Logo - TextRosie Dymond and Jenny Reid are co-directors of the Apple Tree Centre, providing counselling and therapy to children and young people.

Jenny and Rosie will talk about their work as Play Therapists, supporting children with a wide range of emotional and behavioural needs, as well as their experience of teaching Play Therapy skills to parents as part of their Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) groups.

CPRT supports parents to hold weekly ‘Special Play’ sessions with their own children. These sessions are child-led, allowing children to feel understood and in control, and giving parents an insight into their children’s thoughts and feelings. At the same time, parents learn techniques and develop confidence to set effective boundaries.

Play has a crucial role in children’s development, allowing children to learn to regulate their emotions, process their experiences and practice new skills and behaviour patterns, as well as providing a valuable means of communication between parents and children. We will talk about the roles of different kinds of play and their relevance to children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.

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