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Navigating Play Themes in Adlerian Play Therapy

Embark on a transformative journey with us as we delve into the intricate world of Adlerian play therapy, unraveling the art of recognizing and incorporating individual play themes into your therapeutic approach.


Through this immersive experience, participants will explore the nuanced skill of identifying play themes, emphasizing the significance of repetition, intensity, and context in understanding a child's internal world. Embrace the foundational principles of Adlerian play therapy, delving into the distinction between play behaviors and themes as metaphors that unveil the child's unique meaning-making system. Uncover a diverse array of common play themes, from intricate relationship dynamics to power struggles and expressions of hopelessness, gaining a profound understanding of the metaphoric messages embedded within these themes. Delve into the internal statements associated with play themes, unlocking invaluable insights into the subjective experiences and thought processes of the child. This comprehensive course will guide participants in analyzing how children express presenting problems through play, recognizing patterns that may indicate posttraumatic play, and evaluating levels of aggression, anxiety, and the desire for secrecy. You will learn to acknowledge the significance of assessing a child's developmental level, understanding potential delays and their impact on therapeutic interventions. The exploration extends to diverse approaches in utilizing play themes, offering insights into metacommunication, deepening understanding, and reflecting feelings, with a focus on tailoring interventions to individual needs. Join us as we navigate the intricacies of recognizing and utilizing children's play themes, examining common themes across different phases, and developing custom interventions to enhance your Adlerian play therapy skills.

3 Live Webinar CE hours (Non-Contact) (Includes 3 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.



By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…

  1. Explain the use of play themes in Adlerian play therapy
  2. Describe play themes commonly seen in Adlerian play therapy
  3. Demonstrate how to use play themes to develop your individualized  Adlerian play therapy conceptualization and treatment plans
  4. Prepare individualized interventions for various play themes in Adlerian play therapy


9:00 am START

10:30 am Break (15 minutes)

12:15 pm END

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