Module 5:

Introduction to TraumaPlayTM

Understand Play TherapyLearn The SkillsChange Lives

Your deep dive begins.

Become a play therapist.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide participants to an introduction of the TraumaPlayTM approach, where evidence informed trauma treatment with children is translated into a sequence of play-based component modules that celebrate the intersection of the neurobiology of play and the neurobiology of trauma, while honouring current evidence-based approaches in the field of trauma. Each component represents an important dimension of play therapy for trauma treatment and articulates both a specific treatment goal and accompanying interventions.


It will also introduce participants to the child’s metaphorical use of the playroom where that is demonstrated through a multitude of case examples and augmented with a variety of prop-based play therapy interventions.


An additional emphasis in this introductory course includes introducing participants to engaging parents as partners in the treatment process and the intake and assessment procedures surrounding that.


Course Objectives

  1. To understand the key concepts for treating traumatised children

  2. To understand the neurobiology of trauma and play

  3. To delineate the components of the TraumaPlayTM model

  4. To be able to establish a trauma safe playroom according to the TraumaPlayTM model

  5. To understand and apply the intake and assessment procedures for the Nurture House Dyadic Assessment



The course is open to professionals of the mental health fields; including psychologists, counsellors, social workers, physicians, child life specialists, nurses, occupational therapists as well as full time graduate students.


Participants should have at least a Bachelor’s or higher degree in an area of mental health related education and have attended Modules 1 to 4 of the Certificate in TraumaPlayTM program.



  1. Multimedia Lectures

  2. Trainings with opportunities for self-reflection and group discussion

  3. Individual and group activities for processing


Certification of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to the participant at the end of the course. For participants attending the course that leads to credit in the Certificate in TraumaPlayTM program, additional assignments would be required to be completed and submitted.


Certificate of Attendance Recognition

A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to the participant at the end of the course.

For a Certificate of Completion of each module, additional requirements such as assignments and supervision sessions are required.

For a Certificate in TraumaPlayTM, Certificate of Completion for all 7 modules are required.



  1. Take home exam based on the primary text (Play Therapy with Traumatised Children) and other teaching notes

  2. 5 hours of individual supervision while applying the model in at least 15 clinical sessions

  3. 5 self-reflection reports while applying the model in at least 15 clinical sessions

General Course Schedule

9am - 12pm Session

12pm - 1pm  Lunch

1pm - 3pm Session

3pm - 330pm Break

330pm - 530pm Session

Course Trainer

Abigail Lee

Founder of Healing Hearts Centre