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Sonia Murray - Behaviour Support Consultant, Play Therapist, Therapeutic family support worker (NNEB, DipSW, BAPT-RPT)

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Sonia Murray holds a Diploma in Social Work (Social Work England registered), is a registered Play Therapist (BAPT) and is a Strategic Attachment Lead for Schools with Brighton University.

She has 30 years of experience as a practitioner in the fields of attachment, child abuse, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, children's mental health, childhood trauma, parenting programmes and Play Therapy.

About Sonia Murray

Sonia trains nationally and internationally on topics related to Attachment, Trauma, Play Therapy, understanding behaviour, play, communicating with children, behaviour management, positive parenting.  Her work history includes employment as a childcare Social Worker, parent worker, Play Therapist in Education and Social Care and Health settings. She has worked in a specialist school for children with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Sonia provides consultation, supervision and training in both statutory and voluntary fields of children and Young People's services. 

Sonia is also a visiting Lecturer at University of Roehampton and University of Northampton.

Sonia has written a number of publications and chapters:

The Therapeutic Use of Stories in Play Therapy – The Nuts and Bolts of Play Therapy with Children (in publication)

Therapeutic Games to treat Anxieties and Fears – Game Play: Therapeutic Use of Games with Children and Adolescents (2019)

Play Therapy in Schools – Becoming and Being a Play Therapist (2019)

Symbolic Solutions: Establishing a Sense of Safety for Relationship Repair – Turning Points in Play Therapy and the Emergence of Self: Applications of the Play Therapy Dimensions Model (2019)

Exploring the Play Therapy Process Through the Lens of Erikson's Psychosocial Developmental Stages with Dr Nick Banks – British Journal of Play Therapy (2018)

Stories used Therapeutically with Children in Education – The Therapeutic Use of Stories (1997)

Additional Training completed

  • Attachment & Psychopathology – 5 day course - Dr Patricia Crittenden
  • Attachment Lead training - Louise Bomber – Brighton University
  • Autism Training (AET) Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • BAPT Annual conferences since 1998
  • Bridging the Forgotten Languages:  Going beyond the BASIC Ph Six Piece Story Method, Practical Strategies
  • Child Abuse (including Child Sexual Abuse) (a number of courses throughout my professional practice to ensure that I am up to date with current standards and requirements)
  • Confidentiality and Record Keeping – Therapy Law
  • Creative Supervision with Professor Mooli Lahad
  • EMDR – Level 1
  • Holding the line: Duties, Responsibilities and Legal Issues of Supervision – Therapy Law
  • International Play Therapy Study Group x 6 years
  • Jogo Behaviour Support Conferences with Dr Margot Sunderland, Kim Golding, Dr Tina Rae & others
  • Mindful Parenting – Dr Dan Siegel
  • Neuromotor Readiness for Learning Course – Sally Goddard Blythe
  • Safe-guarding and child protection
  • See Far CBT A method to work with Post Traumatic Stress and Anxiety
  • Sensory and body orientated approach to Play Therapy with traumatised children - BAPT
  • Social Consequences of Poor Infant Attachment – Two is too late – Norpip
  • Team Teach 2 day course
  • The traumatised child: healing brain, mind and body – Dr Bruce Perry
  • Therapeutic Life Story training - Richard Rose
  • Theraplay – Introduction & Intermediate courses and part way through Therapist Certification
  • Understanding Developmental Trauma – Bessel Van Der Kolk x 2
  • Understanding Traumatic Bereavement – Child Bereavement Service
  • Using Expressive Therapies in the Assessment of Trauma with Children and Families – Dr Eliana Gil
  • Working with Children and Young People That Have Experienced Complex Trauma and Dissociation - Dr Renee Marks x 2
  • Working with Children Facing Loss and Bereavement – BAPT
  • Sensory Attachment Integration Course
  • CAPA – Child Attachment Play Assessment
  • Intensive Filial Therapy
  • Team Teach Intermediate Tutor Training

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