Exploring Metaphor Through Poetry in Play Therapy

Metaphor has been described as a conversation between the conscious and subconscious. Poetry is a written art that relies on metaphor to explore the lived experience. Poetry is often used to explore emotional experiences and can be used to invite reflection and self-awareness. 

In this workshop, we will explore written poems that can be integrated into individual, group, and family play therapy sessions. We will also explore poetry prompts to use in play therapy. Finally, we will explore various forms of poetry and how to select among them to enhance specific therapeutic experiences. For example, when might we choose to work with haiku and when might we invite someone to explore villanelle. How might black out poetry facilitate communication in play therapy?

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

Date:  October 8, 2022

Time: 12 to 3 PM, PST

Registration: $90 (EARLY BIRD: $75 Before Sept. 24 )

Non-Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT; NBCC)  

Audience: Play therapists, school counselors, and other mental health workers working with children

Level: All

For APT Training: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (2 Hours); Special Topic: Expressive Arts (.5 Hour); Theories/Gestalt (.5)

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe three forms of poetry and when you might choose to use them in play therapy

  • List the steps in the play therapy exercise: Erasure Poems in Group Play Therapy

  • Discuss the role of metaphor in poetry as it relates to inviting awareness in play therapy

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October 8th, 2022 12:00 PM through  3:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Early Bird Fee $75.00

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