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Explore The 9 Play Themes In Child-Centered Play Therapy Sessions

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is a 3 hour virtual training to learn the 9 play therapy themes.

Greetings! This is a virtual training only.

Training Program Description:

“Clients can show us using the toys what often they can not say in words.” -Sabra Starnes.

Child-Centered Play therapy is one of the two approaches therapists can use when working with clients ages 2 to 12.

This non-directive play therapy approach allows the client to lead treatment in deciding what to do in sessions using the available play-based interventions and techniques.

Often clients will show us what they think and feel through toys rather than words. Therapists must know the nine themes that may show up in a client session. Often there might be more than one theme in a client session.

This interactive and engaging training will help mental health therapists introduce an understanding of the nine-play therapy themes in child-centered play therapy.

This training will be a partial training on child-centered play therapy. You do not have to have previous background in child-centered play therapy. The training will briefly cover the basics of child-centered play therapy to help understand the themes.

After attending this training, you will understand what themes may appear in client sessions, how to share this with families and caregivers, and how this may help you plan your treatment.

C EU/Play Therapy Contact hours that can be earned:

4 Play Therapy Live Webinar Hours #17-526 APT Provider

4 CEUs from NBCC AECP Approved Provider #7270.

4 CEUS from NASW-DC #231112NPT

The certificates are included.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify Child-Centered as one of the historically significant theories to play therapy and how this approach involves the nine themes.

2. List the 9 Play Therapy Themes in Child-Centered Play Therapy Sessions that may appear in clients’ sessions.

3. Analyze the categories and types of toys clients may use in the nine-play themes to express their worldview.

4. Discuss how the play themes can be effective ways clients use play to work through their social-emotional difficulties and how this shows up in the play therapy sessions.

Sabra Starnes is an independent Clinical Social Worker licensed in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Ohio. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Clinical supervisor. She is a national speaker, author, trainer, and digital creator.

Sabra is known for her work in creating and delivering training consultations on adoption-related issues using both a professional and personal perspective as a transitional adoptee and adoptive mother. Sabre prayings a personal and professional view around the adoption area and amplifies the adoptee’s voice.

Sabra owns Next Place Therapy Services, a group practice in Largo, MD, that serves clients ages 3 to 18 and their families using play therapy and expressive therapies. She also owns Next Place Lounge, which offers hybrid training to mental health clinicians nationally and internationally. she creates and delivers her training on adoption play therapy and sand tray. Along with offering therapy enter practice, she provides clinical and play therapy supervision to mental health therapists.

Sabra ensures that training, supervision, and consultation bring in the work as a therapist to work on cultural humility, understanding intersectionality, and working with all clients.

Sabra earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Bennett College, her Master’s in Social Work from Catholic University, and her Master’s in Education from the American University. She has training in IFS, EMDR, Brainspotting, Trust Behavior-Related Intervention, Sandtray, and Theraplay.

*By registering for this event, you acknowledge that this webinar/in= person training may be canceled, prior to the scheduled webinar/in-person training, if an adequate number of participants do not register to attend. *


Sabra Starnes, LICSW,LCSW-C, RPT-S, M.Ed
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