Play Therapy Training & Services in North Carolina

Emily Keller, PhD, LPC, RPT, offers play therapy training in North Carolina. Dr. Keller specializes in play therapy for the whole family. Also, in helping people get back in touch with “wonder.” She incorporates play therapy in family therapy sessions, to ensure that every voice is heard — because every voice matters.

Join us for play therapy training in North Carolina. We offer play therapy training that not only expands knowledge, but also offers to participants insight and growth.

Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy has trained therapists from around the world for nearly 50 years. We are proud to offer play therapy training events. Play therapy rounds out our services designed to heal families — the building blocks of society. Healthy families lead to healthy societies.

Play Therapy Training Events in Chapel Hill, NC

Nov. 3: Play Therapy for Cooperative Families 6 CE Credits

Nov. 4: Exploring Life Scripts  in Play Therapy and Sand Tray Themes 6 CE Credits

Feb. 23: Play Therapy Across the Life Span 6 CEs

Feb. 24: Storytelling in Play Therapy: The Process of Making Up the Truth 6 CEs

April 20: Be in Wonder: An Open Growth-Oriented Stance for Play Therapists and Parents 6 CEs

April 21: Emotional Literacy and Regulation Skills for Children, Teens, and Parents 6 CEs

Other Play Therapy Training Events

In 2016, Dr. Keller traveled to India to offer a play therapy workshop. The topic was integrating play therapy and family therapy. She looks forward to travelling there again in 2018.

Continuing Education for Play Therapy

APT Approved Provider 15-437

We have been approved by the Association for Play Therapy as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, APT Approved Provider 15-437.



About Play Therapy

 Play therapy is an established, research-supported form of child therapy that helps children, especially age 3-12. Through play therapy, children learn to express themselves, heal, and grow. Play therapy leverages the natural language of children — play — to help them overcome emotional, and behavioral difficulties. These difficulties often interfere with normal functioning at home and at school. Whether children are having trouble due to divorce, a recent move, grief and loss, or adoption, play therapy can help! There are a variety of types of play therapy, including child-centered play therapy, gestalt play therapy, Adlerian play therapy, and more!

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy helps couples uncover what they are saying underneath their words.

For children, sand tray play therapy helps children overcome their naturally limited vocabulary by offering them concrete objects to express themselves. Without a language for traumatic events and emotions, children are compelled to be silent and not process abuse and neglect. Sand tray meets children where they are at. It allows them to communicate and make sense of life events. They then move forward rather than remain stuck in the trauma. Often times, they work through their trauma and stuck places with few words. We know they are working through their issues because the messages in the sand change, and, more importantly, their behaviors change. Sand tray therapy helps teens, who often naturally resist therapy, move through their rebellious tendencies and right into their work.

Dr. Keller also incorporates sand tray therapy in her work with adults. She especially finds it useful in expressing grief and in working through spiritual issues in psychotherapy.