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Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy course

Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy course

About the Course

The workshop is designed to build theoretical understanding and clinical skills from the perspective of contemporary Gestalt psychotherapy. Experiential and interactive, the workshop aims to integrate theory with practice through the modalities of creative arts. The emphasis will be on individual psychotherapy and the application of Gestalt therapy principles represented in the works of Violet Oaklander, Ph.D., author of Windows to Our Children; A Gestalt Approach to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (1989) and Hidden Treasure; A Map to the Child's inner Self (2007).This workshop will examine closely factors that bring about change and growth for a child or adolescent through the therapeutic process of Gestalt Therapy and the processes of integration. Utilizing the modalities of play therapy and the integration of contemporary neurobiology and Gestalt Therapy, participants will develop in-depth understanding of the Oaklander Approach. Working in pairs or small groups, participants will have opportunities for group consultation and practice. 

Course Outline

  • Principals of Gestalt Therapy

  • Neuroscience of Play and Gestalt Therapy

  • Directive and non-directive play therapy: Play Therapy Dimensions

  • Understanding Psychopathology - why children come for therapy

  • Introduction to Oaklander approach

  • Understanding the application of the therapeutic process - Therapeutic relationship, Contact, Building self support, Emotional expression and Working with projections

Course Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will learn:

  • Overview of the therapeutic process developed by Violet Oaklander

  • Overview of key neuroscience findings that supports Gestalt principles

  • Gestalt relational perspective on child development and the nature of the self

  • Gestalt play therapy process of working with projections through creative arts

Who Should Attend

Practitioners working with children and adolescents in the field of health and mental health (such as psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing, special needs, medical doctors), helping professions (such as social work, counseling) and related fields (such childcare/student care setting, physical therapy, art therapy, or other related fields).


This workshop is accredited with West Coast Institute ( and the training hours will be counted towards certification as a Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with WCI. For more information, please go to

Course Description

Your Trainer

Ms Lee Sock Kuan

Ms Lee Sock Kuan

Lee Sock Kuan has been working with children, couples and familites for over 13 years and is a certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with West Coast Institute. As the first to receive her certification in AsiaPacific region, Sock Kuan is excited to further her work with children and their families on coping with stress, attachment, challenging behaviour and loss issues in the Gestalt approach. Besides, Gestalt Therapy, she has received specialised training in Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, art facilitation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and Emotional Focused Therapy. Sock Kuan also supervises and trains therapists, psychologists and social workers. She is a registered Clinical Member and Clinical Supervisor of the Singapore Association for Counselling. Besides being certified with West Coast Institute, she is a also a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills with Play Therapy International.


Anonymous, 20 Jun 2023

Thanks for the insightful sessions! And for holding the space for us :) really learnt a lot and can’t wait to practise the skills

Anonymous, 20 Jun 2023

Good variety of theoretical and applied aspects of play therapy.

Anonymous, 20 Jun 2023

Appreciate Sock Kuan’s lively energy and enthusiasm in sharing about Play therapy and her experiences with clients.

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Enquiries about the course?

Contact Us

Ms Ho May Fhong / 6593 5286

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