Tackling Transitions in Play Therapy (Affiliate Course)

This was very helpful in allowing to learn ways to integrate neuroscience and transitions to help promote regulation for the child!” – Fernando Gonzalez III

This class was so informative with great concrete tools. Awesome class!” -Lauri Levitt

Transitions are everywhere, in the expected and the unexpected. As a play therapist, it’s important to be prepared to help our clients with transitions – such as divorce, death, a move, new sibling, or sensory challenges – that often bring them to our playroom.

In this course, Lisa Dion and Susan Stutzman explore how to navigate transitions and change in the play therapy setting.  Participants will walk away having gained an understanding of current neurobiological research that supports an understanding of how transitions can trigger a threat response in the brain causing activation of the autonomic nervous system.

From a neurobiological lens, the therapist will gain knowledge of how to best navigate the challenges of transitions that bring clients to play therapy and learn ways to navigate change and transition that happens during the therapeutic play process itself. Clinical applications for working through transitioning within professional working relationships will be touched on.

This course is for you, if you want to:

  • Help children through divorce
  • Process death & loss
  • Help a child transition to a new school
  • Help children learn emotional balance and regulation
  • Help kids with sensory challenges

For course details and objectives, see below. For a list of all available products, please go here.



What: A 3-hour course designed to embrace change.

When: You decide.

Where: Laptop. Mobile. Or home computer.

What Will You Learn … Tackling Transitions in Play Therapy Objectives:

  •  Participants will be able to describe the 4 threats of the brain that lead to activation of a nervous system in order to aid ethical treatment for play therapy clients where struggle with transition is a main source of treatment.
  •  Participants will be taught 2 ways to recognize activation and arousal in a play therapy session caused by the threat of change or transition.
  • Participants will discuss 3 best practices to navigate expected and unexpected transitions that can arise during the play therapy process.
  • Participants will discuss 5 best practices for facilitating closure with a child client from a Gestalt and Synergetic Play Therapy lens.
  • Participants will be able to explain 2 best practices to implement with the parents during the closure phase of the play therapy process.
  • Participants will be able to explain 3 ways to help facilitate transition when the child leaves the playroom at the end of their play therapy sessions.

Credits: 3 APT Non-Contact CE Credits*

*This program is sold by Kid Matters Counseling, P.C., APT Approved Provider #18-533. 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: $127.97 (USD)

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S and Susan Stutzman, MA, LCPC, RPT


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