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Play Therapy: Supporting Social-Emotional Development and Self-Regulation

  • CVRC - San Joaquin Room 4615 North Marty Avenue Fresno, CA, 93722 United States (map)

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Course Description: This course is designed to help individuals working with children understand the importance of play therapy as a therapeutic modality for treatment. This course will also focus on utilizing play in observation, screening and assessment to meet the developmental needs of young children and families. Additionally, this course will review play therapy as a modality to address the impact of chronic stress and developmental trauma on brain development and social-emotional regulation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to utilize play thearpy in the treatment of children
  2. Developing a play environment to support social-emotional development.
  3. Utilizing play therapy to manage stress and emotional regulation.
  4. Utilize hands-on interactive strategies to utilize with children and families.

Who should attend: Therapists working with or hoping to work with children.

Program Schedule:

  • 8:30-9am Registration/Sign-In
  • 9-10:30a m Introduction to play therapy; Play, development and neuroscience
  • 10:30-10:45am Break
  • 10:45-12pm Creating play environments to support social-emotional development
  • 12-1pm LUNCH
  • 1-2:30pm Utilizing play in observation and assessment
  • 2:30-2:45pm Break
  • 2:45-4:30pm Trauma and play (themes, regulation, and intervention) Skills practice Involving Parents & Evaluations

CEU’s: Attendance meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prov. # 131780. Certificates will be hand delivered at time of training sign-out.

APT: 6 Contact Play Therapy Credit Hours. Solace Center is an approved trainer for the Association of Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider #17-521).

IMH Hours: Workshop is aligned with the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (2016). . 1-hours in Area B; 1-hour in Area C; 1-hour in Area E; and 3-hours in Area F.

Presenters: Debbie Duncan, LMFT, RPT-S has more than 20 years of experience working with children. She has taught, mentored, and consulted in areas of child therapy and early intervention. For more than eighteen years, she worked at Fresno County Children’s Mental Health, initially with court-ordered cases and later was collocated at the Assessment Center for Children. Debbie is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Endorsed Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Mentor, and is a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. Debbie consults with individuals and groups regarding early childhood therapy and reflective practice.

Julie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT, RPT-S is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the Clinical Director of the California Psychological Institute in Fresno, CA. Julie is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, infant mental health specialist, reflective practice mentor and certified educator of infant massage (CEIM). Julie specializes in use of play to treat complex and developmental trauma in young children.

Cancelations/Grievances/ADA: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. Full Refunds will be provided with 5 day written notice of cancelation. Cancelations less than 5 days prior to event or in cases of Non-Attendance refunds will not be granted. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-0985 email:

Co-hosted by the California Psychological Institute who is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s. California Psychological Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course content.

Registration fee includes light continental breakfast or afternoon refreshments and Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts. Lunch will not be provided.