Play Therapy: Theory and Techniques

General Information

Presenter: Liana Lowenstein, MSW

Dates: Wed-Thursday November 16 & 17, 2022 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET

Fee Full 2-Day Training $675 ($575 Early bird rate until November 1, 2022). Please contact us for special group and student/early-professional rates. Includes full technical support (for online attendees), lunch and snacks (for live attendees), handouts, and CE credits.

Venue: Brooklyn, New York OR Online Webinar. For those who wish to attend live, conference will take place at Kingsway Jewish Center located at 2902 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229.

Play Therapy: Theory and Techniques


This two-day workshop is for seasoned and beginning practitioners who work with children, adolescents, and their families and are interested in augmenting their clinical skills and therapeutic toolkit. The training will cover various topics including play therapy theory, rapport-building, assessment, and play therapy techniques. Through didactic presentation, experiential exercises, and videos of actual client sessions, this training will combine theoretical material with hands-on techniques. Participants will come away with many new and innovative engagement, assessment, and treatment interventions for use with children and families who present with a wide range of issues.


Liana Lowenstein is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist who has been working with children and their families in Toronto since 1988. She presents trainings across North America and abroad. Recent speaking engagements include China, South Africa, Israel, England, and Australia. Liana’s 13 books on child and family therapy are known internationally for their innovative and practical techniques.  She is winner of the Monica Herbert award for outstanding contribution to play therapy in Canada. For further information visit WWW.LIANALOWENSTEIN.COM

Play Therapy: Theory and Techniques


  1. 1. Articulate the therapeutic powers of play therapy.
  2. 2. Summarize the major theoretical models of play therapy.
  3. 3. Identify how to select toys and materials to facilitate therapeutic growth.
  4. 4. Utilize a variety of creative interventions to build therapeutic rapport with children, teens, and families.
  5. 5. Implement an innovative model to assess children and teens.
  6. 6. List the key steps for developing a treatment plan.
  7. 7. List the benefits to using play therapy techniques in family sessions.
  8. 8. Utilize a variety of play therapy techniques including games, puppets, storytelling, and art.
  9. 9. Describe key processing skills to deepen therapeutic work.
  10. 10. Describe the key ingredients for an effective termination and integrate techniques into ending sessions with children, teens, and families.

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2022, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.
Notification of Acceptance: Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.
Refund/Cancellation Policy: Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $35) until October 16, 2022. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).
Course level: Introductory 
Level of clinician: Introductory
Accessibility: Conference is handicap accessible. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

The Grievance Policy for trainings provided by NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Ann Beckley-Forest is Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider #15-406 
The content of this workshop covers play therapy skills and methods and special topics.
For in person participants: 12 contact CEs
For virtual/on-demand  participants: 12 non-contact CEs awarded after completion of a post-test.
Play therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in/logged in and out each day, attended the entire workshop/webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


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Crenshaw, D., & Stewart, A. (Eds). (2016). Play therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory and practice. Guilford.


Gil, E. (2015). Play in family therapy (2nd ed.).  New York: Guilford Press.


Kaduson, H.G., Cangelosi, D., Schaefer, C.E. (Eds). (2020). Prescriptive play therapy: Tailoring interventions for specific childhood problems. Guilford.


Landreth, G. (2012). Play therapy: The art of the relationship (3rd ed.). Routledge.


Lowenstein, L. (Ed.) (2010). Creative family therapy techniques: Play, art, and expressive activities to engage children in family sessions. Champion Press.


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Play Therapy: Theory and Techniques


Day 1:Wednesday, November 16. 2022 
9-9:20 a.m.

Introduction, ice-breaker, definition of play therapytherapeutic powers of play therapy

9:20-10:00 a.m.

Child Centered play therapy

10-10:30 a.m.

Facilitative responses and limit setting




Theoretical models of play therapy 


Setting up a playroom

12-12:45 p.m.



Rapport building, assessment




Family assessment


Treatment planning

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Q and A

Day 2: Thursday, November 17. 2022 
9-9:45 a.m.

Benefits of playful activities, selecting activities, processing skills







12-12:45 p.m.









More Games

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Q and A

Play Therapy: Theory and Techniques