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The Academy team consists of a Director of the Continuing Education Program and a Coordinator, Scientific Committee, Secretary, Head of Project Management, and a selection of renowned international Consultants and Trainers.

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Founders' Message

We are honored to be able to share our international experience with a growing number of students and professionals who wish to practice quality play therapy in their daily work as well as in crisis settings.


We have been committed for years to ensuring high standards of quality and professionalism along with innovation and creativity. The bench in the image, in the heart of Lugano, Switzerland, is one of the places where so many ideas of training and projects originated. We are motivated to continue our journey and invite you to join us!

Claudio Mochi & Isabella Cassina

Academy Trainers Over The Years

  • Sue C. Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S™ (Texas, USA). Director Emerita of the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas, Former President and Council Member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

  • Isabella Cassina, MA, TPS, CAGS, PhD Cand. in Expressive Arts Therapy (Switzerland). Social Worker specialized in International Cooperation, registered Therapeutic Play Specialist, and Head of Project Management at the INA.

  • Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S™ (New York, USA). Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Training Director of the Astor Home for Children of the Play Therapy Institute, and University Professor.

  • Theresa Fraser, MA, CPT-S, CPT, PhD Cand. (Canada). Play Therapist Supervisor, President of the Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), University Professor, and Expert in Sandtray Therapy.

  • Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S™ (Texas, USA). Director of Door of Hope Counseling Center in New Braunfels, Director Emerita of the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

  • Claudio Mochi, MA, RP, RPT-S™ (Italy). Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Expert in Emergency Interventions and Trauma, President of the APT Italy, Training Director of the INA in Switzerland.

  • Evangeline Munns, PhD, C.Psych, RPT-S™, CAPT-S (Canada). Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Trainer and Supervisor recognized by the Theraplay® Institute in Chicago.

  • Karen Stagnitti, PhD, BOccThy, GCHE (Australia). Occupational Therapist and Professor Emerita at Deakin University (Australia), creator of the Learn to Play Therapy methodology.

  • Daniel Sweeney, PhD, LMFT, LPC, RPT-S™ (Oregon, USA). Director of the Mental Health Clinic and Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies (NWCPTS) at George Fox University, and University Professor.

  • Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S™, CDBC (Pennsylvania, USA). Director of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc. in the USA.

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