Experience and history
Dr Hannie Schoeman, the founder of the Centre for Play Therapy and Training, has been actively involved in play therapy training for the last 30 years. She trained intensively in the USA and Canada, specialising in play therapy. Initially Dr Schoeman trained as play therapist at the Violet Oaklander Institute, Santa Barbara, USA. She also participated in international conferences and workshops in the USA, Sweden, Canada, UK and the South Africa as a participant or trainer.
She networks internationally with gestalt play therapy experts and is a former Director of FAMSA (Pretoria) and a former senior lecturer in Social work and Play Therapy Manager at the University of Pretoria. She lectured at the University of Pretoria, UNISA and North West. She is at present the Director of the Centre for Play Therapy and Training, Gansbaai. Dr Schoeman is a co-author of the book “Entering the child’s World”- A Play Therapy Approach” and presented papers at national and international academic events.
Dr Schoeman is a member of the South African Council of Social Service Professions. She was also the South African representative on the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Dr Hannie Schoeman has been the promoter for 50 MA candidates, 14 doctoral candidates in the field of Play Therapy.
Dr Boet Schoeman, the husband of Dr Hannie Schoeman has been actively involved since the founding of the Centre for Play Therapy and Training. He not only emotionally supports her work but physically supports her by taking care of the administrative and financial management of the Centre for Play Therapy and Training. He always assists her in travelling to divergent venues in the country.
The Centre for Play Therapy and Training is situated on the Uylenvlei Retreat. Approximately 15 kilometres from Gansbaai in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. It is a picturesque valley, very quiet and peaceful.