Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth
About the trainer
Larisa Levalds, MA, RP
Children express themselves, learn about their world, and feel most at ease when playing. This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth. From an experiential lens, this training explores how to apply playful strategies to support children and youth on their path to healing. Get ready to play!
*Participants will create a small play-based toolkit to use during the training, and to take home!
About This Workshop
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- Why does Play Therapy Work?
- Attachment, Neuroscience, Family Systems
- Children’s Growing Brains: Cognitive and Development Stages
- Inner Resiliency – Child-Centered Play Therapy
- Using Directive vs. Non-directive Approaches with Children and Youth
- How Play can Help Overcome Trauma
- Play-based Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Strategies
- Creative Interventions for Emotional Awareness and Self-Reflection
- Art-Based Therapy
- Helping Children and Youth Develop Self-Regulation
- The Impact of Family – How Family Play Therapy Helps
- Building the Blocks of Attachment
- Somatic Approaches and Body-based Exercises
- Skills for using a Sand Tray
- Tools to use Puppetry
- Develop Story-telling Skills
Please note: This workshop does not certify participants as a “Play Therapist” – the aim of the workshop is to provide practical strategies for a wide range of helpers who support children.
This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, parents, and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in helping children and youth.
Method of Delivery
Presentation, video, experiential practice of activities and exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.
- Describe theory and guiding principles of play therapy
- Understand the cognitive and developmental stages of children
- Describe age-appropriate directive and non-directive play therapy tools and interventions
- Illustrate practical and tangible tools for immediate use with client populations
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Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.
You Will Receive
A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. For live-stream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.
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Continuing Education Credit
While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: There are six continuing education credits earned for each day of training. For example, a one-day workshop earns six continuing education hours, while a two-day workshop earns 12 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.
The following associations have formally approved our workshops:
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit
Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)
Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)
Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
*Three of our workshops are formally approved with CACCF: Addictions & Mental Illness, Harm Reduction, and Motivating Change. To inquire about CACCF approval for our other workshops, please contact them directly.
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