Bay Area Play Therapy Training

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

Building a Play Therapy Practice: The Nuts and Bolts

 Registration is closed for this event
This program does NOT qualify for CE Credit.

Join Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S, and Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S for a play therapy training workshop focused on building your unique play therapy practice. 

Play therapy practices can be online, small and portable, or as large and elaborate as a multi-clinician office. No matter what your play therapy practice business plan entails, every clinician needs to start with the basics. We are going to explore the foundations of every practice, where to start, and how to grow.

Additionally, participants will receive templates for basic forms they will need to have before they meet with their first client.

Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be able to: 

  1. List the essential basics of a play therapy practice
  2. Discuss the ethics of documenting artwork and play therapy-related pictures
  3. Describe the basic play therapy toy categories
  4. Explain the essential components of intake paperwork to obtain before and during the therapeutic process 

Presenters: Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S; Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S 
Date: May 3, 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: This program does NOT qualify for CE Credit.

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 
  • 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.

May 3rd, 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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