Play Therapy’s Got Talent! Innovators from Around the World

Topics: Play Therapy, Children, Teens

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

6 CE Hours
$499.00 $99.00
Play Therapy’s Got Talent! Innovators from Around the World 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:
Learn innovative play therapy approaches and techniques from leading therapists from across the globe. Our exciting line-up of international speakers will each share their cutting-edge ideas to help you address a wide variety of challenges in your clinical practice.

This is not a talent contest like the popular TV show, but there will be many golden-buzzer worthy moments…and opportunities to learn and be inspired.

Moderated by award-winning author and international speaker Liana Lowenstein, this must-attend live event will bring together child and play therapists from around the world.

Whether you’re a beginning or seasoned counselor, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist, graduate student, or other mental health professional, you will learn new and creative ways to augment your sessions with children, teens, and families.

The live webinar broadcast is FREE to attend from 11 AM to 6:15 PM Eastern Time on November 14, 2023 or you can purchase our special package for $99 and get:

  • Lifetime access to the recording so you can watch anytime
  • 6 CE’s live or recorded credits (depending on your attendance. 6 non-contact APT credits optional as well for live or recorded option)
  • BONUS two-hour CE recorded webinar with Liana Lowenstein: Beyond Sesame Street: The Creative Use of Puppets in Play Therapy (instant access
  • Double tickets in the raffles
  • A chance to win your entire purchase for free (3 lucky winners will receive a $99 credit to Core Wellness)

The $99 package is a great deal, but you don’t have to purchase anything to watch the live broadcast. Plus, there will be an interactive Q & A with each speaker.

Wait! There’s more! Throughout the live webinar broadcast, there will be exciting giveaways, including psychotherapy books, mental health products, and gift cards. All attendees of the live webinar broadcast and the recorded version who register by October 15, 2023 will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our great prizes!
Original recording date: November 14, 2023 Length: 6 hours
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Objectives listed under each title above
1. Paris Goodyear Brown, United States: Parents as Partners in Play Therapy

Goodyear-Brown, P. (2021). Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician's Guide. Guilford Publications.

Smithee, L. C., Krizova, K., Guest, J. D., & Case Pease, J. (2021). Theraplay as a family treatment for mother anxiety and child anxiety. International Journal of Play Therapy, 30(3), 206–218.

Helle, J., Vøllestad, J., Schanche, E., & Hjelen Stige, S. (2022). From seeing difficult behaviour to recognizing legitimate needs–A qualitative study of mothers' experiences of participating in a Circle of Security Parenting program in a public mental health setting. Psychotherapy Research, 1-12.

Porges, S. W. (2022). Polyvagal theory: a science of safety. Frontiers in integrative neuroscience, 16, 27.McGuire, A., Steele, R. G., & Singh, M. N. (2021). Systematic review on the application of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for preschool-aged children. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 24(1), 20-37.

2. Rinda Blom, South Africa: Dealing with Aggression in the Playroom

Crenshaw, D.A. 2016. Play therapy with “children of fury”: Treating the trauma of betrayal. In Crenshaw, D.A. & Swart, A.L. Play therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory and practice. Guilford.

Kourkoutas, E., & Stavrou, P.D. 2018. The dynamics of aggressive behaviour in childhood and adolescence and the role of school: Implications for practice. Psychology, 9, 2116-2134.

McCarthy, D. 2007. If you turn into a monster: Transformation through play – a body-centred approach to play therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Ray, D.C., Blanco, P.J., Sullivan, J.M. & Holliman, R. 2009. An exploratory study of child-centred play therapy with aggressive children. International Journal of Play Therapy. 18(3): 162-175.

Rostami, R., Mojtahedy, S. H. , Heidari, Z., Ranjbari, G., Ahmadi, M. 2017. Investigation of cognitive-behavioural play therapy effectiveness on cognitive functions in aggressive children. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Researches. 3(3). July-September: 186-191.

3. Maggie Fearn, South Wales: Nature as Therapeutic Ally in Play Therapy

Courtney, J.A. (2020). Healing child and family trauma through expressive and play therapies: Art, nature, storytelling, body and mindfulness. W.W. Norton & Co.

