Play Therapy Webinar | Storytelling in Play Therapy Through a Brain Development Lens

This play therapy webinar offers non-contact continuing education hours for play therapy. This webinar is live and will be interactive and offer time for Q&A.


The instructor will review the historical and contemporary role of storytelling in the health of children, families, and society. She will also explore the power of words and metaphors that manifest during play therapy in shaping a child's conception of self, other, and the world. 

She will offer a brain-development lens through which the participants will explore how stories help promote healthy development and promote attunement and attachment. This lense can be used to help play therapists target play therapy skills and interventions. 

The presenter will discuss multicultural aspects of book selection, character representation, and storytelling and how to increase competencies as play therapists so we can better support all children. 

The group will explore how their favorite childhood stories helped them problem solve as children to better understand how stories can help children. She will lead the group through an exploration of the positive and negative aspects of these solutions over a developmental arc. 

Participants will learn how to target play therapy storytelling interventions in play therapy. 

Date: May 15, 2021

Time: 9 AM to 12 PM, PST

Early Registration: $72, by May 1

Registration: $90, after May 1

Presenter: Emily Keller, PhD, RPT-S

Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT)

Audience: Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors

Level: All

Learning Objectives: 

  • List three benefits to using storytelling in play therapy 
  • Discuss neurological processes related to various storytelling techniques in play therapy
  • Discuss the importance of selecting culturally appropriate stories for play therapy


15 Minute Introduction to stories and storytelling in history

30 Minute exploration of stories and roles in play therapy

30 Minute discussion of storytelling and play therapy in the context of neurobiology and attachment theory

45 Minute exploration/practice of Mutual Storytelling technique in play therapy

15 Minute discussion of multicultural aspects of storytelling

30 Minute experiential play therapy exercise and exploration of storytelling in our own lives

15 Minute processing and wrap up

Policies: For detailed information about the refund/cancellation policy; instructor credentials; CE credits; and information about any portion of the program that is not eligible for CE credits, click here.

Bio: Dr. Keller is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and mom to four boys. She integrates what she has learned professionally and experienced personally into this series of one-hour workshops for parents. This will be an interactive, fun experience. Dr. Keller leverages her training in couples therapy, family therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, relational-cultural theory, redecision therapy, and social justice into an integrative workshop experience that offers warmth and depth for participants. She is passionate about changing societies at the family level and believes that everyone benefits when we access and support our authentic self. 

Dr. Keller and her husband of 20 years live in Livermore, CA, where they care for their four boys.

May 15th, 2021 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM
P.O. Box 2146
Livermore, CA 94551-2146
United States
Phone: 2109122805
Event Fee(s)
Early Registration $ 72.00

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