasis during these training courses is on an experiential and practical level. Learning objectives are based on safe and effective practice with children and in the framework of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).
• The emphasis is upon experiential work underpinned by theory. Course member’s work in two’s during the exercises.
• The environment is therapeutically safe to participate being able to deal with their personal psychological issues that rise in the experiment. They make contact with their inner child by applying awareness exercises onto the self.
• Practical assistance in helping trainees to master the techniques.
Our Courses and Workshops
Accredited Gestalt Play Therapy Courses
The Centre for Play Therapy and Training has developed the following courses:
- Four day (25 Hour) Play Therapy Level 1 training
- Three day (17 Hour) Play Therapy Level 2 training
- Four day (25 hour) Sand and Clay Workshop training
- A unique 12 day Service learning Programme (SLP) in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department and the Principals of the Primary and Secondary schools in Gansbaai (Overberg region, Western Cape province).
Play Therapy Level 1, Level 2 and the Sand and Clay workshop are CPD accredited with SACSSP, SAAP and we are awaiting HPCSA specified accreditation numbers and accreditation which are assigned on a yearly basis.
Upon completion of every course or workshop the course members receive certificates originally signed by Dr Hannie Schoeman, with their names printed, the CPD points and accreditation number as well as the date and venue of the course.
Who can attend the training?
Forty two hours of training is not enough to give the practitioner the equipment of practical experience. For this reason the SLP (Service Learning Programme) was introduced. For the course member it is offering that extra mile to have hands on learning experience in real life.