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Play Therapy Applications Workshop

Applications, Interventions, & Practice

June 24 @ 9:00 am June 25 @ 4:00 pm CDT

Meraki Institute of Learning

Special 2-Day Live In-Person Workshop

Workshop Level: All

Date & Time:

  • June 24 & 25 2022
  • 9:00am -4:00pm daily

Cost: $215-$300

Instructors: Jennie Null LMFT, RPT-S & Emma Harding LMFT

Location: Tanager Place Estle Center, Lower Level Training Room1030 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52403

Play Therapy Training Hours:

12 Contact hours

  • 2 hrs-History
  • 4 hrs-Theories
  • 6 hrs- Skills & Methods

Play therapy credit available to mental health professionals & graduate students in a mental health program.

APT Approved Provider
APT Approved Provider #16-457

What to Expect-Play Therapy Applications

Play therapy applications, interventions, & practice is a workshop designed for therapists of all levels. Whether you are just beginning to explore play therapy, or you are experienced but looking to add more intention to your practice.

Play Therapy Applications Workshop covers a variety of key learning areas required by APT for certification including play therapy history, seminal & historically relevant theories, and skills and methods. Learners will gain the knowledge and practice needed to feel confident in their play therapy practice.

In this extended workshop, attendees will first learn all the basics of setting up their play therapy space, core play therapy interventions and techniques for both directive and non-directive approaches. Attendees will learn how to conceptualize and create treatment plans using play therapy for a variety of common treatment needs.

Engaging hands on practice of skills, conceptualization, and documentation will be used throughout this workshop to ensure learners leave feeling ready to use their knowledge!

Play Therapy Applications Workshop Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of play therapy
  2. Explain key research behind play therapy as an evidence based practice
  3. List ethical considerations when using play therapy
  4. Describe beliefs and approaches for play therapy seminal and historically relevant theories
  5. Describe the differences between directive and non-directive play therapy
  6. Identify materials needed to set up a play therapy room or traveling kit
  7. Describe the importance of therapeutic relationship in play therapy and how it is cultivated
  8. Demonstrate play therapy interventions including restating content, reflecting feelings, metacommunication, limit setting, and therapeutic metaphors
  9. Create play therapy interventions using a step-based model
  10. Design play therapy treatment plans including goals, objectives, and interventions related to client needs and clinical conceptualization
  11. Write play therapy progress notes which accurately reflect treatment provided and aligns with ethical considerations


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Jennie Null LMFT, RPT-S

Jennie Null LMFT, RPT-S

In addition to being an experienced clinical provider, Jennie serves as the Learning & Development Manager for the Meraki Institute of Learning at Tanager Place. Jennie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She has advanced trainings in Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing(EMDR), impact and treatment of trauma, & Clinical Supervision. Learn More

Emma Harding LMFT

Meraki Institute of Learning

Emma Harding is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and program manager for the Tanager Place School Based Program. Her background includes providing therapeutic services in school based settings ranging from early education through college. Emma is trained in advanced play therapy techniques and EMDR. She has experience and is passionate in working with families and children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Learn More