Reaching Children Through Play Therapy: An Experiential Approach


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In this video interview, Ken Schwartzenberger discusses how children approach therapy at an experiential level through play and play activities. In this interview the presenter introduces Experiential Play Therapy, a developmentally-based model of play therapy to reach children through sensory-based play activities and provide effective treatment for emotional and behavioral problems (Norton & Norton). The presenter reviews the theory, basic tenets and five therapeutic stages of the experiential play therapy model. Four steps to forming safe and empowering therapeutic relationships with children are explained and demonstrated. Four therapeutic responses and helpful statements to use in pretend play with toys are reviewed. The presenter also provides information about the neurobiology of play and examples of imaginative play techniques and sensory play strategies that calm the child’s nervous system, provide immediate access to the child's emotional pain and facilitate healing from trauma experiences. 


1.Learn the theory, basic tenets and five therapeutic stages in Experiential Play Therapy.

2. Learn four playful steps to use in building safe, ‘honoring’, and respectful relationships with children.

3. Learn four therapeutic reflections, imaginative play techniques, and helpful statements to make in pretend play with toys.

SPEAKER BIO - Ken Schwartzenberger

Ken Schwartzenberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy. He is an Experiential Play Therapy Diplomat and Education Director of Play Therapy Seminars. He is an instructor in the Play Therapy Professional Certification program at the University of California San Diego - Extended Education.

He has over 40 years of experience in children’s mental health program and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and presented workshops and trainings in child and family therapy at national and international child mental health conferences. He has published numerous articles in child play therapy and is author of Therapeutic Stories for Children in Foster Care.




 1 Hour Non-Contact Credit Is Available For This Course With The Purchase Of The All Access Pass

(All Access Pass Purchase Offer Comes Immediately After Summit Registration!)

20 Total Hours of Credit Available As Part of the All Access Pass.  See terms here. 

**Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals**

Summit Founder and Hostess:  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

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Jennifer has nearly 20 years experience working with children and families.  She is currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii.  She is EMDR Trained and TF-CBT Certified.  

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and has presented at multiple national conferences.  Jennifer provides play therapy case consultation, supervision and training (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  

Oh, and she also has three children under the age of 4 and a pretty fantastic husband!