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Unlocking Trauma via P.L.A.Y.-“Play, Laughter, Art, Animals & You!”

Event Details
Date: 28-29 November 2019
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 14

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Organiser: Donna Zander

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We were all children and young people once, first we PLAYED then we “HUNG OUT” and now we WORK. This two-day workshop will explore the theoretical underpinnings of trauma work with children and young people in the context of the neurobiological impact including on the social engagement system. PLAY and the experiential use of the self via the tools of play, laughter, art and other creative therapies/strategies will be demonstrated. It will explore issues such as observation, trauma assessment, suitability for PLAY therapy and therapy type, the use of language, the use of the self, transference, counter-transference and resistance. Such strategies will be explored in the context of working individually, in groups and in families.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of trauma on the development of the child and young person’s brain and subsequent behavioural responses and therapeutic enrichment and intervention strategies.
  • Develop P.L.A.Y. strategies to confront avoidance behaviours and educate children and young people about the purpose these behaviours serve for them.
  • Learn about P.L.A.Y. as the language and strategies as the words to transform trauma and find solutions to its behavioural manifestations.
  • Develop P.L.A.Y based practice skills in trauma assessment and neurobiological intervention and transformation in a range of contexts..


Donna Zander, is an accredited mental health social worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). She has significant experience in trauma, child abuse and family violence and working therapeutically with infants, children, women and families. She has worked in this field for over 25 years both as a professional and a volunteer. Donna has a history of developing high quality training programs for the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Vic., Australian Childhood Foundation and Post Trauma Victoria. Donna's personalised, energetic and dynamic presentation style sees her services as a keynote speaker and facilitator are in great demand both nationally and overseas most recently in Bougainville, New Guinea at the Nazareth Rehabilitation Centre...

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28-29 November 2019


AASW member: $440

Standard: $460

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