Adlerian Play Therapy Techniques with Children & Adolescents

Topics: Play Therapy, Adlerian

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

6 CE Hours
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Adlerian Play Therapy Techniques with Children & Adolescents On-demand Course
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Dr. April Duncan

Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor

Dr. April Duncan (DSW, LCSW, RPT-S) obtained her Bachelor’s in Arts & Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2006), Masters of Social Work from Saint Louis University (2012) and Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California (2021). She is the founder of BMH Connect, an organization focused on Black youth empowerment through the use of play therapy. Dr. April is a racial trauma expert and leader in her field in advocating for the mental health needs of Black children. Her book, “Black Students Matter: Play Therapy Techniques to Address Racial Trauma in Black Students” provides an innovative approach to address mental health issues in Black children through the use of play therapy. She also is an adjunct instructor in the online MSW program at Tulane University. With over ten years of clinical experience, Dr. April has worked collaboratively with various stakeholders in schools, the juvenile justice system and the child welfare system, to teach the importance of recognizing and addressing trauma in children from all backgrounds. Dr. April also serves on the advisory board for the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals. 

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
APT Primary Focus Area(s):
Play Therapy History - 1 Hour
Seminal Theories - 4 Hours
Skills and Methods - 1 Hour
Total Play Therapy CE Hours: 6 CE Hours

Adlerian Play Therapy (AdPT) is a seminal play therapy theory that can be useful in supporting children adolescents, as well as engage the adults in their lives like teachers and caregivers. AdPT can be useful in addressing a variety of mental health issues in children adolescents including off-task behaviors and trauma in individual and group play therapy sessions. This webinar will explore the foundations of Adlerian play therapy and the skills required by a play therapist to implement this approach in play sessions with individuals, families and groups.

Through lecture, discussion and experiential learning, attendees will learn fun, play-based interventions to support the basic tenets of AdPT. Additionally, participants will learn important concepts like the goals of misbehavior, the application of the Crucial C’s, as well as ways to engage parents and teachers as partners in and out of the playroom. Time will be spent discussing play therapy interventions to support children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, as well as a support for play therapy with gender-expansive children. 
Original recording date: September 28, 2023 Length: 6 hours
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 5 goals of Adlerian Play Therapy
  • Discuss the 5 basic tenets of Adlerian play therapy
  • Analyze the 4 phases of Adlerian play therapyDescribe the 4 steps of limit setting in Adlerian play therapy
  • List 7 key terms in Adlerian play therapy
  • Explain 3 ways to engage parents and teachers as partners in Adlerian play therapy
    Ashori, M., & Shamsi, A. (2023). The effect of Adlerian play therapy on the alexithymia and social isolation of deaf students. International Journal of Play Therapy, 32(1), 10–21. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla000019

    2??Evans, C. T. (2022). Adlerian Play Therapy and Telemental Health Counseling During COVID-19: Practical Considerations and Examples. Journal of Individual Psychology, 78(2), 189–202. https://doi.org/10.1353/jip.2022.0024

    Dickinson, R., & Daly, E. (2021). Incorporating Mindfulness in Adlerian Play Therapy. Journal of Individual Psychology, 77(4), 446–460. https://doi.org/10.1353/jip.2021.0029

    Kottman, T. & Ashby, J. (2019). Adlerian play therapy. Play Therapy, 14(3), 12-13, https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.a4pt.org/resource/resmgr/publications/pt_theories/Adlerian_Sept2019_FINAL.pdf

    CE Details:
    6 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)

    Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569, for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167 and for psychologists #PSY-0236. Note: Note: This course provides 6 contact hour(s) self-study credits. 

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    Passing Score and Retest Policy:
    Completing the video and achieving a posttest score of 80% or above is required to receive CE award. Open material permitted and one can retest unlimited times. Upon passing, we will email you a completion certificate within one business day. If failed, we will email you a retest in the same timeframe.

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    Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who successfully complete the course and pass the posttest. Registration is open indefinitely. Recordings, handouts and completion certificates are accessible for a guaranteed one year as long as your account is active. Full refund or equal exchange up to 14 days of purchase if you are not satisfied as long as a completion certificate was not issued. For further details, please see the FAQ section or contact us.

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    Financial Declarations:
    The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.

    APT Credits:
    This training is approved by APT Approved Provider #20-610 for 6 CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    Adlerian Play Therapy Techniques with Children & Adolescents

    Adlerian Play Therapy Techniques with Children & Adolescents

    Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Play Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)



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    Recorded Participant

    Fun, engaging, knowledgeable!

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    Recorded participant

    This was my favorite training so far. wonderful relatable and experienced presenter

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    Diane Willoughby, MSW, LCSW-C

    April Duncan's knowledge and skills were so impressive and her style very engaging. I work with seniors, but I felt drawn into this course and eager to try this type of therapy with my clientele.

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    Diane Willoughby, MSW, LCSW-C
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    Great class! Very informative. Would recommend.

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    I enjoy taking trainings with Dr. April Duncan. She has consistently demonstrated the ability to present with professionalism, knowledge, and be present in a genuine manner.

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