New Musical Play and Play Therapy Training Programme opens in Christchurch

Play Therapist Alex Gosteva and Musical Play Specialist Julie Wylie are currently developing an on-line based postgraduate training course in Musical Play and Play Therapy in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Alex Gosteva has been offering Play Therapy training to teachers and professionals working with children for a number of years at her Child and Family Play Therapy Centre in Christchurch. Her interest in Play Therapy began over 15 years ago when she was an early intervention teacher, and she has since devoted her career to pursuing this interest through completing her Masters and setting up a private practice in Play Therapy.

Julie Wylie has been pioneering Musical Play at the Champion Centre Early Intervention programme in Christchurch for the last twenty three years and at her own music school with parents and their children 0-8 years. Her philosophy of following the child through Musical Play has been recognised world wide and has led to invitations to present in many countries of the world. She has received music awards for her music leadership and her music resources have won international awards.

Alex and Julie believe that adding a Musical Play component to Play Therapy will make the training programme really unique. Musical play, which is a blend of music education and music therapy, is a uniquely effective tool for early intervention with young children. It activates different regions of the brain and neural imaging studies show that both listening to and making music engages all levels of the brain and body. Musical play can support developing functions such as balance and breathing, relationship and connection with others and higher cortical functions of language, thinking and decision making.

Musical play is a powerful way of helping parents and their children establish bonds of love in a secure relationship because Musical play supports the timing of interactions, thus helping parent and child to be physiologically regulated. Effective Musical Play for all very young children involves engaging them and their parents/caregivers in Musical Play activities that can regulate the children’s and the parent’s physiological systems, thus strengthening parent child relationships, building a sense of musical community within a music group and opening children’s minds to physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning and development.

The new course will help participants understand Musical Play and Play Therapy in relation to brain growth and development. Students will learn how to use the elements of music and Play Therapy effectively in their own practice.  Course film footage, research, readings and practical workshop experiences will demonstrate how to follow the child’s lead, how to draw the parents into the interaction as full partners, thus contributing to the child and parent’s sense of well-being, belonging, communication, and exploration.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Alex and Julie: jcwyliemusic@gmail.com


Testimonials

Julie, I just wanted to tell you about our car trip last week. My almost one year old and I were listening to your CD ‘Rock a Bye Blues’and when the children on the CD laughed I could hear Elijah giggling too. Then when you were singing quietly pah pah pah i could hear a little quiet voice from the back seat copying. Well I was amused by now and as I listened when twinkle twinkle little star came on he even sang a few notes. I just couldn’t stop smiling and I thought Julie really has it right. Your music classes that we attend and the CD’s are just fabulous and aimed perfectly for babies and preschoolers. Lovely to see what a wonderful impact your music is having in enriching our sons life.

Victoria Niha, Parent
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