Expressive Arts in Play Therapy With Teens
APT Approved Continuing Education provider #14-372
Taught by Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S
Date: Friday November 10, 2017
Time: 9am -4:30pm, 1 hour lunch break on your own
6 APT CE’s available
Location: Wasatch Family Therapy
7084 South 2300 East Suite 215
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
Enhance your play therapy practice by learning how to blend expressive arts and play therapy! By doing so, an atmosphere of safety, nonjudgement, compassion, and freedom is created in the playroom to express one’s self and give words to the unspeakable. Expressive Arts have long been heralded in psychotherapy for their healing powers, making this a perfect companion to play therapy.
We will be learning how to use Expressive Arts with tweens and teens to address attachment issues, trauma, self-esteem, and empathy development. You will leave this workshop with a toolbox of play therapy interventions, hands on experiential training in expressive arts, and a powerful understanding of the complimentary powers of healing play therapy and expressive arts bring to your clinical work!
- Demonstrate 2 techniques of expressive arts for use in therapy
- Describe 2 evidence-based interventions in play therapy
- Explain how utilizing a blended approach of modalities can be useful in play therapy
References (only needed for APT)
- Garrett, M. (2014). Beyond play therapy: using the Sandtray as an expressive arts intervention in counseling adult clients. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (5),1 , p. 99-105.
- Green, E.J., Myrick, A.C., & Crenshaw, D.A. (2013). Toward secure attachment in adolescent relational development: Advancements from sandplay and expressive play-based interventions. International Journal of Play Therapy, 22(2), 90-102.
- Myrick, A.C., & Green, E. J. (2014). Establishing Safety and Stabilization in Traumatized Youth: Clinical Implications for Play Therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 23 (2), 100-113
- Perryman, K.L., Moss, R., & Cochran, K. (2015). Child-centered expressive arts and play therapy: School groups for at-risk adolescent girls. International Journal of Play Therapy (24), 4, p. 205220.
About the Presenter:
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescent Services at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She was the past President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.