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January 2018

  • Student Break

February 2018

  • Graduate Diploma 2018 Intake commences (Semester 1 for in-service teams)
  • Advanced Jungian art and play therapy elective unit continues

March 2018

  • Master Class series commences (for Registered Art & Play Clinicians)

April 2018

  • Mid-semester student break

May 2018

  • Licenced Art & Play Therapy Programs commence (for Graduate Diploma graduates + Registered Art & Play Clinicians)

June 2018

  • Academy’s Annual Conference
    (for Registered Art & Play Clinicians & Graduate Diploma students)

  • Graduations

July 2018

  • Student Mid-Year Break

August 2018 - February 2019

  • Academy closed for research and writing sabbatical
  • New student intake not until 2019


Contact the Academy for further information about the above events/dates.

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Who we are


The Academy of Art & Play Therapy is an Australian nationally Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 91442) registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met (refer to the ASQA website for more details).

The Academy's Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy (Course Code: 10393NAT) is an officially accredited course and listed as a nationally recognised qualification (for more information on the accredited course see Nationally Accredited Training).  The course is the first and only accredited course in Australia focusing on the applications of both art and play therapy modalities in a clinical counselling context.

The Academy was founded in 2007 by psychologist Rosa Bologna and began offering its accredited training in 2009. The Academy is a boutique Sydney-based training organisation established to deliver the Graduate Diploma of Art & Play Applications in Therapy course as well as maintain and regulate the Australian Register of Art & Play Clinicians™ (for more information about Registered Art & Play Clinicians see services).

The Academy offers high quality training and supervision in a number of different art therapy and play therapy approaches and models of practice including directive art and play therapy and non-directive (child-centred) play therapy. The training is designed for counselling clinicians working with any number of client issues and needs, including issues associated with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, addictive behaviour, inter-personal relationships, challenging behaviour, grief and loss. The art and play approaches and models of practice used can be applied to a variety of client groups including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

The Academy's mission is to be the leader in the provision of high quality training and supervision in uses of art and play in a clinical context.


Rosa is the founder and Director of the Academy of Art & Play Therapy. She is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), an authorised supervisor with the PBA, and a Qualified Trainer and Assessor in the Australian Vocational Education Training (VET) sector. Rosa is also a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Rosa draws from over 23 years experience working with a number of client groups. She has previously held positions as a psychologist in a variety of settings including out-of-home care, alternate education, child protection, occupational rehabilitation, immigration detention, juvenile justice, and private practice. Rosa has also worked as a Psychiatric Disabilities Consultant for NSW TAFE and has taught child protection and early childhood development modules for Child Studies Departments in the VET sector.

Rosa has provided professional supervision to clinicians from over 50 different government and non-government agencies including Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Child Protection Counselling services (aka PANOC), Adult Mental Health, Community Health, Drug & Alcohol services, Women's Health Centres, Domestic Violence services, Department of Community Services, Brighter Futures services, Department of Education, Aboriginal Out-of Home Care services, Child & Adult Disability services (including Mature Carers programs), Transcultural Mental Health, Anglicare, the Benevolent Society, Barnardos, Burnside, Centacare.

Rosa has been providing training in art and play therapy to clinicians and counselling teams across Australia for over 18 years. Rosa has presented at numerous conferences across Australia and has been a keynote speaker for Child Protection Annual Forums, School-Link Annual Conferences, National Child Protection Week Conferences, School Counsellor Annual Conferences and a number of Annual Conferences for Child, Adolescent and Family Counselling Associations.


Rosa is currently completing a PhD exploring mental health play therapy counsellors' relational practices with parents.