Online Play Therapy CEU Webinars for Professionals
This is a 1 hour CEU pre-recorded class that shares the basics about how to invite parents into the play therapy setting! This class includes interventions you can use immediately in your practice and instant access to your certification upon completion.
6 hr APT CEUs
1. Identify how attachment theory applies to play therapy and to view family systems through the lens of attachment.
2. Conceptualize attachment patterns that impact parent-child relationships.
3. Conceptualize generational attachment patterns and how these manifests in family-based play therapy.
4. Analyze attachment theory as it applies to play therapy to provide integrated therapeutic treatment.
5. Evaluate the four key concepts of attachment theory and how these concepts apply to attachment centered play therapy.
6. Analyze various family systems through the lens of attachment theory to strengthen clinical assessment skills.
Through the lens of attachment theory, participants will gain a new understanding of how children and families interact and bond to one another in healthy vs maladaptive ways. We will be exploring how trauma, abuse, and neglect impact the bonds of attachment within the family system and how the power of Attachment Centered Play Therapy can help to heal these wounds.
Participants will spend the day learning new and innovative play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts. You will leave with a creative toolbox of tips, techniques, and a clear understanding of how attachment styles impact relationships.
Cost, $100, CEUs
- Describe 6 effective play therapy strategies across ages and stages of development
- Identify how play therapy impacts neuropsychological development
- Conceptualize attachment patterns to strengthen client’s relationships.
- Develop 2 new techniques to engaging parents in family play therapy.
- Practice evidence-based play therapy techniques to treat children, teens, and adults
- Identify effective evidence-based play therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations.
Play therapy is not just an effective therapeutic approach for young children, it is also a powerful tool for use with teens and adults as well! Participants will engage in a fun, experiential play therapy training to explore how you can apply play therapy techniques with any client, regardless of age or presenting symptom.
Cost, $150, CEUs
Pre-Recorded Webniar (6 hrs)
Understanding Attachment Disruptions in Childhood Using Attachment Centered Play Therapy
- Identify how attachment theory applies to play therapy and to view family systems through the lens of attachment.
- Conceptualize attachment patterns that impact parent-child relationships.
- Conceptualize generational attachment patterns and how these manifests in family-based play therapy.
- Analyze attachment theory as it applies to play therapy to provide integrated therapeutic treatment.
- Evaluate the four key concepts of attachment theory and how these concepts apply to attachment centered play therapy.
- Analyze various family systems through the lens of attachment theory to strengthen clinical assessment skills.
Webinars Hosted Off Site
Play Therapy is a powerful tool when treating children and teens who have experienced trauma. Play therapy offers the child a safe space where they can feel in control, learn how to identify and manage distressing symptoms of their trauma, and give language to what they are feeling within their body and mind. In this workshop, we will explore how trauma impacts the brain, the resulting impact on the parent-child relationship, as well as treat and resolve trauma symptoms utilizing play therapy techniques.
- Impact of trauma on brain development and behavior
- 4 key concepts of attachment theory
- The powerful relationship between trauma and attachment in parent and child
- Innovative and creative play therapy to use immediately in your practice
- 15+ new play therapy techniques to heal families and children who experience trauma and attachment
By giving children opportunities to work in a permissive setting, you will observe and document how children utilize gradual exposure, gain an understanding of traumatic experiences, discharge affect, and begin to manage experiences that can feel overwhelming or frightening. This trauma-anchored model shows you how to integrate prescriptive strategies as needed with child-centered play therapy. It deepens metaphor work by amplifying the child’s ability to explore the material they externalize, and provides the child with a safe, predictable environment for processing interpersonal trauma. You will learn theory and techniques that values children’s pacing, respects defensive strategies, and seeks to help children build alternative skills to cope with difficult thoughts, emotions or behaviors.
In this innovative day-long workshop, you will walk away with creative play therapy tools to use immediately in your practice and the confidence to treat the most challenging of cases.
