Cultivating a Sense of Wonder

Play Therapy Webinar | Storytelling in Play Therapy

This play therapy webinar offers non-contact continuing education hours for play therapy. This webinar is live and will be interactive and offer time for Q&A.

The instructor will review the historical and contemporary role of storytelling in the health of children, families, and society. Participants will learn about life script theory, the Mutual Storytelling technique, and how to appropriately select books or specific storytelling activities as play therapy interventions. The presenter will discuss multicultural implications of play therapy, including book selection, character representation, and storytelling. We will explore how children's favorite stories shape the roles of Victim, Persecutor, and Rescuer that they learn in our family of origin and carry into adulthood. Participants will learn how to target play therapy interventions that meet a child's unique storytelling needs. They will also explore how storytelling can facilitate parent-child attachment as well as strategies for addressing storytelling deficits during parent consultations. 

Date:  February 18, 2020

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM, PST

Fee: $75

Presenter: Emily Keller, PhD, RPT-S

Non-Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT)

Audience: Mental Health Professionals, School Counselors

Level: All

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the Mutual Storytelling technique in play therapy
  • List three examples of when it is appropriate to incorporate bibliotherapy into play therapy
  • Discuss the importance of selecting culturally appropriate stories for play therapy
  • Define life script and how life script elements present during play therapy
  • Discuss the benefits of stories to society and how to leverage that benefit in play therapy
  • Explain how to explore storytelling at home during the play therapy parent consultation/intake


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

May 12th, 2020 10:00 AM   through   1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $ 75.00

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