; Play therapy Australia: Presentors
Dr Kathryn Sleet
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Dr. Kathryn Sleet (previously Hunt) has a PhD in Counselling (2004) from the University of Durham, UK., a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (1999) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy (1997) from Roehampton University, UK.  She is also a qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1990) from the University of Durham, UK. and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling (1989) from the University of Durham, UK.

Currently, Kathryn is an international consultant therapist, supervisor and trainer/curriculum designer for play therapy and counseling working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  She is in practice as a play therapist and adult counselor for CRUSE Bereavement Care, Salisbury, UK and soon to be joining the Salisbury City Children’s Centre (Sure Start government scheme) in the UK in 2013.  

Kathryn holds full professional membership of the British Association Play Therapists (BAPT) and is an accredited counsellor with British Association Counseling & Psychotherapy (BACP). She is listed on the United Kingdom Register Counseling & Psychotherapy as an Independent Practitioner.

From 2010- 2012, Kathryn was the Program Director on the Masters of Counseling program at the University of Queensland in Australia. During this time she worked as a consultant play therapist for the Queensland Programs for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) in Brisbane.

From 2008-2010 Kathryn taught therapeutic childcare at the University of Wales (Wrexham). She has taught counseling on a Master’s program from 1991-1998 as a consultant tutor and from 1998-2008 was the program leader for the MA in Counseling at the University of Durham. She has been responsible for the design and development of counseling modules on the two MA in Counseling programs in the areas of theory, practice, self-development and research methods and the BA degree in Therapeutic Childcare. Kathryn has also supervised research students undertaking doctorates in counseling and play therapy subject areas.

As a volunteer trainer and part of a university research project in East Africa, Kathryn co-designed and delivered a Certificate in Play Therapy for an NGO in Kenya, East Africa for qualified Kenyan Counselors wishing to adapt skills to work with vulnerable children and young people both infected and affected by HIV/AIDS from 2004-2008.

From 1989 to the present day Kathryn has been involved in assessment, exam board preparation and building relationships with students in tutorials for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in counseling, education, play therapy, social work and therapeutic childcare.

Kathryn has taught university research programs and as an academic researcher has published journal articles, reports, book chapters and other texts in both national and international journals and books. She has presented her research at counseling and education conferences internationally and at other professional and community forums since 1993. Currently, she sits on the editorial board for the UK play therapy research journal and works as an article reviewer for the board.

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