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Exploring Metaphors In Play Therapy: Utilizing Play Therapy, Sandtray, and Expressive Therapy

  • 30 Mar 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 31 Mar 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Retreat Behavioral Health | Palm Beach- 4020 Lake Worth Road, Palm Springs, FL 33461
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DescriptionIn this 2 day training, participants will be grounded in theories of Adlerian and Child Centered play therapy, sandtray therapy, and principles of Expressive Therapy. We will review categories of miniatures as well as selecting and displaying them. Developmental information and behaviors specific to children’s use of sandtray will be covered. Theoretical approaches, both directive and non-directive, will be included with examples of how to create and enhance metaphors in play therapy sessions.  This training will be experiential and lecture based.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify basic principles of Adlerian and Child Centered Play Therapy.
  • Analyze the history and rationale for sandtray therapy and its connection to play therapy.
  • Participants will gain knowledge of how to select appropriate sand, trays, and play therapy miniatures
  • Explain the concept of metaphors in play therapy.
  • Describe three key components of creating metaphors in the play therapy session.
  • Discuss and process a sandtray within a play therapy session.
  • Explain one reason that play therapists should not interpret the metaphors which often appear in the children’s sandtray stories.
  • List 4 questions or observations that play therapists can use in witnessing and/or processing sandtrays with children
  • Recite principles of Expressive Therapy and assess how to integrate them into a play therapy session.

Lunch will be provided by Retreat Behavioral Health 

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-988136

General Credits: 12

APT Approved Provider 20-611. 

(Play therapy credit will only be approved for mental health providers.) 

This event is sponsored by FMHCA, an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider. FMHCA NBCC Provider# 2058. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  FMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW – FMHCA CE Broker #: 50-748

    About the Presenter:

    Stefani Misiph is an LMHC. She is a Registered Play Therapist, Supervisor and has been in private practice for over 20 years. She is an adjunct faculty at Lesley University and has presented both at the national and local level.



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