Discover how play therapy will inspire and transform your work with children, teens, and families.
Earn up to 18.75 CE Hours included in the course tuition.
When young kids and teenagers come in for therapy, it often takes a creative and playful approach to engage them in the process and help them overcome their challenges.
If you're looking for the best resources and creative interventions available...
This exclusive online training is it! This is your chance to join expert play therapy trainers and discover their favorite play therapy techniques that will help kids from early childhood to teenagers...
- develop empathetic connections
- process their emotions
- learn self-control
- build resilience
- strengthen attachments
- and increase social skills
…all while discovering themselves in a non-directive safe way.
Plus, you’ll gain valuable insights into how and why the techniques work...
Helping you make the best clinical decisions possible on which interventions to use and when they'll be the most successful.
You’ll leave this course with a new toolbox loaded with creative and effective play-based interventions while earning up to 18.75 CE hours, all counting towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy. Learn more about becoming an RPT here!
Bonus! You'll also get a digital copy of our new Play Therapy book for FREE – valued at $29.99.
This book includes the most effective play therapy activities for working with children with depression, anxiety, trauma, behavior issues, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Attachment Centered Play Therapy: Repair Relational Trauma and Build Secure Attachment to Accelerate Family Treatment
6 Hours 16 Minutes Audio and Video Format
When trauma, grief, and loss disrupts the family system, a child may feel unprotected, unloved, or disbelieved, causing relational injury and at times rupture the attachment bond. Children, not having the words to express how they feel, display the hurt in maladaptive ways -- aggression, rage, defiance, oppositional behaviors, shutting down, hiding away, or numbing. For the parent, shame is a factor. Shame that they can’t “parent away” the hurt and the misbehavior—that their love isn’t “good enough”.
How do we as therapists, help families begin repairing and rebuilding the lost connection/disruption?
Watch me in this interactive recording to discover an integrative therapeutic approach, Attachment Centered Play Therapy that includes the parents in the therapy process. The parent is integral in creating conditions of security and trustworthiness to address attachment wounds, trauma, grief and loss.
This developmentally appropriate, client-centered method brings a holistic, systemic approach to address:
- Vulnerability to acknowledge the hurt, and the roadblocks
- Challenging issues of shame, vulnerability, grief, and loss
- Aggression and defiance and other maladaptive behavioral issues
- Attachment centered and proactive strategies instead of reactivity or reactive responses
- Repairing and strengthening the bonds of attachment between parent and child
- Parents becoming a resource, as well as coregulator for their child
- Rapport building with parents (this is a MUST in child and family therapy)
You’ll learn new and innovative attachment-centered play therapy techniques including hands on experiential activities, guided imagery, sand tray interventions, and expressive arts—practicing sand tray therapy, techniques assessing family relationships, bonds of attachment, and family dynamics.
We will explore difficult cases, ask questions, develop new assessment skills, and explore styles of attachment and how this plays out in therapeutic relationships with our clients.
The role of early life attachment relationships for optimal brain development, self-regulation, and addressing developmental trauma, impresses why infant mental health is so crucial for a lifetime of healthy interpersonal relationships.
Join Janet A. Courtney, PhD, LCSW, Founder of FirstPlay Therapy®, an Infant Mental Health & Developmental Play Therapy model to discover new innovations in the infant-parent attachment relationship. New breakthroughs in the neurobiology of touch, will show you how crucial touch is to the attachment relationship. Touch and attachment literally go “hand-in-hand”!
You’ll be introduced to an embodied infant play therapy model of FirstPlay Therapy® to promote nurturing touch to enhance and repair the attachment relationship, increase neuroception of safety, decrease anxious states, and foster co-regulation, and promote attunement to infant cues and body language.
2-Day Conference: Play Therapy: Engaging Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Trauma
2 Full Days - Live Webinar
Thu, Jan 12, 2023 - 08:00am to Fri, Jan 13, 2023 - 04:00pm CST
How can we as therapists more effectively decrease acting-out behaviors and help repair, rebuild and create strong parent-child relationships?
