Play Therapy: Understanding the Play Themes of Children (3 CE’s)

Presented by Lisa Wooley, Psy.D.
January 11th,  1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

The presentation discusses the assumptions and indications for Thematic Play Therapy. The stages of play therapy are described from the exploratory to termination. The presentation provides information regarding necessary toys for play therapy and it delineates what type of toys facilitate different types of play. The course explores a wide variety of play themes and discusses what these play themes may mean regarding the child’s internal working model. The course discusses a wide variety of interventions utilized in play therapy including: feeling, relational and empowering responses. There is also a discussion of providing corrective emotional responses as well as insightful/causal interpretations. There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

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

Learning Objectives

  • To educate individuals regarding the stages of play therapy.
  • The course will provide information regarding common themes in play therapy and the possible means that themes may mean for the child.
  • The course will provide interventions utilized in thematic play therapy from feeling, relational, empowering and interpretational responses.

Presenter Information

Lisa Wooley, Psy.D., received her bachelors in psychology from the University of Michigan, and her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in 1998. Dr. Wooley has 20 years of experience in practicing play therapy with abused and traumatized children. She was initially trained in play therapy by a certified play therapy supervisor who lectures on the topic nationally, and her dissertation topic was exploring the themes of children with parents with a personality disorder.

*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.