Group Play Therapy: Creative Techniques and Troubleshooting Ideas

Topics: Play Therapy, Group Therapy, Social Skills

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

3 CE Hours
$129.99 $69.99
Group Play Therapy:  Creative Techniques and Troubleshooting Ideas 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:
Group play therapy enables busy therapists with scarce resources to work with more clients in a shorter amount of time, while capitalizing on the many benefits that groups have to offer. This dynamic and practical webinar will equip play therapists with the tools needed to run successful children’s therapy groups in a variety of settings including schools, mental health agencies, and in-patient units. Issues covered will include:

  • Guidelines for developing successful play therapy groups
  • Fun icebreakers to increase group cohesion
  • Strategies to encourage participation among all group members, including resistant children and teens
  • Ideas for encouraging meaningful group interactions
  • Techniques for managing challenging behaviors
  • Innovative activities for group termination

Both beginning and seasoned group facilitators will walk away with new and innovative activities and solutions to common challenges inherent in play therapy groups.       

Note: Please remember to bring the following supplies to participate:
  • Scissors
  • Colored Markers
  • 1 thick marker
  • 4 pieces of paper
  • Print the star template on page 50 of your handout
Original recording date: June 12, 2023 Length: 180 Minutes
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List at least 3 key guidelines to consider when developing play therapy groups
  • Describe at least 2 strategies to address common challenges in play therapy groups including engaging resistant participants and managing challenging behaviours
  • Implement at least five play therapy techniques for use in children’s groups including icebreakers, psychoeducational activities, and termination activities
    Dillman Taylor, D., Meany-Walen, K. K., Nelson, K. M., & Gungor, A. (2019). Investigating group Adlerian play therapy for children with disruptive behaviors: A single-case research design. International Journal of Play Therapy, 28(3), 168–182. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000094

    Epel N, Zohar AA, Artom A, Novak AM, Lev-Ari S. The Effect of Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy on Children's Self-Esteem. Children (Basel). 2021 Oct 24;8(11):958. doi: 10.3390/children8110958. PMID: 34828671; PMCID: PMC8617969.

    Haen, C., & Aronson, S. (2017). Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group therapy: A practitioner's reference. Routledge.

    Melero S, Morales A, Espada JP, Méndez X, Orgilés M. Effectiveness of Group vs. Individual Therapy to Decrease Peer Problems and Increase Prosociality in Children. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Apr 9;18(8):3950. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18083950. PMID: 33918640; PMCID: PMC8069038.

    Mellenthin, C., Stone, J., Grant, R. (Eds.) (2022). Implementing play therapy with groups. Routledge.

    Nøvik TS, Haugan AJ, Lydersen S, et al. Cognitive-behavioural group therapy for adolescents with ADHD: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2020;10(3):e032839.

    Sweeney, D., Baggerly, J., and Ray, D. (2014). Group play therapy: A dynamic approach. Routledge. 

    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: Note: This course provides 3 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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    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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    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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    Group Play Therapy:  Creative Techniques and Troubleshooting Ideas

    Group Play Therapy: Creative Techniques and Troubleshooting Ideas

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



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    Core Wellness Reviews

    Ru-Chi Yang, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (US)

    Ms. Liana Lowenstein is a very knowledgeable and experienced play therapist who provides informative professional information, playful interventions and recourses regard to working with children and adolescents to facilitate the participant’s professional learning and growth. She also helps to contribute to the connection with mental health professionals and/or play therapists around the world in order to build an international play therapy community.

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    Ru-Chi Yang, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (US)
    Live Participant

    This presenter was very enjoyable and encouraged lots of group participation. She didn't just present the different group play activities but engaged the attendees to actually participate in the activities themselves. I liked her style of teaching and presenting the material.

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    Tangie White, LCPC

    As one that is reluctant to host groups for children, this training effectively showed how it can be done giving me the confidence that I can execute a successful group.

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    Tangie White, LCPC
    Maria Aresco, LCSW, RPT

    Liana always provides a consistent and thorough training. The experiential activities are wonderful and enhance the learning experience.

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    Maria Aresco, LCSW, RPT
    Live Participant

    This was a great, interactive training and Liana clearly has a lot of knowledge and experience.

    Live Participant

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