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ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina founded in 2015 the INA International Academy for Play Therapy studies and Psychosocial Projects in Switzerland. Through INA they have conducted specialized trainings and academic conferences on play therapy and crisis interventions for Mental Health and Neurorehabilitation professionals in 6 Continents and currently 15 Countries and over 30 Cities. 

Together they have worked in the development and implementation of projects and programs in areas of Natural Disaster, Conflict, and High-Risk Countries. They have implemented interventions in hospitals, centers for asylum seekers and refugees, temporary shelters, and schools by involving and training local professionals and survivors. 

Combining their decades of experience in psychosocial and community-based projects, Claudio and Isabella have developed a model called "Coping with the present while building for the future" (CPBF) that they have presented live and online in many Countries including Australia, Canada, China, and the United States. Description of the model CPBF is now also available in books.

Isabella Cassina and Claudio Mochi are founding members of the International Consortium of Play Therapy Associations (IC-PTA) based in Switzerland whose Board of Directors includes some of the most renowned national Play Therapy associations as well as members from all over the world.

Claudio Mochi
MA, RP, RPT-S™ (APT & APTI)

Claudio is a Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescents Psychotherapist, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor™ with the Association for Play Therapy (APT). He specializes in Emergency Interventions and Trauma with 20 years of international field experience in disaster mental health (among the countries are Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, Iran, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Haiti, etc.). He presented and trained professionals in play therapy related topics in 6 Continents and over 20 Countries.

 

Claudio is the Founder of the Association for Play Therapy Italy (APTI), President and Director of the training program of the INA International Academy for Play Therapy studies and Psychosocial Projects in Switzerland. In 2015, the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc. (Boiling Springs, PA) awarded him for “Outstanding contributions to the practice and teaching of Filial Therapy”.

 

Claudio has published several book chapters and articles on play therapy and crisis interventions. He has recently co-edited with Isabella Cassina and Karen Stagnitti the book Play Therapy and Expressive Arts in a Complex and Dynamic World: Opportunities and Challenges Inside and Outside the Playroom (UK: Routledge 2022).

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Isabella Cassina
MA, TPS, CAGS, PhD Candidate

Isabella is a Social Worker specialized in International Cooperation (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) and Migration. She is registered Therapeutic Play Specialist with the APTI and holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy (EGS Switzerland). Her doctoral studies focus on the use of play therapy and expressive arts in crisis work.

 

Isabella is skilled in seven languages. She is an international speaker, Head of Project Management, and trainer at the INA International Academy for Play Therapy studies and Psychosocial Projects. She has been Head of Social Services for the Swiss Red Cross asylum seekers and refugees sector, and she served as a Humanitarian Worker in a variety of countries including Colombia, Serbia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, and Venezuela.


Isabella is the Director of the magazine Rivista di Play Therapy edited by the APTI. She published books and several articles on play and therapeutic play. She is author and illustrator of the psychoeducational book The magic home. A displaced boy finds a way to feel better (USA: LHP 2020).

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Our International Conferences

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2023): La prospettiva di genere nel gioco dei bambini. Swiss National Event: Generando–Visioni di Genere, Lugano, Switzerland

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2023): From the world to Italy, from Italy to the world. The Italy Play Therapy Institute, Tuscany, Italy

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2023): Supporting Aboriginal Children at School. The Geelong Grammar School, Geelong, Australia

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2023): Autoethnography Explained Through A Metaphorical Journey Across The Clouds. Play Therapy - Creativity Innovation and Research Forum (PT-CIRF), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

  • Cassina, I. (2022): Exploring the relevance of play and expressive arts in crisis work: Sharing field experiences in training and project development (webinar). Artes Expresivas Latinoamerica (AELat), Costa Rica

  • Munns, E., Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2022): Applying Theraplay with Children in International Crisis Work. Annual APT International Conference, St. Louis, USA

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2022): Psychological Interventions in Complex and Dynamic Settings: Lessons from the Front Lines. The Matheny Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2022): Applying the Therapeutic Power of Play and Expressive Arts to Trauma: A Process-Oriented Approach. The Play Therapy Training Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2022): Applying the Therapeutic Power of Play and Play Therapy in Contemporary Crisis Work: A Process-Oriented Approach (webinar). Ukrainian Fundraising PD Event, Sydney Centre for Creative Change, Australia

