Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

NWAPS presents Child Therapy Essentials: Healing Through Play and Relationship

  • January 12, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Laurelhurst Community Center: 4554 NE 41st Street Seattle, WA 98105



Child Therapy Essentials: Healing Through Play and Relationship

Presenter: Dott Kelley, LMHC

Friday, January 12th, 2018

9:30am - 12:30pm

Laurelhurst Community Center

4554 NE 41st Street

Seattle, WA 98105



Workshop Description 

Play therapy has a primary purpose: to serve the child’s healing process through the use of skilled relationship and materials which are natural to the child’s world.  In this relationship, children explore what their experiences have felt like, not the facts and details of the events.  There may be no words for what a child has felt.  As adults, we learn to use language efficiently to name and identify our experiences.  But there are still many experiences which remain outside the constructs of words, especially for children.  To use words too soon tells the child who is suffering from trauma that we are in a hurry, and that we have solutions to feelings that will actually remain as feelings for a very long time.  

This workshop will address how it is that a play room with its toys and sand might contain the healing work of our youngest people.  Who are these toys when they take on the child’s story, and how might the therapist partner with those stories as dynamic agents who present the child with inroads to his/her intrusions?  Although this is not a case presentation group, there will be time to unwrap ideas and apply them to our children patients.  

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • To deepen your clinical work with children through play therapy
  • To work with trauma using play therapy
  • To utilize the self of the therapist in the work with children
  • To discuss foundational components of play therapy such as transference/counter-transference, bottom-up treatment approach and development of the relational component to play therapy
  •  Case formulation and conceptualization 

About the Presenter:

Dott Kelly holds a master’s degree in child and family psychology, with specialized training in adoption, foster care and abuse. Dott has worked with children in a variety of settings for over 35 years. She is trained in parent education and has facilitated parent groups. Dott has taught seminars at Antioch University, Seattle University and Evergreen College and has facilitated workshops in child development and attachment. She is a Washington State-certified supervisor.


$50 - Non Alliance Members

$45 - Alliance and WAAPT* Members

$40 - Early Bird Registration (before December 15th

3 CEs will be awarded for Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

*In partnership with the WA Association for Play Therapy (WAAPT),  we are able to offer Association for Play Therapy approved Continue Educations credits.


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