Bay Area Play Therapy Training

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

Engaging Parents throughout the Play Therapy Process

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Join Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S, and Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S for a play therapy training workshop focused on engaging parents throughout the play therapy process. 

Parents are the most important people in a child's life. They are the biggest agents of change available to children. In fact, research indicates that parent involvement in play therapy is one of the biggest predictors of success. 

At the same time, parents may not have the time and resources to engage in play therapy sessions or extra parent sessions. Depending on the status of their relationship, some parents may not want to be in the same room with one another. Furthermore, play therapists often discourage parents from discussing "problem behaviors" in front of their children before and after a play therapy session. This leaves some of us wondering when and how to connect with parents in ways that support a client's therapeutic goals. 

This workshop offers practical solutions to help play therapists engage even conflictual parents in ways that boost the therapeutic power of play therapy--from the first session to the last.

Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be able to: 

  1. Explain how to set the stage for parent involvement in play therapy at the first session
  2. List three strategies for getting parent input about play therapy progress 
  3. Discuss the risks associated with triangulation when parent conflict is present
  4. Describe three play therapy interventions for strengthening the parent-child connection

Presenters: Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S; Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S 
Date: February 2, 2024
Times: 9 AM to 2 PM, Pacific (Check-in begins at 8:30 AM)
Registration Fee: $120 ($99 Before Oct. 13) **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: 4 (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 (4 Hours)


  • 9-10:30 AM Parents as greatest agent for change, theory and research
  • 10:30-10:45 Break (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 10:45-12:15 Experiential exercises
  • 12:15-12:45 Lunch (no CE’s will be awarded for this time)
  • 12:45:-2 Case Studies, Q&A, Wrapup

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. She has presented at workshops nationally and internationally. She is a certified yoga instructor 

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 13-356

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.

February 2nd, 2024 from  9:00 AM to  2:00 PM
381 Earhart Way
Livermore, 94551
United States
Phone: 9252900036
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee $120.00

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