21st-29th Sept 2019
Starting 08:00 am
Bali, Indonesia
Ungasan Bay View Hotel

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the second Play Therapy Asia  Conference ( PTAC) in Bali run by PTindo. I am sorry I cannot be with you this time but I am delighted that you will be covering ‘Touch’ as the theme of the 2019 Conference as it is a socially sensitive area but at the same time the use of appropriate touch is a valuable addition to our skills.

I am very excited that Alice, the CE of PTindo was able to procure  the world’s foremost speaker on the subject, Dr. Janet Courtney . Dr. Courtney will talk about the practice-based application of touch and will give you the latest neuro-biological evidence that explains the importance of the use of touch.

I hope the wide choice of workshops will also enhance your practice.

I look forward to welcoming you on your first day by skype in Bali

Have a great time of learning and socialising during the conference

All the Best
Monika Jephcott
President of PTI



“Keep In Touch” is often something we say to each other when we are saying goodbye, hoping that the relationship we have with the other person can be maintained regardless of the distance that may be between us and the additional priorities in our lives.

Sometimes the contact is kept and our voices can be heard over the miles to let that person know they are important in both our professional and personal lives. This is not always easy and not always necessary. However, we can be reminded of how important it is for a person to be remembered with memories of a shared moment.

We are delighted that we will be covering ‘Touch’ as the theme of the 2019 Play Therapy Asia Conference as it is a socially sensitive area but at the same time the use of appropriate touch is a valuable addition to our skills as play therapists, mental health professionals, educators and parents. It is such an important element in our work with children, yet complex in the application due to ethical and cultural values.  We are very excited to be able to present the world’s foremost speakers on the subject, Dr. Janet Courtney. Dr. Courtney who will be the keynote presenter to talk about the practice-based application of touch.

To be in touch with ourselves is as crucial, to be continuously fulfilled and recharged in our work in helping others. In this conference, we are honored to have  experienced speakers from Play Therapy Internasional and APAC, UK to share their expertise. Karen O’Neill will speak on “Toxic Shame and Internalised Self”.  Dr. Lynne Souter Anderson will speak on the use of clay to give your client an emotional, metaphorical and spiritual experience. And Sudha Kudva will speak on “The Art and Science of Tuning in to Me”.

Our hope is that attending this conference would give you a meaningful experience, recharge your passion and soul as you take time and be with yourself and connect with other professionals in Bali, the beautiful place that everyone deserves.


This conference is designed for those who are interested in children’s welfare including practitioners in related professions :

Occupational Therapists
Social Workers
Early Childhood Educators
Parents, and anyone interested in using play therapy or developing their skills in working with children.

Early bird before 30th June 2019


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Keep in Touch: Connecting to Your Strengths in Helping Children

Presented by: Janet A. Courtney, PhD

Practitioners are often challenged by complicated and multidimensional issues related to ethical “touch” practice with children. At the same time, we know that research overwhelming reveals the vital importance of touch to health growth and development. This Keynote session presents the neurobiology of touch, and a synopsis of an exploratory research study investigating practitioners’ perspectives of ethical touch within child counseling practice. Several in session “mediating factors” along with touch guidelines are presented in addition to five competencies aimed at supplementing core clinical practice, educational standards. All in all, this Keynote addresses the problem practitioners face related to touch in practice with children, and the practical steps we can take to address the concerns of liability. The audience will engage in experiential exercises to enhance self-awareness and to ground the topic into practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe three research outcomes related to practitioner perspectives and experiences of touch interactions with children in professional counseling practices.
  2. List five core practice competencies that support ethical touch practice encounters in child counseling and play therapy.
  3. List at least ten recommended guidelines related to touch in practice.
  4. Describe five types of touch related to “child initiated” touch in sessions.
  5. Describe five types of touch related to “practitioner initiated” touch in sessions.

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Facilitating FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®

in Healing Parent-Child Attachment Relationships

Presented by: Janet A. Courtney, PhD

This workshop will introduce FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling®, an attachment-based Developmental Play Therapy parent-child model to build attachment and heal trauma.


Toxic Shame and The Internalised Self


Presented by:  Karen O’Neill

This workshop is an opportunity to explore the secrecy and silence of toxic shame and the fear of judgement which defines the internalised self.


The Potential for Transforming Experiences

Using Clay in Play Therapy Group Work

Presented by:  Dr.  Lynne Souter-Anderson

This workshop is likely to appeal to practitioners of all levels who are interested in using clay in Play Therapy individual sessions and group work.


