Play Therapy Speakers

Hire Susan & Emily to Present

Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S and Dr. Emily Keller, LPCC, RPT-S offer engaging presentations on play therapy and parenting.

What Sets Them Apart?

  • Their backgrounds: In addition to their experience as practitioners and play therapy speakers, Susan brings a background steeped in her neuroscience education and Emily brings her training in yoga and body-based therapies. Together, they interweave unique experiences and approaches to working with the body and mind of young children, teens, and their families.
  • Their philosophies: Susan and Emily believe that every child is a whole person who has exactly what they need to heal. They trust that every moment with a child matters because it offers an opportunity to see the worth and value in that child at that particular moment. Susan and Emily truly believe in the healing powers of relating cooperatively and respectfully with children from these standpoints.
  • Their experience: Susan is easing into retirement, yet, she continues to offer workshops and work Saturdays because of her dedication to training the next generation. She has a rich history of unique case studies spanning multiple decades to enhance her presentations. Emily brings her experience of working in an array of settings as well as a co-director and trainer at Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. She is a storyteller, making theory relatable by interweaving her life experience as a military spouse while raising four boys into educational vignettes.
  • Their integrity: Simply put, they seek growth and to live life fully while in contact with themselves, their loved ones, and the world around them.

Learn the Language of Play

Let Emily Keller and Susan Kelsy custom design a play therapy training event for your unique needs. 

Speaking/ Workshop Request Form

We receive a lot of requests for custom speaking and training events. We offer workshop suggestions based on our expertise and interests below. However, we will custom develop workshops to meet the unique needs of your workshop participants.

Use the form below to tell us the following information about your event: 

  • Name of organization.
  • Speaking subject and purpose. OR Workshop topic.
  • Where will the event be held? 
  • What date/s would you like it to be held? Is it flexible? 
  • What time would you like it to be held? 
  • How many participants do you expect to have? 
  • Do you offer continuing education units? If so, which ones? 



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Play Therapy Speaking Topics

The Brain, the Body, and Play Therapy

Approaches to play therapy from a body-based neuroscience lens.

The Neuroscience of the Play Therapy Relationship

Learning to trust the power of the therapeutic relationship in play therapy. 

Play Therapy to Go!

The ethics and logistics of a mobile play therapy office.

The Care and Feeding of Play Therapists

Learn strategies, such as the benefits of Yoga Nidra, for self-care that will help your staff. 

Play Therapist: Change Agent

The neuroscience behind the most powerful force in play therapy–the therapeutic relationship.

Yoga Nidra for Play Therapists

Experience the power of yoga nidra for play therapist self-care. Learn how a practice of yoga sleep can also help parents.

Parenting Speaking Topics

Avoiding Power Struggles in Parenting
Electronics: A Balancing Act
Yoga Nidra for Parents

The ethics and logistics of a mobile play therapy office.

Honoring the Parent-Child Relationship
Emotional Literacy for Parents
Non-Shaming Parenting 101


​Bay Area Play Therapy Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7123.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Bay Area Play Therapy Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


Bay Area Play Therapy Training, has been approved by APT as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, 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.

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