Group Therapy

Play Therapy Melbourne runs several groups in its clinics throughout the year and facilitates groups in many schools and organisations across Melbourne.

 

We’re excited to launch our group programs for the term two holidays!
If you would like to register for a group, please use the registration link for the group you are interested in and we will send you an invoice.
Your place in the group will be confirmed once payment in made in full.
Groups book out fast and places are strictly limited, so we urge you to register your interest as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

 

 

Fun with Food

The aim of this group is to increase executive functioning skills, social skills, increase independence in self-care tasks.

In all sessions, the children will read a recipe with a clinician then draw out the steps on the whiteboard.

We ask that parents bring lunchboxes so that the children can take the food they create home. We will also need to know if there are food allergies. 

The recipes that will be used are:

  • Peanut butter and jam tacos
  • Monster trail-mix bites
  • Donut apples
  • Banana penguins

We are offering our fun with food program in Eltham.

Four sessions over four days, 1 hour a day

 

Dates: 28/06, 01/07, 05/07 and 08/07 (Monday and Thursday)
Time: 1pm – 2pm

Includes Occupational Therapy feedback report and recommendations to support children in areas of growth.

Places are strictly limited.  Please complete our online expression of interest form and we will send you further information.

Costs: $460

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance is required.

Creative art, movement and mindfulness groups
6-9 years old and  10-13  years old

This group gives an opportunity to visually express and record feelings, perceptions and imagination through creative arts therapies. Incorporating artistic expression with story, movement, paint and pastels, rehearse social skills, experience positive interactions with peers and develop strategies for self-regulation.

  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Boost critical thinking
  • Encourages expression of feelings
  • Develops artistic expression
  • Cultivates body awareness & mindfulness
  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Cultivates collaboration
  • Embody techniques for self-regulation

Moonee Ponds

Four sessions over four days, 2 hours a day

 

Dates30/06, 01/07, 07/07 and 8/07 (Wednesday and Thursdays)
Time: 10.30pm – 12.30pm
for 6-9 year olds and 1.00pm – 3.00pm for 10-13 year olds

Includes written feedback and recommendations from Mental Health Specialists.

Places are strictly limited.  Please complete our online expression of interest form and we will send you further information. 

Costs: $680

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance is required.

Circus fun and creative movement
4 -6  years old, 7-10 years old and 11+ years old

This group is a fantastic way for kids to get active, learn something new, meet new friends and have fun these school holidays. In these fun and creative sessions, we will explore new ways to move and play, with the help of some juggling balls and hula hoops. You will get to learn some new tricks and invent your own, expressing your own inner dancer, clown or magician!

Monee Ponds

Four sessions over four days, 1 hour a day

 

Dates: 29/06, 30/06, 06/07 and 07/07 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm for 4-6 year olds, 2.00-3.00pm for 7-10 year olds, and 3.00-4.00pm for 11+ year olds

Includes written report from Educator and Mental Health Professional.

Places are strictly limited.  Please complete our online expression of interest form and we will send you further information.

Costs: $460

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance is required.

Art and mindfulness 
4-6 years old and 7-10 years old

With four 1-hour sessions over two weeks, the group provides an opportunity to visually express and record feelings, perceptions and imagination, to develop and rehearse social skills and positive social interactions with peers, and to develop calming and relaxation strategies.

  • strengthen communication skills
  • boost critical thinking
  • explore self soothing techniques
  • encourages children to express their feelings
  • builds confidence and self esteem
  • cultivates collaboration

Eltham

Four sessions over four days, 1 hour a day

Dates: 29/06, 30/06, 01/07 and 02/07 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Time: 3.00pm –4.00pm
for 4-6 year olds or 4.00-5.00pm for 7-10 year olds

Includes Occupational Therapy feedback report and recommendations to support children in areas of growth.

Costs: $460

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance is required.

School readiness programs Term 3 
4-5 years old

The aim of this program is to support children with their transition to Primary School.

School entry involves a key transition for all children. This transition is not just to school, but from home, childcare, preschool and kindergarten. It is a transition not just from early care and learning environments, but often from small-scale to large-scale interactions, from highly personalised to less personalised relationships, and from environments with a limited range of ages to an institution with children of many ages. It is a transition to a different learning, education and care paradigm. 

How well children are prepared for this transition is important as it impacts on their long term outcomes. In our Clinic work every year we see an influx of Children referred for therapeutic support who have simply not transitioned well into Prep.

At the conclusion of this program, you will receive personalised report on your child and recommendations to support them moving forward into their formal education.
There will also be input and observation from an Occupational Therapist.

 

What will be covered in the sessions:

  • Increase independence
  • Follow routines
  • Ask for help
  • Engage in flexible thinking
  • Communicate with adults and peers
  • Initiate play
  • Develop listening skills
  • Play cooperatively
  • Increase their awareness of others
  • Complete tasks
  • Identify and express emotions in a health way
  • Find ways to self soothe and regulate
  • Navigate what to do at recess
  • Work in a group setting
  • Work at a table

Moonee Ponds 

8 x 2.5h sessions over 8 weeks

Monday Group

Dates: 19/07, 26/07, 02/08, 09/08, 16/08, 23/08, 30/08 and 06/09
Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm 
Cost: $1668

OR

Saturday Group

Dates: 17/07, 24/07, 31/07, 07/08, 14/08, 21/08, 28/08 and 04/09
Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm 
Cost: $2106

Includes written feedback report and recommendations from Educator/Mental Health Professional/Occupational Therapist.  

Includes 30 minute Parent/Carer feedback session.


Frankston

8 x 2.5h sessions over 8 weeks

Wednesday

Dates: 28/07, 4/08, 11/08, 18/08, 25/08, 1/09, 8/08 and 15/09
Time: 9.30pm – 12.00pm 
Cost: $1668

Includes written feedback report and recommendations from Educator/Mental Health Professional/Occupational Therapist.  

Includes 30 minute Parent/Carer feedback session.

Costs: $1,668 – $2,106.

Small group size. NDIS approved provider.
Payment in advance to secure place.

Play Therapy Melbourne are an NDIS approved provider.

We run group programs across the year in our clinics and in outreach.

Please email us to be added to the waitlist – or let your school know if you are interested in having outreach at your child’s school.