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2022): Applying the Therapeutic Power of Play and Expressive Arts in Contemporary Crisis Work: A Process-Oriented Approach (webinar). Integrated Psychological Training Center for Child and Family, China

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2022): La prospettiva di genere nel gioco dei bambini. Swiss National Event: Generando–Visioni di Genere, Lugano, Switzerland

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2021): Recovering Lost Play Time: The Story of V. (webinar). Integrated Psychological Training Center for Child and Family (IPCP), China

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2021): Facing Crisis through Play and Play Therapy: A Process Based Approach (webinar). Annual Conference, Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), Canada

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2021): International Crisis Work: Enhancing Resilience Through Therapeutic Powers of Play and Capacity Building (webinar). 27th Annual Conference, Texas Association for Play Therapy (TxAPT), Texas, USA

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2020): International Crisis Work: Enhancing Resilience Through Therapeutic Powers of Play and Capacity Building (webinar). 26th Annual Conference, Texas Association for Play Therapy (TxAPT), Texas, USA

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2020): International Crisis: The Potential of Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Modalities (webinar). Inspirees Institute and International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE), China

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2019): Play Therapy in Crisis Situations. International Play Therapy Study Group, Wroxton, UK

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2018): Play Therapy in Post Disaster Events. International Conference, Come Play With Me FIJI, Fiji

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2018): Role of Caregivers to Support Children Well-Being in Developing/Emergent Countries: A Focus on Filial Therapy. International Conference. Come Play With Me FIJI, Fiji

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2018): Play Therapy Around the Globe: International Crisis Work with Children. Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies NCPTS, George Fox University, Portland, USA

  • Mochi, C. (2017): Play Therapy in Developing Countries. Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

  • Mochi, C. (2017): Play Therapy in Developing/Emerging Countries. Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Conference (APPTA), Keynote speech, Sydney, Australia

  • Mochi, C. (2017): Using Play Therapy in Post Disaster Scenario. Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Conference (APPTA) Master class, Sydney, Australia

  • Mochi, C. (2017): Therapeutic Play for Children and Their Families in Centers for Asylum Seekers in Europe. International Play Therapy Study Group, Champney, UK

  • Mochi, C. (2017): How Play Promotes Child Development and Well-being. Philosophy Faculty, University of Belgrade, Serbia

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2017): The Importance Of Play. Philosophy Faculty, University of Niš, Serbia

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2017): Use of Play Therapy with Migrants Children. Brampton, Canada

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2017): Educare è un gioco da adulti! Swiss national exhibition, The discovery of the world UNESCO, Lugano, Switzerland

  • Cassina, I. and Mochi, C. (2016): Play Therapy: impariamo a giocare con i nostri figli. Italian national exhibition: Fiera del Benessere, Malpensa, Italy

  • Mochi, C. and Cassina, I. (2016): Come favorire la crescita e lo sviluppo attraverso il gioco. Italian national exhibition: Fiera del benessere, Malpensa, Italy

  • Mochi, C. (2015): Helping Teachers to Apply The Powers of Play to Foster Optimal Development and Well-being in Children from Disadvantaged School Setting. International Play Therapy Study Group, Wroxton, UK

  • Mochi, C. (2013): Introduzione alla Play Therapy: Il gioco come tramite per esperienze emotive correttive. University of Salento, Faculty of Psychology, Lecce, Italy

  • VanFleet, R. and Mochi, C. (2012): Post-Trauma Helplessness: Multidimensional Play Therapist Roles for Empowerment. XIX Association for Play Therapy Conference, full day program, Cleveland, USA

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Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi, Evangeline Munns, and Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina
Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi, Daniel Sweeney, Garry Landreth, and Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi
Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina
Isabella Cassina (on the right)
Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi
Sr Emily and Claudio Mochi
Isabella Cassina and Claudio Mochi
Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi
Claudio Mochi and Isabella Cassina
Claudio Mochi
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