Webinar | Storytelling in Play Therapy: Exploring the Drama Triangle

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours

Storytelling takes many forms in play therapy. It is a powerful tool for helping children make sense of meaning of themselves and their lives.

The instructor will review the historical and contemporary role of storytelling in the health of children, families, and society. She will discuss common story themes. She will also discuss the drama triangle roles of Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer (Steve Karpman) that emerge in storytelling as well as family dramas.

Participants will explore the positive and negative aspects of the various drama triangle roles and how to help clients identify the strengths each offers.

The instructor will explain how to use the concept of the drama triangle to assess progress in storytelling in play therapy. She will also discuss how to view family dynamics through this lens. As well as how to invite change. 


Date:  June 26, 2021

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM, PST

Early Registration: $72, by June 12

Registration: $90, after June 12

Presenter: Emily Keller, PhD, RPT-S

Non-Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT)

Audience: Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors

Level: All

Learning Objectives: 

  • List the three roles on the drama triangle and how they relate to common play therapy themes
  • Discuss light and shadow aspects of the roles of Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer that emerge in some play therapy themes and link them to common stories
  • Describe how to use the drama triangle to conceptualize progress in play therapy themes 


15 Minute Introduction to stories and storytelling in history

30 Minute exploration of stories and roles in play therapy

15 Minute discussion of life script theory as it emerges in play therapy

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

15 Minute exploration of Mutual Storytelling technique in play therapy

15 Minute exploration of assessing storytelling in the home and the play therapy parent consultation/intake paperwork

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 21 years live in Livermore, CA, where they care for their four boys.

June 26th, 2021 10:00 AM through  1:00 PM
P.O. Box 2146
Livermore, CA 94551-2146
United States
Phone: 2109122805
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $ 75.00

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