Fearn, M. (2022). Nature-based play therapy interventions in the digital age. In I. Cassina, C. Mochi & K. Stagnitti, (Eds.), Play therapy and expressive arts in a complex and dynamic world: Opportunities and challenges inside and outside the playroom. Oxon: Routledge

Porges, S.W. (2022) Polyvagal Theory: A Science of Safety. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 16:871227 doi: 10.3389/fnint.2022.871227

Porges, S.W. (2004) Neuroception: A Subconscious System for Detecting Threats and Safety. Zero to Three. May, 2004.

4. Greg Lubimiv, Canada: A New Big Bang Theory: The Delightful Collision of Play Therapy and Family Therapy

Falco, L.D., Castiglioni, M., Maffei, C. (2019). “Outcomes of family therapy compared to individual therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Journal of Family Therapy, 41(1), 3-20.

Kim, J.J., Lee, J.Y. (2017). “Effects of family therapy on children and adolescents’ mental health: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Children and Youth Services Review, 81, 30-37.

Lin, Y.J., Bratton, S.C. (2015). “A comparative analysis of child-centered play therapy and family therapy for children with emotional disorders.” International Journal of Play Therapy, 24(1), 18-29.

Landreth, G. L., Bratton, S.C. (2019). “Child parent relationship therapy: An innovative and empirically supported intervention for young children with problematic attachment.” Journal of Counseling and Development, 97(1), 21-31.

Winsor, A.P. (2018), “Family Play Therapy: Integrating principles of positive psychology within family therapy.” Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 29(1), 23-40.

5. Judi Parson, Australia: Medical Play Therapy

Jones, E. M., & Landreth, G. (2002). The efficacy of intensive individual play therapy for chronically ill children. International Journal of Play Therapy, 11(1), 117–140. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0088860

Locatelli, M. G. (2020). Play therapy treatment of pediatric medical trauma: A retrospective case study of a preschool child. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29(1), 33–42. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000109

Parson, J. Dean, B., Hadiprodjo, N. (2022) Integrating therapeutic play into nursing and allied health Practice: A developmentally sensitive approach to communicating with children. Springer.

Rubin, L. C. (Ed.). (2017). Handbook of medical play therapy and child life: Interventions in clinical and medical settings. Routledge.

Webb, J. R. (1995). Play therapy with hospitalized children. International Journal of Play Therapy, 4(1), 51–59. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0089214

6. Akiko Ohnogi, Japan: Play Therapy for Children Traumatized by Natural Disasters

Baggerly, J. (2006). Preparing play therapists for disaster response: Principles and practices. International Journal of Play Therapy, 15(2), 59–81.

Ohnogi, A. (2017). Play-Based Interventions for Children Traumatized by Natural and Human-Made Disasters. In A. Drewes & C. Schaefer (Eds.). Childhood Anxieties, Fears, and Phobias: Use of Play-Based Interventions and Techniques (pp. 223-243). N.Y.: Guilford Publications.

Rusmana, N., Hafina, A., & Suryana, D. (2020). Group play therapy for preadolescents: Post-traumatic stress disorder of natural disaster victims in Indonesia. The Open Psychology Journal, 13, Article 213-222.

Full details about presenters and techniques:

1. Paris Goodyear Brown, United States- Demonstrating Parents as Partners in Play Therapy

Parents can be powerful allies in the play therapy process, especially when working with traumatized children. TraumaPlay™ principles for helping caregivers become more connected co-regulators, stronger storykeepers, and safer bosses set the stage for a host of play therapy interventions that target treatment goals for parents. Clinicians will leave this training with new ways to provide playful psychoeducation, in vivo doses of delight between parent and child, help parents with their own negative activation, and co-create coherent narratives about hard things. Person of the play therapist reflection will also be shared.

2. Rinda Blom, South Africa- Demonstrating Dealing with Aggression in the Playroom

This presentation will focus on the function and necessity of aggression during play therapy and in the playroom. Ways to handle possible destructiveness and how to assist the child to convert aggression into creative energy will be handled, with an emphasis on how to assist the child to move from chaotic aggression, to focused aggression, to integrated aggression. The role of the therapist when dealing with aggression will be explained, followed by a short case study to illustrate certain key concepts. Four directive play therapy activities that can be used to facilitate and channel cathartic aggression to self-assertiveness as positive aggression, will discussed and illustrated with video demonstrations and photographs.

