The Therapeutic Powers of Play

Play works – there no doubt about it. As clinicians, we know the power it harnesses. But can we name these therapeutic powers? Can we explain them to parents in a manner that matters? This one-hour course discusses the Therapeutic Powers of Play, what they truly mean, and how to convey them effectively.

The Therapeutic Powers of Play Objectives:

  • Learn the four essential categories of “powers of play” in play therapy.
  • Understand that play offers children creative ways to solve problems, enhances moral and psychological development and resiliency, and promotes self-regulation and self-esteem.
  • Understand that through the therapeutic relationship, play builds social competency, attachment, and empathy.
  • Understand that play gives voice to self-expression, allows access to unconscious thoughts, and allows for direct and indirect teaching.
  • Understand that play gives children space for catharsis and abreaction.  Both positive and negative emotions are expressed, promoting stress management and overcoming fears.  


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




What: A chance to em”power” yourself!

Where: Playroom, playground, playpen – play around with this anywhere

Credits: 1 Non-Contact Credit*

Cost: $20.00 (USD)

Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S and Dr. Susan Carter, PhD, LP, RPT-S

* Synergetic Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, APT Approved Provider 09-264



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