Joanne Wicks

Lecturer - Play Therapy

Joanne is a registered play therapist and a registered counsellor who is an Associate Lecturer at Charles Darwin University, School of Psychological and Clinical Science where she is a unit coordinator of three post graduate courses in play therapy.

Joanne has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including Aboriginal communities, private practice, private agencies, not for profit organisations and immigration detention centres in Darwin and on Christmas Island for almost 10 years. She has also worked as a counsellor at Darwin and Palmerston schools. Joanne operates as a seasoned professional with clinical strengths in working with very young children to adults.

Her areas of expertise include play therapy, activity therapy, therapeutic parenting and counselling through interpreters. She also specialises in helping children and families heal from trauma, torture and abuse.

Joanne is currently upgrading her Master by research into a PhD, which focuses on researching intensive child centred play therapy with children who have experienced trauma, their caregivers and teachers, in an Aboriginal community setting.

Play is the Child's Language: Play Therapy

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Jo Wicks


T: 08 8946 6273

School of Psychological and Clinical Sciences
Building Yellow 1.1.38
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909