Non-Directive Play Therapy: Principles and Practice

with Jenny Reid and Rosie Dymond

Friday 13th – Saturday 14th October 2017, 10am – 4pm

This two-day event is suitable for qualified or trainee counsellors and therapists, or practitioners working in a supportive role with children and young people. The course will provide an overview of the theoretical basis of Non-Directive Play Therapy, as well as an opportunity to experience practical skills and techniques.

The training will be delivered by two BAPT qualified Play Therapists, with more than 20 years’ combined experience.

This interactive, experiential workshop will introduce the key theories and principles of Non-Directive Play Therapy, including:

  • An introduction to psychosocial theories of child development.
  • Applying the core conditions of Person Centred therapy to facilitate child led play.
  • Identifying themes and dynamics, formulating and using working hypotheses.
  • Involving parents and systems to build a therapeutic alliance.
  • Exploring a range of play and creative materials.
  • Therapeutic limit setting.


This event is offered as a stand-alone course, and will provide practitioners with a range of skills, techniques and theoretical concepts to incorporate into their ongoing professional practice.

For counsellors wishing to gain expertise in working with young people, this is the first stage in our post-qualifying training. Suitably qualified practitioners are then eligible to progress to our Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People, which meets BACP requirements for work with young people aged 11-18+.


The training will be delivered at the Printhouse, an accessible venue close to Sheffield city centre.

Please complete our booking form to secure your place. Terms and conditions, including our cancellation policy, can be found here.


Cost: £195 as a stand-alone course (£150 for students);
£175 for participants registered on our Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People.