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SUNSHINCE CIRCLES® TRAINERS

Compass Seminars works closely with the Theraplay Institute (USA) to develop Sunshine Circles® and Theraplay® across Australia.

Our trainers have extensive experience in working with vulnerable young people and families/ carers.

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Melita Bond

Melita Bond has a Bachelor of Social Work. Melita has provided direct support and supervision in leading teams to assist individuals, families, educators and children within the Early Years, family support and community sectors. Through her work in the early years at BCYF in regional Victoria, Melita was trained in Sunshine Circles® in 2017, following on with Level 1 Theraplay® & MIM training in 2018. Melita has passionately integrated and embedded this knowledge and practice into her work with families and children, continuously inspired by the strong outcomes that families achieve.Melita also has had the opportunity to work alongside Early Childhood Educators supporting the integration of the Sunshine Circles® group work into kindergarten settings, going on to become a Certified Group Theraplay® Practitioner. 

Kathryn Lewer

Kathryn Lewer, B App Sci (Occupational Therapy),Grad Dip Ed,is a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist and Expressive Therapist. Kate is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor and is on the Australian Advisory Board to The Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Kate has some 30 years mental health experience having worked in Bushfire Recovery, domestic &family violence, foster/adopt and Indigenous communities. Kate was initially inspired to integrate Theraplay® after participating in one of the first Theraplay® Trainings in Australia conducted by Dr Phyllis Rubin in 2005. Kate incorporated Theraplay in her work immediately and since then has worked tirelessly promoting Theraplay in Australia. Kate is passionate about the importance of attachment in the parent/child relationship to experience joy and prevent mental health and intergenerational dysfunction. Kate strongly believes healthy attachment is the foundation for social, emotional and cognitive development. Kate is equally passionate about supporting parents, teaching others and sharing her wisdom. Kate continues to inspire practitioners to integrate Theraplay® into their practice and is training and supervising practitioners inAustralia and overseas to spread Theraplay®. Kate has also actively promoted Group Theraplay®in Schools, Kindergartens and Parent Education Sessions. In 2017 Kate and Nexus partnered with Ben Monaghan from Compass Seminars Australia which has enabled Theraplay training to be offered widely throughout Australia. In late 2017, Kate was certified as a Trainer and in 2019 delivered the first Australian Level 1 trainings in the Gold Coast, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Townsville. Kate currently works at Nexus Primary Health Inc. in rural Victoria, Australia as a Practitioner and Theraplay Coordinator and is excited about building the network of Australasian Theraplay® practitioners to support one another and further develop Theraplay® in Australasia. 

Alison Saxton

Alison Saxton (PhD, B. Psych (Hons) MAPS) is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience working in the child trauma field with health, statutory and non-government organisations. Alison is a Certified Theraplay® Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor-in-training. Alison works with children and parents/carers from out of home care, adoption, reunification and child protection contexts. Informed by trauma and attachment theories, she has integrated Theraplay® into her practice to provide reparative relational experiences in the treatment of child abuse and neglect. Alison also provides professional supervision and consultation and is a lecturer in post graduate psychology programs at two Sydney universities.