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Building the Brain: Enhancing Executive Functioning Skills Through Adlerian Play Therapy

Enhancing Executive Functioning Skills Through Adlerian Play Therapy


Executive functioning and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs a similar skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and manage impulses. 

This course is designed to provide a wide-focused view on various areas of executive functioning.  We will explore a variety of practical strategies and interventions to implement into your play therapy practice.  You will leave this seminar with a set of tools that includes strategies to assess the child’s executive functioning skills, methods to help the child gain insight into his current level of functioning, and skill development through Adlerian play therapy techniques and skills.  We will share methods to assess and strengthen elements of executive functioning throughout the 4 phases of Adlerian play therapy.  In addition, we consider ways to support teachers and parents of your play therapy clients in developing and improving the following executive functioning skills in child clients:

  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Impulse control
  • Goal-directed persistence
  • Executive skills critical for independent functioning

4 Live Webinar CE Hours. (non-contact)(4 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.



  1. List and define essential elements of executive functioning.
  2.  Design methods for incorporating the essential elements of executive functioning into each phase of Adlerian play therapy.
  3. Identify ways of assessing a play therapy client's executive functioning.
  4.  Analyze the interplay between the Adlerian play therapy concepts of lifestyle and private logic and executive functioning.
  5. Explain the importance of considering the culture of the play therapy client and the client’s family when assessing a play therapy client’s executive functioning. 


9:00 AM Start

11:00 AM Break (15 mins)

1:00 PM End

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