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Adlerian Concepts Used in Play Therapy and Counseling: A Primer

Learn concepts from Adlerian theory that can be applied in play therapy and counseling of individuals, families, and groups.


An exploration of Alfred Adler's psychological theories and their practical application in the context of play therapy. Participants will gain insights into how these concepts can be seamlessly integrated into play therapy and counseling sessions, facilitating a deeper understanding of clients' behaviors and fostering positive change. With a focus on both individual and systemic perspectives, this class equips students with valuable tools to enhance their therapeutic skills when working with individuals, families, and groups. Through a combination of theoretical discussions, case studies, and experiential exercises, participants will develop an understanding of how Adlerian concepts can enrich the practice of play therapy, promoting well-being and resilience in diverse clinical settings. This class is a prerequisite for Facilitating Familial Encouraging Connection Therapy (FECT) with Parents/Caregivers of Play Therapy Clients for students who have not taken Beginning Adlerian Play Therapy. It is also open to all other students who wish to attend.

 APT logo6 Live Webinar CE hours (Non-Contact) (2 hours on historically significant theories and 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.



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

  1. Describe the Crucial Cs and how to access them through play and play therapy.
  2. Explain the goals of misbehavior.
  3. Describe how to identify a child’s goals of misbehavior through play and play therapy. 
  4. Explain the application of personality priorities in working with parents of play therapy clients.
  5. Describe 3 ways of providing encouragement to play therapy clients and parents.
  6. Describe 6 temperament traits and how to assess them in play therapy and play therapy. 
  7. Explain the 4 personality priorities and how they apply to parent consultation.


9:00 AM Start Morning Session

10:30 AM Break (15 Minutes)

12:00 PM Lunch (60 minutes)

1:00 PM Start Afternoon Session

2:30 PM Break (15 minutes)

4:30 PM End

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