Josephine Downs

Associate Lecturer in Play Therapy


In The Field of Play Therapy

2007 to present

  • APPTA (Australia Pacific Play Therapy Association) training 
  • Various training experiences through APPTA

2002 to 2005        

  • Australian Association for Play Therapy 2002
  • Introductory Training in Play Therapy

2001 to 2002      

  • Systems Coordinators Family Therapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Family Therapy

1995 to 1997        

  • Australian Institute of Professional Counselling
  • Diploma in Professional Counselling
  • Accredited Counselling

1991 to 1995

  • La Trobe University - Bendigo
  • B.A Psychology (APS) and Sociology
  • Sub Major in Social Cultural and Media Studies


Josephine is currently studying her Masters in innovation and research at Charles Darwin University. Specifically in the use of Play Therapy in an intensive mode.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Counselling (1998 to Present)
    Qualification: Counsellor         
  • Member of Australian Association for Family Therapy (2003 to Present)
    Qualification: Family Therapist     
  • Member of the American Association for Play Therapy (2003 to Present)
    Qualification: International Play Therapy Associate
  • Member of Australia Asia Pacific Play Therapy Association* (2007 to Present)
    Qualification: Registered Play Therapist, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

*Josephine was the founding president of APPTA (Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association),


Top Ender Magazine 2005 to 2013
Voluntarily writing columns for The Top Ender Magazine
Articles relate to parental support requests.

Darwin Life Magazine 2012
Voluntarily writing therapeutic and supportive advice for parents within the Darwin Community

American Play Therapy Association Magazine
Article: Play Therapy in Australia Published in 2007
Article: The works done with the Australian Bush fire Victims (Published 2010)

Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents and Families
Edited by Liana Lowenstein  MSW
Article: Supportive Hand Activity


Early Childhood Conference 2008, Darwin, Workshop Title: What is Play Therapy?

APPTA conference 2009,  Launceston, Tasmania, Benefits of Child Parent Relationship Training Pro’s and Con’s a pragmatic approach.  Co presenter Joanne Wicks

APPTA Conference 2011  Geelong, Victoria, Benefits of Social Skills Play Therapy Sessions, Comparisons between a group of boys 6-9 years and a group of girls 6 -9 year

APPTA Conference 2013, Gold Coast, Queensland, Using multimedia to enhance International Play Therapy Supervision

APT Conference 2013, Palm Springs California U.S.A, Using multimedia to enhance International Play Therapy Supervision

The Kentish 20th Anniversary 2014 Conference Darwin, NT, “Championing Children’s Needs and Aspirations”

Early Childhood Australia, 2014 Conference Darwin, NT "Little People Big Dreams", "Play Therapy Progression in the NT"


T: 08 8946 6216

Casuarina campus
Yellow 2, Level 2 Room 58