Play THERAPY 2023 Darwin Conference


WHEN: Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd June 2023
WHERE: DoubleTree  by Hilton Hotel Esplanade, Darwin

Play Therapy 2023 is a 3 day experience not to be missed.
The conference will attract approximately 150 -200 delegates, nationally and internationally.

Celebrating 13 years of Play Therapy Day.
This conference will continue to raise awareness about the benefits of Play Therapy by also bringing in so many wonderful professionals to also gain awareness about why this wonderful day is so important to the field.

Play Therapy Day being started in 2010 really supported the national and internationally Asia pacific countries with a day to get out and highlight the wonderful things that Play Therapists do for children, families and communities within Australia and internationally.

The presenters.
Our three Esteemed Presenters have been waiting for this conference to happen and are well prepared. Please see their bio’s below, you will be blown away by their amazing skills.

Conferencing in Darwin:
We honour and celebrate 13 years of national and international Play Therapy Day.Work, Rest and Play.  Why not discover Darwin in its wonderful dry season where the temperature is typically like a lovely Spring day. Avoid the winter and potentially stay the week. With Kakadu on the door step and just a hop, skip and a jump to the jumping crocodiles, there are so many wonderful things to do in this wonderful location.   

Delegate professional backgrounds will include but will not be limited to:   
Play Therapists, Art Therapists Social Workers Occupational Therapists Mental Health Workers, Psychotherapists Counsellors Psychologists, Nurses, Early childhood and primary school teachers Education providers, Pediatric Health Workers, Researchers and academics individuals interested in child’s early childhood, wellbeing and welfare

Mates Rates: up to 15/10/22 – $540
Very Early Bird: up to 15/12/22 – $550
Early Bird: up to 14/02/23 – $570
Full fee: from 15/04/23 – $620

– Member rates for APPTA/APTA offered
– 3 day tickets come with welcome drinks and conference dinner for one adult 

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Draft Program Outline
We have released a draft of the Conference Program. Please click to view or download



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Dr Rick Gaskill


Dr Brandy Schumann


Mis Yael Livneh


Workshop Information
The 6 core “R”s behind the how and why Play Therapy works across diverse environments.  

This workshop will be ideal for a wide range of professionals who work with children and will give an enhanced understanding of not just the benefits of  Play Therapy but the neuroscience behind it.

Relationships have been a therapeutic element observed and discussed in the play therapy literature for many years (Allen, 1942; Axline, 1947; Landreth, 2002; Moustakas, 1953; and Taft, 1933).  In the late 1990’s, new scientific information began to inform us of the emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral impact of trauma on the developing brain of children. This research continues to influence the way play therapists conceptualize and treat complex trauma. As play therapists gain understanding of the changes in functional capacity of traumatized children, expectations for children change and became more realistic. This improved understanding of altered functional capacity of the brain, in turn has paved the way for viable trauma informed and developmentally sensitive interventions. Interestingly, this same neural scientific research confirmed that relationships are a powerful “driver” of effective interventions.  Research demonstrated that trauma informed treatment interventions rely heavily on relationally rich experiences between the child and significant adults. Without warm relationships even well-conceived, functionally appropriate interventions don’t work as well. In this vain, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics described by Perry and Hambrick (2008) defined 6 core relational elements that promote positive neurodevelopmental experiences. They found employing relevant, repetitive, relational, rhythmic, rewarding, and respectful interventions greatly improved the effectiveness of play therapy interventions (Barfield, Dobson, Gaskill, & Perry, 2012; Gaskill & Perry, 2012, 2014, 2017; Hansen, 2011). This workshop codifies and operationalizes these concepts into workable techniques to maximize the healing potential in therapeutic experiences.

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