Non-Directive Play Therapy: Principles and Practice

with Jenny Reid and Rosie Dymond

A two day in person training run between 10am and 4pm

We currently have no dates planned to deliver this training. If you are interested in arranging this training for your group or workplace, please contact us to discuss costs, suitability and other arrangements.

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.
  • Therapeutic limit setting.
  • Exploring a range of play and creative materials.

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. It also forms part of our Certificate in Creative Counselling for Young People.

The training will be delivered at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, an accessible venue close to Sheffield city centre.


We received a lovely email from a past participant recently out of the blue and she agreed we could share her comments here:

“I am just contacting you to say that this training was one of the most valuable courses I have been on to develop my knowledge of working with young children. I work with lots of young children who have experienced many forms of trauma and loss and I regularly think of what you taught and integrate it into my practice. So thank you! I look forward to attending more of  your courses in the future”