A Developmental Approach to Applying Play Therapy Across the Lifespan

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

Date:  September 24, 2022

Time: 12PM to 3 PM, Pacific

Registration: $75, ($90 after September 12)

Non-Contact CE Hours:

For APT Training: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (1.5 Hours); Special Topic: Lifespan Development (1.5 Hours)

Audience: Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors,

Level: Beginner & Intermediate 


  • Use developmental theory to strategically apply play therapy to couples therapy and family therapy.

  • Use play therapy to assess boundaries, enmeshment, and separation-and-individuation issues in couples and families.

Play is an important part of a balanced and healthy life for children, adults, couples, and families. It both promotes and is a sign of healthy attachment and bonding. This workshop offers a growth-focused cycling model of development across the lifespan, which integrates neurological, attachment, and relational needs for each stage. The presenter integrates these models through a Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Therapy lens.

The presenter will discuss various types of play and Play Therapy and how they promote health at all ages and stages. Participants will receive information about targeting play therapy interventions to meet appropriate developmental needs based on models of individual, couples, and family development. Also, participants will explore the role of play in their own lives through a series of experiential exercises.

Dr. Keller will discuss the role of play across the lifespan and the implications for offering play therapy to clients of all ages. She will also explore play in society and how our society views play behavior in different cultures and age groups. She will discuss how to view clients' needs for play and specific play therapy interventions through these lenses. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the benefits of play therapy for adults
  • Describe how play therapy can help clients move through developmental stages in which they feel stuck
  • List three activities to help identify a couple's developmental stage

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 12:00 PM through  3:00 PM
Livermore, CA 94551-2146
United States
Phone: 2109122805
Event Fee(s)
Early Registration Fee $75.00

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