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Integrating Interpersonal Neurobiology into the Adlerian Play Therapy Process

In this online, experiential workshop, you'll learn the nuts and bolts of integrating Interpersonal Neurobiology into Adlerian play therapy to enhance your work with child clients.


The first six years of life are the most influential period of neuronal growth and the most vulnerable to maltreatment. Advancements in neuroscience provide theoretical and conceptual support for principles and practices of Adlerian play therapy (AdPT) for young children. In this online workshop, the presenter will (a) examine Adlerian play therapy through a neuroscientific lens, specifically the Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) framework pioneered by Dan Siegel (2012), outline specific interventions from AdPT complimentary to neuroscience research that supports the positive growth of children, and (c) guide participants in connecting these philosophies (AdPT and IPNB) through case examples, activities, and discussion. 

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for 4 CONTACT CE Hours (4 hours of Play Therapy Special Topics)

APT Approved Provider 99-055

League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists (LEAPT) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7402. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. League of Extraordinary Adlerian Play Therapists (LEAPT) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


  1. Participants will be able to describe the four phases of Adlerian Play Therapy.     
  2. Participants will be able to describe the foundational skills of Adlerian Play Therapy.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and draw connections between theoretical principles of Adlerian play therapy and principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology.
  4. Participants will be able to describe specific play therapy techniques that are IPNB-focused within each phase of Adlerian play therapy. 

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