Artistic Metaphors and StoryCrafts: Creative Activities for Replenish Our Wellspring of Play Therapy Approaches

May 5, 2023 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time. 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Pacific Time

Date/ Time:

May 5, 2023

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time


Live Webinar


Now, as play therapists, we need to replenish our wellspring of compassionate and creative approaches that will reawaken, reinvigorate, and regenerate a sense of inner strength, hope, and resilience in the children and families with whom we work. Utilizing the resiliency-focused StoryPlay® process, this 3-hr. play therapy webinar will provide participants with Artistic Metaphors and StoryCrafts - experiential and creative activities designed to help children and teens reduce anxiety, transform fears into resources, nurture courage, connect to self-determination, embrace a playful nature, and enhance the flow of inner peace in the face of life’s challenges and uncertainties. In addition, to use in private practice, examples will be woven throughout this webinar showing how specific activities have been successfully implemented with children and teens throughout the world in a variety of settings, cultures, languages, and age groups.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how to utilize the “Inner Resource Drawings” approach with children and adolescents during play therapy sessions.

2. Use the “Pathway to Success Map” activity during play therapy sessions to help children and adolescents develop symbols and images to identify goals, obstacles, and inner resources

3. Be able to use a story as the catalyst for creating a StoryCraft.

4. Recognize how to utilize the elements of our natural ecology as metaphors in the quest for positive change and healing in Play Therapy.

5. Develop a “Life-Story Puzzle with a child, adolescent, or family during the play therapy sessions.

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.”

CE Information:
THIS Webinar meets APT's definition of a "Live Webinar" that provides 3 hours of Live Webinar Non-Contact CE. 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.

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 us at [email protected]. You will receive a response within 24 hours

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