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)

Tuesday, Jan, 16, 2024 10.30 AM to 01.45 PM EST
3 CE Hours
$147.00 $97.00
Creative Family Play Therapy Techniques
Live Webinar
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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 live interactive webinar
Course Description:
Note: This online event provides 3 CE Association for Play Therapy (APT) credits and meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar." See below for full details and APT site for their new policies as of July 1, 2022. Course is limited to 50 attendees only. Once capacity is met, course will be unavailable for purchase. 

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.
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Sources and Resources (click to expand): 
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 Credits:
 3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)

Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same as live in person by most states. Please confirm with your local board.

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 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167 and for psychologists, #PSY-0236. Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar) or live in person. 

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 via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.

ASWB ACE Approved
Core Wellness, LLC, #1745, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 5/18/2024 to 5/18/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 3 live interactive online continuing education credits.

NBCC ACEP Approved
Core Wellness, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7094. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Core Wellness, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

APA Approved
Core Wellness, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Core Wellness, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

APT Content
Content Access:
Upon purchase, all material (link to join the live/webinar, handout and evaluation form) instantly post to your account here (you must be logged in to access) and are also sent to your email on file. Please whitelist all messages from support@corewellceu.com Upon the submission of your evaluation form, the completion certificate is posted to your account here and is sent to your inbox within 1 business day.

Time Zone and Currency
All times listed are EST (New York time); All prices are in USD.

Cancellation, Policies and Refunds:
Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who complete the course. Registration is open until the course sells out (when this occurs, purchase option is disabled). We recommend signing up early to secure your spot and for early bird pricing. We provide a full refund upon request for cancellations submitted seven (7) calendar days before the webinar date. Cancellations received after that time frame will be granted: a transfer, credit or recorded webinar access, when available. For further questions, please see the FAQ section or contact us. In the rare event of a training cancellation, a notification and full refund (for the course fee only) will be automatically sent to you via your email on file.

Accessibility Accommodations:
To request an accommodation, please contact us in writing with at least 30 days prior notice and we will do our best to fulfill your request.

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) (Contact/Non-contact).
. 3 CE Live Webinar Hours. This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar." Course is limited to 50 attendees only. Once capacity is met, course will be unavailable for purchase.

To receive APT Contact credits, you are required to: 1) Comply with all announced requirements, 2) Have your camera ON throughout the training 3) Display your full name for attendance and 4) complete the post-test and score 80% or higher. Retest allowed.

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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

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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
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Highly skilled instructor

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Recorded participant

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

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Recorded participant

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

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Recorded participant

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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