Pre-teens and Teens in Play Therapy

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From twelve-year-olds to seniors in high school, adolescence is a changing time. This makes play therapy a challenge: how do you heal those maneuvering the middle ground between childhood and adulthood? This video course explores when to apply directive and non-directive play, how to work with older children, how to set goals for this population, and how to turn the awkward into the authentic.

Scroll down for course details and objectives.


What: A 3-hour video course dedicated to using play therapy with older children and teens.

When: You decide. (And you’ll have lifetime access!)

Where: Your house, your office, or a local cafe!

What You’ll Learn: Gain an understanding of the below listed topics …

  • What is happening in the teenage brain?
  • Emotional versus chronological age
  • Myths about the teenage years
  • The dopamine system
  • 4 fears of the brain
  • Dealing with the resistant teen
  • Discovering the authentic self
  • Genius and values
  • The Set-Up
  • Modeling regulation
  • Facilitating therapy
  • When to play and when to talk

Pre-teens and Teens in Play Therapy Objectives:

  • Identify why it is important not to have a script for when to apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions with pre-teens and teens
  • Discuss the importance of assessing the pre-teen or teen’s emotional age in the play therapy process
  • Describe the most important goal when applying play therapy to your work with pre-teens and teens

Credits: 3 APT Non-Contact CE Credits*

*Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, APT Approved Provider 09-264**
*Australian Play Therapists Association (APTA) Approved Provider
*British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) Approved Provider

**For an understanding of which credits can be used towards your RPT or continuing education, please contact APT for the most updated requirements. Also, please note that play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Cost: $90.00 (USD)

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

Refund Policy: Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable to other courses. If you are dissatisfied with the course, you may request a transfer of funds to another course or book study. You will not receive CE credits for the original course you signed up for.

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