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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... Creating Therapeutic Metaphors in Play Therapy

Learn how to custom-design therapeutic metaphors for clients in Adlerian Play Therapy


Using an Adlerian play therapy lens for thinking about therapeutic metaphors and storytelling, in this class, you will gain competence and confidence in being able to design and deliver therapeutic metaphors.  You will also learn essential storytelling skills such as, creating settings and characters, setting up your story arc, recognizing and incorporating pop culture metaphors, and performing skills to deliver the story. You will learn and practice basic metaphor creation, mutual storytelling, co-telling a story, and Creative Characters with your classmates and develop at least one story for taking back to your play therapy practice and telling to one of your current play therapy clients. 

6 Live Webinar CE Hours. (non-contact) (includes 1 hour on Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories, 5 hours on Play Therapy Skills and Methods). This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

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.



At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale for using metaphoric techniques with clients in play therapy.
  2. Create therapeutic metaphors for their play therapy clients.
  3. Describe therapeutic metaphors and a generic model for designing therapeutic metaphors for clients. 
  4. Use storytelling skills to deliver a therapeutic metaphor to their play therapy clients.
  5. Describe how having a goal for a therapeutic metaphor is essential in designing stories to help play therapy clients.
  6. Use the mutual storytelling technique to retell a story told to them by a play therapy client in a therapeutic way.
  7. Apply lifestyle conceptualization to developing therapeutic metaphors and storytelling in Adlerian play therapy.


8:00 AM Start

10:00 AM Break 1 (15 mins)

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Resume Class

2:00 Break 2 (15 mins)

3:00 PM End

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