Books, Games, and Media, OH MY: Broadening Your Play Therapy Toolbox

Friday, November 1, 2019

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Continental Breakfast and Snacks included (Lunch on your own)

In this fun, creative, and experiential workshop participants will learn the basics of Cognitive Behavior Play Therapy and how to add new tools to their Play Therapy toolbox using books, games, and media. Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy is an evidence-based practice that uses toys and other play materials to create changes in children’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Participants will be empowered to use new skills and tools immediately in their work with children!

Who should attend:
Those who are new to play therapy or who work with children will learn many new techniques and ways to incorporate books, media, and games into their sessions with children. For more seasoned clinicians, this is designed to meet the Association for Play Therapy’s new credentialing criteria for required instruction on “Seminal or Historically Significant theories” and “Skills & Methods”

About the Presenter:
Ann Meehan, MS, LPCC, RPT-S S specializes in helping children, adolescents, and families heal, grow, move forward from life’s difficulties, big emotions, and challenging behaviors. Ann is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

(RPT-S), trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDRIA, an EMDRIA Consultant in Training, and a Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) therapist. She provides supervision services for those pursuing licensures, credentials as a Registered Play Therapist, and those who wish to become EMDR Certified through EMDRIA. She has experience presenting on Bibliotherapy at the MACMH Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference and on the topics of Play Therapy and EMDR and providing therapy in school system.

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three differences between Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy with the use of books, media, and games.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and select appropriate materials for the use of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.
  • Identify at least three ways to introduce activities that include books, media, and games.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of at least 4 bibliotherapy techniques within a Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy framework.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of at least 4 Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy techniques with games.
  • Demonstrate the effective use of at least 4 media based Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy techniques.

Life Development Resources
7580 160th Street W
Lakeville, MN  55044

Cost: $150.00

CEU’s: 6
6 Contact Play Therapy Credits
Ann Meehan is an APT Approved Provider 19-580

Contact Jeanine Nelson @ or (952) 564-6095

No refund for cancellation after 8:00 am (CST), October 24, 2019. A $30.00 service charge applies to each returned check.

Space is Limited – Register Soon!

Workshop Contents and Schedule
8:15 – 8:30: Registration and Introductory Remarks

8:30 – 8:45: Importance of play, definition of play therapy, appropriate candidates and diagnoses

8:45 – 9:15: Differences between directive and nondirective play therapy and play therapy theories, defining Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy and Child Centered Play Therapy

9:15 – 9:30: Bibliotherapy: Definition, History, and Types

9:30 – 10:15: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy Bibliotherapy Techniques

10:15 – 10:30: BREAK

10:30 – 11:30: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy Bibliotherapy Techniques

11:30 – 11:45: Games in Play Therapy: Definition and Types

11:45 – 12:00: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy Interventions with Games

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy interventions with Games cont.

2:00 – 2:15: Media in Play Therapy: Definition and Types

2:15 – 2:30: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy with Media techniques

2:30 – 2:45: BREAK

2:45 – 3:30: Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy with Media techniques cont.

3:30 – 3:45: Closing Play Therapy Activity

3:45 – 4:00: Questions and Ending Comments

The hearts at our clinic are heavy laden.  We grieve with the broken-hearted and recognize weariness from the pain around us.  We stand in corporate grief with the family of George Floyd, and all those who suffer due to the pain of historical trauma.  We stand in regret for our nation’s past and current division as we continue to battle racial bias.  We also acknowledge the psychological challenges faced by our first responders.  We offer an open and welcoming door for all those who are hurting and needing support.  The virus has taken a lot from us and now we are facing another significant challenge.  So, as we continue our work at LDR, our passion grows and our focus sets on caring for all people who seek our services. 
During this time of COVID, Life Development Resources is open to both existing and new clients via telehealth. Call us at 952-898-1133. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being to our staff, clients, and the larger community, our clinic continues to monitor local, state and federal agencies and are observing their recommendations. 
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