Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

Seattle Networking Meeting: *CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED* A Brief Intro to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

  • February 08, 2017
  • 7:30 PM
  • Seattle, WA


Seattle Networking Meeting

*THURSDAY February 16th*


New Location:

2319 N 45th St, Suite 212

Seattle, WA 98103

Title: A Brief Introduction to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Description: Join us for a brief overview of fundamental infant mental health theory and practice. In play therapy, we often see themes that have emerged from early childhood. We will cover three different pivotal studies/clinical theories associated with infant mental health to better understand how early childhood experiences and relationships may surface in play therapy.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand the assessment process of the Strange Situation as developed by Dr. Mary Ainsworth. This will help us understand how attachment relationships out in play therapy.

2. Introduction to Selma Frailburg's "Ghosts in the Nursery": to understand how family histories play out in relationship and may surface in play therapy.

3. Watch and comment on the "Still Face" experiment developed by Edward Tronick: to consider how depression and parental co-regulation can interfere with play and play therapy.

Bio: Shanna Donhauser is a child and family therapist specializing in infant and early childhood mental health. She graduated from New York University with a masters in clinical social work and received a certificate degree at the University of Washington in Infant Mental Health. Shanna currently works in community mental health at Navos in the infant and early childhood mental health program. She also manages a private practice, Happy Nest, in Wallingford specializing in perinatal mental health and infant and early childhood mental health.

1.5 FREE CE Clock Hours Provided (APT-APPROVED PROVIDER #11-296)

Please email info@wa4pt.com for further information.


Social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, nurses, interns, undergraduate and graduate students

Students are highly encouraged to attend. If you are new to play therapy or still learning, please come with your curiosity and questions!

** Students: Did you know you can begin to accrue APT Approved CEs that will count toward your RPT credential even before you graduate with your Master's Degree?!

Cost: Free!!!

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