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January 2017

  • Student Break

February 2017

  • Graduate Diploma 2017 Intake commences

March 2017

  • Info session for new elective units including Licenced Programs (for Graduate Diploma students, graduates + Registered Art & Play Clinicians)

April 2017

  • Complex Trauma Assessment Reports elective unit commences

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

May 2017

  • 1 day prep workshop + info session (for 2018 Graduate Diploma course) - Sydney

June 2017

  • Art & Play Therapy Week - Open Days, Meet & Greets + more

July 2017

  • Student Mid-Year Break

August 2017

  • Semester 2 Graduate Diploma commences
  • Filial Art & Play Therapy elective unit commences

September 2017

  • Course Information documents for Graduate Diploma 2018 Intake available

October 2017

  • Academy’s Annual Conference
    (for Registered Art & Play Clinicians & Graduate Diploma students)
  • 1 day prep workshop + info session (for 2018 Graduate Diploma course) - Sydney 

November 2017

  • Applications close for Graduate Diploma 2018 intake

December 2017

  • Interviews for Graduate Diploma 2018 intake

January 2018

  • Student Break

February 2018

  • Graduate Diploma 2018 Intake commences
  • Advanced Jungian art and play therapy elective unit commences


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 22 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 17 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.