3. Maggie Fearn, South Wales- Demonstrating Nature as Therapeutic Ally in Play Therapy

We will touch on theories from interpersonal neurobiology, including experiencing Nature as co-regulator in Play Therapy, exploring applications of key concepts from Polyvagal Theory, and the link between attachment and developing a sense of place. We will discuss how to bring Nature into the Play Therapy room and examine a case study that reflects on how a child played within the liminal space between inside and out. I will then share a video of sensory exploration of outdoor therapeutic space, giving participants ideas for activities they can take away with them.

4. Greg Lubimiv, Canada- Demonstrating A New Big Bang Theory: The Delightful Collision of Play Therapy and Family Therapy

Many play therapists apply their skills and knowledge in working just with children and youth individually. As well, many family therapists who work with families as a whole do not utilize play therapy or play based interventions in their therapy. Learn how to integrate play therapy tools, techniques and activities into the family therapy model and have your families benefit from increased engagement, retention as well as positive outcomes. Greg’s creative and interactive session, “A New Big Bang Theory.….” will provide participants with some of Greg’s most effective activities and tools to utilize in Family Therapy. All of the presented activities and tools can be used in person or virtually.

5. Judi Parson, Australia- Demonstrating Medical Play Therapy

Play is essential for human development and Play Therapists understand that play is used to access the conscious and unconscious sensations, thoughts, feelings of children. Within the context of the medical and health settings a range of normative, educative and therapeutic play may be available and provided by Hospital Play Specialist or Child Life Professionals. However, for children who have experienced acute or chronic diseases, illnesses, injuries or iatrogenic trauma there may be a need for longer-term medical play therapy. This 50 minute presentation will link both therapeutic play and play therapy with the therapeutic powers of play. A range of psychoeducational preparation techniques for medical procedures will be showcased to reduce anxiety and increase personal strengths to cope with medical encounters.

6. Akiko Ohnogi, Japan- Demonstrating Play Therapy for Children Traumatized by Natural Disasters

Children worldwide are traumatized by natural disasters. Many of these children will be able to cope over time with the appropriate help of parents and caring adults, while some children may be at risk of reactions impacting the development of the child, and increasing the risk of emotional, behavioral, academic, social, and physical problems throughout the child’s life span. The use of play in healing from trauma in a safe environment changes the trauma network in a child’s brain. As play “speaks” directly to the areas of the brain impacted by the trauma experience, utilizing the therapeutic powers of play is effective and appropriate in dealing with and treating the effects of trauma in children. This webinar will highlight how one can conduct effective play therapy with young children traumatized by a natural disaster through lecture, demonstrations of activities, and presentation of case examples.  

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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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 6 CE Hour(s) (Non-contact).

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Play Therapy’s Got Talent! Innovators from Around the World

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Recorded Participant

Excellent play therapy training, in particular the pieces about handling anger in the playroom.

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There was a variety of knowledge from different backgrounds.

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Knowledgeable and well rounded

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It was a lot to take in, the work with family and thinking in family systems is most helpful

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Laurel Scott

The instructors were incredible. They were so knowledgeable and engaging, making it easy to understand the course content in ways that were relevant to daily practice.

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Overall wonderful training. This is my second year in a row attending.

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Leah Band, LCSW

I loved this training! As a practicing play therapist who is always looking for new ideas and ways to work with kids and their families, this training provided me with the knowledge I needed on topics I felt I need more understanding around while also giving me concrete interventions to try with my clients right now. I would highly recommend any trainings provided by Core Wellness in the future as I will be looking into what to take next!

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Loved having different professionals present from across the world!

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Allison Wilson, LPC, LPCC

The instructors are consistently of a high caliber; they're clearly experts in their specific areas of specialty. By far, the best play therapy trainings that I've found in my 10 years of practice!!

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I will definitely use what I learned in training in my practice. From office to natural settings to family therapy - very insightful and various interventions with for clients( of different age groups).

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