Play Therapy Across The Lifespan: Balance Doing & Being To Thrive

Play Therapy Across the Lifespan: Balance Doing & Being to Thrive

Individual TherapyPlay Therapy Across the Lifespan: Balance Doing & Being to Thrive

Learn to apply play therapy across the lifespan!

Did you know our brains have a circuit devoted just to play?

We never outgrow the need to play. Play benefits us throughout our entire lives.

Play is an important part of a balanced and healthy life for children, adults, couples and families. It both promotes and is a sign of healthy attachment and bonding. This workshop offers a growth-focused cycling model of development across the lifespan, which integrates neurological, attachment, and relational needs for each stage. The presenter integrates these models through a Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy lens.

The presenter will discuss various types of play and Play Therapy and how they promote health at all ages and stages. Participants will receive information about targeting play therapy interventions to meet appropriate developmental needs based on models of individual, couples, and family development. Also, participants will explore the role of play in their own lives through a series of experiential exercises.

This workshop is designed for psychotherapists, including licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and others in the mental health fields. It is especially designed for those wanting to integrate play therapy theory and methods in their therapeutic work. 

Dr. Keller is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She has experience working with children and adolescents in private practice, in-patient therapeutic settings, and in a community setting. Today, she applies play therapy theory and methods with children, teens, couples, and families. She is passionate about training other psychotherapists in the theory and practice of play therapy. 

Learn More about Dr. Keller, LPC, RPT and how she uses play therapy across the lifespan.

LEVEL: Beginner & Intermediate
Learning Objectives Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how play evolves across the lifespan
  • List three play therapy activities for couples
  • Describe the role of separation and individuation in the parent-child bond and in couples development and how to assess for enmeshment in couples play therapy
  • Explain how couples benefit from play therapy
  • List three play therapy interventions for families
  • Describe how play therapy promotes healthy development throughout life

DATES: February 23, 2018
TIMES:   9 AM – 5 PM
ACULTY:   Emily Keller, Ph.D, LPC, RPT
TUITION:   $130 if registered one month in advance, $50 deposit ($150 afterward)


9 – 10:30 Introductions, biological importance of play
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 am – 12 PM Individual development model, play therapy intervention practice
12 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 PM Couples development model, play therapy intervention practice
3:30 – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 – 5 PM Family development model, play therapy intervention practice

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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Early Registration$130.00
Late Registration $150.00
Location Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy
659 Edwards Ridge Road
Chapel Hill NC 27517
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