Te manawa whanaungatanga mō ngā tamariki katoa
The heart of relationship for every child


Programme Developers, Trainers 

Judi Jacobsen MNZAC

Judi is a qualified counsellor and child therapist. Alongside working with adults in counselling, Judi specialises in working with children in Child-Centered Play Therapy. Judi has worked with children professionally for over 25 years and comes from a background of primary teaching. Judi is a full member of NZAC (New Zealand Association of Counsellors).

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Megan Longman MANZASW

Megan is a registered social worker and child therapist. She has worked with children and their families for 40 years beginning as a primary school teacher and then moving into early childhood education through joining Playcentre. Megan is a registered Social Worker and a full member of ANZASW (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers).

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Dr Bill Nordling

Bill Nordling, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and full Professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences – a doctoral level degree training program in psychology in Arlington, Virginia (USA) – where he teaches coursework in Child-Centered play therapy (CCPT) and Filial family therapy.  

Dr. Nordling has conducted over 150 multi-day training workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally in the areas of play and Filial therapy.  He has authored a number of publications in these areas including the book Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children (co-authored with Nancy Cochran and Dr Jeff Cochran).

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Consulting faculty

Consultation for programme development and training facilitation is provided with international experts in CCPT for ongoing support of the Childplayworks Clinical Play Therapy Training Programme and for the development of Child-Centered Play Therapy within New Zealand.  

Nancy Cochran

Nancy H. Cochran, MA, CAS, LMHC is an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee.  Nancy has over 20 years experience serving children, youth and families, in school and agency settings, as a school psychologist and child-centered play therapist.  

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Dr Jeff Cochran 

Jeff L. Cochran, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling and is the Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Tennessee. His counseling experiences range from agencies serving troubled youth to elementary schools and universities.

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Jeff and Nancy frequently write, present, and teach together.  They have published numerous articles regarding outcomes and applications of therapeutic relationships and are the authors of The Heart of Counseling: A Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships (Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2006) and with co-author, Bill Nordling, of Child-Centered Play Therapy – A Practical Guide to Developing Therapeutic Relationships with Children (Wiley, 2010).

Dr Kathryn Sleet

Kathryn Sleet, PH.D., has a BA (Hons) Social Sciences MA (Ed) in Guidance and Counselling (1989), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1990) and a PhD in Counselling (2004), from the University of Durham in the UK. In addition she has a Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy (1997) and Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy (1999) from Roehampton University in the UK. Kathryn is an accredited counsellor with BACP (British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy) and she is a full member of BAPT (British Association Play Therapists).

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Quality Advisor (Processes, Assessment and Moderation)

Tyra Cuddihy

Tyra is the Training and Assessment Advisor for ChildPlayWorks. Tyra lives in Wellington, where she works as a Learning and Development Consultant.


Gretchen Jacobsen and Brigitte Bokser

Gretchen and Brigitte are the Administration Managers for ChildPlayWorks. Gretchen and Brigitte both bring a wealth of administration experience from their previous roles in New Zealand and internationally. 

External Presenters

Dr Wendy Kelly  

Wendy Kelly Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the area of child maltreatment, foster care and mental health for over 30 years, including five years for Child Youth and Family Specialist Services (now Oranga Tamariki).  She has completed a PhD and written a book entitled: Understanding children in foster care: Identifying and addressing what children learn from maltreatment.  She has a private practice specialising in trauma and foster care and is a Clinical Practice Advisor in the Clinical Psychology programme at Victoria University.  

Andrea Broadhurst

Andrea Broadhurst Andrea is an Occupational Therapist who has specialised in mental health, including infants, children, adolescents and adults for the past 30 years. She had specialised training in Psychotherapy, infant mental health, parent child relationships and attachment-based therapy. She has applied these skills to the field of mental health, both in NZ and the UK.

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Heather Chambers

Heather is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist in private practice at The Child and Family Development Centre on the Kapiti Coast. She originally began her work in psychotherapy with adults in 1986 and trained further in psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy in 1991, receiving her Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy at Otago University, Dunedin. She is a registered psychotherapist for both adults and children and holds an advanced clinical practice certificate through NZAP.

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ChildPlayWorks offers play therapy interns clinical supervision with national and international supervisors of the highest calibre. 

Nancy Cochran (US)

Dr Bill Nordling (US)

Dr Kathryn Sleet (UK)

Marg Moroney (NZ)

Megan Longman (NZ)

Judi Jacobsen (NZ)

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