Play Therapy Webinar| Introduction to Emotional Literacy in Play Therapy

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Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 3 CONTACT CE Hours. Attendance is limited to 40 people. Learn more:

Presenter: Emily Keller, PhD, RPT-S

Date:  March 27, 2021

Time: 9. AM to 12 PM, Pacific

Early Registration: $72, by March 13

Registration: $90, after March 14

Presenter: Emily Keller, PhD, RPT-S

Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT)

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

Audience: Health Professionals, School Counselors, Childlife Specialists

Level: Beginner & Intermediate 

Description: This workshop is designed for mental health professionals. We strive to offer workshops directly related to the needs of our time. This workshop is informed by neurological research, attachment theory, and developmental theory. It offers a brief, yet unique exploration of the emotional landscape of our inner and outer worlds. We will also discuss gender, cultural, and social justice implications related to the topic as we believe that increased emotional literacy is imperative to community wellbeing, which is inseparable from an individual's wellbeing. 

Needs Assessment: This workshop was designed to help play therapists address the expressed and demonstrated needs for increased emotional regulation in children. Emotional literacy is a key component of emotional regulation. This workshop offers a simple approach to exploring and enhancing a child's emotional literacy. It is also useful in helping play therapists talk to parents about feelings during parent consultations. A family's emotional vocabulary (verbal and nonverbal) and climates shape a child’s emotional literacy. Emotional literacy is a key component to mental wellness. The presenter integrates emotional literacy research with play therapy theory to offer participants a framework through which they can select appropriate play therapy interventions to increase emotional literacy and wellness in children and families. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explain how play therapy can be used to assess emotional literacy
  • List three ways play therapy promotes emotional literacy
  • Describe a play therapy activity that can be used to increase awareness of emotions
  • List and describe four basic feelings we can explore during play therapy
  • Discuss gender and cultural differences that may alter how feelings are expressed during play therapy
  • Explain the difference between authentic and racket feelings and how to use play therapy to access authentic feelings


15 Minute introduction and overview of emotional literacy

15 Minute description of feelings (authentic & racket)

30 Minute discussion of the development of feelings throughout the lifespan

45 Minute experiential exercise (to be downloaded prior to the webinar)

15 Minute processing and discussion

30 Minute Exploration of how play therapy can enhance emotional literacy

15 Minute Parent consultation and education 

15 Minute Gender, social and cultural influences on emotions


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


March 27th, 2021 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM
P.O. Box 2146
Livermore, CA 94551-2146
United States
Phone: 2109122805
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $ 90.00

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