Creative Family Play Therapy Techniques

Topics: Parenting Skills, Play Therapy, Children, Teens, Family Therapy

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

3 CE Hours
$129.99 $69.99
Creative Family Play Therapy Techniques On-demand Course
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Liana Lowenstein

Certified TF-CBT Therapist

Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto since 1988. Her 15 books are used by mental health professionals all over the world. She is a dynamic speaker who has provided trainings throughout North America and abroad, including China, South Africa, Israel, England, New Zealand, Australia, and Slovenia. She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada.

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
Note: To maximize this training, participants are requested to have ready: Paper (3 pieces), Markers (assorted colors) and Optional craft supplies such as: Tape, scissors, colored felt, tin foil, cotton balls, straws, pipe cleaners, glitter, googly eyes.

Children are often excluded from family therapy because many practitioners are at a loss of how to effectively engage them. The use of creative activities in family therapy such as games, art, and storytelling, facilitates the participation of all family members. Play and expressive arts techniques, in particular, offer an advantage over traditional “talk therapy” because children are provided with a more developmentally appropriate means to communicate. Additionally, play and arts activities facilitate family relatedness.

Through this fun and interactive webinar, participants will learn a number of innovative play therapy techniques to engage, assess, and treat families. The advantages of using play therapy techniques with families will be outlined, and tips for overcoming challenges will be discussed. Videos of family play therapy sessions will illustrate techniques.
Original recording date: January 16, 2024 Length: 3 hours
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List three benefits to using play, art, and other expressive techniques in family therapy
  • Implement at least 2 strategies for engaging resistant family members
  • Utilize at least 6 play therapy techniques in sessions with families.
    Cornett, N. (2020). Family play therapy: Why & how. Play Therapy (15)2, 8-11.

    Gil, E. (2015). Play in family therapy (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

    Green,E., Baggerly, J., Myrick, A.C. (2015). Counseling families: Play-based treatment. Rowan & Littlefield.

    Horwath, J., Platt, D. (2020). The child’s world: The essential guide to assessing vulnerable children, young people, and their families. Journal of Social Work, 20(5), 694-696.

    Lariviere, M.D., & Lyness, K. (2017). Transforming troubled children, teens, and their families: An internal family systems model for healing. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 43(2).

    Lowenstein, L. (Ed.) (2010b). Creative family therapy techniques: Play, art, and expressive activities to engage children in family sessions. Toronto, ON: Champion Press.

    Wehrman, J.D., & Field, J.E. (2013). Play-based activities in family counseling. American Journal of Family Therapy. 41(4). 341-352.

    Willis, A.B., Haslam, D.R., Bermudez, M. (2016). Harnessing the power of play in emotionally focused family therapy with preschool children. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. 42(4).

    CE Details:
    3 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: This course provides 3 Clinical contact hour(s) self-study credits. 

    Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.

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    Time Zone and Currency
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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 X CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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    Creative Family Play Therapy Techniques

    Creative Family Play Therapy Techniques

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



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    Core Wellness Reviews

    Recorded participant

    Very engaging and informational

    Recorded participant
    Shari Steinert, School Psychologist MS.Ed; LMHC intern

    Very valuable and inspiring!

    Shari Steinert, School Psychologist MS.Ed; LMHC intern
    Nichole Vernon

    Superb! Liana has a wealth of knowledge and she is so thoughtful during her presentations.

    Nichole Vernon
    Recorded participant

    Great interventions presented! Loved the interactive style of the webinar.

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    Jaime Englis, LPC

    I have read your books and used your resources for years and it was so good to hear from you first-hand, all your tricks of the trade! Appreciated the breakdown of assessment, treatment, how to engage reluctant individuals, examples of psychodrama, and story telling, art, termination techniques, and the examples via video - so good! thank you!

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    Jaime Englis, LPC
    Recorded participant

    Highly skilled instructor

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    The training was insightful, as someone who focuses on child centered, a different approach was extremely interesting to me

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    I particularly enjoyed the mock therapy sessions and learned a great deal from them.

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    Great training, useful, and simple activities with great follow-ups for the therapist.

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    Great content. Appreciated all the examples / client videos, interventions used

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    She was great

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    Recorded Participant

    Liana Lowenstein is an amazing presenter, I've seen her live and now several times on this platform. She always inspires me to be a better Therapist.

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