Storytelling in Play Therapy Through a Brain Development Lens


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, others, 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 lens 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. 

Presenter: Emily Keller, Ph.D., LCMHC-S, LPCC, RPT-S™

Date: September 24, 2022

Time: 8 AM to 11 AM, PST

Non-Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT; NBCC)  

Fee: $90 (EARLY BIRD: $75 before Sept. 10)

For APT Training: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (2 Hours); Special Topic: Brain Development (1 Hour)

Audience: Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors

Level: All

Learning Objectives: 

  • List three benefits of 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

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.

September 24th, 2022 8:00 AM through 11:00 AM
Livermore, CA 94551-2146
United States
Phone: 2109122805
Event Fee(s)
Early Bird Discount $75.00

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