The Wisdom and Magic of Play

(Part 2)

Denise Richman | 6 September 2019 | Brisbane


Learn creative and expressive interventions to use immediately to explore and express feelings, strengthen a sense of self and improve relationships. Denise Richman, experienced child and adolescent therapist based in Los Angeles will facilitate this serious, yet lively and playful training. Participants will learn about and explore the Violet Oaklander model of Gestalt therapy for children and adolescents. It is more than play and more than art!

We will learn different creative, expressive, process-oriented interventions to foster one’s sense of self and expand contact functions. Children and many adults gravitate naturally to play. Play is the language people can use to communicate, connect, relax and express powerful feelings.
This workshop will be fresh and relevant for those who attended Part 1, and completely accessible to those who are newcomers.

Who is the workshop for?

  • Psychotherapists, counsellors, school guidance officers, social workers, psychologists, mental health professionals, teachers, youth workers
  • Students
  • People interested in Gestalt

Participant Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the Violet Oaklander model of Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents
  • Skills in how to utilise creative methods such as drawing, puppets, sand play, games, clay, music, movement and creative drama


  • AASW Endorsed CPD
  • ACA Endorsed OPD

Presented by

Denise Richaman

Denise Richman, M.S., LMFT, LMFT, LPCC is an experienced, licensed psychotherapist California, specialising in therapy with children. She is a core faculty trainer for the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy for Children and Adolescents and a contributing member of the Violet Oaklander Foundation.

Denise has been trained and supervised by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. and is also a mentor to clinicians and university students. She has expertise in somatic/movement and dramatic therapies as a clinician and business management as, outreach and program development. She is a frequent presenter at Fox Studios Child Development Centre.

Watch Denise Richman’s teacher Violet Oaklander explain the Gestalt approach to working with children.

Register for this Workshop

Where & When

Date Friday 6 September 2019

Time 9.30 am – 4.30 pm


Gestalt Therapy Brisbane

431 Montague Road, West End

Brisbane, Queensland