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Let's Get Messy: Play Therapy with Divorced, and Blended Families

Blended and divorced families can be messy. Get ready to embrace and enjoy the mess in your play therapy room.


The family unit is where a child first learns how to belong. Oftentimes family dynamics can be complicated and complex. We will focus this class on the unique dynamics many times experienced by blended and divorced families. In this fun and interactive play therapy class, you will learn to reduce tensions, disarm and connect family members, and use creative activities to engage family members during individual and family play therapy through an Adlerian play therapy perspective. Participants will leave confident in their ability to conduct Adlerian family play therapy sessions designed to help family members improve interactions, increase satisfaction within relationships, and create more positive shared experiences. We will explore play therapy activities you can use to explore each family members' individual lifestyle and the lifestyle of the family unit. We will teach and practice Adlerian play therapy conceptualization and treatment planning and identify and confront mistaken beliefs that clients often have related to blended and divorced families.

4 hours Live Webinar (non contact)(2 hours on Play Therapy Special Topics, 1 hour Play Therapy Seminal or Historically Significant Theories, 1 hour Play Therapy Skills and Methods)

 This workshop meets APT's definition of "Live Webinar."

APT 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 workshop participants will be able to... 

  1. List and describe four interventions that align with the four phases of Adlerian play therapy that will help you support your work with blended and divorced families

  2. List and describe the basic concepts of Adlerian theory and how they are relevant to play therapy with blended and divorced families

  3. Explain how to conceptualize individual family members and the family as a whole from an Adlerian play therapy perspective.

  4. List and describe at least 3 creative Adlerian play therapy interventions to address presenting concerns of blended and divorced families.


8:00 AM Start

10:00 AM  Break (15 Minutes)

12:15 PM End

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