The Art and Science of Tuning in to Me

Presented by:  Sudha Kudva , MSc, MSc, MA (Counseling) PG Dip (Play Therapy)

Come to this hands on experiential workshop and discover through neuroscience and play how to tune in better to ourselves.

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Venue Location

Ungasan Bay View Hotel, Bali


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Professional Play Therapists from Around the World


Janet A. Courtney, PhD


Dr. Courtney is founder of FirstPlay® Therapy, an attachment based Developmental Play Therapy intervention. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, a TEDx speaker, Chair of the Ethics and Practice committee through the Association for Play Therapy, and past president of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Courtney is author and co-editor of the groundbreaking 2017 book, Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. She is an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Social Work, Miami Shores, FL. Her research into touch is published in the International Journal of Play Therapy, and the American Journal of Art Therapy. She is also published in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, and is a contributing author for the chapter, Touching Autism through Developmental Play Therapy in the book, Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® (including FirstPlay® Infant Story-Massage). She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She specializes in infant play therapy/infant mental health, nature-based and expressive arts play therapy, family play therapy, attachment, and trauma related issues. Dr. Courtney’s new form of FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow. Visit her website at www.FirstPlayTherapy.com for more information.


Dr Lynne Souter-Anderson


Fellow of the National Counselling Society, a BACP senior accredited therapist, accredited senior supervisor with PTUK and registered sandplay therapist with the AST

Dr. Lynne Souter-Anderson is a Fellow of the National Counselling Society, a BACP Senior Accredited Therapist, accredited Senior Supervisor with PTUK and registered Consultant Sandplay Therapist with the AST. As founder of the Clay Therapy Community, in 2012 she established a pioneering clay therapy training in the United Kingdom. Lynne’s private practice is in Cambridgeshire, UK where she offers psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, clinical supervision and consultancy work. Her expertise in the field of clay therapy, the creative arts and sandplay therapy is acknowledged through invitations to present training and conference workshops across the globe. Lynne has thirty years of experience in this field and is author of Touching Clay, Touching What? The Use of Clay in Therapy (2010), Making Meaning: Clay Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015) and Seeking Shelter, Seeking Safety. Clay Therapy with Families and Groups (2019). She also loves being a Grandma!



Sudha Kudva , MSc, MSc, MA (Counseling) PG Dip (Play Therapy)


Registered & Licensed Counsellor (Malaysia, KB-01672, PA-01245)
Certified Play Therapist & Accredited Clinical Supervisor for Play and Creative Art Therapies (Play Therapy International

Professionally, Sudha started her “second” career in the human services field by volunteering with A.C.T.S. Bhd in their mental health programmes for refugees in collaboration with United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She later worked in a non-governmental organisation, Protect and Save the Children, where she counselled children and adult survivors of sexual abuse. She volunteered over 1,000 hours in local schools over a period of 4 years, counselling children through play therapy, in part to be sure that this modality really worked — and now, she is absolutely convinced that it does! As she worked closely with adult individuals and parents during this period, she saw that adults also needed help. So she created and facilitated workshops for participants who wanted to better understand their children and themselves, and to learn skills to meet their children’s emotional needs.

Her work has thus far culminated into a book entitled “Childhood Matters: How We Interact With Kids Makes A Big Difference.” The book was written to share very important ideas in very simple, practical terms for parents all over the world, in countries with different levels of development. It is now in its second edition with hardcopies available in these bookstores: Kinokuniya, MPH, Borders, and Times. It can also be purchased in an e-book version at Amazon.com.

As a therapist, she journeys together with her clients to uncover and understand the patterns operating behind the behaviours that are causing them distress. They work together at unwrapping layers, one by one, from the past into the present, and find different—healthier—patterns of interacting that work for rather than against oneself. She walks together with them through this entire process on their journey towards wellness.

She works with people of all ethnicities and spiritual traditions. And she is especially passionate about helping couples, parents, and families in distress to get to a good place in life and in relationships.


