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Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy


  • Sock has been a wonderful trainer. She was lively and really brought out how creative play can be. It has been eye-opening and very thankful for her contributions to my personal growth journey.

  • Sock has an amazing energy and rich knowledge and experience in this subject matter. Lesson is very well planned and prepared. Thank You

  • Very inspiring and insightful time. I have learnt many tools to add into my toolbox.

    Nicole Brand

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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. 


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


  • 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


Practitioners working with children and adolescents in the field of mental health and helping professions (such as social work, counselling, psychology) and related fields (such as 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


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)


Early bird rate (Nett) *Register and pay by 29 Apr 2022



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 45% per pax for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff (Ref No. PAS00002676, End date of approval: 17 Jan 2023)



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.


Alicia Loy

6593 5287 

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Course Schedule

Duration 28 hours
Dates 21, 22, 23 & 24 Jun 2022
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Ms Lee Sock Kuan
Venue(s) To be advised