Storytelling In Play Therapy: The Process Of Making Up The Truth

Storytelling in Play Therapy: The Process of Making Up the Truth

Storytelling in Play Therapy:
The Process of Making Up the Truth
Storytelling in play therapy
Join us to explore the art and science of how to use storytelling in play therapy! We will be learning about a lot more than how to use “books,” also to change and leverage the stories in our own heads.

The instructor reviews the historical and contemporary role of storytelling to the health of  individuals, families, and society. Participants will learn, through lecture and experiential education, about life script theory, the Mutual Storytelling technique, and how to appropriately select books or specific storytelling activities as play therapy interventions. The presenter will discuss multicultural implications of play therapy, including book selection and storytelling. We will also discuss how our favorite stories shape the roles of Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer that we learn in our family of origin and carry into relationships today.

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. 

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

  • Describe the Mutual Storytelling technique in play therapy
  • List at least three examples of when it is appropriate to incorporate bibliotherapy into play therapy
  • Discuss the importance of selecting culturally appropriate stories for play therapy
  • Define life script and discuss the importance of fairytales to children and how to explore them in play therapy
  • Discuss the benefits of imaginative play in play therapy
  • Describe the benefit of stories to society and how to leverage that in play therapy

DATES: February  24, 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, Play therapy experience (life story drawing), history of stories in society and how they influence individual narratives
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 am – 12 PM Mutual storytelling technique, play therapy experience (storytelling technique in small groups)
12 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 PM Play therapy experience (exploring self), metaphors in play therapy and metaphors in society
3:30 – 3:45 PM Break
3:45 – 5 PM Narrative play therapy, imaginative play, life script theory, play therapy experience (life script questions with Jenga blocks)

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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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