Karen O’Neill



PTUK Accredited Play Therapist and Senior Certified Clinical Supervisor

Karen O’Neill is a BACP Senior Accredited Therapist, Accredited Senior Supervisor with PTUK and Certified Accredited Play Therapist.  She is a Senior Course Director with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), Course Director of the new Advanced Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People and Associate Tutor with Leeds Beckett University.  Karen has an MA in Practice based Play Therapy and is an Attachment Focused Therapist.  She has her own private practice in Essex, UK where she offers psychotherapy to all ages.  With over eighteen years of clinical experience she has contributed to Messy Play in the Early Years: Supporting Learning through Material Engagements (Gascoyne, 2018) and written a chapter in Seeking Shelter, Seeking Safety. Clay Therapy with Families and Groups


Workshops – 22nd-29th September 2019

W1:  Healing Child and Family Trauma through Play and Expressive Arts Therapies (2 Days)

Janet A. Courtney, PhD

Available : 22nd-23th September 2019

                   or 24th-25th September 2019

Join Dr. Janet Courtney, who brings over 35 years of experience working with traumatized children, as she shares a wide range of play therapy and expressive arts therapy assessment and interventions for treating children and families who have suffered trauma in their lives. Children who have been traumatized often don’t have the words to express their thoughts and feelings. Trauma lives deep within their bodies, unable to be processed, leaving them anxious, depressed, withdrawn or even aggressive. This workshop will review an understanding of the neuroscience related to the effects of trauma.

W3:  The Secret Inner Life of Children (4 Days)

Sudha Kudva

Available on : 22nd-25th September 2019

A four-day experiential workshop for adults to catch a glimpse of the world from a child’s viewpoint and understand why this impacts how children behave.

Participants will come to see deeper into the secret inner life of children and understand how easy it is for children to make a distorted sense of their interactions with adults.

We will learn strategies to support children to feel less shaky inside and instead feel more secure and valued. We will build understanding about why children act the way they do and how we grew from children to adults ourselves.

W2:  Creative Arts Therapy – Tiny Mice and Tall Trees (2 Days)

Dr.  Lynne Souter-Anderson

Available on : 22nd-23th  September 2019

                          or 24th-25th September 2019

Please come and join this two day course where we shall explore ways of creating and playing with images. Exciting small ideas on a tiny scale, and big fun ideas on a large scale will be experimented with, using pencil crayons, oil pastels, chalks and paints thus helping to expand the play therapist’s toolkit. This course will most certainly increase the skills and confidence of the therapist in helping children and adolescents to express themselves without necessarily explaining what their troubles and worries. Although often a story is triggered by the created images.

W4:  Clay Therapy (3 Days)

Dr.  Lynne Souter-Anderson

Available on : 27th-29th September 2019

Level 0ne. A 3 Days CPD Course –Accredited by PTUK

Clay Therapy training is simply so much more than learning new techniques, skills and interventions.

This work keeps the focus on you as therapist and your core theoretical practice whilst enabling you to see with your heart and feel with your body when working therapeutically with clients and supervisees. This course will engage you in an in-depth exploration of many theoretical concepts covering object-relations theory, Jungian concepts and existential perspectives.


Karen O’Neill

Post Qualifying Certificate in Clinical Supervision (7 Days)

22nd-29th September 2019 (there will be no class on 26th


The role of the Clinical Supervisor will become even more important with ‘Right Touch’ regulation. This course will enable you to leverage your play therapy experience to help many more children by advising and supporting other practitioners through clinical supervision to maintain high standards of practice.

PTI/PTUK accredited training courses are now run at 10 venues in the UK, 3 in Ireland, 1 in France and in 6 other countries, producing a stream of Play/Creative Arts Therapists who require clinical supervision. This course is designed to help to fill the shortage of suitably trained supervisors. Becoming a Certified Clinical Supervisor is also an essential step on the way to becoming a PTUK Certified Play Therapy Trainer. Both of these career opportunities will provide extra job satisfaction and additional income.

The course is designed for those who have at least 200 hours experience of working with children or adolescents using play/creative arts therapy as well as experienced, accredited counsellors. It includes:

  • A model for the supervision of play and creative arts therapies
  • Agreeing contracts
  • Using creative arts for supervision
  • Using the Play Therapy Dimension Model for supervision
  • Supervisees’ training requirements
  • Dealing with supervisees’ career development issues

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Play Therapy Asia Conference Programme – 21st-29th September 2019

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Play therapy helps children work through difficult emotions. It helps them feel heard and seen. It often manifests in improved behaviour and performance at school or a reduction of overwhelming anxiety and anger. Working through the threads of the underlying feelings in play therapy can be deeply reparative.

During the past 15 years Play Therapy has emerged, under the leadership of Play Therapy International (PTI) and its affiliate Play Therapy UK, as a distinct profession for alleviating the emotional, behaviour, learning and mental health problems of children. The British Government in April 2013 recognised the high quality of our standards through the approval of the PTUK Voluntary Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social care. This is a world first and sets a precedent for all other countries, including Indonesia.

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  • DATE

    21st-29th Sept 2019

    Ungasan Bay View Hotel, Bali, Indonesia

    4 Professional Speakers