Once Upon a Family: Using Fairytales to Explore Family Dynamics in Play Therapy

Fairytales and stories in general are powerful tools for communicating social rules, roles, and expectations. This is true for the family unit as well. In this workshop, we will explore how to incorporate fairytales in family therapy in such a way that helps family members explore functional and dysfunctional patterns. In this way, they can better identify and build on their existing strengths while also exploring ways to change the patterns that aren't serving their goals. 

Because fairytales often have a villain and a hero, they are powerful tools for externalizing, exploring, and eventually shifting "problems" from the identified patient to the family system itself. Join us to learn many ways to integrate fairytales and play therapy to help families grow and heal. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Define metaphor in the context of play therapy 
  2. Discuss how family rules (both covert and overt) can manifest in play therapy 
  3. Describe a play therapy activity that is useful for assessing family boundaries
  4. Discuss a benefit of working with families as a whole in play therapy 
  5. Describe how fairy tales can be used to understand family dynamics that emerge in play therapy
  6. Describe problematic behavior through a gestalt play therapy lens

Faculty: Emily Keller, Ph.D., LCMHC-S, LPCC, RPT-S™
Dates: August 26, 2022
Times: 8 AM - 3 PM

Registration: $180 (EARLY BIRD: $150 before July 29)

Non-Contact CE Hours: 6 (APT; NBCC)

For APT Training: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (3 Hours); Special Topic: Family Play Therapy (2 Hours); Theories/Gestalt (1 Hour)

Level: All
Participants: Mental Health Professionals; School Counselors

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August 26th, 2022 8:00 AM through  3:00 PM
Livermore, 94551
United States
Phone: 2109122805
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $180.00

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