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Playfully Building Connections: Attachment-Focused Play Interventions

  • Fresno, Ca 93710 USA (map)

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Course Description: This course is designed to help individuals working with children understand the importance of attachment-focused play as a therapeutic modality for treatment. This course will also focus on utilizing relationship-based play to meet attachment needs and developmental needs of young children and families. Additionally, this course will cover attachment, attachment styles, and attachment-focused play therapy interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify 4 types of attachment styles.
  2. Identify 3 circumstances in which attachment-focused play interventions can be used.
  3. List at least 3 play activities designed to build or repair healthy attachment.
  4. List 3 goals of attachment-focused play therapy

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

Presenters: 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 the use of play to treat complex and developmental trauma in young children.

Angela Boardman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at California Psychological Institute. She has specialized training in Early Childhood Mental Health and relationship-based therapy models. Angela’s work focuses on helping children and families who have experienced attachment trauma. Angela has a collaborative and inclusive approach and she utilizes play to help heal developmental trauma.

CE Credits: Attendance to this training 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. Certificate of Completion will be handing out at time of sign out. You must be present for the entire training and sign in and out on the sign in sheet, in order to receive your CEU certificate.

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-hour in area A, 1-hour in Area D, and 4-hours in Area F (workshop content may be subject to modification at the time of training).

Solace Center is co-hosting with this training with 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.

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 the 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: .

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

This training is of Solace Center's 2019 road to Competency Series, Laying the Foundation for Infant Mental Health Practice. This series of trainings align with the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. For more information about this series of trainings please contact Solace center 559-256-0985 email:

*Solace of Center of Fresno is not affiliated in any way with the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. For more information on endorsement see


8:30-9:00am: Registration

9:00-10:15: Attachment Styles

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-12:00: Attachment-focused play interventions

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-2:15pm: Play therapy to build and repair attachment relationships.

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-4:30: When and how to use attachment-focused, relationship based interventions.