Cultivating a Sense of Wonder

Play Therapy Webinar| Cultivating the Healing Power of Wonder in Play Therapy

This play therapy webinar offers nondirect continuing education credits for play therapy. This webinar is live and will be interactive and offer time for Q&A.

Presenter: Emily Keller, PhD, RPT-S

Date:  March 31, 2020

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM, PST

Fee: $75

Non-Contact CE Hours: 3 (APT)

Audience: Health Professionals, School Counselors, Childlife Specialists

Level: Beginner & Intermediate 


Rachel Carson wrote, “If I had influence with the good fairy … I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”

A study in the journal Emotion suggested that a sense of awe can be healing. Wonder and awe can be used interchangeably. The term "wonder" is associated with childhood and is the focus of this workshop. 

Dr. Keller will lead participants through an exploration of wonder; describe how it evolves in individuals and society; discuss its role in play therapy, healing, self-discovery, and in nurturing the authentic self; and describe how to take this stance throughout the play therapy process. She will discuss the connection between wonder and healing in play therapy. She will share strategies for inviting parents to take the same stance in their parenting.

Needs Assessment: We are committed to matching the content of our workshops to the specific needs in society. Dr. Keller will discuss what happens, positive and negative, to a sense of wonder in light of today's technology, social media, and living in an information age.

Reviews: "The wonder workshop brought me back to the space where relationship naturally manifests. The parents I work with are embracing the concept of wonder and experiencing connection and joy with their adolescents, in particular -- but also with one another. They are recommitting to seeing their children through the eyes of wonder. They are finding that it is the anecdote to judgment, disappointment, fear, and anger. Where there is wonder, self-doubt, worry, and anxiety cannot exist. This workshop is rich with direct personal experience.

Dr. Keller combines film, art, and play to inform technique and theory. Her experiential approach to teaching methodology and strategy is what brings to life the key ideas of this seminar. The wonder workshop has helped me to refine my art! Do not miss it!" --  2017 Participant

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of wonder in play therapy
  • Discuss wonder and the stance of not knowing in play therapy
  • Explain the connection between wonder and vulnerability, and how to create a safe play therapy space
  • Discuss how being in wonder promotes parent-child attunement 
  • Discuss how experiences of wonder during play therapy promote healing


15 Minute introduction and overview of wonder

15 Minute description of research related to wonder

15 Minute video and discussion

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

15 Minute processing and discussion

15 Minute Exploration of how wonder manifests in play therapy

15 Minute Parent consultation and education 

15 Minute Technology and wonder

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 31st, 2020 10:00 AM   through   1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $ 75.00

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