Session III Artistic Metaphors and StoryCrafts™ in Play Therapy (Multi-Sensory Metaphors for Healing Children and Adolescents in Play Therapy Training Series)

May 21, 2021 12:00PM-3:00PM ET

Date/ Time:

May 21, 2021

12:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern Time

9:00 PM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Online- Live Webinar

Please Note: This webinar is part of a three webinar series. You may attend one, two, or all three parts. If you would like to attend all three parts, be sure to take advantage of the bundle deal.

Three Webinar Overview:

It is my belief that treating children and adolescents cannot begin from a primary focus on diagnosis in play therapy. Their tender sensory perceptions, challenging life experiences, physiological implications, together with innate personality traits and cultural values must be considered in developing a mindset of healing and resilience. With the restorative essence of the child’s inner resources, sensory preferences, and play at its center, this series of three (3) play therapy webinars will focus upon the creation and utilization of Storytelling, Artistic, and StoryCraft Metaphors that can be at the heart of numerous multi-sensory play therapy interventions.

All approaches can be used in a variety of settings and with the favored treatment modality; i.e., sand tray, music, art, etc. Each of these three-hour webinars will include case examples to illustrate application, along with interactive exercises.

Description: Session III – Artistic Metaphors and StoryCrafts in Play Therapy

In addition to creating and using storytelling metaphors in play therapy, this webinar will provide numerous imaginative and multi-dimensional play therapy approaches for giving external expression to the internal realm of feelings, experiences, and stories. Included with the theory and framework of the Artistic Metaphor will be examples of: Inner Resource Drawings: The Pain Getting Better Book; The Resource Board Game; Pathway to Success Map; and The Magic Puppet Theater. StoryCrafts will include: The Bowl of Light; The Storyteller Puppet; Life-Story Puzzle; and My Cup of Joy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to utilize the “Inner Resource Drawings” approach with children and adolescents during play therapy sessions.
  • Identify how to create a “Magic Puppet Theater” out of simple materials.
  • Be able to use a story as the catalyst for creating a StoryCraft®

Your Instructor

Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., RPT-S
Joyce C. Mills, Ph.D., RPT-S

Founder of StoryPlay® Global, award-winning Play Therapist, author of eight books, and considered an expert in metaphorical interventions, Dr. Joyce Mills is an internationally recognized storyteller, consultant, workshop leader, program development specialist, and keynote speaker to medical, psychological, and educational organizations. With “resiliency” and “creativity” at its heart, Dr. Mills developed StoryPlay®, a new Ericksonian Indirective model of Play Therapy helping children, adults, families, and communities heal from trauma and disaster. In addition to her training programs, Dr. Mills is a Co-Director of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a registered Play Therapy Supervisor. Her books include: Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within (Second Edition); Reconnecting to the Magic of Life; Butterfly Wisdom; Little Tree, Gentle Willow; and Sammy the Elephant and Mr. Camel.

Award-winning Co-Author of Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within

2014 – AZ Association for Play Therapy for “Distinguished Service” award during their 19th Annual State Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

2014 – Paris France – “Lifelong work and contributions to the field of multicultural hypnotherapy.”

Recipient of the 1997 Annual Play Therapy International Award for an

“Outstanding career contribution to the field of child psychology & play therapy.”

Course Curriculum

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CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (3hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

APT CE Hour Area: Play Therapy Skills and Methods or Special Topics (3)

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple-choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Effective May 15, 2020, through June 30, 2021, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education." All of our Live webinars during this time period will meet APT's requirements to provide "Contact CE" credit. In order to be eligible, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

For general information, special needs, or grievances, please contact Beth Couturier at [email protected] You will receive a response within 24 hours

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