Play Therapy Interventions for Ages 3-10: Providing Outlets for Expression of Feelings and Skill Building (3 CE’s)

Presented by Melissa Burns, LCSW

February 7th,  1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

This workshop will include hands on learning and will provide participants with the tools that can be used with children regardless of their diagnoses. Using a Trauma-Focused based approach, I will describe how I use “story telling” along with a variety of skill building exercises to help kids learn to manage their big feelings and develop a sense of empowerment to make positive choices. Play therapy is evidenced based, but there is no “one size fits all” or specific recipe, which means it will require insight, a good understanding of child development, and wiliness to be flexible. 

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn the importance of story-telling and how to facilitate story-telling in the play therapy session.
  • Participants will learn at least 5 interventions to use to teach kids how to identify and express feelings.
  • Participants will learn at least 5 interventions to teach kids the following concepts: coping, self-care, powerful choices, self-control, and positive self-talk.
  • Participants will be able to describe the “art of the relationship” and how it guides treatment
  • Participants will be able to explain how interventions can encourage children to open up and communicate, work through trauma, and gain healing from their experiences.

Presenter Information

Melissa Burns, LCSW, has been working in Burrell Behavior Health’s Children’s Day Treatment program for 16 years. Children’s Day Treatment is an intensive group treatment program offered to 3-5 year olds with behavioral, emotional and/or developmental difficulties. The program occurs 4 mornings a week (Monday through Thursday) and includes a parent group component that involves parents for parent training and support. A high percentage of the children referred to our program have been removed from daycare or preschool settings due to the intensity of their behavior. Melissa also works with many of the Children’s Day Treatment clients and their families in outpatient therapy, using a variety of play based interventions to help children gain the skills needed to be successful at home and at school.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at Burrell South Creek, South Creek Theatre room, 2885 W. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.