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East Regional Workshop: Top 12 Creative Play Therapy Interventions for Teens & Tweens

  • 05/18/2019
  • 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105


  • Special price for members
  • Member Registration plus ICLE (CEU) Processing Fee of $20
  • NonMember Registration plus ICLE (CEU) Processing Fee of $20


Working with a troubled teen or tween can be a challenge! This training will share Top 12 Creative Play Therapy Interventions for working with some of the most common challenges for troubled teens and tweens. Come prepared to play! 

Being a teenager is a challenge from start to finish. Whether it is puberty, building self-esteem, gaining independence, or learning to make adult choices, being a teenager is not for the faint of heart! There is ongoing exploration of how best to work with adolescents, particularly those experiencing challenges such as these (Perryman, Moss, & Cochran, 2015). So then the question becomes, how do we use what we know as play therapists to work with teens and tweens? 

The needs of teens and tweens are unique. They are in transition from childhood to adulthood (Broderick & Blewitt, 2010), therefore they may be too young to play, but not always ready or cognitively capable of sitting down to discuss their feelings, their experiences, or their needs. Therefore, a treatment method different from the traditional talk therapy is often utilized, such as creative interventions. According to Gladding (2016), incorporating some form of creative interventions, or expressive arts, produces a multitude of benefits, helping clients heal both physically and mentally. The use of creativity in the healing process decreases acting out, improves self-esteem, develops awareness of emotions related to specific events, improves motor coordination, increases relaxation, and teaches the ability to cope with stressful situations, aiding in the recovery from traumatic experiences. 

According to Bratton, Taylor, and Akay (2014), the integration of humanistic play therapy and expressive arts has been effective with young adolescents. Utilizing expressive arts in the counseling process with teens emphasizes the view that directive play therapies incorporating music, movement, drama, poetry, art, and play can be a successful treatment approach (Sawyer & Willis, 2011). As teens seek out avenues to explore their identity and adequately express themselves, creative interventions become a natural medium for treatment (Perryman et al., 2015). 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to...

  • List four common challenges facing teens and tweens. 
  • Identify  adolescent stages of development and the impact on play therapy. 
  • Identify goals and objectives for use with adolescents in the play room. 
  • Explain strategies to engage teens in play therapy. 
  • Select one appropriate creative Play Therapy intervention for each challenge faced by teens and tweens.
  • Demonstrate four creative play therapy interventions for teens and tweens.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Juliet Fortino, MC, LPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, works with children and families involved with CPS and the various child mental health agencies in the Tucson community in a private practice setting. She has 18 years experience working with child trauma, trauma, abuse, attachment, and play therapy.

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Registrants understand and agree that any photograph, video or audio recording of themselves may be used to further promote the Conference or MIAPT.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than May 1, 2018. Cancellations are subject to $25 processing fee. Substitutions may be made in writing for no additional cost. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.

PO Box 80392 | Lansing, MI 48917

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