Using Play Therapy With Foster Care And Adoption


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In this video interview, Theresa Fraser explains the theories behind her Changing Steps program for using play therapy with children in the foster care and adoption system. Participants will learn how play therapy is used with adoptive parents and with children to maximize secure attachment and minimize the risk for placement disruptions.


  1. Participants will be able to explain the basic steps involved in using the Changing Steps program for adoptive families including intake, assessment and treatment planning and when/where play therapy is utilized.
  2. Participants will identify best practices for using play therapy with children in the foster care/adoption system to maximize secure attachments.
  3. Participants will obtain specific play therapy interventions that can be used with children and families in the foster care and adoption systems.

SPEAKER BIO:  Theresa Fraser

Theresa is a certified Canadian Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist Supervisor. She is also an ordained Minister, a Death Doula, a soon to be certified Birth Doula.  In 2006 she completed her necessary course work with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy as well as her Level 1 Theraplay training.

She spent the next twenty years working with children and their families in treatment centers, schools and community based programs. She also was the supervisor of a community based adult mental health program until she and her husband began operating group foster homes for the next eight years. She then began working as a Case Manager for a treatment foster care agency. She and her husband continue to foster with this treatment foster care agency today.

Theresa has also earned a Diploma in General Social Work, Certificate in Child Abuse Awareness, and B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Waterloo. In 2009 she obtained a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology.  Theresa is currently  working on a Phd in Play therapy for adults.  She is a  Professor in Child and Youth Care at Sheridan College.

In 2008, Theresa was named the Trauma and Loss Clinician of the Year by the National Institute of Trauma and Loss.

In the fall of 2010 she was voted President of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapists and completed her last year in this role in 2015.


Website: Changing Steps


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!