Dr Joanne Wicks

Dr Joanne Wicks is an Australian Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Registered Counsellor Supervisor.  For over a decade, Joanne has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including Aboriginal communities, private practice, agencies, not for profit organisations and immigration detention centers in Darwin and on Christmas Island. Her areas of expertise include child development, play therapy, therapeutic parenting, complex developmental trauma, multicultural counselling, and child psychology. Dr Wicks’ PhD project focused on an intensive variant of Play Therapy for children who have experienced significant adversity in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in the Top End of Australia. Additionally, Dr Wicks received the United States Association for Play Therapy, 2019, Student Research Award of excellence in Dallas, Texas. When Dr Wicks isn’t working, she is spending time with her family and friends, husband and two fur-babies. 



Friday 13th of August at Rydges Adelaide. 9am - 4.30pm

About: This event is for professionals who want to increase their confidence, skills and knowledge in working with parents and carers. We will cover:

  • Personality types

  • Parenting types

  • Difficulties and Challenges 

  • Templates and forms to measure change

  • The importance of involving parents

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Saturday 14th August at Rydges Adelaide. 9am - 4.30pm

About: This workshop is for professional working with children aged 2-10. This introductory workshop provides an overview of the clinical skills required to engage in child centred play therapy with clients. It will cover:

  • History and benefits of play- the meaning of play for children

  • Theory of play therapy

  • Key concepts of child centred play therapy

  • Toys - what do you need to be successful?

  • Beginning therapy: The importance of the relationship with the child

  • Basic skills introduction: Characteristics of facilitative responses and therapeutic limit setting

  • Using the skills in your profession - how will it look?

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Group Meeting


Sunday 15th August at Rydges Adelaide. 9am - 4.30pm

About: This workshop will enable attendees to reflect on their work. By pooling skills, experience and knowledge, the aim of the workshop is to improve the skills and capability of both individuals and the group.  

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I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

Renae Plueckhahn, RPT-S (APPTA)

Play Therapy SA