In-Person Workshops

Play Therapy

Tools for Helping Children and Youth

March 01, 2023 - March 02, 2023
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM MST )
$499.00 (regular rate)
$459.00 (*early rate)
*(early rate expires 02/08/2023 )
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Play Therapy - Edmonton In-Person - March 1-2, 2023; 9am-4pm Central Time

Early rate expires 02/08/2023

Quantity: 1 $ 459.00
Attendee 1 Information
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! 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the theory and guiding principles of play therapy
  • Understand the cognitive and developmental stages of children
  • Describe age-appropriate directive and nondirective play therapy tools and interventions
  • Illustrate practical and tangible tools for immediate use with clients

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, experiential practice of activities and exercises, personal reflection, delivered electronically.

Some of the Topics Included

  • 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

Target Audience

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.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: Vivian Houg

Msc, RPsych

Vivian is a Registered Psychologist and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Psychology. She has extensive experience supporting children and youth with a variety of addiction concerns, mental health issues, and developmental diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, and anxiety. In addition to training with CTRI, Vivian works for a public agency supporting youth with concurrent addiction and mental health concerns. She believes that we are each part of a dynamic system of family, society, and culture that informs how we see the world and live our lives. Vivian has a passion for sharing information in a way that is meaningful and memorable and brings this energy to the workshops she leads.

Holiday Inn Conference Centre Edmonton South, Edmonton AB

4485 Gateway BLVD Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5C3 Edmonton AB T6H 5C3
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