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Donna is a qualified Social Worker, Play Therapist and Play Therapy Clinical Supervisor. She is a clinical member of the Psychotherapists and Counselors Association of Western Australia and a Registered Play Therapist with the Australian Play Therapists Association. Donna is an inspirational, leading trainer in Child Centered Play Therapy in Australia and an expert in this field. Donna is very visionary and has been involved in the development of high quality professional Play Therapy training with Play Therapy Australia. Donna is the primary trainer in the 2016 Child Centered Play Therapy Training Program and she presents the very popular workshop, The Heart and Practice of Child Centered Play Therapy. Donna has more than 17 years experience working with Children and Families in a variety of Government and Private Settings. She spent a number of years working therapeutically with children and families in her private clinic using Play Therapy. Donna has recently established The Institute of Play Therapy which is based in South Fremantle, Western Australia. This innovative, professional facility has three therapeutic playrooms and highly trained mental health professionals and Play Therapists providing Play Therapy services for children and families. Donna has completed extensive training in Play Therapy in Australia and also participated in the Association for Play Therapy, USA, conference and workshop series. She has been supervised by a world leader in Play Therapy Dr William Nordling, and from this, has gained a special interest in Filial Therapy/Child Parent Relationship Therapy. Donna was a founding member of the Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) and has been an Advisory Board member. She is now President of the Australian Play Therapists Association, the peak Play Therapy association in Australia. Donna has a special interest in training and is very passionate and extremely committed to teaching others about the growth and healing of children through the power of Play Therapy.
Dr Bill Nording
Dr Jodi Mullen
She is the coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program and the Graduate Certificate Program in Play Therapy. Dr Mullen’s play therapy certifications include that of Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (RPT-S) through the Association for Play Therapy and Certified Play Therapist (CCPT-S) through the National Institute for Relationship Enhancement (NIRE).
She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of several books including: Counseling Children & Adolescents through Grief & Loss (2006), Play Therapy Basic Training: A Guide to Learning and Living Child-Centered Play Therapy Philosophy (2007), Supervision Can be Playful: Techniques for Child and Play Therapist Supervisors (2008), and Counseling Children: A Core Issues Approach (2011).
Naomi Button is an accredited mental health social worker with more than 17 years experience gained from her appointment to various professional positions within government Child and Adolescent outpatient psychiatric services. In addition, she has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa in the domain of infant, child and adolescent mental health.
Informed by advanced clinical training from Play Therapy Australia and the Tavistock Clinic, Naomi specializes in providing contained reflective praxis to children, parents and families based on high standards of risk analysis and therapeutic care.
Naomi is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). She is a registered Play Therapist and clinical member of the Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) and was previously, the president of APTA. In addition to her interest in working with clients, Naomi provides training, supervision, mentoring and clinical consultation to a variety of allied health and medical professionals in a number of therapeutic modalities. Naomi instructs mental health practitioners in Child Centered Play Therapy and filial therapy. Additional interests include supervising in narrative therapy, systemic family practice and attachment-based therapy. She also provides clinical training in directive and non-directive play therapy techniques, mental health psycho education and critical incident debriefing.
It is Naomi’s vision that all therapists working with young people and their families are provided opportunities to reflect on their work in order to gain new insights.
Qualifications: Advanced diploma in social work (Northumbria University, United Kingdom); Master Degree in Non-Directive Play Therapy (York University, United Kingdom); Clinical Master Degree in psychology (Griffith University, Australia).
Helen has worked therapeutically with children and families for over 25 years. She began her career as a residential social worker in the United Kingdom where she worked for a voluntary organisation in a program responsible for preparing children for long term fostering and adoption placements. It was in this post that Helen first practiced play therapy skills in a therapeutic context.
After gaining a diploma in social work Helen worked as a child protection social worker before gaining a position with Barnardos in a bereavement unit supporting children and families affected by serious illness and traumatic bereavement. It was whilst employed in this unit that she was sponsored to undertake a master degree in non-Directive Play Therapy at York University where she had the privilege to be supervised by Dr Virgnia Ryan.
Helen has worked in various government and non-government organisations in practice and management roles since this time. For the last twelve years Helen has worked in private practice at Kidzontrack, where she is the clinical director, as a play therapist/counsellor and more recently as a psychologist.
Helen was passionate about advocating for the professionalism of play therapy in Australia from her arrival in 2002. She was vice-president of the first Play Therapy Association (APPTA) and presented at its inaugural conference in Darwin in 2007. Since that time Helen has undertaken further studies in clinical psychology where the content of her theses involved a pilot study augmenting play therapy with the gold standard one-session exposure treatment of specific phobia for young children with a dog phobia. The outcome of this research was positive and attempts to secure further funding to undertake a clinical trial are underway.
Helen is a registered play therapy supervisor and currently supervises university students and others studying play therapy qualifications and working within the field of play therapy in Australia. Helen delivers training for government and non-government organisations. Helen has undertaken Filial Therapy training post qualifying and is keen to see Filial Therapy become as popular here in Australia as it is in Europe and the USA in the near future.
Nancy Cochran MA, CAS, LMHC, is a supervisor, educator and therapist focused in child-centered play therapy (CCPT) and related interventions. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee. Nancy is also a faculty member with the National Institute for Relationship Enhancement (NIRE).
She is certified as a Child-Centered Play Therapist and Supervisor by NIRE and has over 20 years experience serving children, adolescents, and families and supervising others in CCPT. She has worked in school and agency settings, as a school psychologist, child-centered play therapist and family therapist.
She has authored two major books. The first is The Heart of Counseling: A Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships (Cochran, J.L. & Cochran, N.H., 2006, Brooks/Cole). The second is a comprehensive guide to CCPT Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children (Cochran, N.H., Nordling, W.J., & Cochran, J.L., 2010, Wiley).
Dr Kathryn Sleet
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.