Join me, Clair Mellenthin, expert in child and family trauma and attachment, as we dive into the impact of Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder on children, teens, and their families. You’ll learn effective, powerful, evidence-based play therapy interventions including guided imagery, mindfulness, expressive arts, and sandtray play – all of which include parent-child relationship enhancement activities.
This workshop will show you how:
- the impact of attachment plays a role in the etiology in childhood disruptive behavior disorders
- to utilize attachment-centered play therapy techniques to treat these diagnoses in children
- to strengthen parent-child relationships
- to improve overall self-esteem and confidence – giving the child tools to control their challenging symptoms and help heal the family system.
Register today to explore the power of play therapy – and incorporate these strategies into your mental health practices with young clients and their families!
Given the tumultuous and destabilizing events of the last year, attachment work is more complex than it’s ever been...
That’s why, for the first time ever all in one place, we’re gathering the leading researchers and clinicians in attachment work, including Dan Siegel, Leanne Campbell, Dan Hughes and many others!
Covering the most popular evidence-based approaches in psychotherapy today, these dynamic thought leaders will guide you through Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), Polyvagal Theory, EMDR, Expressive Therapies, and more...
…offering insight and solutions to successfully deepen the attachment work that’s so crucial to your clients' well-being.
Attachments are not easily made by those who experience disrupted early attachments, and typically only develop after significant struggle, ambivalence, and taking tentative steps towards connection - as not to alienate.
Of course, the other side of the coin is that once making such hard-earned connections, giving them up at termination is another significant therapeutic challenge (Gil & Crenshaw, 2017).
Join David Crenshaw, PhD, RPT-S, as he teaches you how to…
- Use an invitational approach to attachment trauma in youth
- The Concept of Relational Trauma (Allan Schore, 2012) and its contribution to potential cumulative deprivation throughout life
- Adopt Stealth Therapy in work with these reluctant youth
- Plan for and work through the Crisis of Connection
- Utilize the analogy of Fawns in Gorilla Suits in therapeutic work with youth and caregivers, teachers, and families
- Prepare for and work through grief and loss issues at termination
Between hyper-busy schedules, an overemphasis on achievement, and saying yes to everything...
There is no time for play, curiosity or imagination.
And without play, we risk derailing healthy child development!
The stressors of kid's daily lives are only exacerbated by the pandemic, racism, sexual ambiguity, bullying, social media...
As a therapist, your caseload is full of kids carrying more unseen stress than ever before, with nowhere to put it.
Kids struggle to navigate relationships, learn how to flexibly problem-solve, facilitate adaptive coping skills, resolve conflict, tolerate stress, and regulate emotions...
That’s why we’ve created this state-of-the-art play therapy training to get evidence-based interventions your kids need now!
You’ll learn to utilize the POWER OF PLAY with kids of all ages from leading child experts including Dan Siegel, Liana Lowenstein, Ana Gomez, David Crenshaw, Jessica Stone and many more...
Whether you’re a seasoned therapist or new to the field, you’ll get kid-tested, proven tools to help young clients thrive.
Helping families learn how to repair, restore, and create secure attachment happens as they come into the play therapy room for the first time. Parents often feel stretched to the breaking point by their child’s emotional and behavioral distress. Rather than treating family therapy through an adult lens, learn to harness the power of play to help children (and their parents) process difficult experiences and teach families to bond in healthy ways. This recording offers a new understanding, developed through the lens of attachment theory, of how families can repair deep emotional wounds through the power of play. You’ll discover:
- New and innovative play therapy techniques you can put into practice immediately
- Hands-on experiential activities, and expressive arts interventions for families designed to help repair attachment wounds
- How to successfully invite and engage parents into the play therapy process
- How to help families understand attachment styles and what it means to bond in healthy vs. maladaptive ways