& Training

Due to the covid-19 pandemic and the unpredictable times we live in with ever changing Covid-alert levels, we cannot provide a pre-planned training and workshop schedule for the rest of 2021 and the foreseeable future. Do feel free to contact us to enquire about ad-hoc upcoming workshops and your group training session requirements and we’ll revert with what’s possible at the time.

Elsa has always been a firm believer in sharing knowledge on contemporary topics and intervention strategies. She has therefore been presenting practical, hands-on workshops and seminars to therapists, teachers and parents on different topics regarding therapy and parenting. In 2014 the Playroom Academy was established as part of the Elsa Struwig Centre and is providing high quality training to different professionals in mental health, teachers and parents. The centre applies for CPD points at both SACSSP and HPCSA for all training provided to health care professionals.

We provide training and workshops for professionals, parents and children:

Special experiential workshops are presented on treatment protocol with a specific focus. One workshop will be presented each month.


At the centre we offer parental guidance and support groups where parents gain insight into their children’s world. These groups offer support in parenting and discipline styles and strengthens the parent-child bond. The centre also presents seminars on various parenting topics, like ADHD, Anxiety and Discipline.


During the school holidays we run holiday programs for the children. These programs address specific focus areas and children are required to work within a team setting. This social aspect of the program has an additional benefit in that children develop and practice their social skills and experience belonging within their peer groups.



Two Part Workshop Series presented by Elsa Struwig & Charmaine van der Spuy
COST: R3500 per workshop
LOCATION: Oosterlig NG Church, Constantia Park, Pretoria

Drawing from the concepts of interpersonal neurobiology throughout the workshop series, the benefits of viewing play interactions from the perspectives of the power of attunement, neural integration, healthy attachment, and the development of resilience and general well-being become clear.
During this first workshop, the new and most recent research on the trauma spectrum will be discussed. In order to treat trauma in children effectively, a therapist must not only understand the neurological foundation of trauma but also the play circuitry in the brain and the nervous system. There principles will receive extensive attention.
During the second workshop different approaches to therapy will be discussed, as well as how these approaches and theories are combined to result in the Sensori-Somatic Play Intervention. We will look at different types of trauma and how to address it effectively. Relevant case studies will be discussed throughout both the workshops.


Presented by Elsa Struwig
COST: Visit for more information and registration
LOCATION: Vista Clinic

Deliberate self-harm can be identified as deliberately hurting the body. It is mostly done by cutting, but can also entail burning, scratching, bruising, picking the skin, overdosing on drugs or pulling out hair. Young people at risk are usually at the age of 14 years and above. It can also be younger. The purpose for self-harm may vary. It may be to displace the emotional pain, to “punish” the self as result of internalised inner badness and an attempt to regain control over life. It may also be to communicate certain emotions over somebody. Early intervention and possible prevention methods is imperative.


Presented by Elsa Struwig
COST: R1100
LOCATION: Oosterlig NG Church, Constantia Park, Pretoria

LBT is a clinically derived intervention and is explicitly designed to help children improve adaptive social functioning. LEGO® are used as a mean to facilitate social, behavioural and cognitive development. The core of the therapeutic intervention is a collaborative process, with inherent interdependence, creating a necessity for joint attention, shared goals, joint accomplishment, social communication and mutual respect and valuation. Possible conflict situations are deflected by die therapist and if possible, with guidance, resolved by the group (LeGoff, Gomez de la Cuesta, Krauss & Baron-Cohen 2014).

The Impact of Technology on Child and Adolescent Development and Functioning

Presented by Elsa Struwig
COST: Visit for more information and registration
LOCATION: Vista Clinic

It is a well-known fact that technology is here to stay and along with it comes new challenges in the mental health field. There are still very little research on the effect of information technology (IT) on the emotional and social well-being of children and the results are not consistent. It is however evident that IT confronts parents, children and professionals with dilemmas of which the impact can be detrimental. During this workshop there will be looked at the effect and challenges on young children, as well as on adolescents. The content will also consist of looking at the effect of the  use of technology on the functioning of the child, as well as the risk factors that might present itself.
Regardless of the challenges that technology poses to parents and health professionals, it also presents possibilities for utilisation in therapeutic interventions.


Please complete this registration form and fax/e-mail your proof of payment to (086) 6339022 or

Payment must be made by direct bank deposit, to:
The Play Room Academy
Standard Bank
Cheque Account: 370298071
Castle Walk: 014645

Ensure that your proof of payment reflects CPD, your name and the date of the CPD you are paying for e.g. CPD, W.A. Smith – 30 July.

Once we receive both sets of information your registration will be completed.

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