Bay Area Play Therapy Training

Enhance Your Play Therapy Skills with Children, Teens, & Families

The Therapeutic Power of Play: An Introduction to Play Therapy

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This 6-hour contact play therapy training event is designed to cultivate your excitement about the power of using play therapy with children while also offering a solid introduction to the field.

Join Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S and Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-s for an engaging hands-on introduction to the therapeutic power of play therapy in working with children and teens. This experiential workshop will provide an introduction to play therapy, a powerful, evidence-based, and child-friendly approach to the treatment of children and adolescents. This introductory workshop is appropriate for licensed and pre-licensed therapists who would like to begin treating children and teens or become more proficient in treating this population. 

Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks! 

Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be able to: 

  1. Define play therapy
  2. List several significant figures in the history of play therapy
  3. Discuss the difference between treating children and adults
  4. Identify Virginia Axline’s 8 basic principles for using play with children in therapy
  5. Describe Garry Landreth’s 10 treatment objectives using non-directive play therapy

Presenters: Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S; Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S 
Date: April 30, 2023
Times: 9 AM to 4 PM, Pacific (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM)
Registration Fee: $180 ($150 Before April 23) **Pre-licensed professionals, email for a unique coupon code for 20% off all of our training events.
Level: Beginning
Participants: Mental Health Professionals
Contact Hours: 6 (APT; BBS)  

Location: 381 Earhart Way, Livermore, CA, 94550 PLEASE NOTE: This location is subject to change due to audience size. If the location changes, it will be held at another venue in Livermore.) 

For APT Training, Play Therapy Primary Areas: Play Therapy Skills and Methods (3 Hours); Seminal Theories (1.5 Hours); History (1.5 Hours)


  • 9-10:30 AM What is Play Therapy? The History of Play Therapy & Significant figures
  • 10:30-10:45 Break (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 10:45-12:15 Messages in children’s play, 8 basic principles in play therapy, 10 treatment objectives
  • 12:15-12:45 Lunch (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 12:45:-2:15 Experiential exercises
  • 2:15-2:30 Break (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 2:30-4 Case Studies and Q&A

About the Speakers:

  • Susan Kelsey, MFT, RPT-S is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor specializing in play therapy for children from toddlers to teens. She has been in practice for over 20 years specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents using play therapy as her treatment of choice. Susan presents workshops nationally and internationally and is recognized by her peers as an expert on the treatment of children and adolescents.
  • Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor who is passionate about applying the therapeutic power of play therapy to help children, teens, and families heal and grow.

For general information, special needs, ADA accommodations or grievances, please contact Susan Kelsey at You will receive a response within 24 hours. Note: The deadline for requesting ADA accommodations is one week prior to the workshop so we may have time to properly accommodate you. 

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the ent or a 50% refund between 5 and 15 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. 

Please note: Certificates of Completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety. 

APT-Approved Provider 19-581

CAMFT Provider #047919

Susan Kelsey is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs As required by the California Board of Behavioral Science.

April 30th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to  4:00 PM
381 Earhart Way
Livermore, 94551
United States
Phone: 9252900036
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $180.00

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